New 1050DE adds more off-road capability to V-Strom range

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Suzuki has revealed a new V-Strom 1050DE, which adds more off-road capability to the firm’s adventure bike range. The DE, which replaces the XT as Suzuki’s flagship adventure bike, gets a series of performance enhancements shared with an updated V-Strom 1050, plus additional features, modifications, and enhancements designed to improve its performance when the highway ends.

Suzuki Vstrom 1050DE

The V-Strom 1050DE is designed for wherever your journey takes you – on any terrain, to any horizon, on any adventure – and builds on a proven, robust, and reliable platform that has made the V-Strom a cult motorcycle and the choice for many adventurers.

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For 2023 both the new V-Strom 1050DE and the V-Strom 1050 feature a new, full-colour TFT dash and a bi-directional quickshifter, plus a suite of complex electronic features that includes: 

  • Six-axis IMU
  • Lean angle-sensitive ABS with two sensitivity modes
  • Slope-dependent control
  • Load-dependent control
  • Hill hold
  • Linked brakes
  • Cruise control
  • Three power modes
  • Three traction control settings

Suzuki Vstrom 1050DE

The V-Strom 1050DE also boasts a number of additional features, including: 

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  • 21-inch front wheel with Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR tyres front and rear
  • Increased suspension travel and ground clearance plus revised chassis geometry and ergonomics
  • Wider ‘bars and steel footpegs
  • Two ABS modes plus the ability to disengage rear ABS
  • Additional off-road ‘G mode’ traction control setting

The V-Strom 1050 will come in black and gold with gold wheels, blue and black, a classy grey with red rims, and a red and black version with the same red wheels.

Suzuki Vstrom 1050DE

Practicality

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Despite the differing on and off-road focus of the two V-Strom models, they share many practical touches including a standard-fit centre stand and hand guards, to repel the worst of the weather and protect knuckles from stones and debris.

A USB power socket, located next to the TFT screen, allows for the easy charging of smartphones, while other devices can be powered via a 12V socket located under the seat.

LED lighting is found all round, including headlights, taillights, and indicators.

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Suzuki Vstrom 1050DE

Pricing and availability

The new V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 will be available in authorised Suzuki dealerships in early 2023. MoreBikes believes the DE will be priced around £13500 and the 1050 around £11000.

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