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The 20đôi mươi Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT offers more power, more sophisticated electronics, more touring features & cool retro styling. (Photography courtesy Suzuki)

The Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is an old lion of the adventure-touringworld. When it debuted for 2002, there weren’t many liter-class adventure bikeslớn choose from, and the few you could buy were European. There was the standard-bearerBMW R 1150 GS plus a handful of others like the Aprilia ETV1000 CapoNord, CagivaGran Canyon, Moto Guzzi Quota and Triumph Tiger 955i. Baông xã then adventuretouring was still a nibịt segment, & most of these models faded away after afew years.

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The 20đôi mươi V-Strom 1050XT is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, which includes cruise control, cornering/combined ABS, traction control, hill hold control, slope dependent control & load dependent control and uses a six-axis Interial Measurement Unit (IMU).

When it launched the DL1000 V-Strom, Suzuki became the firstJapanese manufacturer to offer a big adventure bike in the U.S., and its domesticcompetitors stayed on the sidelines until Yamaha introduced the Super Ténéréfor 2012. The V-Strom had a 996cc liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin derived fromthe TL1000S/R sportbikes and a twin-spar aluminum frame, and it deliveredimpressive sầu horsepower, torque & handling. Although it had a 19-inch frontwheel and tallish suspension, the DL1000 was best suited khổng lồ the paved roads wheremost adventure bike owners spend most of their time.

The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050, V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Adventure have sầu a new LCD display that provides a wealth of info và makes it easy khổng lồ navigate between throttle response (SDMS), ABS và TC modes.

The DL1000 underwent few changes until năm trước, when it got alarger, more powerful engine, Suzuki’s first-ever traction control system andupdates to lớn its chassis, styling & ergonomics. Four years later, Suzuki gavethe V-Strom 1000 another refresh, bringing its appearance in line with theV-Strom 650 và adding IMU-based cornering ABS, which Suzuki calls the MotionTrachồng Anti-loông xã và Combined Brake System. Here we are just two years laterwith yet another update, and the big V-Strom looks and performs better thanever.


Based on the 90-degree V-twin from the ’90s-era TL1000S/R sportbikes, the V-Strom 1050’s 1,037cc V-twin has been improved và refined over time. It is now Euro 5 compliant and makes more power and torque at higher revs.

Although engine displacement remains the same at 1,037cc, for20đôi mươi Suzuki decided to lớn change the name lớn V-Strom 1050 and offer three versions—astandard mã sản phẩm, the V-Strom 1050XT and the V-Strom 1050XT Adventure. All have sầu arevised engine that’s Euro 5 compliant và produces more horsepower và torqueat higher revs thanks to larger throttle bodies, new fuel mapping and camtiming, higher-compression pistons and a revised exhaust. Claimed output hasincreased from 99 horsepower at 8,000 rpm to 106 at 8,500 rpm, whereas peaktorque is down a bit, from 75 lb-ft at 4,000 rpm to lớn 74 lb-ft at 6,000 rpm, thoughthere’s more grunt at high rpm. New throttle-by-wire has enabled the SuzukiDrive Mode Selector, which offers three throttle response modes (A, B and C). Otherchanges include an updated traction control system with three levels ofintervention, new instrumentation and LED lighting, a lighter, reshaped taperedaluminum handlebar, wider footpegs và new Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41tires.

The 20đôi mươi Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT in Pearl Brilliant White/Glass Btia laze Orange. New styling is courtesy of Ichiro Miyata, who designed the ’80s-era DR-Big dual-sport below.
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The Suzuki DR-Big was a 797cc single-cylinder dual-sport that was introduced in 1988 but never came khổng lồ the U.S. Its styling và color scheme provided inspiration for the new V-Strom 1050XT.

Ichiro Miyata, who designed Suzuki’s DR-Z Paris-Dakar racer& DR-Big dual-sport in the 1980s, also designed the V-Strom 1050, & itssharp beak và geometric lines are very similar to lớn those found on the old DRs.The cool retro styling, unfortunately, gets lost on the standard V-Strom 1050 ($13,399)because it’s only available in Glass Sparkle Black/Solid Iron Gray. The V-Strom1050XT ($14,799), on the other hvà, looks fantastic in either throwback colorcombos—Champion Yellow No. 2 with a xanh seat và xanh accents or PearlBrilliant White/Glass Btia laze Orange. Spending the extra $1,400 for the XT replacesthe base model’s cast wheels with tubeless spoked wheels and adds the SuzukiIntelligent Ride System, a different windscreen with toolless height adjustment,more stylish h& guards và mirrors, a height-adjustable seat, a centerstand,engine guards và a lower engine cowl. The V-Strom 1050XT Adventure ($16,999)adds quick-release aluminum panniers và heated grips, but it’s only availablein Glass Sparkle Black; for my money, I’d buy a colorful XT and buy thepanniers and heated grips separately (there are nearly 60 items on theaccessory list).


The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 is only available in Glass Sparkle Black/Solid Iron Gray, a color scheme that does little to lớn show off the cool retro styling.Likewise, the 20trăng tròn Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure, which adds aluminum panniers & heated grips, only comes in Glass Sparkle Blachồng.

The big nâng cấp for 2020 is the Suzuki Intelligent RideSystem, a comprehensive electronics package that uses a new six-axis (up fromfive) IMU and includes cruise control, cornering/combined ABS, hill holdcontrol, slope dependent control (which mitigates rear wheel lift when brakingdownhill) & load dependent control (which adjusts brake pressure based on rider/passenger/luggageweight). Connecting all of the control units & sensors is a new ControllerArea Network (CAN), which simplifies the wiring harness & offers faster datatransmission.

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Although it has a 19-inch front wheel, 90/10 adventure tires & 6.3 inches of suspension travel, like all V-Stroms the new 1050XT is best suited lớn pavement. It has plenty of low to lớn midrange grunt và handles well.

Greg’s GearHelmet: Arai XD4Jacket & Pants: Aether DivideBoots: Sidi Gavia Gore-Tex


What has made the V-Strom 1000 a perennial favorite over theyears is its user-friendliness. It has always been an approachable, versatile,dependable motorcycle that’s blessedly không tính tiền of quirks. With its newelectronics, the V-Strom 1050XT is the most technologically advanced V-Strom todate but it retains its welcoming disposition. During the press launch we rodethe XT on some of southern Spain’s best paved roads, with a few miles of dirtthrown in for good measure. From seating comfort and wind protection tothrottle response, engine performance và handling, the V-Strom 1050XT felt wellrounded & satisfying khổng lồ ride. About the only thing missing on that coolJanuary day were the accessory heated grips.

The 20trăng tròn Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT in Champion Yellow No. 2 with a blue seat và blue accents, a color scheme inspired by Suzuki’s DR-Z rally racer below.
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The 1991 Suzuki DR-Z Type 2 was raced in the Paris-Tripoli Dakar Rally. Like the new V-Strom 1050, it was designed by Ichiro Miyata.

As we left the coastal town of Marbella on our test ride andascended inkhổng lồ the Sierra Nevada range on the fast, winding and damp A-366, Istarted out in mode A, which offers direct throttle response and was just onthe cusp of being too abrupt for my taste. The mode button and large rockerswitch next khổng lồ the left grip make it easy to lớn navigate through the various modesfor throttle response, traction control and ABS, as well as operate cruisecontrol (which only works in gears 4-6 from 31-99 mph). Mode B felt just right,and the fueling was consistent và never stumbled in on/off transitions. TheV-Strom still pulls strongly in the low- to lớn midrange, while the revised engine’snewfound liveliness at high revs rewards exuberant grip twisting. And thanks tothe assist-and-slipper hydraulic clutch, even aggressive sầu shifting of the6-speed transmission was drama-free.


Standard equipment on the 20trăng tròn Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT includes an accessory/engine protection bar và lower engine cowl. The cylinder head, clutch covers, magnelớn cover & water pump case have sầu a bronze finish khổng lồ provide contrast with the blaông xã engine.

The new V-Strom uses the same fully adjustable 43milimet upside-downfork & rebound- and (remote) preload-adjustable link-type rear shock, both with6.3 inches of travel, as before, though damping is softer in the front andstiffer in the rear. Those changes weren’t readily apparent from the saddle,& the 1050XT was pleasantly compliant on fast, smooth pavement and bumpy,rocky dirt. Also unchanged are the Tokiteo monobloông chồng 4-piston front calipers andNissin 2-piston rear caliper, which exhibited good initial bite but felt rathervague otherwise even though there was plenty of stopping power. Thecornering/combined ABS now has two modes, offering more or less intervention,but it cannot be turned off.


The V-Strom 1050XT’s new windscreen can be adjusted through 11 positions over a 2-inch range, but the quick-release lever is not accessible on the fly. It’s the silver part just above the new LED headlight, which looks a lot like the squarish one on the new Suzuki Katamãng cầu.

The XT’s new windscreen deflects air well và is heightadjustable over a two-inch range, but because the quick-release lever is on thelower front of the windscreen, just above the headlight, adjustments must bemade while the bike is parked. Behind the windscreen is an accessory bar that’sigiảm giá khuyến mãi for mounting a điện thoại thông minh or GPS, and there’s a new USB outlet on theleft side of the dash (there’s also an SAE 12V socket under the seat). The newseat is comfortable and height adjustable (33.5/34.3 inches), but theadjustment process requires swapping out bolts under the seat using the wrenchin the toolkit. The brake lever, clutch lever, shifter and rear brake pedal areall adjustable, so riders should have little difficulty dialing in the V-Stromlớn suit their preferences.

Like its predecessors, the 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT is suitable for light off-roading. The oil filter và undercarriage are vulnerable, so installing the accessory skid plate is recommended before you go boony bashing.

With three major updates in the past six years, the V-Strom1000/1050 has evolved quickly. What was once a fun and competent but ratherbasic adventure touring motorcycle has become sophisticated & refined. TheV-Strom 1050XT offers a higher margin of safety, more versatility và moretouring features while retaining the fun, go-anywhere spirit of the original.

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20trăng tròn Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Specs

This is what the 20đôi mươi Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT looks like disassembled. We don’t recommkết thúc doing this with yours.