Suzuki’s Tomohisa Ichimaru, a Product Planner, describes the design goals for the new 2014 V-Strom 1000 in an interview posted on the special web site set up by Suzuki prior to the launch of this model later this fall in Milan. You can read the full four-page interview yourself, but highlights include an intense effort to reduce weight and the use of radial brake calipers from a recent model GSX-R 1000 superbike. As we suspected, Suzuki is targeting a lighter, more nimble alternative to some of the other large displacement enduros, even placing emphasis on seat height and narrowness of the chassis to improve the ability of normal size riders to comfortably place both feet on the ground. He also reveals the new model will have a stiffer frame with a longer wheelbase.
- July 5, 2013
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