Unbeatable value on Suzuki’s latest generation V-STROM 1050. (Standard model)
Since its inception in 2002, the V-STROM brand has attracted massive global fan-fare by providing owners with consummate comfort, convenience, reliability and enjoyment for money.
For MY20 Suzuki will introduce a new generation flagship V-STROM model line-up; the V-STROM 1050 and V-STROM 1050XT, expanding adventure horizons further than ever before.
Powered by Suzuki’s highly acclaimed 1037cc, 90° V-twin, DOHC engine which has further evolved for MY20, boasting increased top-end power whilst also conforming to Euro 5 emissions standards.
Thanks to new camshaft profiles and timing, peak horsepower has increased considerably from 74kW / 8,000rpm to 79kW / 8,500rpm (106hp).
The highly refined engine begins with a deep rumble low in the rpm range, then progresses through the mid-range along a strong and linear torque curve then keeps building through the high rpm range in a smooth yet enjoyable manner.
The distinctive styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z desert racer and the large off-road model DR-BIG. The characteristic beak design first adopted by Suzuki stays true to Suzuki’s heritage while also further evolving the design to be more aggressive and bolder for the new generation V-STROM.
The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S) includes the Motion Track Brake System, Hill Hold Control System, Slope Dependent Control System and Load Dependent Control System that assist in braking, and the Cruise Control System, Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS), and Traction Control System that assist in driving. The system provides users with intelligent controls to enhance ease of use and convenience in touring and daily life.
This updated system combines information of the posture of the vehicle with the front and rear wheel speeds. This allows the ABS to activate not only in a straight line but also when the vehicle is leaning.
Automatically applies the rear brake when the motorcycle is stopped on an upward slope to prevent rollback when the brakes and clutch are released.
Constantly monitors posture and if required controls brake pressure to prevent rear wheel lift during downhill braking.
Supports optimal braking by compensating for varying load conditions such as the difference between riding solo or with a pillion and loaded luggage vs unloaded.
Works in conjunction with the new ride-by-wire throttle system to maintain the set vehicle speed without the rider needing to operate the throttle, a welcomed feature for long-distance touring that assists in reducing rider fatigue.
Offers riders the choice of three difference output characteristic modes. A-mode provides the sharpest throttle response, B-mode provides a slightly softer throttle response and C-mode provides the softest response of the three modes.
Features three modes of control inspiring greater confidence in diverse riding conditions. Mode 1 is for spirited riding with minimal level of intervention. Mode 2 is ideal for commuting and regular riding conditions and Mode 3 is best suited for poorer riding conditions such as wet or cold roads as it offers the highest level of intervention.
The lightweight cast aluminium twin-spar frame realises the optimal rigidity balance for stability and handling performance. The swingarm is also constructed from aluminium and supports the balance and light handling characteristics of the motorcycle.
Presents all required information using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority.
Protect the rider’s hands from wind, rain, and flying stones.
The new high-performance 6-direction IMU from Bosch combines a 3-axis angle rate sensor (gyrometer) and a 3-axis acceleration sensor in a single compact unit.
The screen can be finely adjusted without tools to within a 50mm vertical range to one of 11 notch positions.
USB port is located left side of the screen. It can be used as a power source for a smartphone, navigation system, or other similar device.
The V-STROM 1050XT model uses DID aluminium wire-spoked wheel rims, while the V-STROM 1050 model is equipped with 10-spoke aluminium cast wheels.
The factory-fitted centre stand is light and offers excellent front/rear balance, making it convenient for use during maintenance or when loading baggage.
New tapered handlebars are constructed from aluminium to reduce weight whilst maintaining high rigidity.
The seat can easily be adjusted 20mm higher than the standard position to suit taller riders.
The new headlight produces bright light that clearly illuminates road surfaces and shoulders for excellent visibility.
Located underneath the pillion
seat. This convenient outlet can be used to charge or power a range of devices.
Explore the full range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories available for the V-STROM 1050
Kit your new V-STROM 1050 out with the Voyager Pack, consisting of Genuine Suzuki aluminium top case (silver), top case carrier plate, aluminium side case ...
Kit your new V-STROM 1050 out with the top-of-the-line Trekker Pack, consisting of Genuine Suzuki aluminium top case (silver), top case carrier plate, aluminium side ...
Heated Grip Set plugs directly into the bike's original wiring harness. Kit includes both right and left grip assemblies, all required wiring and handlebar mounted ...
Rugged adventure look with this 4mm thick aluminium skid plate, featuring a small Suzuki logo. The upper accessory bar is required for installation. Requires Accessory ...
This elegant chain guard is not only a protective item but a real eye catcher, too. Made out of powder coated aluminium, it displays the ...
The Black Aluminium Side Case Set is perfect for taking all the gear you need for a long weekend. Each case has a capacity of ...
The Black Aluminium Top Case is perfect for taking hauling the gear you need for the day. The top case has a capacity of 38 ...
Adjustable wide footrests features vibration dampening and adjustability up to 10 mm to the front and 3 positions in height, includes both left and right ...
Aluminium plate, assist stability when bike parked on uneven ground. V-STROM logo. Cannot be used in combination with Wider Footrest Set. Fitment: V-STROM 1050 2020
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"Keep the oil changes up to it and I’d bet that it will just about go forever without a spanner ever being put upon it, outside of tyre changes and general servicing. The Suzuki has always been a much safer option in that regard than the European opposition, and that certainly still rings true today."
"All in all, an excellent and solid step forward for the beloved V-Strom. If you liked the old one, you’ll love the new one."
"That engine is a gem………Its built tough and when you’re long distance guy like me, you’ll really appreciate it…….its a pretty big tick from me"
"From seating comfort and wind protection to throttle response, engine performance and handling, the V-Strom 1050XT felt well rounded and satisfying to ride."
Spicy110 is an independent YouTube vlogger from the UK who loves motorcycles. Watch the video to see his thoughts on the new V-STROM 1050.
Bikesales.com.au editor Dylan Ruddy’s first impressions on the V-STROM 1050XT.
“You’ll get off the lights quickly enough, but once you reach that midrange, you’ll realise the Strom is very quick and nimble. Gear changes are nice and smooth, and the bike handles like a dream”.
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