Rumours have been swirling that Suzuki’s developing a new version of its iconic DR BIG – and a spy shot has appeared on confirming its well on its way.

From what we can see in the image, the new DR appears to an evolution of the Japanese factories V-Strom 1000 rather than an entirely new machine. And considering the current V-Strom’s comparative lack of agility on the rough stuff, and the motorcycle markets widespread enthusiasm for off-road capable adventure machines, it’s a clever move from Suzuki.    

The new DR comes with long-travel suspension, a decent amount of ground clearance, an adventure style front mudguard – but at this stage, that’s about as much as we know. Thankfully, it looks like we won’t have to wait too long to see Suzuki’s new DR in the flesh – as it appears to be well on its way to being production ready. We reckon it’s likely to be unveiled at EICMA towards the end of this year – but we’ll just have to wait and see.

Tony Carter

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