Coming Soon: Suzuki Adventure Touring Bike?

June 2, 2011
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

Suzuki has released a teaser silhouette of what they are calling a new Middle-Class Motorcycle. The official Suzuki site appears to be following the lead of rival marque Triumph which strung out the unveiling of its Tiger 800 for what seemed like a year. Hopefully, Suzuki will not follow suit and some details will be revealed sooner rather than later. As it stands right now, this is what we expect to see.

The presentation of the Middle-Class Motorcycle is limited to a line drawing and some tag lines which hint that this could be a middleweight adventure touring motorcycle. It would seem logical that Suzuki will play off of the success of the street-biased V-Strom and build a bike modeled after the V-Strom 1000 or V-Strom 650, possibly meeting somewhere in the middle with an all-new new challenger for the venerable BMW F800GS or the new Triumph Tiger 800 XC.

However, we could be reading too much into the Middle-Class aspect of the promotion in an attempt to keep us off the path. This could very well be the long-awaited off-road version of the V-Strom 1000 which would go head-to-head with the BMW R1200GS Adventure, KTM 990 Adventure and the all new Yamaha Super-Tenere. No matter which way they go, it should add another AT bike into the mix for our upcoming Adventure Touring Shootout.

If the line drawing is true to form, the new Middle-Class Motorcycle will be more sporty looking than the V-Strom series with a distinctive ADV element to its design that looks like a modern take on the V-Strom profile. Sporty lines of the tail section don’t reveal any saddlebags so we will be forced to wait and wonder: What is Suzuki up to with this new Middle-Class Motorcycle? Let us know what you think about this soft launch or better yet, what you would like to see from Suzuki.

2011 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABSThe Yamaha XT1200Z Super Tenere is available only as a first edition in 2010.Triumph Tiger 800XC
Will the new Suzuki Middle-Class Motorcycle be the evolution of the V-Strom or a challenger to the latest generation Adventure Touring bikes like the 1200cc Yamaha Super-Tenere or the 800cc Triumph Tiger? Or will it be something else all together?

The second round of Suzuki Middle Class Motorcycle imagery has been released. The bike is clearly an evolution of
the V-Strom at this point. The only question left to answer is whether or not it will be off-road capable.