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From Peterborough to HamamatsuAcross Europe and Asia on the V-Strom 1000PeterboroughHamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFrom Peterborough to HamamatsuFive months and almost 25,000km. From Peterborough, through Europe and Asia, via Turkmenistan and Mongolia to Japan. A rugged road test for the V-Strom 1000.rom Bike magazine’s home in Peterborough, U.K., to the V-Strom’s birthplace in Hamamatsu, Japan, three intrepid and experienced riders took the rugged Suzuki bike on a 25,000 kilometre adventure. The magazine termed this ride “Bike’s most ambitious road test ever.” Editor Hugo Wilson led off the journey, riding the European leg from Peterborough, site of Britain’s largest bike rally, across to Rotterdam, through Switzerland, Italy, the Balkans and Greece before handing off the keys to Jamie Duncan in Istanbul. Duncan then stayed in the saddle across Asia until the V-Strom 1000 arrived on the Japan Sea coast where former Bike editor and freelance writer John Westlake guided the well-traveled but still strong motorcycle through Japan’s towns and cities arriving at the Suzuki R&D Centre to the cheering of hundreds of Suzuki Family members. During the trip the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 proved its mettle on every surface, terrain and in urban or wilderness environments, at sea level or near the top of the world. There was no back-up crew and none was needed. The European leg went smoothly with Hugo Wilson successfully overcoming the challenge of Rome’s rush hour traffic. Heading east through Turkey, Jamie Duncan describes the sinuous Black Sea back roads and transits Dagestan, Chechnya and Kazakhstan several times crossing into Russia on his way to what he describes as “The world’s most desolate road stop” in Uzbekistan. Spinning out on the gravelly road in Tajikistan at an elevation approaching 4000 meters, Duncan rights the bike and keeps on going. Crossing into Mongolia the road surfaces became even more challenging but the V-Strom met the tasks well with good traction in sand and mud. From Mongolia into Russia Duncan begins to feel that the adventure will come to an end before long. The road surface along the Trans-Siberian Highway is fine but the forests of eastern Siberia seem endless with Vladivostok as the destination making the road the “World’s Longest Dead End”.When John Westlake managed to get the V-Strom off loaded from the ferry from Vladivostok and then through Japanese customs he thought the bike looked “majestic and shagged”. Then he was off on the final leg of the trip first along the coast of the Sea of Japan. F

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