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ADV NewsSuzuki Steps It Up With A New V-Strom for 2020

Suzuki Steps It Up With A New V-Strom for 2020

In a 3rd teaser Suzuki displays the rumored replacement for the V-Strom 1000.

Published on 10.31.2019

Suzuki left little to the imagination with its third “teaser” video of what’s most definitely a new-for-2020 flagship V-Strom, expected to be revealed next week at the Milan Motorcycle Show. 

And boy, it’s about time for a revision of the big V-Strom, with the last overhaul dating back to 2014 when the current model replaced a far more ponderous DL1000. It’s also timely, with a slew of updated adventure bikes coming around the bend, threatening to leave stale designs in the dust. 

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

So what are we looking at in the revitalized ’Strom? A decidedly more stylish look, with a broad, manually-adjustable windscreen and more-modern fairing wrapping around what appears to be a generously-sized fuel tank. The rectangular headlight is more vintage in appearance than vogue, undoubtedly a throwback to Suzuki’s early DRs of the late 80s and early 90s, bikes that employed big singles (a 650, later replaced the massive 800), which earned the model the endearing nickname DR BIG. 


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The first Katana sported an identical headlamp to the DR Big, which back in the day was more about saving cost than styling strategy. It must have been a leak regarding the retro-style rectangular headlamp that spawned rumors of DR BIG’s return, but it’s now very clear the headlamp and similar color scheme are the only shout-outs to the line’s heritage. 

The new V-Strom is inspired by the DR Big of the late 80s and early 90s.

As seen in teaser #2, it’s clear the new V-Strom will run its same 90-degree V-twin configuration, though we expect a possible bump in displacement and other tweaks ahead of new Euro 5 emissions regulations set to go into place. 

The large TFT-type screen, a replacement for the current, partly analog display, is clearly visible in the new video, promising a new level of electronic functionality from the model, including implementation of the rider modes and electronic rider aids, items like the advanced traction control, smart suspension, hill-start assist, and dialable ABS now standard on many top-of-the-line adventure tourers. 

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Suzuki’s upcoming  ADV bike has new handguards and mirrors, LED turn indicators and a beefy, tube-style engine guard that hints of a bike with more off-road intentions than its predecessor. There is also an engine skid plate, although it appears to leave the front header, which wraps under the bike, exposed.

In teaser #3 the new V-Strom’s wheels appear to be spoked, though in early spy shots out of Italy, test mules nearly identical to the bike we see in the new video were fitted with cast wheels.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

Toward the rear we can see the seat is now a two-piece unit and passenger grab rails are more streamlined while the boxy silencer, so recognizable on the current V-Strom remains.

I remember cutting my dual-sport teeth on Suzuki’s big thumper, DR BIG, back in the early nineties. It wasn’t always pretty, but the bike got you off the highway and pointed toward entirely new horizons. This latest V-Strom will deliver an entirely different world of adventure, but kinda cool a DR BIG-inspired headlamp will light the way.

Look for more details to be revealed at the start of EICMA November 5th.

Author: Jamie Elvidge

Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.

Author: Jamie Elvidge
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Eric Altman
Eric Altman
November 1, 2019 9:19 am

Looking forward to the details. Hopefully it will be a more dirt-worthy machine!

David Oakley
David Oakley
November 2, 2019 11:54 am

Please build a sode by sidelike Terex Kawasaki but price point conscious and quality equiped yelkao46@aol.com

BCTenereizer
BCTenereizer
November 4, 2019 12:42 am

A few DR800’s still going strong around Europe. They have a reputation of being tireless.
The Vstrom is much the same with some know to exceed 150,000km’s
Like the energizer Bunny – it just keeps going and going !
What ends up being exposed in Milan will definitely pierce someone’s heart with a long term relationship between their legs 🙂

Svendura
Svendura
November 4, 2019 5:42 am

Hopefully it’s not just a V-Strom 1000 in a new dress.
But at least it will be cheap.

Svendura
Svendura
November 5, 2019 8:11 am
Reply to  Svendura

Tadaaa: It is exactly that: A V-Strom in a new dress.
More electronics, more of everything and especially: More weight.
Thumbs down, Suzuki.

BCTenerizer
BCTenerizer
November 5, 2019 11:52 am
Reply to  Svendura

Suzuki technology philosophy “ if it’s not broke don’t fix it” ! Yamaha did the same thru the 90’s with the XT – XTZ 750 – TDM 850 – Tracer EU.
Long term dependability was what the market wanted !

BCTenerizer
BCTenerizer
November 5, 2019 11:58 am
Reply to  Svendura

Today we’ll find out “ the truth is out there “ lol

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