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2013 DL1000 V-Strom and V-strom Concept - [merged]

I was digging around a maxi-scooter board this evening. (wife bought a Burgman 400, nice scooter) and one of the members posted a link to a French motorcycle/scooter website that had interviewed some of France's top Suzuki brass, and had found out that there is to be a re-design of the Burgman 400 and 650 for 2013. What was very interesting is that they also mentioned three re-designed motorcycles. A GSXR1000 and DL1000 and GT. Not sure about the GT, but I'd be willing to bet that it would be a "standard" bike using the 1000cc V-Twin. I'm sure they will have to spread the cost of a major re-design of the 1000 engine across more than one model. Plus they have to compete with the Versys 1000, which is not a direct competitor of the DL1000.
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Oops, it just goes to the web-site. Click on "News for 2013" in the left hand column to find the article.
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It's hard to know if they are really talking about a new "GT" model. Remember that there already is a DL1000GT which is just a DL1000 outfitted with touring luggage. It could be that all they are talking about is a re-designed DL1000 with a GT version.
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My nearby dealer told me the Vee is back. No changes. Bold new colors and graphics and a new higher price. He has not heard about delivery dates yet.
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My nearby dealer told me the Vee is back. No changes. Bold new colors and graphics and a new higher price. He has not heard about delivery dates yet.
We all ready know that (2012 Vee is back with no changes)... What the OP was talking about was a possible re-design of the 1000 in 2013...

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That would be great. Often new ADV and naked models are introduced in selected markets and the USA is either delayed or ignored. Though the USA is a fickle market.

Hopefully the 2012 Wee and the bigger liter class competitors sell well to show that there is a market for a re-designed 2013 DL1000?

While the 2012 Wee is nice, it is too similar to my 2007 to consider. But if they can make the DL1000 more powerful AND cheaper, AND lighter than the grossly overweight Super Tenere, then I will line up with my checkbook. According to actual dyno runs the "Super Ten" barely hits 90hp at rear wheel (some tests show high 80s) and outweighs much of its competition ... so much for the claimed 110 hp. I still love Japanese reliability, but we need a more competitive liter class ADV bike.

If the 2013 DL1000 gains weight, uses the same slightly rough engine tuning, and costs much more than $12000 (US) for a base model they can keep it.

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It certainly would be exciting if it were true...if they could polish the rough edges off the 1000 and add ABS I think a lot of Wee riders would give it another look.

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We all ready know that (2012 Vee is back with no changes)... What the OP was talking about was a possible re-design of the 1000 in 2013...

Thanks for clearing that up. I do not know what every body else knows. Most of the time, I have forgotten what I knew yesterday. I asked about any redesign and my dealer knew what you know.

Looks like I will put another 12,000 miles or so on mine for 2012 and see what Suzuki come up with. I sat on a new Triumph "Tiger I think", I believe I may have found my Vees replacement. But, darn...I sure hate to start over with a new mistress again.
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Hey Suzuki:

Make a new DL1000 that follows what you did with the 650, and I'll buy one!

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Though the USA is a fickle market.
No. That's not it at all, at least in my estimation.

Longstanding consumer loyalty to particular motorcycle styles -- overwhelmingly cruisers and RRs to a lesser extent -- is very entrenched and very obvious. The refusal of the Japanese and European brands to import a broader selection of motorcycle styles and models in any appreciable volume, if at all, seems to me to be a very rational business decision. It's a prudent response to observed purchasing trends which are longstanding and static.

More than once on this forum have I mentioned my [pleasant] surprise that the V-Strom ever got imported to the U.S., and that it has lasted as long as it has (esp. the 1000) in Suzuki's line-up.

Now, I'm not at all surprised that the manufacturers, the Japs in particular, have and continue to introduce a plethora of models and trim levels all within the cruiser category. E.g., the catalog for Yamaha's "Star" line is just as voluminous as the sum of all other motorcycle categories and models that the company presently imports into the U.S.

A fickle market? If only!
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