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Anticipating Suzuki’s 2014 V-Strom 1000: Another Look At The Concept

It is no secret that a redesigned 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is on its way … the only question is just how closely it will resemble the concept shown by Suzuki last year at INTERMOT. We suspect it will closely follow the concept when the production model is unveiled this fall in Milan. So here are more photos of that concept, along with information about the expected production spec.

Expect a thoroughly redesigned 1000cc 90 ° V-twin engine (with a huge spread of torque and north of 100 crank horsepower), new, narrow and light aluminum chassis, upside-down fork, radial-mount front brake calipers with integrated ABS (a big improvement on the old braking system), adjustable traction control, and 19-inch cast aluminum front wheel. Suzuki has also carefully designed luggage, including a top case, that will keep the bike narrow in comparison with the competition.

We expect Suzuki will try to undercut the price of most of the large displacement adventure tourer competition, and pitch the new V-Strom as a lighter, more nimble and economical alternative. Indeed, there appears to be a gap between the middleweights displacing roughly 800cc, and the now-common, pricey 1200s.

Here is what Suzuki is saying about the concept in anticipation of the 2014 model’s release:

2013 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Concept Key Features

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.

Here is a link to a site Suzuki has set up where you can register to receive updates on the 2014 V-Strom 1000. It is an Italian site (let us know if you find a similar site in English).


  1. Dusty Roads says:

    I like the old style exhaust better:2 pipes under the seat.

  2. MarkF says:

    Like the bike, hate the colors. Make it kinda drab with silver, flat black, maybe grey. I’d prob get the trunk for everyday but kip the OEM bags for metal panniers or a huge waterproof duffle for travel.

  3. Vrooom says:

    It seems hard to believe they had to “completely redesign” the engine, they already had more powerful version of the same basic engine in TL1000 and SV1000 guise.

  4. Oleg says:

    interesting,what is the weight of the bike?

  5. JET says:

    Gotta see another color. I’m really afraid that red seat insert is going to fade to pink in short order.

    Suzuki yellow with a tan seat insert would get my vote.

  6. Ryan M says:

    what a looks just like every other “adventure” bike on the market. way to go out on a limb.

  7. Laci Ludas says:

    As a current V-Strom owner I can’t wait to see the new bike. I hope the new bike will be as good,user friendly, maintanance free as the old one.
    NO BEAK PLEASE!!!!!!!

    NO BEAK PLEASE !!!!!!

    NO BEAK PLEASE !!!!!!

  8. Terry Mc says:

    English web site

  9. Rob says:

    If you look closely at the beak, it looks like the road runner.

  10. mickey says:

    Aesthetically, I don’t mind the chicken beak ( guess Im getting used to them) as much as I dislike the dished in the back saddlebag and whacky angled trunk…especially the bags. Looks like they are giving up some room that the bags could have used.

  11. Joe Sixpack says:

    It’s a damn far sight better than that Ducati Multistrada. That looks like a mutant duck. (Pun intended.)

    Please, oh Sweet Baby Jesus, will the manufacturers put spoked wheels on adventure bikes?! Cast wheels aren’t meant for off-roading.

  12. Mr.Mike says:

    If it performs and handles as well as the Super Tenere and costs about the same or less, but weighs less I’m in.

  13. Harold says:

    Unless this new strom has a lot longer valve checks, or is 25 lbs. lighter than my ’07 not much point. Looks about the same (maybe uglier) and probably carries less fuel, will it get better mileage, not likely. Why can’t they come up with a really light shaft drive, or belt or some other innovations? This looks like a “wait till everyone else is done and lets make something the same only cheaper” kind of effort! Come on Suzuki you used to be better than that!

  14. rider ron says:


    • sliphorn says:

      So, Ron, do you ride to work or take your lunch?

      • riderron says:

        lunch or not I have 16000 on my tener ride year round I ride for the freedome of it the motion I dont were brands and try not to act like a snob if the adventure bikes had shorter seats the crusier guys would be riding the heck out of then

  15. todder says:

    Wonder if this thing has cruise control for boring highway droning. Then I’d forgive its beakness…

  16. Brian says:

    I read that the beak adds a small amount of down force improving front end feel at speed. sounds plausible. I for one don’t think it looks bad. Maybe if it wasn’t glowing red it wouldn’t look so pronounced. Let’s just hope someone at Suzuki has enough hooligan in them to make the bike fun to ride.

  17. Norm G. says:

    ya know, it’s just occurred to me (being a deep thinker and all), there’s a parallel here between this “chicken beak” and the concept of evolution and vestigial limbs/organs in biology. this “non-functioning appendage” is really akin to the hind legs on a whale, or the wings of an ostrich.

    what do I mean…? ok, as I eluded to earlier, this beak really began it’s existence as a fully functioning fender that blocked mud, debris, etc kicked up from the front wheel. obviously they still serve this function on the “species” known as the MX bike/dirt bike. on those the fender being high mount is as much a function of the need to keep mud from building up as it is to also provide clearance over the de-rigueur 21″ which itself serves a dedicated off-road function.

    now once these vehicles rolled on to the highway (ie. crawled out of water and onto land), somebody realized the steering was kinda slow for the asphalt and decided to fit a smaller diameter wheel and tire combination. and ya know what, for quick and dirty’s sake, i’ll leave the high fender in place that way if a venture takes me back off road…? I can just throw the 21″ knobby back on.

    now after a few million years of running on-road, it was realized, i’m still encountering debris hazards, just of different kind (small high speed pebbles). with that “grew” the low-mount fender that the distant cousins “the street bike” had already LONG since developed as a consequence of their “asphalt isolation”. and another epiphany occurred in that few million years… finding it’s needs met, rocks blocked, and ready access to resources (read fuel), this “hybrid animal” never ventured back into the woods/forest…? EVER.

    ok fast forward to modern day, and here we have this high mount fender (vestigial), no longer serving it’s original purpose, “atrophied” and morphing into a beak. if it weren’t for the un-fortuitous event of the KILLER ASTEROID, we probably would’ve found T-rex skeletons sans those tiny front arms…? given time they, would’ve eventually shrunk into “pointed nubs” same as what Suzuki appears to be doing with what used to be, the “high mount fender”.

    • dino says:

      Woof! Quite a story… I’ll never look at my pinky-toes in the same way ever again (or T-rex front arms)!

      Time for a beer, and some introspective reflections…

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “I’ll never look at my pinky-toes in the same way ever again”

        well get a good look at em, ’cause they’re here “for a limited time only”…!!! from the ankles down, your ancestors are gonna be SIMPSON’s. 🙂

      • todd says:

        Interesting take but evolution does not work that way. There are two drivers to evolution; genetic mutation, and natural selection. Puppies are born with tails either because we think they’re cute and we starve the puppies born without tails before they can reproduce – or the puppies with tails killed off all the puppies born without tails… In the case of T-Rex, they didn’t get tiny arms because they don’t use them. Their offspring would still be born with just as much ability unless there was a genetic mutation that made the arms smaller. In that case, the little mutant would need to kill off all the other long arm T-Rexs before they had a chance to reproduce in a couple years. No, it is more likely that they were born with either short OR long arm genes and the short arm ones were able to reproduce more often – or kill off all their long-arm siblings before they reproduced – eventually making that a recessive trait.

        So for Suzukis with beaks, this must be a genetic mutation since it is the first sighting of such an appendage. In order for it to survive and spawn it will need to kill off all the other model sales or we will need to think it’s cute enough that we don’t let all the other Adventure Bikes without beaks reproduce.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “Interesting take but evolution does not work that way.”

          it’s figurative. let’s just go with it. 🙂

  18. TheBaron says:

    Just about all the so-called large displacement ‘adventure’ bikes look as if they have been beaten with an ugly stick. The slab-sided KTM 990 was an early one but the BMW 1200 looks as if it has been ridden into a wall, then kicked up the arse shortly thereafter. U G L Y. And totally impractical in an off-road environment. Not even that good on dirt roads. The two best bikes to actually ride in those environments are the new KTM 1200 and Yamaha’s excellent Super Tenere. The rest are merely to be seen riding down to the cafe for a latte…

    Give me a decent 500-650 single or parallel twin any day.

    And on a parting note, there was a more practical and better looking Suzuki 1000cc V-twin on show at Intermot in 2004. It was built by some Italians…

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “The slab-sided KTM 990”

      omg, the “blunt nose” 990 adventure Baja is bad ass. it looks the business even more than the GS. i really feel KTM is missing their USP with the styling on the 12…? that’s something really hard to find in the “limited space” of motorcycling. consumers of KTM are drawn to them because they LOOK like KTM’s, not for anything “homogeneous” or “me too”.

    • Tom R says:

      “And totally impractical in an off-road environment. Not even that good on dirt roads. The two best bikes to actually ride in those environments are the new KTM 1200 and Yamaha’s excellent Super Tenere. The rest are merely to be seen riding down to the cafe for a latte…”

      OK, so what do you think of the Suzuki.

  19. Martin B says:

    I think it’s wonderful that motorcycle companies are hiring blind people in their design department. The problem comes when their work escapes into the outside world…

    • Gronde says:

      Aren’t you being a little hard on the blind designers of this world? 🙂

    • Gary says:

      It is important to realize this particular piece of work has not yet escaped. This is strictly a concept bike. That means the final bike 1) will be identical, or 2) will be completely different, or 3) may never exist at all.

  20. dino says:

    Maybe it isn’t a ‘beak’… maybe the headlight is just REALLY excited to be here!

  21. Norm G. says:

    somebody with the skills is going to do a photoshop of this thing in yellow with feathers and everything showing clawed “chicken feet” gripping the front rotors… then you’ll be sorry.

  22. jake says:

    The bike definitely takes styling cues from the BMW G’s. Put a horizontal twin on it, an asymmetrical, one-eyed headlight, and a BMW badge, and everyone would think it a beemer without a second’s thought. That said, the bike will probably ride better and be more capable than the beemer due to its more modern engine and suspension layout.

    In the last few reviews, we have seen time and time again, the Japanese undercutting other bike makers by thousands of dollars. What exactly is it about the Japanese manufacturers which allows them to undercut all other manufacturers by such a significant margin? Exactly, what are the Japanese doing right or the others doing wrong?

    Does having original styling cues add that much to the cost of a bike? We are just talking about styling cues here. Mechanically speaking, the Japanese bikes are probably better or the equal of those bikes they are undercutting, so the difference is again only about the styling, simply the originality of it.

    • Gary says:

      “That said, the bike will probably ride better and be more capable than the beemer due to its more modern engine and suspension layout.”

      Wait … what? You need to refresh your knowledge a bit regarding BMW engine and suspension technology.

      • Norm G. says:

        whew, you walked right into that one jake.

      • jake says:

        I stopped playing attention to BMW bikes around 5 years ago. Maybe things have changed a bit since then. Back then, the flat twin was simply a relic of past BMW tradition. They had less performance, less revs than the more the conventional v-twin. Sorry if I was wrong. Just thought a design limitation and performance deficit back then would still be applicable only 5 years later. One still never sees a racing v-twin using a horizontal layout, and I doubt if this is solely due to the ground clearance issue. Does a horizontal twin have any performance advantages over that of a v-twin? Or any advantages at all?

        Back then, the paralever suspension was thought to be advantageous due to lack of dive during braking and cause it could it was appropriate for high weight bikes – back then BMW did not produce any lightweight bikes aside from their thumpers. Still, most regarded a properly dialed in conventional suspension layout to be superior and less costly to BMW’s own unique design. Still no one sees a paralever suspension system on any performance orientated bikes. There has got to be a reason for this. Even BMW’s sport bike has a conventional suspension layout.

        I just thought these basic design flaws of BMW’s approach would still be applicable today. It’s only been a few years. Maybe BMW has found a way to overcome these limitations in the original, basic designed flaws of their bikes.

  23. red says:

    Heck I think it’s a major improvement.. Y’all do know what the current ones look like right? I rode a wee for 6 years and 50k miles. Great bike in many ways, but ugly to the bone.

    If I ever looked back while walking away it was only to make sure the kickstand wasn’t sinking in the grass/about to fall over.

  24. PM says:

    As the (aging/maturing) original owner of a ’97 TL1000S, I love it. Not so much the looks as the promise of a light, comfortable, capable bike with some character. A nose job looks like an opportunity, not a problem to me. Guess I’ll just have to work harder so I can cover kid’s college expenses, retirement savings and now budgeting for a new bike.

  25. Motowarrior says:

    It’s interesting that you sport bike guys don’t mind that they all look alike and have the same specs as all the other sport bikes, but you go nuts when a bike has a “beak’. The guys who ride long distances and love to cross mountain passes know the value of these bikes – lots of suspension travel, comfortable all-day riding position, reasonable gas mileage and the ability to hang with the squids in the twisties. Try one and you’ll stop grumbling.

  26. Superlight says:

    “Adventure” bikes are interesting, but as long as those beaks are part of design language its “no thanks” from me. Why in the world does every maker copy that design, especially when there is already a front fender over the front tire?

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      How else would you be able to skewer varmints on the fly while blasting through the wild? There are no drive-throughs out there ya know.

  27. Sean says:

    As a group these “adventure bikes” are a practical but ugly bunch. This bike is weird looking and has a beak but so do all the rest! Guess if they make one look good people will get confused and not know its an “adventure tourer” god forbid!

    • Starmag says:

      + 1 . Although they could still call it an adventure tourer so it would be included in the road test comparos. Maybe that would bring about the end of the beak it so richly deserves. Also,they could offer the beak as an option for the avian inclined among us.

      Judging from the comments here, they wouldn’t have to make many.

  28. adam says:

    Call it lack of pride, but they arent the serial copiers you accuse them of being itchface. They built Rotary engined bikes..they pioneered sportbikes… and many other feats I’m surely over looking.

    Henry Ford is just as guilty as Suzuki with his Model T…..

  29. Tom R says:

    Enough about the beak already! This is the useful Japanese standard bike that many have been hooting and rooting for: sit-up ergonomics, 1000cc two-cylinder power, ABS, decent legroom (trim the seat or go aftermarket if you have short legs), chain drive for those who think a shaft is too heavy, a luggage option if you want it, tubeless tires, likely a 5+ gallon fuel tank, at a Suzuki price.

    Seriously, what’s not to like except European snob appeal?

  30. Mark says:

    Overall the bike to me looks like a me too bike, not much enthusiam for me as I don’t see anything unique about it. One thing I hate is that muffler, did the steal that off my Ford F150?

  31. falcodoug says:

    I like, you won’t see the beak from the seat. have tools?

  32. Gpokluda says:

    I read somewhere that ex-BMW designer, Dave Robb, worked at Suzuki back in the day and designed the Katana and the DR Big, which by the way, was the first bike to have a fixed beak, not the BMW oil head GS which Robb later designed in the 90’s. so if that is the case, Suzuki has every right to put a beak on their bike. As a matter of fact, the new Vstrom looks a little like an old Katana.

    • itchface says:

      You’re probably thinking of Hans Muth, not Dave Robb. Muth worked for BMW before defecting to Suzuki. Anyway, this V-Strom 1000 is yet another in a long line of examples of how the Japanese bike industry waits to see what new bikes from the more innovative manufacturers catch on and then come up with cheaper versions of it. Where’s the pride in that?

    • Gpokluda says:

      You may be right about David Robb, but your mostly wrong about the Japanese bike seeing copy cats. I remember when BMW came out with their “bold” idea of talking and inline four and chanting it forward for better CG and performance benefits. I guess it would have a bold new idea if Yamaha hadn’t done twenty years earlier and called it the Genesis engine which was used in the wildly successful FZ series.