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.


Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!

4 thoughts on “Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Breaks Cover”

      1. I agree, looking at Honda’s Crosstourer they have pretty much nailed the design for such a heavy thing, but most Suzukis look slightly ‘off’… but obviously not everyone agrees, there are SOOO many Suzukis in London (mostly SV models), although they are cheap as chips and so reliable they’ll still be around when there’s nothing left on earth but cockroaches…

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