The 2004 Suzuki V-Strom – partly named after its V-shaped engine – is one of the earliest incarnations of the standard motorcycle from Japanese manufacturer Suzuki. There were two models for the 2004 model year: the V-Strom 650, or DL650, which made its debut that year; and the V-Strom 1000, or DL1000, which was marking its third model year. Suzuki set the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the 2004 V-Strom at $6,599 for the DL650 and $8,999 for the DL1000.
Each 2004 Suzuki V-Strom is powered by a four-stroke liquid-cooled two-cylinder of the V-twin brand: named so because its cylinders are shaped like the letter “V.” The models of the ‘04 V-Strom are named after their respective engine displacements: 645 cubic centimeters on the DL650 (rounded up to 650 cc) and 996 cc on the DL1000 (rounded up to 1,000). The bore & stroke and compression ratio of the engine are 3.19 by 2.47 inches (81 by 62.6 millimeters) and 11.5 to 1 for the DL650, and 3.86 by 2.6 inches (98 by 66 mm) and 11.3 to 1 for the DL1000. Each 2004 V-Strom engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission, and fuel injection and a convenient electric ignition are standard. Installed on each bike is a gas tank that can hold up to 5.8 gallons (22 liters).
The 2004 Suzuki V-Strom exists as a blue or black motorcycle. Suzuki used an aluminum frame for the bike to reduce its weight, while retaining a much-needed solid build. A one-piece vinyl seat, set at a height of 32.3 inches (820 mm), provides enough space for the rider and a passenger. The digital instrumentation at the dashboard is loaded with a clock, tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer, and temperature and fuel level warning gauges. Also included on the ‘04 V-Strom are rearview mirrors, halogen lights, rear rack for storage, and mounts for installing a windshield. Suzuki added an engine case guard, brush guard and spoiler on the V-Strom 1000 model.
Each 2004 Suzuki V-Strom uses all-wheel disc brakes: a 12.2-inch (310-mm) dual hydraulic disc at the front and a 10.2-inch (260-mm) hydraulic disc at the back. The aforementioned layout enables the motorcycle to have enhanced stopping power. The suspension on the bike--implemented to ensure a smooth experience when riding--consists of a front-placed 1.7-inch (43-mm) telescopic fork and a rear-placed aluminum twin-sided swing arm with a shock absorber. The aluminum wheels on the ‘04 V-Strom are a 19-inch one up front and a smaller 17-inch one at the rear.
The 2004 Suzuki V-Strom 650 has a length of 90.2 inches (2,292 mm), width of 31.9 inches (840 mm), height of 54.7 inches (1,390 mm) and wheelbase of 60.6 inches (1,540 mm). The DL1000 model is 90.4 inches (2,295.1 mm) long, 34.1 inches (865 mm) wide, 52.6 inches (1,335 mm) tall, and has a wheelbase of 60.4 inches (1,535 mm). Dry weight is measured at 417 lbs. (189 kilograms) for the DL650 and 456 lbs. (207 kg) for the DL1000. Both models share a ground clearance of 6.5 inches (165 mm).
Power, handling, performance: the 2004 Suzuki V-Strom is not the master in any of these categories, but it fulfills them satisfactorily. For extra pep – and more bang for your buck – the DL1000 model is the obvious choice.