Rumors of the Suzuki DR Big for 2020

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  1. Podzo's PD

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    Possibly and new DL 1000 better set up for true adventure riding. Information is sketchy but a picture may be accurate.
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    StmbtDave AKA Invisible Dave

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    Side panel says 1200. That’s BIG
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    Whatever the size, 1000 or 1200, I am sure it'll undercut the other manufacturers price.
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    the new ('14 up) motor is terrific, if they bump it up to 1200cc and give the bike a bit of ground clearance and longer travel suspension it'll be a great option in the adv bike category.
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    I agree, I have a 2014 DL1000ADV. No way is it a true ADV bike. But it is an very good sport touring or as the new term describes. . . an adventure sport bike. Good for everyday use, sport touring and gravel roads. I use it also as a camping machine. But still, I have to keep my KLR as a true ADV bike.
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    Dr. Big should be a giant single.

    “He Strom” ?
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    Assfault Exposed Member Supporter

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    What exactly is a "true" adventure bike George?
    I've had my Ducati MST in places it wasn't designed to be.
    Did that make it a true ADV bike?
    Or is it the rider that makes the adventure experience true?
    My interpretation is as follows.
    It's an adventure if .....
    You are lost or aren't quite sure where you are or which way to ride next
    You are stuck and have difficulty getting moving again due to lack of skills, decision making, or mechanical issue
    You decide to spend the night right where you are
    You are in a place you have never been before
    You don't speak the local language
    You haven't seen anybody else in over 4 hours and it's getting dark
    Your rider mates are freaking out over the situation y'all got yourselves into and not helping solve the problems
    Or any or all of the above.

    Embrace the adventure, get out of your comfort zone, and enjoy being out of control.
    Only then is it a true Adventure IMO.

    Bikes are only the conveyance.
    I agree with 309, a DR Big should be a single, keeping with the original concept.
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    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    Agree with Bash. I’ve had more adventures on my 350 than I ever dreamed of on my KLR. It’s not a better “adventure bike” it just takes me to that adventure point in my mind...so maybe it is a better adventure bike for ME.
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    goodburbon Been here awhile

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    That said, I’m looking forward to the DR BIG and hope it’s not as ugly as it’s predecessor.
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    randingo Voted "Class Lounger"

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    Huh.....I thought it had to have its own thread on this site to be a true ADV bike :lol3
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    'adventure bike' is just a category, any bike can be a bike on an adventure - but the factories see where we want to spend our money these days, so the category exists :D

    A true DR Big would be a great time to update the DR650 platform, from motor to chassis to suspension.
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    2Ypoc.jpg v4.jpg
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    It does...I even changed the title the other day. These guys need to wander around ADV a little bit, amazing what you find posted :-)
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    Now a potential new KLR shown at EICMA on Tuesday would be new news.
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    Whomever drew that had some good vision. :lol3

    Kinda close, kinda recycled, kinda wrong.
    I love these kind of bike drawings, great to see people's imagination.
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    No new KLR and it looks like the new V-Strom/DL1000 is no big news, not much different then the generation II.
    Hard to believe Kawasaki is going 2 years without and updated KLR.
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    Blakebird r-u-n-n-o-f-t

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    It's only been a year since the KLR was discontinued - MY 2018 was the last, but there's still a lot of new leftover '17's and '18's out there.
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    fixn2go Colo. red dirt rider

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    I would trade my DR and my GS for a bigger DR 750 - 900 that had great suspension ,fuel injection and most importantly a tune up that can be done by most anyone . I'm sure that leaves a lot of things that can go wrong like the seats too high or low , it doesn't run over 130 , it's uncomfortable , the frame is made of some kind of plastic etc.
    I would think tons of data have been logged on what the rider wants and what works , makes me wonder why it isn't being sold yet . :hmmmmm
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  20. eakins

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    Yes it is.

    I was told last year at IMS by a Kawi rep:
    "It's not discontinued, it's a skip model year"

    Since it's become such a US focused bike over the years, Kawi is waiting for IMS Long Beach for a reveal. Or not.

    Kawi has dropped new bikes out of the blue before vs hype like the T7 etc.
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