2014 Suzuki V-Strom VideosSuzuki is expected to unveil its newest open-class adventure bike this fall, the V-Strom 1000. Though the Japanese marquee remains hush, it recently released five videos to tease the new V-Strom 1000 – one 16-second teaser filmed in the alps, and four development videos (all uploaded below).
The developmental videos feature many pictures of the new bike, which looks similar to the V-Strom 1000 Concept Suzuki unveiled during the INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, last fall.Suzuki was expected to take many cues from the concept bike. The new V-Strom 1000 is expected to be a heavily revamped version of the current V-Strom 1000, an adventure tourer that remained relatively unchanged since its introduction as the DL1000 in 2002. That original model was part of the category Suzuki nicknamed “Sport Enduro Touring.”Perry Morrison, General Manager of Suzuki Motorcycles, said at INTERMOT that the Concept V-Strom 1000 shows “the future direction of this popular model and of our organization.”If this is the case, the new V-Strom 1000 will feature a revised 996cc 90-degree V-Twin, along with ABS and traction control, two electronic aids that were never featured on the Suzuki V-Strom 1000. To remain competitive, Suzuki must offer these electronics, which are standard on many of the European adventure tourers, such as the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190 and Triumph Tiger Explorer, to name a few.The Concept also featured a redesigned aluminum frame, an inverted front fork, and “easy-to-adjust” single-shock rear suspension. The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 will likely feature these upgrades, along with an optional new luggage system. As for appearance, the 2014 V-Strom 1000 should follow the design of the Concept, which features styling similar to the European adventure tourers, such as a front beak similar to the BMW R1200GS or Ducati Multistrada, and the KTM 1190’s vertical stacked headlight.Following are the five videos Suzuki released teasing the new machine, beginning with the teaser, and four interview videos with Tomohisa Ichimaru, Product Planner at Suzuki Motorcycles.[jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”141390″][jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”141391″][jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”141396″][jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”141398″][jwplayer player=”1″ mediaid=”141400″]
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