This new version of the stripped-down Gold Wing that the Americans call the Valkyrie is a super naked with a difference: a giant muscle cruiser with a flexible flat-six engine, an improbably sweet-handling chassis and a pleasantly laid-back character
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his revamped version of Britain’s best-selling, A1 licence-compliant super-sports bike isn’t any faster than the old model but Yamaha’s 15bhp single is fun to ride, looks superb and its price hasn’t been increased.
“Suzuki insists the re-born big V-Strom is not a dual-purpose bike but an adventure styled roadster. Its lack of off-road ability is a missed opportunity but the torquey and long-legged V-twin shows that after several years’ inactivity things are finally moving again at Suzuki.”