Suzuki has revealed a new V-Strom 1050DE, which adds more off-road capability to the firm’s adventure bike range.
The DE, which replaces the XT as Suzuki’s flagship adventure bike, gets a series of performance enhancements. These include a bi-directional quickshifter, plus a suite of complex electronic features. Adventure enhancements consists of a 21in front wheel, Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tyres front and rear, increased suspension travel and ground clearance, plus revised chassis geometry and ergonomics including wider handlebars and steel footpegs. Two ABS modes are provided, plus the ability to disengage the rear ABS, and there’s an additional off-road “G mode” traction-control setting.
The 90° V-twin engine has received a first for a Suzuki – hollow sodium-filled exhaust valves. These are said to improve durability and improve combustion chamber cooling. There are also updates to the transmission – taller first and sixth gears make shifting smoother and deliver greater acceleration.
The new V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 will be available in early 2023 in a total of seven colour options.