Next-gen Suzuki V-Strom 1050 to shake up adventure market

Suzuki have raised the adventure bar, launching a new 1050 V-Strom, to be offered in two model variants from March 2023. Customers who pre-order, will also get access to a hard luggage bonus.

The two new models will be known as the V-Strom 1050 and the harder-edged 1050DE. The first of these features 19-inch (front) and 17-inch cast-aluminium wheels, a height-adjustable seat and screen, and is aimed at adventure-touring.

The ‘tougher’ latter model goes further, with a set of distinctive features aimed specifically at enhancing off-road capability. In addition to a 21-inch front wire-spoked wheel, it also scores a gravel traction control mode, and the ability to switch off ABS at the rear.

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The V-Strom 1050DE further differentiates itself with a longer wheelbase, wider handlebars, steel foot pegs, less aggressive steering geometry, a stronger drive chain, solid-mount seat, and aluminium engine protection.

It also grabs a new front fender and a standard-equipment protection bar, and sports longer suspension travel and more ground clearance than its sibling, as well as a smoke sports windscreen for maximum visibility.

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

The gravel mode retards ignition timing to allow slip when riding on unsealed surfaces, promoting not only greater confidence but also ratcheting up the enjoyment factor. The traction control can also be switched off on both bikes.

Standard seat heights are 855mm (1050) and 880mm (1050DE). Universal V-Strom 1050 family features include a new bi-directional quick shifter and 5.0-inch TFT screen, and updated cruise control.

A slightly stiffer twist action on the ride-by-wire electronic throttle for a more natural feel also features, as does revised ratios for first and sixth gears. There’s also vertically stacked LED lighting and USB/12V charging points.

Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) can be found across the range, providing a drive mode selector, easy start, low RPM assist, combined braking system and hill hold control.

The duo is powered by Suzuki’s venerable 1037cc 90-degree V-twin (79kW/100Nm), carried over from the outgoing V-Strom 1050XT, but now with hollow sodium-filled exhaust valves to help reduce combustion chamber temperatures.

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE &1050
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE &1050

The V-Strom 1050 will be available in a single livery – Metallic Reflective Blue/Metallic Matt Black – and retails for $22,990 ride away. There’s a choice of three two-tone liveries on the 1050DE.

Buyers can choose from Champion Yellow/Metallic Matt Sword Silver, Pearl Vigor Blue/Pearl Brilliant White or Glass Sparkle Black/Metallic Matt Black, with the premium model to go on sale for $24,690 ride away.

Genuine accessories include aluminium hard luggage, heated grips, a high screen, tank bag, mirror extensions, fog lamps, protection foil, frame protection and larger footrests. To that end, Suzuki has a special offer for its Australian customers.

For those who pre-order online there’s a free genuine aluminium luggage kit (hard panniers and top box) for the 1050DE, while the V-Strom 1050 will come with a free genuine aluminium top box.

Interested customers can reserve their new V-Strom 1050 or 1050DE by visiting suzukimotorcycles.com.au

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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