Suzuki Motorcycles unveiled three new V-Strom models at EICMA today. When all the dust settled, Suzuki had revealed its new V-Strom 1050, V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Adventure
Suzuki says that it used the DR-Z800 Dakar Rally bike and the DR800S (DR-Big) as inspiration. The resemblance between the original and new models is quite significant.
So without further delay, below is a quick breakdown of the three new models:
The new V-STROM 1050 sports stealthy looking black and gray bodywork. It’s revised 1037 cc V-twin engine has more horsepower than before. Suzuki says it retains strong pull in the lower RPM range while complying with worldwide emissions standards.
According to Suzuki, the V-Strom 1050 can take on diverse road conditions using its cast-aluminum wheels. And, a host of new electronic aids enables the new bike to be adjusted to its rider’s preference.
The revised machine now includes Suzuki’s new Ride-by-Wire dual electronic throttle assemblies and a refined traction control system with four sensitivity modes. A new three-mode Drive Mode Selector allows the rider to select power delivery characteristics and a new, Easy Start System makes start-up quick and easy.
In addition, Suzuki has added a vibration-damping tapered aluminum handlebar. In the cockpit is the V-STROM’s all-new, LCD multifunction instrument panel that presents all required information in a clean and intuitive layout.
Above the instrument panel is a standard mounting bar that allows the rider to place accessories like a GPS directly in the rider’s forward vision. Located near the left side of the instrument panel and mounting bar is a new USB port that can power a GPS, smartphone, or other accessories.
V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Adventure
The V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050XT Adventure ups the ante over the V-Strom 1050. Both machines roll on spoked wheels and utilize Suzuki’s new S.I.R.S. system (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System). S.I.R.S. is an advanced suite of features that is interconnected to a new Engine Control Module via a new Controller Area Network (CAN) wire harness. This setup quickly transmits information from a new six-direction, three-axis IMU.
The S.I.R.S. enables a cruise control that maintains road speed using its new Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies. The V-Strom’s rider aids continue with an updated Motion Track Antilock & Combined Brake System that includes Hill Hold Control. It also uses a Slope Dependent Control System to help manage braking force to avoid rear wheel lift when riding downhill.
The Motion Antilock & Combined Track Brake System includes a Load Dependent Control System. It monitors and retains braking force information to optimize braking when riding with a passenger or heavy cargo. Suzuki claims that each element of S.I.R.S. provides V-STROM 1050XT riders stress-free use and convenience during long-distance adventures, commuting, or pleasure riding.
To enhance comfort, the V-Strom 1050XT now comes with a new adjustable, wind tunnel developed windscreen and a height-adjustable two-piece seat. Suzuki’s redesigned handguards and mirrors, add up to more comfortable riding characteristics. For added convenience, the 1050 XT also comes standard with a center stand and a “rugged accessory bar.”
Going one step further over the V-Strom 1050XT, the V-Strom 1050XT Adventure comes with standard heated grips and Suzuki’s quick-release aluminum panniers.
Two new paint schemes are available on the V-Strom 1050XT. First is Suzuki’s Championship Yellow color, which resembles the paint found on the DR-Z rally bike. Next is Suzuki’s new orange and white paint, which pays homage to Suzuki’s DR-Big. Moving to the V-Strom 1050XT Adventure, you’ll have a single option in Suzuki’s Glass Sparkle Black color scheme.
Pricing and availability of each model are still to be announced. We’ll update you with more specific information and specifications as they become available.
UPDATE: Specs released:
Engine: 1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in.)
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel System: Fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, O-ring type, RK525SMOZ8, 116 links
Suspension, Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring,
Brake, Front: Tokico, 4-piston calipers, twin disc
Brake, Rear: Nissin, 2-piston, single disc
Tire, Front: 110/80R19 M/C (59V), tubeless
Tire, Rear: 150/70R17 M/C (69V), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20.0 L (5.3 US g
Ignition: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Tail Light: LED
Overall Length: 2265 mm (89.2 in.)
Overall Width: 870 mm (34.3 in.)
Overall Height: 1515 mm (59.6 in.)
Wheelbase: 1555 mm (61.2 in.)
Ground Clearance: 165 mm (6.5 in.)
Seat Height: 855 mm (33.7 in.)
Curb Weight: 236 kg (520.4 lb.)