Long-distance riders to test Touratech prototype parts on DL1000s

Publish Date: 
Apr 27, 2014

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Rather than release a new supplement to the catalog, Touratech has unveiled its prototype parts for the updated Suzuki 2014 DL1000 by outfitting a pair of bikes and sending them across the Americas for a proper real-world test.

Riding new DL1000s provided by Suzuki International Europe, Touratech said it is using the machines as the ultimate test platform.

Touratech has kitted out the bikes for long-distance adventure touring, with headlight protectors, fairing crash bars, auxiliary lights, GPS mounts, hand guards, extra power sockets, tank bags, Touratech’s ZEGA Pro luggage systems, foot pegs, aluminum luggage racks, dry bags, heated grips, Heidenau tires, Scottoiler chain lubers, plus specially made graphics packages across the bodywork. New seats, handlebar bags and crash bar bags will also be added.

Riders Claudia and Mirko Nagler (see photo, above) expect to take between 12 and 18 months to complete their journey through North, Central and South America.

Calling their project "2AR,” which stands for "2 Auf Reisen," or "two people on one journey," they said they intend to attract a lot of attention and raise awareness for impoverished youth in South America.

Look for the new DL1000 products to become commercially available once initial feedback from the journey and final production tooling is complete.