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).

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE price and specs

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.

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE price and specs

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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1 year ago

dose it have cruise control

1 year ago

Interesting. In the article it says that new is a USB port? The current 1050 (I have the XT) already has that, but a second one on the other side of the dash would be handy). Wish that Suzuki fitted a colored TFT dash to the 1050 when it was released. Mine’s OK, but it’s like looking at my old Casio watch. Also, still cluttered like the DL1000A (and later) dash was.

Wonder if that seat is still hard as a rock. That’s been one of the biggest complaints on the V-Strom forums.