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