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

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