New Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE debuts with 21-inch front + more travel | Motorcycle Updates

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE

Suzuki have today pulled the covers off a new V-Strom 1050 D/E model to spearhead a revised line-up scheduled to arrive in March next year.

Suzuki’s V-Strom has been a hugely popular all-roads adventure-touring platform for two decades, but the model has always been more of an all-roads tourer. Suzuki has seen fit to leave it to the Europeans to tread a somewhat wilder path to adventure.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE

This new DE (Dual Explorer) machine unveiled today though runs a 21-inch front for more sure-footed going in rougher terrain. The swing-arm is also longer on the DE and provides the model with a longer wheelbase, while up front there is also more rake to help the DE nimble handling, despite retain the 21-inch front.

The V-Strom 1050 DE also boasts an inch more ground clearance than the regular V-Strom 1050, 190 mm compared to the 165 mm of the 19-inch front V-Strom.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE

Suspension clearance is also marginally greater at around an extra 10 mm at each end of the KYB hardware, pushing it out to 170 mm of travel.

Also a new gravel mode and some extra electronic features debut along with a new 32-bit ECM. The rear ABS can be switched off on the DE model and is a new set-up from Bosch.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE

Now that is not going to challenge a hard-core adventure bike in the snotty stuff, but along with wider bars, a shorter screen and a few other touches, the DE model will have a bit more off-road chops than we have seen before from the V-Strom platform.

Currently, Suzuki Australia sell the 1050 XT model in Australia, and the new base model is essentially the XT but drops that moniker, loses the spoked rims in favor of ten-spoke alloys, and gains the same few nips and tucks across the drivetrain for further refinement that the DE introduces.

New base model of the range is essentially the current XT model, but with cast rims and a focus directed towards on-road performance.  But also gains the same refinements to the drivetrain and instrumentation as the new DE.
New base model of the range is essentially the current XT model, but with cast rims and a focus directed towards on-road performance. But also gains the same refinements to the drivetrain and instrumentation as the new DE.

A two-way quick-shifter is now standard across both models, as is new five-inch color TFT instrumentation.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE

The outgoing 1050XT model currently sells for $21,990 Ride Away, the new V-Strom 1050 will wear a sticker price of $22,990 Ride Away. However, early adopters will have that deal sweetened with a full alloy luggage kit, valued at over $3000, thrown into the bargain after they put down a $1000 deposit.

New V-Strom 1050 DE from $24,690 Ride Away
New V-Strom 1050 DE from $24,690 Ride Away

Buyers keen to get their hands on the new V-Strom 1050 DE for $24,690 Ride Away, and who are willing to place a $1000 deposit ahead of the bikes arrival, will gain an alloy top box worth over $1000 thrown in.

The 90-degree 1037 cc V-Twin engine on both models has been revised with new hollow sodium-filled valves.

An improved gearbox, with different internal ratios for first and sixth gears also debuts. A higher quality drivechain now turns a rear sprocket with four more teeth, to deliver more spirited acceleration.

V-Strom 1050 Gearing

Gearing new model Previous model
Primary 1.838 (57/31) 1.838 (57/31)
Final 2.647 (45/17) 2.411 (41/17)
1st 2.666 (32/12) 3.000 (36/12)
2nd 1.933 (29/15) 1.933 (29/15)
3rd 1.500 (27/18) 1.500 (27/18)
4th 1.227 (27/22) 1.227 (27/22)
5th 1.086 (25/23) 1.086 (25/23)
6th 0.913 (21/23) 1.000 (24/24)

Updates have also been made to the ride-by-wire electronic throttle along with an improved cruise control system.


2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/DE Specifications

V -STROM 1050 V-STROM 1050DE
Engine Liquid-cooled, V-twin 1,037 cc Liquid-cooled, V-twin 1,037 cc
compression ratio 11.5:1 11.5:1
fuel system Fuel injection, 49 mm throttle bodies, large bore, RbW Fuel injection, 49 mm throttle bodies, large bore, RbW
Starter system Electric Electric
Lubrication system Wet sump Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh 6-speed constant mesh
Ignition system Electronic ignition (transistorized) Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Fork 43mm KYB inverted front forks, full adjustable, 160 mm travel 43mm KYB inverted front forks, full adjustable, 170 mm travel
Shock Link-type KYB mono-shock, full adjustable, 160 mm travel Link-type KYB mono-shock, full adjustable, 169 mm travel
Rake / trail 25°40′ / 110 mm 27° 30’/ 126 mm
Frame Twin-spar aluminum frame, aluminum swingarm
Twin-spar aluminum frame, longer, aluminum swingarm
Brake Front CBS, Tokico radial mount monobloc four-piston caliper, 310 mm rotors, ABS CBS, Tokico radial mount monobloc four-piston caliper, 310 mm rotors, ABS /w rear cancel mode
Brake rear Single-piston pin-slide calliper, 260 mm rotor Single-piston pin-slide calliper, 260 mm rotor
Wheels 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels Wire-spoked wheels, aluminum front rim
Tire Front Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41, 110/80R19M/C 59V tubeless Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR, 90/90-21M/C 54H tube type
Tire Rear Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41, 150/70R17M/C 69V tubeless Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR, 150/70R17M/C 69H tubeless
fuel capacity 20.0 L 20.0 L
Handlebars Tapered aluminum Tapered aluminum, 20 mm wider per side
Footpegs aluminum, rubber-covered Steel, rubber covered
Overall length 2,265 mm 2,390 mm
Overall width 940 mm 960 mm
Overall height 1515 mm 1,505 mm
wheelbase 1555 mm 1,595 mm
Ground clearance 165 mm 190 mm
Seat height 855 mm (+20mm) 880 mm (Fixed)
Curb mass 242 kg 252 kg

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