2020 V-Strom 1050

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by eakins, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Jeffo

    Jeffo Been here awhile

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    Looks great. I like that colour combo, i've always preferred understated colours on bikes.
    I see you haven't got the free city pack, topbox & centre stand. Are Suzuki not doing that freebie anymore ?
  2. ukiboy

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    I’m waiting for the top box and centre stand to be delivered to the dealer and they’ll fit it at the first service.

    The offer is still current and has been extended to December I believe.
  3. Jeffo

    Jeffo Been here awhile

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    I'm going to take a test ride on one of these. I would much prefer the ally wheels over the spoked, even if the spoked are tubeless. I also like the lighter weight of the base model.
    Strange that that the base model uses the old mirrors, which have been around forever. They work well as mirrors but cause buffeting. Also no led indicators on the base model.
  4. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    I had a demo on the XT model. With the exception of cruise control and hand guards I don’t miss anything and prefer the lighter weight, cast wheels and more sober colour schemes of the base bike.
    It’s also about £1300 cheaper which is handy.
    Both versions are great, just depends how you want your VStrom served...
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  5. TALLGUY

    TALLGUY Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    I agree with you guys. I told reps for years to just add cruise control to the base model. I have no use for spokes, hand guards, traction control, ABS, TFT or other fancy displays.

    Awesome bikes but still on my 07 1000 because it still has everything I want except Cruise Control.
  6. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    The latest issue of Bike magazine (December issue) has a DL1050XT in its ‘The Big Test’ review.
    Overall pretty complimentary though only gave it a 7 out of 10 and compared it unfavourably to its competition as they perceive it (Triumph 900 Tiger, Yamaha 900 Tracer and BMW F900XR).

    In performance testing they give the following stats:
    0-60 in 3.9 secs
    Standing 1/4 mile in 12.35 secs @ 110.23mph
    Top speed is 137 indicated, real 128.5mph
    40 - 80mph in top gear in 6.95 secs

    Speedo accuracy: 30mph indicated is 27mph
    60mph indicated is 53mph
    90mph 83mph

    They are very complimentary about the screen and the seat comfort.
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  7. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    Have got the centre stand and the 55 litre top box fitted now. The top box looks like it’s a Suzuki branded Givi item which is no bad thing.
    First service booked for next week, will be good getting that out the way and being able to use more of the revs.
  8. V-Tom

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    You had me up until the last four words.

    Obviously they didn't actually ride it for more than a few minutes...

    ..Tom
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  9. ukiboy

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    Agreed! I find the seat less than adequate, I’ll be using my Airhawk quite a lot I think..
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  10. Whosaberg

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  11. ukiboy

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    My bike is at 400 miles now, a quick blast this afternoon while it was dry. With the screen in the highest position the weather protection is excellent. The big top box and SW Motech tank bag swallow a decent amount of beers for the post ride rehydration.
    The engine isn’t as refined as the one in my old Africa Twin, it’s a bit agricultural but I like that. Very comfy, handles great, in my opinion it’s a great bike, an unsung workhorse.
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  12. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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  13. ukiboy

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  15. ukiboy

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    The front mudguard is unfashionably long but hugely practical and keeps lots of the road crap off the front of the engine and radiator.

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  17. ukiboy

    ukiboy Been here awhile

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    Next on the farkle list will be a radiator guard as it looks like it would be expensive to replace should an errant stone spoil my day.
    Does anyone have any recommendations?
  18. felloff

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    I really like Evotech Performance products. Had their rad guard on my versys, and now my '19 v-strom 1000.
  19. billyal33

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    You might also get a rear hugger, keep the back end a bit cleaner. I also fitted a wee mudflap to my 14 front mudguard, helped even more, i see now there's a fender extender for the 14 on ( same mudguard as the 1050)
    I have a Beowolf rad guard on my 14, wouldn't recommend, only one screw holds it on, look elsewhere.
    Thats a very nice bike, im tempted but i said my next bike would be lighter, saying that i very very nearly bought a versy thou last weekend, i must stay away from dealers!
  20. ukiboy

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    Rear hugger = good call! I’ll add that to the current list of: rad guard, Givi handguards and then rear hugger. Plus more beer to fill the top box :-)