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Suzuki Doing its Suzuki Thing is Strangely Tempting

Japanese manufacturer continues practice of offering all kinds of deals on multiple models, but keeping your patience may pay off in coming months

I think I may be ill; lately I’ve been daydreaming about getting another Suzuki V-Strom 1000.

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Readers with memories longer than that of a goldfish may recall that I owned a V-Strom 1000 from 2015 to 2017 – riding it as far afield as Scotland, Germany, and Italy – but that ultimately I developed a strong sense of malaise toward the bike and, more broadly, the company that made it.

I did go some interesting places on that bike…

When my riding buddy, Cam, rid himself of his V-Strom 650 we both spent a great deal of time telling ourselves what a good decision it had been for us to move on to other machines. At present, we both happen to own Triumph Tigers, he an 800 and myself a 1200. In recent weeks, though, I’ve felt motivated to get something different.

This desire was initially sparked by an impending move that ostensibly required downsizing for practical purposes. I’ve come up with an alternative solution to that issue (more on this at a later date), but the Pandora’s Box has been opened. I allowed myself to consider getting a different bike and now I can’t stop.

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The thought process of how I have arrived at once again wanting a V-Strom 1000 is somewhat Byzantine but it essentially has to do with what I want, what I need right now, and the disparity that exists between those two things. Ultimately, I’ve realized, I should have (at least) two bikes in my garage: one a two-wheeled pickup truck that is reliable and commute-worthy, the other a bike that makes me happy in all those times I’m not riding to/from work.

The work vehicle is obviously the one that needs to be sorted first, hence a pining for the V-Strom. Lighter, better balanced, more affordable, easier to work on, and cheaper to run than my current Triumph Tiger Explorer, the V-Strom strikes me as a solid choice here. It’s a devil I know, and since I last owned one things have moved on a fair bit in terms of available accessories. You can now bling the ever-loving fudge out of the thing. Which means it’s possible to buy a relatively affordable base model and slowly, as budget allows, build it into a tank of a machine that can serve as reliable commuter and long-haul camel.

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One of the things driving this thinking is the feeling that if I’m patient I’ll be able to get a really good deal on a V-Strom 1000. This is the way of things with Suzuki in the United Kingdom. It is always offering incentives – possibly to its detriment. At present, I’m holding out for a 0-percent financing deal like the one that was being offered last summer. They’ve done it many times before; they’ll do it again.

If you happen to be bursting to get a Strom right now, however, Suzuki has this week announced that it will give you free luggage.

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Perhaps you’re not keen on the Strom, though. Perhaps sir would be interested in 0-percent financing on a GSX-R1000R? Or, if you’re in the mood for something a little more practical, Suzuki is offering reasonably low financing on 10 different sport and street models.

Low-rate finance is available on the is-it-a-sport-tourer GSX-S1000F

All of these deals are valid until 31 March 2019, at which point they’ll almost certainly be replaced by other incentive offers. Deals, that I suspect will be competing against quite a few others.

Uncertainty about Brexit is reportedly putting the ice on many people’s purchasing decisions at the moment. I’ve spoken to a number of dealerships that have said things have been pretty quiet despite what was, until this week, a very mild winter. Expect manufacturers to start responding to the lull with all sorts of enticements.