Of the Big Four Japanese manufacturers, Suzuki has been the most stagnant in recent years as it tries to recover from the economic downturn, offering fewer product updates and new models than Honda, Kawasaki or Yamaha. Suzuki now appears ready to innovate once again, first new products including the V-Strom 1000 and the new Burgman 200 […]
Intermot 2012: Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Breaks Cover
Today at the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, Suzuki unveiled its V-Strom 1000 Concept. Heavily rumored to receive similar styling updates as its V-Strom 650 stablemate, Suzuki instead turned to its 1988 DR750S, the company’s first big on/off road machine, for inspiration, taking many by surprise. The updates are more than just skin deep, as the entire motorcycle has been redesigned. Read about the list of updates after the jump.
From a visual standpoint, the new V-Strom 1000 establishes itself as an adventure-tourer with a more dominant presence compared to its predecessor. More importantly, its 1000cc V-Twin engine has been completely redesigned and now includes traction control for peace of mind while street riding. Details are unclear at this point about an “off” button and power output from the new mill, however.
Beyond the engine, the aluminum frame provides a basis for the bold, distinctive styling, giving it a more aggressive stance than before. The broad seat, adjustable windscreen and 10-spoke wheels further hint at the ‘Strom being more street-oriented than dirt. An all-new luggage system, designed in conjunction with the bike itself, provides plenty of storage space with easy on/off installation.
Suspension duties are now handled by an inverted fork in front and single shock in rear. Both adjustable, though it’s still unclear as to what extent. Radial-mount front calipers with ABS are sure to provide strong stopping power.
With these changes, Suzuki has its eyes on the growing adventure-touring market, currently occupied by a variety of machines including the new KTM 1190 Adventure, BMW R1200GS, Triumph Tiger Explorer and of course the Ducati Multistrada 1200, just to name a few. Pricing and availability details have yet to be revealed by Suzuki, but we expect to see it for 2014. Keep it here for the latest news from Intermot.