There’s a giant demand for off-road prepared journey bikes, however what if you happen to’re solely fascinated by driving on the highway? Suzuki’s bought you coated with the newest model of its much-lauded V-Strom 800. Over to Chris Moss for his ideas…
In March this yr Suzuki launched its ‘comeback’ bike, the V-Strom 800DE. Hailed positively by the press, the versatile journey machine carried out admirably, with its longer journey suspension and 21” entrance wheel additionally making the DE (Twin Explorer) extra suited to some off-road journey.
Quick ahead to at the moment, and the brand new RE model of the bike joins the V-Strom vary. Designed extra for highway use, the brand new 800 is available in at £1000 much less at £9699. The ‘Street Explorer’ options key variations with forged wheels, together with a smaller 19-incher up entrance, 70mm shorter journey suspension, higher-spec brakes, a decrease seat, greater display screen, and different minor detailed adjustments. It’s claimed to be seven kilos lighter. We went to the South of France to see how a lot the alterations have an effect on the way it rides.
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As somebody who’s carried out 6500 miles on my DE long-termer, among the new RE’s modifications are instantly evident and most well-liked. The 30mm decrease seat makes it lots simpler to get on the bike, with the appreciably taller and wider display screen apparent it is going to provide extra safety than the DE’s a lot smaller model.
The altered driving place created by the narrower bars, sited barely decrease and additional ahead, along with alloy footrests hooked up somewhat increased and additional again, is much less noticeable. However get underway, and what’s instantly obvious is the change in steering traits effected by the smaller entrance wheel. Even earlier than we get to the mountain roads, the faster and lighter means the Suzuki turns into corners is a transparent and welcome characteristic. There’s a extra optimistic and direct really feel via the bars which conjures up extra confidence, permitting extra spirited and safe driving. Additionally very noticeable is the additional energy of the brand new four-piston radial calipers, which give sharper, stronger braking. Suspension motion, although in the end not as versatile because the DE’s, nonetheless stays properly managed, providing good help and compliance. All in all, the brand new RE feels extra at residence on the highway and the very good day’s driving felt so rewarding I might have beloved to have continued all the way in which again to the UK.
From the prolonged expertise of my very own DE’s wonderful consolation stage, I’m sure that will have been a breeze. In reality it wouldn’t, as that greater RE display screen very a lot reduces that. Whether or not the marginally altered density of the brand new seat might be detected I’m undecided. Fortunately, different key stuff hasn’t modified a bit. The engine remains to be the identical fantastic 84bhp, 776cc parallel twin, with its 270° firing order giving super-impressive pulling energy no matter revs or gear alternative. The 5” color TFT sprint is unchanged, although you possibly can’t change off the rear ABS, and there’s no Gravel mode within the traction management settings. You possibly can nonetheless very simply choose which of the 2 ABS, and three TC intrusion ranges you do desire although, and there are three energy modes to select from. None of them alter the height energy, merely altering the velocity of throttle response as a substitute. The slick up/down quick-shifter stays a regular fitment.
Total, the superb new RE’s a greater highway bike, and can higher go well with a better vary of riders. I do know I desire it. It’s out there in blue, black, and matt inexperienced.
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