‘The Suzuki is the best bar­gain’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Road Test - ADAM CHILD SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

These two mid­dleweight ad­ven­ture bikes are very well matched. The V-strom XT is more com­fort­able than the GS, con­sid­er­ably cheaper, and eas­ier to just jump on and ride. Even on the same tyres the Suzuki would have the han­dling edge – just.

But, the BMW has more giz­mos, bet­ter brakes, and a smoother gear­box. It’s more fun and has more off-road po­ten­tial – so if you in­tend to ride off-road more than oc­ca­sion­ally then you have to opt for the (cheap on PCP) Ger­man.

But if you’re a cash buyer, the GS is 32% more ex­pen­sive than the XT, and most will pre­fer its on-road prow­ess, and rel­ish its long-range com­fort and tank range. The Suzuki is an un­der­rated bar­gain – and could be all the bike you need.

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