Suzuki’s posted what’s supposedly its 2020 US lineup on its website, with some changes to the dual sport/ADV lineup. Next year, the V-Strom 1000 and the VanVan 200 will not be returning—at least, that’s the story for now.
We already knew the DR650 was coming back for 2020, with no other changes than the eagerly-anticipated Bold New Graphics. Or should that read Blah New Graphics? Either way, the DR650 is returning, and so is the DR-Z400 and the DR200.
As well, Suzuki is also offering another edition of the V-Strom 650 in the US, the V-Strom 650XT Adventure. This machine comes with hard luggage, crash bars, extended mirrors and a centerstand, and the MSRP is $10,399 (compared to the standard Wee-Strom XT’s $9,299 MSRP). In other markets, these bits have been offered as free or low-cost upgrades to the Strom for years.
However, the bigger V-Strom 1000 models are conspicuously absent from the Suzuki website at this point. This isn’t terribly shocking, as there have long been rumors of a new “DR Big” that’s powered by the V-Strom’s liter-class V-twin. If the rumors are true, expect to see this machine unveiled on the fall show circuit, taking the place of the current V-Strom Thou.
The VanVan 200 is a bit of a puzzler, as it’s unlikely that it’s been discontinued over emissions; the DR200 has basically the same engine, with carb instead of EFI, and it returns for 2020. There are two possible explanations. The first is that VanVan sales were just too low, so they’ve ended its run. The other possible explainer is that there’s just too much leftover 2019 stock, so Suzuki is taking a year to let all those bikes sell. Suzuki’s done this with other models, and it wouldn’t be shocking if that was the case here.
Other potentially interesting models that are (so far) missing from the 2020 line are the TU250X retro commuter, the Savage cruiser and the Burgman 400 maxi-scooter. For more deets, check out Suzuki’s US webpage, and speculate away.