The V-Strom was made for adventure

POSTED: 11/06/2022

The Northumberland 250 invites you...

The V-Strom 1050XT was made to take you on the ultimate adventures, built for any terrain and destination. One route definitely worth the trip is the Northumberland 250, known best for its rolling hills and remarkable coastlines. Take a trip with us as we follow Gordon Stuart who ventured through the Northumberland 250 on his Champion Yellow V-Strom 1050XT.

Scroll down to find out what he thinks about the model and the trip...

The trip

Craster to Holy Islands

Starting from Craster, Gordon followed the coast north past the 14th-century ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle and swiftly moved onto Bamburgh Castle. Beauty surrounded him as he rode through the ancient castles and along the distinctive coastline. After the castles, he followed the route onto Berwick and the Scottish border where you cross the stunning Holy islands.

" is well worth the look!" 

Following the B6401 to England

(via Carter Bar)

The next stretch of road brings lots of sharp bends and very little traffic, letting you really open up that V-Strom power. Unfortunately Gordon encountered some rainfall at this point, so he adjusted the bike's traction control and Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) ready for these conditions.

"...tightening up control of the back wheel was confidence-inspiring and allowed me to enjoy the roads a bit more.

Kielder Forest Drive to Bellingham

Once back in England, the off-road fun began, on Kielder Forest Drive. A spectacular 12-mile drive on the unsealed forest road, from Blakehopeburnhaugh to Kielder Castle in the west. This route brings fantastic views over Northumberland and provides a fantastic off-road route to test your off-road capabilities.

"...believe me the V-Strom 1050XT will surprise you, it's a very capable machine.

Once Brewed to Weardale

Hosting some truly spectacular biking roads and views of the open countryside - the journey from Once Brewed offers a 250m long former railway bridge from the 1800s. These roads are busier as you wind back North up to Otterburn, via Corbridge along the A68 with its hairpin turns, undulating roads and plenty of overtaking spots, there is much to enjoy on this part of the Northumberland 250. 

"A full day’s riding was nothing short of wonderful on the 1050XT. Comfortable, powerful, and adjustable for the varying road conditions make this the perfect bike to tackle this spectacular route and others like it across the UK and Europe.”

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