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2002 Suzuki V-Strom 1000: “Can you say ‘fun’? Now say it a few more times, with feeling. Because rarely do we come across a new motorcycle that dishes out so much of it. Maybe we’re just tiring of niche bikes, and the V-Strom DL1000 and its new ‘sport enduro tourer’ category can be all things to all riders. Although you wouldn’t want to subject it to any serious off-road riding, it’ll handle a smooth dirt or gravel road just fine, but it really shines, well, just about everywhere else. On tour, in the canyons, two-up on bumpy roads or smooth. The icing on the V-Strom’s MOTY cake is that massive TL1000 V-twin, which cranks out kick-butt torque without any buzziness and delivers fuel economy in the 40s. As just $8,899, adding the optional hard saddlebags, centerstand and heated grips shouldn’t be too painful, either. Among the group of bikes that are all-new or significantly changed for 2002, the Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 is definitely the stand-out.” (Rider, June 2002; photo courtesy Suzuki)

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