V-Strom 1050 vs Africa Twin - V-Strom feels much lighter?

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by NumberCruncher, Aug 5, 2020.

  1. NumberCruncher

    NumberCruncher Long timer

    May 28, 2009
    Spokane, WA
    This is not a tell me which bike to buy and why thread.

    Instead, I am curious if anyone else who has sat on a 2020 V-Strom 1050 and 2020 Africa Twin has noticed the same thing I did. Going from The V-Strom to the Africa Twin the V-Strom felt about 50 pounds lighter to me. I am sure the greater ground clearance and longer suspension travel of the AT leads to a much higher center of gravity but I cannot believe how pronounced the difference was.

    Suzuki’s bikes almost never seem to get the credit they deserve and I just read a comparison between the two bikes mentioned here and the article favored the Honda both off road and on. They had testers at 5’8” tall which is an inch shorter than me but they never mentioned how light each bike feels.

    Am I the only inmate who thinks the V-Strom feels way lighter than the Honda? I would prefer the Honda for off road use but would prefer the 440 pound Tiger 900 to the Honda. But for pavement I am leaning V-Strom. If the ugliness of a dash board could add weight the V-Strom should weigh 100 pounds more but that is the only thing I don’t like about that bike.

    Curious if anyone else has done a back to back comparison and would like to comment?

  2. t-dub

    t-dub Been here awhile

    Jun 14, 2005
    Boise, ID
    I think it is the taller suspension and maybe taller bars on the Africa Twin. I have sat on both and felt the same thing. I am also biased as I own a '05 DL1000 that I love and my wife just purchased a 1050XT Marlboro to replace her 1290GT. Perfect 80/20, 90/10, or 100% on-road bike! I wouldn't listen to anything else that reviewer said if they claimed the Africa Twin was better on the road with a 21/18 (tubes) and the parallel twin vs the 90-degree V-Twin of the V-Strom. The new 1050XT feels as or more flickable in stock form than my '05 with a Penske two-way rear shock that raises the rear 3/4" and Traxxion Dynamics AK20 Cartridge forks! If I ever blow-up my '05 I am looking forward to a '20+ replacement model.
  3. Sinnman

    Sinnman Adventurer

    Jan 12, 2020
    Essex, Ontario, Canada
    LOL! I thought I was the only one who called it that. I was a huge fan of the McLaren F1 team from the 80's and 90's and love the orange/white combo.

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  4. The_Precious_Juice

    The_Precious_Juice 2019 DL650XT Touring

    Jun 2, 2013

    that is a good name for that paint scheme!

    Do not worry about MC reviewers and editors. Much lower COG, 19" inch rim, with a 6.3" Street like suspension travel with cornering ABS and linked braking beats the AT on the street.

    well that wraps up another thread.
    Mods, please lock thread now.
    Thank you.

    Have a great rest of the year.
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  5. MillennialFalcon

    MillennialFalcon Improvement starts with self

    Apr 4, 2017
    Rocky Mountains
    "felt about 50 pounds lighter"

    Did you ride both in the dirt? Did you drop and pickup both in the dirt?

    Wait you sat on them, you didn't even ride them? :fpalm
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  6. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

    Nov 14, 2006
    Peoples republic of Kalifornia, East...Kolarado
    Sitting on them stopped I agree. Riding them the AT feels lighter and more maneuverable. Having owned both, the Africa twinn is much better in the dirt. The Strom is more comfy and a better pack mule. Yes Suzuki never gets the credit their bikes deserve. All of them I have owned have been great. best bang for the buck.
  7. rauchman

    rauchman Long timer

    Oct 4, 2005
    Northeast, NJ
    Disclaimer, I am VERY interested in the VStrom XT Adventure.

    My buddy has a 2016 Africa Twin. We went to the local Big 4 dealer a couple of weekends ago. They happened to have the XTAdv, and my buddy and I both took turns sitting on it. Totally agree, the bike feels lighter between the legs.

    IMHO, for the money, this is the best bang for the buck out there right now.
  8. William Wolfen

    William Wolfen Long timer

    Dec 5, 2015
    Cypress, TX
    Did the Suzuki have no gas in it and the Africa Twin a full tank? I had an '04 Vstrom 1000 and it didn't feel any lighter than my '17 Twin sitting still. The twin feels lighter moving. I do still miss that amazing engine from the old Suzuki though... It was truly awesome! The rest of the bike let it down.