Suzuki powers up V-Strom

The 2020 changes are more than skin deep for the new Suzuki V-Strom.

A styling makeover harks back to the legendary 1980s DR Big but there’s also an updated 1,037cc V-twin engine for the newly-badged 1050 and 1050XT models.

One of the best value adventure-styled bikes on the market, the 1050 gets a 7% power hike to 107PS, while also meeting Euro 5 regulations.

Ride-by-wire throttle allows three selectable engine modes while the new three-mode traction control system can also be switched off.

The 1050XT gains Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System with an inertial measurement unit to monitor pitch, roll, and yaw, lean-angle sensitive ABS with two settings, linked brakes that adapt to load, hill-hold control and cruise control.

A new radiator and oil cooler improve cooling and a slipper clutch aids smoother downshifts.

The beak – synonymous with adventure bikes – is more aggressive and standout, the fuel-tank is shaped like that of the old DR-Z desert racer while a new vertically stacked rectangular LED headlight plus LED tail light and LED indicators complete the new look.

There’s a height-adjustable seat and screen with 11 settings, a new instrument cluster with USB outlet and a 12V DC outlet under the pillion seat.

The 1050 is finished in white and black or grey and black while the 1050XT comes in orange and white, like the DR Big, while a yellow version links to Suzuki’s motocross and off-road pedigree.

The V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT, due to arrive in spring, are priced from £9,999 and £11,299 respectively.