The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is perhaps the most intriguing motorcycle to come from Hamamatsu in a long while, as the Japanese brand has been dormant ever since the economic dustup of 2009 and onward. A revival of new motorcycles from Suzuki, the V-Strom 1000 also represents the OEM finally building a proper offering for the ADV segment.
Building upon the V-Strom 1000, our friend Luca Bar imagines new life coming into Suzuki because of the adventure-tourer, and it isn’t hard to imagine other new machines from the V-Strom’s platform.
For a product line that is full of holes, one such plug could be the revival of the Suzuki SV1000 series, and Bar has put together both a naked and half-fairing editions of this well-loved model.
Built off the V-Strom 1000 chassis and engine, the SV1000S and SV1000N concepts borrow heavily from the Suzuki aesthetic, found in the V-Strom 1000 and GSX-R series. With the one-liter v-twin engine at its core, Suzuki easily punch out 130hp or more for the street bikes.
With the V-Strom 1000 the first bike from Suzuki to feature traction control, it seems only logical that other street bikes in Suzuki’s line receive the 21st century treatment. However, with all the Japanese OEMs very shy of the sport bike market, we are afraid Luca Bar’s work will remain fantasy.
Maybe with Suzuki developing the XRH-1 MotoGP bike for the 2015 season we will see the Hamamatsu brand revive its sport bike roots. If we don’t it will be a shame, because the bikes that Bar has penned here look really intriguing, and remind us of the days when the Suzuki TL1000S was known as “The Widowmaker” and the SV650 was the best bang-for-the-buck motorcycle on the market.
Source: Luca Bar Design