Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has officially launched its highly-anticipated V-Strom 1050 range today, priced from $17,990 rideaway for the base variant, while the top-spec 1050XT checks in from $20,990.
To coincide with the launch, Suzuki’s local arm has released new accessory packs for the new-generation adventure bike. The Voyager Pack consists of a 38-litre aluminium top box, accompanied by a set of 37-litre quick-release, waterproof side cases.
All three items are lockable by key, and the pack comes with all the required mounting bracketry. The Voyager Pack is available in powder-coated black ($3599) and anodised silver ($3699).
Meanwhile, the Trekker Pack contains the aforementioned luggage, but adds key features like heated grips, LED fog lamps, an accessory bar and an aluminium skid plate. This kit is also available in black ($6199) and silver ($6299).
As previously reported, the V-Strom 1050XT is available in Pearl Brilliant White/Glass Blaze Orange, Champion Yellow and Glass Sparkle Black, however, the base 1050 will be exclusively offered in Glass Sparkle Black
Styling has been updated across the range, and a new ride-by-wire system affords the 1050XT cruise control (between 50km/h – 160km/h), three rider modes and four levels of traction control.
Also distinguishing the XT is a number of upgrades including wire-spoked wheels and a technology suite that includes hill hold, which applies the rear brake automatically when the bike is stopped on an incline.
The XT also benefits from slope dependent and load dependent control systems, which autonomously stabilise the bike using brake pressure, while cornering ABS with two levels of intervention and LED indicators are also equipped.
Other XT specific upgrades include a height adjustable windscreen, a height adjustable seat, centre stand, accessory bar, handguards, a side case attachment and a bash plate. Notably, these parts will be offered optionally on the base V-Strom as part of a significant factory-fit accessories catalogue.
The V-Strom carries over its 1037cc 90-degree twin, however, the engine has been tuned up to meet Euro5 emissions standards and produce an extra 5kW, to a total output of 79kW.
Other creature comforts include a USB charging point on the instrument panel and a 12V charging point under the seat, however, the V-Strom misses out on modern features like a TFT display and smartphone connectivity.
The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 uses a 43mm KYB forks which are adjustable for preload, compression and rebound damping, while the rear KYB shock can be adjusted for preload.
Braking is managed by Tokico monobloc calipers grabbing 310mm rotors, and Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tyres are fitted as standard.
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