Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ConceptDuring two of the biggest international motorcycle shows of 2012 held this fall – the INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, and EICMA in Milan, Suzuki displayed its V-Strom 1000 Concept.
This concept is Suzuki’s answer to the ever-changing adventure touring market, the bike a heavily revamped version of the current V-Strom 1000, which remained relatively unchanged from its introduction as the 2002 DL1000, as did its younger brother, the V-Strom 650.The Concept – inspired by the 1988 DR750S – includes many changes over the current V-Strom 1000, including a revised 1000cc V-Twin, and the addition of ABS and traction control.Perry Morison (General Manager, Suzuki Motorcycles) says: “Suzuki Motorcycles changed the adventure touring category forever when it developed the V-Strom 650 and introduced to the world an incredibly versatile, comfortable and fun-to-ride motorcycle.“Our two V-Stroms, the 650 and 1000, are amont the best-selling adventure tourers and we are very excited about the release of a concept V-Strom 1000 as it shows the future direction of this popular model and of our organization.”Besides the revamped engine, the Concept V-Strom 1000 features a redesigned aluminum frame, an inverted front fork and “easy-to-adjust” single-shock rear suspension. The Concept V-Strom arrives with better front brakes, along with the ABS and traction control.Aesthetically, the Concept V-Strom has a totally redesigned front fairing, which takes styling cues from European competitors, such as the KTM 990 Adventure’s vertical headlight and the BMW R1200GS’ front beak. The Concept V-Strom also features a new seat and windscreen design. The concept also loses the twin exhaust featured on the current V-Strom 1000, and receives a single exhaust exiting on the right side.Regarding luggage, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept features a new luggage system (likely optional on production bike), which provides a narrower width when installed, and a clean look when detached.Suzuki didn’t release any further details, but plans to bring this revised V-Strom to the market in 2014. The question is…will they offer the same bike in the 650 range?Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Key Features (courtesy of Suzuki):
Strong, rider-friendly Engine: A totally redesigned, liquid-cooled 1000cc V-twin engine produces effortless acceleration along with a strong V-twin rumble.
Lightweight, well-balanced Chassis: Slim and lightweight aluminum frame, thickly padded seat and an adjustable windscreen provides an easy, comfortable, and fun to ride character.
Brake and Suspension: Performance-inspired radial mount front brake caliper with Antilock Brake System provides riders confidence in braking on various road conditions. The V-Strom 1000 Concept also features an inverted front fork and an easy to adjust single shock style rear suspension.
Distinctive Styling Design: Inspired by the 1988 DR750S-Suzuki’s first big on/off-road machine-the V-Strom 1000 Concept features bold and distinctive styling to create an unmatched presence.
Advanced Traction Control System: Suzuki’s advanced traction control system is equipped for enhanced sport riding, performance, and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.
Luggage System: An all new luggage system was designed and tested in harmony with the big V-Strom’s overall development. The luggage system provides easy installation, a narrow overall width when installed, and a clean look when detached.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
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