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Second Thoughts About First Impressions: V-Strom Is V-Strong 

2018 Suzuki V-Strom XT1000 Product Review


by Scot Harden

Photos: by Simon Cudby

Scot and Greg 2

It’s no secret we live in an age of information overload which means first impressions are more important than ever. Everyday we make judgements based on our initial response to a given stimulus; those important first few seconds where we formulate an opinion based on a first reaction. We rely on this more so today than at any other time, almost by necessity. First impressions save us time, and if we are any good at all we are usually pretty much on target in the end. The only problem with first impressions is that over time companies evolve, people change, products develop and yet we stick to our first impression along with the built in biases that come along with them. Take the 2018 Suzuki V-Strom 1000XT for example, I formed my first impression about Suzuki’s V-Strom line long ago. And to sum it up I viewed the V-Strom as an “econo-adventure” or “adventure-light” motorcycle. A motorcycle styled as an adventure but in reality just another street bike with an upright seating position and a high front fender;

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