Developed to the design concept of ‘The Master of Adventure’, main features include:
- Design heavily influenced by Suzuki’s iconic DR-Z desert racer and DR Big, with a new vertically stacked rectangular LED headlight and distinctive ‘beak’.
- New Euro5 version of the flexible and characterful 90° V-Twin engine producing 107.4PS (79kW), a 7% increase over the previous generation.
- New ride-by-wire throttle with three selectable engine modes and a three-mode traction control system.
- The flagship V-Strom 1050XT gets new Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) which features a full suite of electronics including an inertial measurement unit (IMU), lean-angle sensitive ABS with two settings, linked brakes that can detect and adapt to load and inclines, plus hill hold control and cruise control.
The new V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050 were designed and built to allow any rider to maximise their own adventure, wherever it may take them.
Inside the fairing there’s a new LCD dash, while both bikes also get ride-by-wire throttle facilitating three rider modes, and updated traction control. As before, the XT is the higher spec, more rugged, off-road orientated version.
The V-Strom 1050XT is equipped with a comprehensive electronics package and uses the new Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS), which is aimed at enhancing everything from rider comfort to performance and practicality. The 1050XT also gets alloy-rimmed spoked wheels in place of the stock version’s cast alloys, a different screen which is one-hand/11-way adjustable (the stock version’s is only three-way and requires tools to change), engine crash protection bars, hand guards and different mirrors to suit, LED indicators plus also more sophisticated electronics including cornering ABS, hill-hold control and now cruise control, too. The XT version’s seat is also adjustable from 850-870mm.
V-Strom 1050 XT
The V-Strom 1050XT’s Motion Track Brake System also includes slope-dependent control, which optimises pressure across the front and rear brakes to maintain control and avoid rear wheel lift under heavy braking downhill, and load-dependent control, where the ABS unit constantly learns changes in deceleration through the input of hydraulic pressure as the load increases or decreases, when riding with luggage or with a pillion. The system remembers the optimal relationship between the deceleration and hydraulic pressure.
The system also features hill hold control, which means the brake is automatically applied when stopped on an upward slope to prevent roll-back and aid easier starts, especially when laden with pillion and luggage, and rider comfort during long-distance touring is further taken care of with the addition of cruise control.
V-Strom 1050 XT
The colour options of the V-Strom 1050XT in particular pay further homage to the ‘desert express’ and highlight Suzuki’s rich racing and adventure heritage. It comes in a similar orange and white to the original DR Big, while a yellow version links to Suzuki’s motocross and off-road pedigree.
Careful thought went into the finish of the V-Twin engine, with new bolts completing a look that sees the cylinder heads, clutch cover, alternator cover, and water pump case finished in a classy bronze.
Completing the striking new look is a new vertically stacked rectangular LED headlight plus LED tail light and LED indicators.
The new Euro 5-compliant 1037cc, 90° V-Twin engine in the V-Strom 1050XT puts out more power than the outgoing V-Strom 1000, with peak power up by 7% to 107PS, while it maintains its easy-to-use, flexible character and strong linear drive.
V-Strom 1050 A
V-Strom 1050 A