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Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept

Friday, October 19, 2012
At this year’s Intermot show in Cologne, Germany, Suzuki introduced a concept model V-Strom 1000, which the Japanese manufacturer promises for 2014. With more aggressive styling than the long-in-the-tooth V-Strom, this concept looks more like the BMW R1200GS or Triumph Tiger Explorer, especially with the narrow beak protruding out from underneath the front headlight. Suzuki claims it went back in time to source its inspiration for the V-Strom 1000 concept though, drawing upon the 1988 DR750S for styling cues.

The V-Strom 1000 concept features notable visible changes from the current model. The chassis appears to have a completely new frame, with the front forks now inverted. Suzuki’s press announcement states the concept model makes us of traction control, with integrated luggage a standard feature. Radial-mount calipers are another evident upgrade for the new ADV mount, which sports the now superfluous ABS as well.

A liquid-cooled V-Twin will continue to be power the Strom. And while it looks similar to the existing 966cc mill, Suzuki identifies it as 1000cc. Details are forthcoming, though it’s worth noting that when Suzuki updated its 650 V-Strom, it opted to slightly tweak the engine internals rather than start from scrap.

The 2014 V-Strom 1000 concept is an appeal to the ever-growing ADV market, but based simply on appearance this bike will be much more suited to road travel than for any type of demanding off-roading adventure. In this regard, it appears akin to the Versys 1000 that debuted last year, as the Japanese marques look to challenge the Euro-dominated large-displacement ADV market. Information is limited about the specifics of the V-Strom 1000 concept at this point, but we'll be keeping an ear to the ground for additional information throughout the year.

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B-kings Rock   October 22, 2012 10:10 AM
Suzuki seems to be able to step over the line on a few of their models.
Owning a B-king, I've had to deal with this, making some mods that bring the bike out of the weird zone. This V-strom needs to lose the "beak" just under the headlight...other than that, it would look great. Dual sport/adventure bike concept? Great idea!
neo1piv014   October 22, 2012 06:27 AM
If that's a 19" tire out front, then it would be in the exact same "off-road capable" class as the R1200GS, the Tiger Explorer, or the Super Tenere. I think it looks way better than the current V-Strom 1000 if nothing else.
bills   October 20, 2012 12:23 PM
Ugly. Looks like a woodpecker.
spokes   October 20, 2012 08:11 AM
Sorry, I don't get this concept, if you want to ride off road, get an off road bike, if you want to tour, get a touring bike. Why would you want to do both on the same bike? Same with the sport touring bikes.
AnthonyD   October 20, 2012 06:57 AM
That is a pretty good looking motorcycle. Those tires don't look ready to conquer anything thats not hard packed though. What is the weight?
larrymoto   October 19, 2012 09:16 PM