Intermot 2012: Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Breaks Cover

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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.

[Source: Suzuki]

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  • Dabber

    I really like what they have done here! To me this looks like a finished product than concept. I was hoping the Versys 1000 was coming to the states, but now I have something else to lust after!

  • Kaz

    ‘Looks like Suzuki hit it out of the park on this updated V-Strom. It should be a bargain compared to its competition (if confirmed by the reviews to come).

  • Walter Wilkins

    Among a lot of bikes for the last 40 years I’ve owned two DL650 V-Stroms as well as a DL1000 for one day; my newest is a 2012 DL650. This “concept” DL 1000 looks great to me, but the devils in the details. How many amps does it crank out, how much does it weigh, will it rev like the 650, what’s the fuel mileage, and how much will it cost? For me, if it had a light efficient shaft I’d buy it right away. However, because I don’t ride two up on anything but pavement, it’s still the DL650 for me. (Did over 5000 miles of rough off road with my 2009 DL650 without a hitch.) Good on Suzuki though for putting this new bike out there.

  • Carl

    I dont care for the exhaust sitting so low in the back. needs to be uop high kike the surrent models. I hope the headlight produes enaough light and it has a large stator like the current models.

  • Peter

    That thing is FUGLY. Suzuki redesigned the 650 and it looks great.

    Then they come up with this?

    I don’t get it. You’d have to pay me to ride that, and I didn’t mind the “ugly” original.