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Touratech Travel Time 03_2011_en

TOURATECH TIPS AND NEWS 8 Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom urbanXover V-Strom transformer Finaly! A tankbag for photographers Touratech, the name symbolises adventure, Long-distance con- versions and the world is your oyster. That’s what the majority of motorcyclists think and, in principle, they are right.The machines of the Streetline range are more or less made fit for travel on pavement. However, what the developers were thinking of in the case of the Suzuki 650 V-Strom »urbanXover« has little to do with tarmac. It soon becomes clear that »going off the rails« need not necessarily be a bad thing.Together with Suzuki, Touratech made some radical modifications to the DL 650. The design of the concept bike has little if anything in common with a travel enduro. The somewhat stodgy-looking twin was given a real bad, bad outfit. Some parts of the »urbanXover«, such as the engine guard, stainless steel foot pegs, and the additional headlamp integrated into the tank cover,are available in the regular Touratech pro- gramme. However, many of the parts of the converted twin will probably remain unique specimens. The designers were given a free hand with the DL 650 and had plenty of fun in the process if one can believe the stories. At this year’s IAA in Frankfurt, the DL 650 in its Mad Max Look caused quite a stir on the Suzuki stand. The safe storage of camera equipment is al- ways a challenge when trav- elling by bike. The Toura- tech solution is called »Profi Digital«. The tank rucksack was developed with the needs of aspiring photographers in mind. Now, the »Profi Digital« has not only thrilled Touratech customers, but also the Ger- man motorcycle press. The editors of the »Tourenfahrer« and of »Reise Motorrad« were so convinced by the photo tank rucksack that both magazines issued a »recommendation«. The »Profi Digital« is manufac- tured by Kahedo in Germany and not only offers plenty of storage space for photo equip- ment, but also protects camera and lenses against vibration, dust and water. At the same time it allows fast access to the contents which makes taking pictures of those »fleeting« moments possible.