Among the myriad displays at INTERMOT were two concepts from Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha and Suzuki. Suzuki displayed the V-Strom 1000 Concept pictured above, likely the basis for a production version to be introduced next year as a 2014 model.
The new V-Strom 1000 concept is not the warmed-over update the 650 version proved to be when it was introduced last year. Instead, it is essentially all-new, with a heavily revised engine, chassis and styling. Expect the electronic aides that are rapidly becoming de rigueur for the class, such as defeat-able traction control and cruise control. Adjustable windscreen and cast wheels point toward a road orientation, as does the integrated luggage. Other upgrades likely will include the displayed adjustable suspension and radial-mount front brakes. Needless to say, Suzuki will have much more competition in this category next time around, and it must design the new V-Strom 1000 to meet it.
Yamaha displayed something quite a bit more unexpected with its Crossplane Triple concept. Not hiding the fact that this is headed for production in some form, Yamaha appears to have determined that a triple will help bring back some sales to the depressed sportbike market, and will undoubtedly point to its own 3 cylinder heritage in the form of the XS750/850 from the late ’70s. Triumph and MV won’t have this niche to themselves much longer, it would appear.