Suzuki has revealed a new V-Strom 1050DE which boosts the range’s off-road capability.
It replaces the XT as Suzuki’s flagship adventure bike and shares performance enhancements with an updated V-Strom 1050.
The new V-Strom 1050DE and 2023 V-Strom 1050 feature a new, full-colour TFT dash, bi-directional quickshifter, for smoother clutchless up and downshifts, and a suite of complex electronic features including:
The V-Strom 1050DE also includes:
Their styling embodies the DR-Z800 off-road racer. The DE goes further in its homage with a traditional yellow and white livery, with gold rims, and a blue and white colour scheme with blue rims. There’s also an all-black version.
The V-Strom 1050 will come in black and gold with gold wheels, blue and black and grey or red and black, both with red rims.
The V-Strom 1050 keeps 19in front and 17in rear aluminium wheels with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyres.
The DE’s larger front wheel and longer travel suspension – fully-adjustable front forks and rear shock from KYB – raises ground clearance to 190mm. A new aluminium swingarm makes its wheelbase 40mm longer than the V-Strom 1050.
The twin-spar aluminium frame is updated with castings and extruded sections so it can be thinner, lighter and stronger.
The V-Strom 1050DE gets a lighter, more rigid seat for off-road riding, smaller screen, more rugged front fender, engine bars and aluminium sump guard as standard.
The V-Strom 1050 retains the stepped seat and taller screen, both height-adjustable. Rubber-covered aluminium footpegs are more comfortable for touring and the aluminium sump guard is replaced with a black lower cowling.
The updated transmission has taller first and sixth gears which aids acceleration.
The DE has a stronger drive chain and new shift lever better suited to off-road riding.
Both models have a standard-fit centre stand and hand guards, USB power socket beside the TFT screen, 12V socket under the seat and full LED lighting.
The new V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 will be available early next year.
We’re very excited and will let you know more when Suzuki reveals details.
Find out more about the new Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE at orwell.co.uk/suzuki/new-suzuki-motorcycle-range/adventure/v-strom-1050de