With the revealing of the newest technology Suzuki V-Strom 1050 ushering in a recent – if not outlandish – new design path for the journey/tourer vary, there appears to be scope to increasing the road right into a smaller displacement area.
The V-Strom has been a strong mainstay of the Suzuki vary for a number of years, gamely persevering in Europe whereas different fashions had been trimmed as they fall foul of ever tightening emissions laws.
With top-end fashions steadily slipping away and new variations nonetheless in growth – one thing that appears to occur at a glacial tempo at Suzuki usually – an answer could possibly be to utilise some well-judged badge engineering additional down the vary.
Earlier this yr we confirmed the DR300 developed by Haojue – Suzuki’s Chinese language companion – which appears destined to grow to be the Suzuki GSX-S300 in western markets and now the identical might apply for a child V-Strom primarily based on these renderings.
Powered by a 160cc engine, the Haojue is fascinating as a result of it adopts most of the styling traits of the V-Strom 1050 – the beaked nostril particularly -, which in flip attracts closely from the Katana.
With solely 15bhp it’d want a lift to assist it sustain on European roads, so that is the place a 300cc model would maybe be extra viable, and even bringing over the 250cc V-Strom at present on sale in Asia and Australia.
Both approach, after Royal Enfield demonstrated there’s a marketplace for good worth, tough and hard mini-ADVs, a very good worth journey bike appears like an excellent resolution for an organization like Suzuki particularly for the reason that 650cc model – which can possible achieve a model new engine to switch the favored however dated V configuration unit – nonetheless appears to be slightly approach away…