By Dennis Chung
Suzuki announced five returning off-road dirt bikes and one dual-sport model, each coming back for 2020 with color updates. Some of these models, like the RM-Z450 and RM-Z250, received substantial updates in the last couple of years, so it’s no surprise that they’re only getting updated graphics for 2020. Others, like the DR-Z125L, DR-Z50 and RM85 have remained relatively unchanged for quite some time now, so there’s no surprise there. The only street-legal model Suzuki announced today, the DR650S, is another long-standing model getting a new palette for 2020.
Perhaps more interesting are the models Suzuki didn’t announce. Among the dirt bikes, the RMX450Z was left off the list of returning models. Suzuki may announce its return at a later date, but it’s also possible the RM-Z-based trail bike may have been dropped for 2020.
Also missing from today’s news are Suzuki’s smaller dual sport models, the throwback VanVan 200, the DR200S and the DR-Z400S (plus its supermoto variant, the DR-Z400SM). In its announcement, Suzuki says the DR650S “returns as the first Suzuki DualSport model ready to hit the pavement or trails in 2020,” which implies that other dual sport models will be announced at a later date.
Along those lines, French publication Road Trip Magazine published a spy photo on its Facebook page of what looked like a pair of Suzuki dual sport prototypes. There was some speculation these were for a new V-Strom as the engine does appear to be a V-Twin, the styling (especially the beak) was more reminiscent of the Suzuki DR800S (a.k.a. the DR-Big). If Suzuki is indeed about to introduce a new DR model, it’s possible Suzuki is saving the smaller DR models for that announcement.
Until then, let’s take a look at the returning Suzuki dirt bike models confirmed for 2020.
2020 Suzuki DR650S
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