Suzuki may be planning an upgrade to their long-running adventure bike, the DL650 V-Strom.
According to a story from French website MotoStation.com, Suzuki is planning to unveil a very different DL650 soon, with extensive changes to both the bodywork and engine. The new machine would also pick up better brakes and suspension and a re-designed frame. Styling would be less bulky and more dirt-worthy.
The DL650, built around the V-twin engine that first appeared in Suzuki’s SV650 standard, has been available in North America since 2004 without a lot of changes, so it may be time for the company to update this bike.
It will be interesting to see if they really do take the machine in a more dirt-oriented direction – Kawasaki did the opposite of that when they updated their KLR650 for 2008. Could this mean Suzuki’s oil-cooled dual-sport workhorse, the DR650, is on its way out? What about the SV650’S future? If the report from MotoStation.com is right, we’ll have to wait and see.