V-Strom 1000 is dead. No longer being made.

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Strange that they would kill the 1000 in what I assume is the hottest, most profitable, market sector right now.

I would think a revised 1000 with electronic suspension, cruise control, tft dash, and other modern goodies would sell well.

Surprised they still sell the Hayabusa, can't imagine there's a market left for that.
 

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Actually the Busa' is a fantastic platform for the dragstrip and speed runs. It is one of the cheapest bikes to modify in order to get past the ever eluding ton.
I like the busa, but outside of drag racing, and the stretch swingarm show guys, I don't know what market there is for it. Would be curious to see sales figures for it. It's also over a decade old now.
 
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I like the busa, but outside of drag racing, and the stretch swingarm show guys, I don't know what market there is for it. Would be curious to see sales figures for it. It's also over a decade old now.
It is an old model at that. It's really a bummer that Suzuki is seeing such a slump in sales. It's so bad they have decided bring back the Katana. Thats a 38 year old model that was discontinued in 2006. Ironically the Katana was 100% German engineered by Target Designs.
 
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I had the first model year Hayabusa which was 1999. It was actually a fantastic bike for its time. It’s easy to use it as a sports tourer for 4-6 hours per day.

Of course why would they still be making them now? I don’t know, but lasting for 2 decades is a pretty good run especially after the manufacturers agreed to limit bikes to 300kph, not that almost all super bikes can be modified.

It’s sad that Suzuki sells less product that Kawasaki as their motorcycles are quite reliable. I loved the 2 I had. I think they sold more SV650, which helped the world of motorcycles evolve in many ways.

Bummer about the V-Strom. I think an updated version would be profitable.
 

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It is an old model at that. It's really a bummer that Suzuki is seeing such a slump in sales
The way I see it, Suzuki is killing themselves by recycling engines and bikes with only minor changes. They're not investing R&D into completely new engines and platforms, just throwing new paint and minor changes on old bikes.

Scrap the obscene money they're probably throwing at MotoGP (Rins' recent win was phenomenal) and redirect it into new development.
 
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Please look at the 2020 model lineup and you will see it is missing.
Hmmm I’m missing something, I follow your link, hit the 2020 model lineup and it shows Vstrom in the adventure bike category? Motorcycle mag and and a couple other show the Vstrom coming back in 2020. They just redesigned this a few years ago, I can’t see them not milking it for a few more years.
 

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Google search says nothing about the Strom being discontinued. But several hits talk about a complete re-design for the 1000. I really like the DL1000 Strom, almost.....alllmost as much as the Tenere. I've had three of them.
 

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It is an old model at that. It's really a bummer that Suzuki is seeing such a slump in sales. It's so bad they have decided bring back the Katana. Thats a 38 year old model that was discontinued in 2006. Ironically the Katana was 100% German engineered by Target Designs.
I think you're seeing the Katana bit wrong. Retro is in and Suzuki needs to compete. Look what BMW is doing with the R nineT.
 
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Hmmm I’m missing something, I follow your link, hit the 2020 model lineup and it shows Vstrom in the adventure bike category? Motorcycle mag and and a couple other show the Vstrom coming back in 2020. They just redesigned this a few years ago, I can’t see them not milking it for a few more years.
The 650 V-Strom only for 2020

Google search says nothing about the Strom being discontinued. But several hits talk about a complete re-design for the 1000. I really like the DL1000 Strom, almost.....alllmost as much as the Tenere. I've had three of them.
I'm only passing on information from Suzukis introduction to the 2020 models. It might be possible they could add the 1000 V-Strom later. But it would seem odd to me. Maybe they are coming out with a new 1000 model later in the year? I'm not much for "google search info". The internet is so full of BS it's hard to sift through the truth. I figure the official Suzuki website is pretty reputable. That's why I posted it here.
 
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Keep in mind this is what kind of crap you get with a google search. I do not believe it at all. It's all the internet craze that 2020 is going to be a DR1200. When it shows up in the dealers or on the Suzuki website then I will believe. As of today per manufacturers official website, Suzuki will no longer be manufacturing the 996CC DL1000. 2019 is the last year it will be available.

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Stroms are super bikes. I've owned a few but IMO, Suzuki hasn't kept em up very well. Unfortunately for me, that DR1200 image gives me a slight chub. When I imagine the DR with a shaft final drive, electronic cruise control, very competitive pricing and a ridiculous 0% finance option, the condition worsens!
 

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We ought to know in a month with the industry EICMA show in Columbus, Ohio.
That 1200 illustration has a chain, which is a deal breaker for me.
 

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IIRC, this is a recurring theme with VStrom. Every year is the last year. Every time Suzuki posts up the new model line, people assume an absence of a model means it's gone, only to be released a bit later.

I'm not arguing that the DL1k is still going to be in production, only that it's absence from the website is a poor predictor.

AFA the criticisms of updates:
1. Suzuki may not have the $$ to invest in R&D, and the reason they exist at all is because they can/ do recycle models with BNG.
2. DL's are THE bargain/ entry level bike in their sector. Lots are sold on the grounds that not everybody wants or can afford a GS... or Triumph... or an ST.
I think the pricing on the genII DL1k was a mistake - they priced a lot of potential buyers out of the market.
I've seen examples of new DL1k's going for very nearly what a new ST can be had for. I would expect most people would not choose to pay more money for chain drive, smaller displacement, etc. A great bike like the DL with chain drive and smaller engine for a few thousand less, now you're getting people's attention.

New riders, college students, people who live in crowded places or where gas is crazy expensive - maybe they'd rather have a selection of $2500 - $7500 bikes to lure them away from a car or into owning a bke. Having to choose between an $8000 WeeStrom or a $25000 GS is a no-brainer for a LOT of people.
 

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They've dropped it once already, then brought it back after a couple years with an updated model. I 've read stuff about this new Big DR project; it would make sense to drop it if they were going to replace it with another liter ADV bike. If sales figures don't justify the continued production of the DL1000, I can see why Suzuki would cease production and dedicate the resources to another project.
 
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