After seeing a glimpse of the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 back in Germany at the Intermot Expo, Suzuki is finally testing its prototype. Suzuki has already put a website dedicated to the V-Strom alone where you can view the concept behind the bike, the manufacturing process, the challenges that came with the design and what the company hopes for it in the future.
Based on the photos that were released by Suzuki, the V-Strom 1000 is still equipped with the 996cc V-Twin engine which was the same as the first Strom 1000 released 11 years ago. There are changes done to the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 such as its bodywork where the blunt nose has been replaced with a beak like design reminiscent of the Multistrada by Ducati.
The three-spoke wheels are no longer seen as well since Suzuki has replaced them with a 19-inch front wheel and a 17-inch rear wheel for a sportier and more modern look. An inverted fork is seen in the V-Strom 1000 which clearly indicates that the rear suspension has received an upgrade as well.
The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is also equipped with four-piston, radial-mount calipers by Tokico as well as an ABS ring. It is not yet clear as to the function of the ABS ring but it is possible that it will be monitoring the speed of the wheel so that it will prevent them from locking in case you need to put on the brakes immediately. ABS stands for Anti-Locking Braking System and it is already being used in several motorbikes today.
The windscreen for the new V-Strom 1000 is completely adjustable and you can clearly see the headlight up front. As for the V-Strom’s throttle, it still remains cable-actuated instead of the ride-by-wire since it is more appropriate for the traction control system that the bike is equipped with.
At the rear of the V-Strom 1000 you will notice saddlebags attached to the sides that you can use as storage. This isn’t much of a surprise since the Product Planner for the V-Strom 1000, Tomohisa Ichimaru, is a fan of long distance traveling.
Although the prototype is still in the works, it won’t be long now before Suzuki unveils its production version of the new V-Strom 1000. It can be later in the year when the company will finally show its new bike ride for its loyal fans and curious onlookers alike.