New Suzuki V-Strom Delayed Until Tomorrow

06/14/2011 @ 5:52 am, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

While Suzuki has been hyping some sort of middleweight adventure-tourer, suspected to be an 800cc V-Strom, the company has missed its original unveil date of Saturday June 11th. Now Suzuki sites are touting a new date: tomorrow (Wednesday June 15th), which we suppose we’ll forgive Suzuki for this blunder, provided the new model blows our socks off. So far no one has said why the date has been pushed back, though we’d like to start a good rumor of a headlight fluid shortage at Suzuki HQ.

Nonetheless, we’re sure the Suzuki faithful can handle another 24 hours of waiting, as the new V-Strom is expected to have a new look, new chassis, and new motor. Details beyond those basics are still non-existant, though some smart guessing is that the bike will go head-to-head with the new Triumph Tiger 800 & Tiger 800 XC, as well as the class-leading BMW F800GS. More info as we get it, but check back on Wednesday.

Source: Suzuki UK

  • mark

    Smart guessing is that the new bike will NOT go head to head with the Tiger 800/XC and F800GS. Suzuki will almost certainly keep the new V-Strom a budget bike with corresponding components. They aim to woo the guy who might otherwise buy a KLR650 but who wants better on-road performance; or the commuter who wants the convenience and fuel efficiency of the V-Strom; or the ADV rider who just wants a reliable bike at a low price. The Tiger and F800GS are both premium bikes that attract a different type of buyer — in some cases, people like me who’ve put a lot of miles on a V-Strom and are ready for something better.

    That said, Suzuki would be smart to add a sort of V-Strom Adventure model to their lineup to try to woo some Tiger and F800GS (and maybe even a few KTM) buyers — same drivetrain as the standard Strom, but with suspension and spoked wheels off the DR-Z400, minimal bodywork, etc. But I think it’s a pretty safe bet they won’t do it.

  • MikeD

    C’mon Wednesday !

    Make me eat my thoughts that this thing won’t be anything more than some BLAND P.O.S Ugly Contraption pushed out the door by Global Suzuki… (-_- )’ and will be as exciting as staring at the clouds.

  • If it retains the many positive virtues of the original bike, is sold at a bargain price and can match or improve upon on the fuel economy of the BMW F800 Range I, for one, would be interested.