Suzuki has launched a new website dedicated to the eagerly anticipated V-Strom 1000 adventure bike first revealed at the Cologne Show in late 2012, and expected to be shown in production-ready form later this year.
The new V-Strom will be the latest addition to the burgeoning list of adventure sport bikes from major manufacturers, and while it carries on the family name, the chassis, cycle parts, bodywork and electronics will all be new. The only element that borrows from old TL1000-powered V-Strom is the basic architecture of the TL motor. The crankcases are essentially the same, while the internals, and cylinder heads are all new.
The current incarnation develops 98bhp, but the expectation is that the new model’s output will be more comparable with the current sector competition. The existing model V-Strom 1000 isn’t available in the UK for emissions reasons, but it remains in the Suzuki range for Australia and the United States, where emissions legislation is less restrictive.
The new microsite has fuelled speculation of an imminent arrival date for the big V-twin, with the video message of ‘keep tracking – releasing shortly’. But the sketches and images of the bike reveal no further detail than the concept model did at last year’s Cologne Show, where it already appeared to be close to production ready, frustrating fans who had hoped for an imminent model release.
Suzuki has told MCN there is no confirmed release date yet, and that no date will be imminently released, but the website states that it will be a 2014 model, meaning buyers shouldn't have too much longer to wait.
The new microsite will be updated with further information in the coming months so that eager buyers can track developments, according to Suzuki GB General Manager Paul de Lusignan.
Features hosted on the site will include interviews with key designers and engineers involved with the creation of the new model, followed by further images and technical information as it becomes available.
To see the website click here