What do you get for your money?

RiDE (UK) - - Used Bikes -

There’s not a lot in the way of head­line gad­gets but there’s a rea­son­able level of so­phis­ti­ca­tion. All mod­els have switch­able trac­tion con­trol, with two lev­els (one of which is so sen­si­tive it’s al­most point­less un­less you’re on ice or wet clay) and the op­tion to turn it off al­to­gether. The ABS sys­tem is streets ahead of the older V-strom’s set-up, and the Mo­tion Track corner­ing ABS sys­tem on the 2017 up­date ver­sion is a nice touch. Fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion is good too, with re­mote rear preload for a pil­lion and/or lug­gage. The screen’s ad­justable and there’s a 12V socket in the dash to power your sat nav or phone. The seat’s NOT ad­justable — higher and lower op­tions are avail­able but pricey. Hand­guards are stan­dard but they’re a bit min­i­mal­ist and don’t pro­tect your hands from wind and rain much. Less ob­vi­ous is the one-touch start­ing sys­tem and there’s also Low Speed As­sist, which au­to­mat­i­cally raises the tick­over slightly as you op­er­ate the clutch, to make it less likely you’ll stall the en­gine dur­ing low-speed ma­noeu­vres. The clutch it­self is also pretty clever — it has two-way ramps which al­low it to act as a slip­per clutch on down-changes (so you don’t lock up the rear wheel), while ac­tively grip­ping the clutch plates un­der power, which means you can have softer clutch springs for a lighter feel at the lever. Fi­nally, it has a very so­phis­ti­cated reg­u­la­tor/rec­ti­fier unit, which ac­tu­ally turns the al­ter­na­tor off when not needed, which should be good for re­li­a­bil­ity long term.

2017 up­date looks sharp and rides well

Hardly state-of-theart but there is a handy 12V socket

Dis­tinc­tive front with stacked head­light units

Three-po­si­tion Ad­justable screen

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