Suzuki SV1000S Concept by Luca Bar Design

03/25/2014 @ 3:36 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


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

  • Bill

    That looks good. Too bad the market here just doesn’t support the style.

  • SkidLid

    The naked version looks great. Price it competitively with the FZ09 and it should sell. Whether it will? That’s another story. A modular design where you could quickly snap on half or full fairings could help the market here. Though I’m not a fan of that half faired concept.

  • L2C

    I’m not sure about the headlight — typical Suzuki, I suppose, but those versions look really good.

  • Jobie

    Luca Bar always has some of the best concept designs, once again this is wonderful! Too bad that they don’t seem to catch the attention of the “right people”. Ahhhh, it gives a soul hope though.

  • Very nice. Those are properly good concepts that I could easily see fitting well into the lineup.

  • I own a 2003 Suzuki SV1000N. It may be the best bike that I’ve ever owned. It’s light, powerful, has a broad powerband, and it sounds great! When new it was about 90% like a Ducati Monster at a fraction of the price. Cycle World called it “The best bike that you didn’t buy” because it wasn’t a particularly successful model for Suzuki. Lots of them sat unsold in warehouses for years. However, the bike became a cult favorite later on.

    As much as I’d like to see an updated model, I sincerely doubt that Suzuki would consider making one because the concept was not a success previously. And that’s too bad, because this bike is, ironically, just the type of motorcycle that lots of riders say that they want.

  • mark

    How about reworking the sv650f gladius into something that doesn’t make people poke their eyes out?

    It’s such a shame such a great bike is made to look like a maxi-scooter

  • paulus

    to me… this just looks like a 1000cc Gladius

  • IMHO, the first doesn’t go quite far enough and the others miss a trick. What we need is
    1) A VSXR1000. Exactly the same performance as a GSXR750 but with a V-Twin feel. That first image is close, but give it the full fairing.
    2) A VSR1000. That’s the aforementioned VSXR1000 with a slightly larger top fairing, higher screen and a flat bar instead of clip ons. Directly aimed at sports bike enthusiasts who have reached their mid 50s and don’t bend like they used to! Don’t detune the engine or downgrade the components in any way. Just make the riding position more comfortable.

    While we’re at it, please choose gearbox ratios for the real world, not the race track. So make 6th an overdrive. And keep 1st quite low for zee wheelies. Choose 2,3,4 so they’re ideal in back roads and twisties. The all important 40-110mph range.

    And we really need that VSR approach across the whole range. There should be a GSR600, 750, 1000 that are just the equivalent GSXR with a flat bar and higher screen.

  • CLB

    So… while I have owned 2-3 SV’s and loved them all even the 650, maybe even more; I’m just not sure people listen.

    The half fairing look is great for that bike and if only OEM would do the 1/2 fairing with FULL Suspension and motor. For some reason, 1/2 fairing means 1/2 the brakes and motor and add 50 lbs… just don’t get it.

    If SUZ did build either one of those with 4 to 1, GREAT suspension / brakes and not last years wheels, they would be the only one outside of our European friends to do it and I for one would love it…

    The idea above with higher clip-ons like my 2004 SVS – 650 would be great… or again flat bars. Just don’t make it a pretend sport with Cruiser attitude.

    It’s why I now own a Street Triple R…

  • Gorgeous! Who is this guy? I also like his TDM800 Yamaha concept. So far he’s batting 1000. Somebody hire him.

  • Grant Madden

    Dump the huge muffler in favour of two smaller units with a bit of carbon here and there and done in red,HELL YEA!!! I’d buy one!! Did like the black one though but needs some sparkle here and there and it would b e great!!

  • I think the sv650 is STILL the best bang for buck motorcycle (with quite an active used market)

    now if only Suzuki would do something better than the gladiolus err sfv650…

  • gritboy

    Fan of both the SV1000 and V-Strom, but this particular styling mashup sucks. If Suzuki got the latest model inspiration for the V-Strom 1000 from an older design, I’d love them to do the same with a new SV1000. Perhaps building off the GSX 1100 S Katana 1984 (for inspiration, not literally).

  • Bruce Wilken

    Drool, Drool!!! I gotta have one of these – the two – tone one at the start of the article! I had an 06 SV1000S, and it was a really great bike. I know the market sucks, but I would buy it in a heartbeat.


  • Pretty nice design, except for those tacked on plastic pieces above the main spars and on top of the tank. Lose that totally nonstructural non-functional unnecessary crap that only adds weight to the motorcycle and detracts from the clean look.

  • That “plastic piece” “on top of the tank” is likely the airbox. Some Japanese manufacturers, notably Yamaha, have located the airbox either in front of or behind the fuel tank on bikes with semi or full-downdraft intakes, but they have disguised it by shaping both together to look like one traditional fuel tank. It is an ingenious way to provide the necessary airbox volume (for a broad powerband) without terribly compromising style.

    The plastic piece that runs above the frame spars and under the tank and back to under the rider’s seat is a combination side-panel/beauty strip to hide various things that would ruin the bikes lines. If they are anything like the similar pieces on one of the old SV1000’s, they wouldn’t contribute any significant weight whatsoever. Note that just about every motorcycle make since the 1960’s has sidecovers or similar. These aren’t like the huge ugly non-functional air scoops on some recent Yamahas.

    Luca Bar Design really know what they are doing when it comes to styling. Perusing their Web site, I’m reminded of every grade school kid who loves motorcycles, sitting in class doodling “what if” sketches of dream bikes. The difference is that Luca Bar does it much better, and does it for a living.

  • Bob

    It would make a lot of sense for Suzuki to make a new SV 1000.

    I own an SV1000s with a rethal bar conversion. It makes a great all round bike that I have used for touring as well as throwing it around like a supermoto. It would be a waste for Suzuki to update the V twin and not make a new SV. With 110 bhp it doesn’t need a lot of electronic trickery so could be kept simple and cheap. Let’s hope it is a bit less thirsty though!

  • icepick

    nice but not a real stretch.