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2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom Preview


by Pascal Bastien ,

At the 2012 International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair in Cologne, Germany, Suzuki unveiled a concept that clearly foreshadowed the future DL 1000 V-Strom. The completely redesigned dual-purpose bike will mark a radical departure from its predecessor and even the current, warmed-over DL 650 V-Strom.

2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom

Unlike the latter, which has been using the same chassis since 2006, the big-bore DL gets a brand new perimeter frame made of aluminum, a tubular rear section, upside-down front forks, a cast swingarm, and a braking system that features radial callipers and ABS.

Suzuki had to respond to the growing threat of large-displacement, dual-purpose bikes. The 2013 DL 1000 V-Strom follows the modern trend by sporting a muscular look; however, as is often the case in this segment, it leaves a lot to be desired in terms of elegance and organic design.

A few similarities
Similar to its arch nemesis, this new V-Strom boasts a duck beak-shaped front end, as first seen on the DR 750 in the 1980s.

That naked, tubular rear section seems like an obvious way to attach a number of travel accessories such as saddlebags, grab rails, and a passenger backrest. The concept also featured an adjustable windshield, centre stand, cargo rack, and hand guards.

Familiar engine
The 2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom sticks with the same 1.0L V-twin engine that came from the sporty TL 1000. It will likely undergo significant changes like its smaller counterpart, which delivers more grunt, smoothness, and efficiency. Expect good times on the road thanks to extra power and torque.

With regard to the chassis, the 2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom returns with even sharper on-road dynamics. Consider the fully redesigned frame, long-travel inverted forks, and 17'' wheels shod in 90% road/10% dirt tires.

Basic solutions such as a chain final drive and the absence of traction and stability control hint at a lightweight machine with a very competitive price. In order to keep up with stalwarts like the R1200GS, Stelvio NTX and Versys 1000, the 2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom will have to be much more affordable indeed, likely in the $13K-$14K range. Company executives in Japan say that the model will go on sale in the second half of 2013.

2013 Suzuki DL 1000 V-Strom front 3/4 view
Photo: Suzuki