Suzuki has facelifted its flagship V-Strom adventure bike with a number of styling changes and equipment upgrades, while adding a new 1050DE variant to sit atop the range with improved off-road capabilities.
The updated Suzuki V-Strom 1050 will hit showrooms in March, priced from $22,990 rideaway for the base variant, and $24,690 for the higher-spec 1050DE. This translates to a $1000 entry-point increase.
Those who pre-order the V-Strom 1050 with a $1000 deposit will receive a luggage kit valued at $3000, while 1050DE customers are offered a top-box ($1000 value).
The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 line-up builds on the third-generation platform that was released two years ago with a revised look and a number of new features.
Standard for the updated bike is higher-spec exhaust valves, a ‘smoother’ six-speed transmission, a sturdier subframe and the inclusion of an up/down quickshifter and 5.0-inch TFT dash. Also new is vertically stacked LED lighting and a USB charging port.
Unique to the higher-spec V-Strom 1050DE variant is a larger 21-inch front hoop (19-inch as standard), switchable ABS via a new ‘Gravel’ rider mode setting, increased-travel suspension, a longer swingarm, a solid-mount seat, a taller windscreen, a unique front mudguard and engine protection bars.
Also distinguishing the V-Strom 1050DE is a longer wheelbase, more ground clearance, wider handlebars, steel footpegs, less aggressive steering geometry and a stronger drive chain.
The 2022 Suzuki V-Strom carries over a familiar 1037cc V-twin engine, which maintains outputs of 79kW and 100Nm.
The base V-Strom 1050 will be available in a single blue-and-black livery, while there’s a choice of three two-tone liveries on the 1050DE including yellow-and-silver, blue-and-white, and black.
Genuine accessories include aluminium hard luggage, heated grips, a high screen, tank bag, mirror extensions, fog lamps, protection foil, frame protection and larger footrests.
Last week, a spy shot appeared to reveal a replacement to the smaller Suzuki V-Strom 650 that uses a parallel-twin engine rather than the long-running V-twin setup of the current model, however, its authenticity has yet to be confirmed by Suzuki.
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