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  • Nov 05, 2019

The inspiration for the new V-STROM 1050 hearkens back to Le Petit Gaston racing the DR-Big in Dakar back in the day.


Is it live or is it Memorex? This DR-Big rally bike pioneered the way for Suzuki’s big V-STROM 1050s.


After a series of past video teasers Suzuki took the wraps off the V-STROM 1050, V-STROM 1050XT, and V-STROM 1050XT Adventure bikes at the EICMA show today. Suzuki says the bikes were inspired by the legendary DR-Z800 Dakar Rally bike that proved Suzuki could take on the planet’s most rigorous off-road event. “The DR800S, also known as the DR-Big, that was powerful and nimble for its size, the new generation of V-STROM 1050 models share similar characteristics with its distinct design and electrifying colors that hearken back to its historical race livery.”

The V-STROM 1050XT model comes in Championship Yellow livery that resembles the legendary DR-Z rally bike while the orange and white combination pays respectful homage to the DR-Big. Whether on-or-off road, commuting, or sport-riding, the all-new V-STROM is poised to help riders master their own adventure. “For 2020, riders can also experience the joy of the open road on the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure with travel-ready capabilities including a set of aluminum panniers and heated grips that help keep them prepared for any conditions.”

In addition to the new V-STROM 1050 models, Suzuki presented its remaining 2020 models, including the GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000Fand Burgman 400 scooter. Each model returns with new colors and graphics that showcase their proven performance.


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