2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE Assessment – Touring legend will get a bit bit soiled…

Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE Assessment

V-Strom 1050DE overview by Trevor Hedge – Photographs TBG

Suzuki’s V-Strom has a legendary status for consolation, reliability and wonderful highway efficiency. It has by no means had the off-road chops to compete within the filth in opposition to lots of its journey bike rivals, nor has it pretended to.

For 2023 each the common V-Strom 1050 and new 1050DE are totally up to date from stem to stern

That’s to not say the tougher stuff can’t be completed on a V-Strom – it may, you simply must be a greater rider to do it. Loads of the V-Strom devoted have additionally transplanted entrance ends off large dirt-bikes onto their Stroms, fitted 21-inch fronts and completed all method of issues to take their much-loved bikes in direction of the tougher finish of the adventure-touring spectrum.

Suzuki lastly took the trace and gave us a bit extra filth clout with the XT in 2020, and now actually places the gumboots on with the brand new DE (Twin Explorer) that went on sale not too long ago. It may need taken them 20 years to do it, however Suzuki has now produced a V-Strom with a 21-inch entrance for the primary time and added extra suspension journey straight from the showroom ground. The differentiation between the common V-Strom and the DE model is far greater than what we beforehand noticed within the XT and the DE.

The outgoing 1050XT model currently sells for $21,990 Ride Away, the new V-Strom 1050 is $22,990 Ride Away while the more dirt oriented 1050DE model reviewed and pictured here sells for $24,690 ride away
The outgoing 1050XT mannequin at the moment sells for $21,990 Experience Away, the brand new V-Strom 1050 is $22,990 Experience Away.
The extra filth oriented 1050DE mannequin reviewed and pictured right here sells for $24,690 journey away

The swing-arm can be longer on the DE and gives the mannequin with an extended wheelbase. Up entrance there’s additionally extra rake to assist the DE retain first rate steering on the highway, serving to to counteract the negatives of a 21-inch entrance relating to cornering at lean on the tarmac.

These adjustments have actually helped; the DE nonetheless steers very properly however when cranked over on the bitumen it doesn’t really feel fairly as safe as its 19-inch fronted siblings, which to be truthful have an superior front-end properly suited to pushing exhausting on tight and twisty blacktop. The entrance hoop on the brand new DE is a correct filth 90/90-21 sizing, and that has a trade-off when terrorising the tarmac.

There’s some ‘nibbling’ when reaching the sting on the entrance, letting you realize by means of the bars that’s about so far as you must go. The Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour rubber does a reasonably good job of treading the road between tar and filth efficiency, however physics are physics.

DE fashions put on a

The V-Strom 1050DE boasts an inch extra floor clearance than its extra highway oriented stablemate, which can be new for 2023 – 190 mm in comparison with the road-oriented 165 mm of its 19-inch stablemate.

Suspension journey is marginally higher with an additional 10 mm at every finish of the KYB {hardware}. Not that 170 mm of journey is especially beneficiant; it’s lots lower than many comparable journey bikes now in the marketplace, and greater than two-inches lower than Suzuki’s personal new 800DE.

DE1050 will get a bashplate and engine safety bars as normal

An honest bash-plate and crash bars are normal. The handlebars are 40 mm wider than the common 1050 V-Strom and so they do really feel w-i-d-e. I might be experimenting with totally different positioning if taking a motorcycle dwelling for good.

If selecting the non-compulsory low seat there’s much less padding on the entrance which implies it isn’t fairly as pleasant to the within of your thighs because the common perch. The low seat drops the seat peak from 880 to 850 mm. For the fellas with actual lanky legs you may as well plump for an non-compulsory excessive seat that raises the seat peak as much as a heady 910 mm.

Customary seat peak on the DE is 880 mm, an inch increased than its additionally new sibling

Suzuki began ramping up the digital smarts with the XT however now actually will get with this system on the DE. Updates have been made to the ride-by-wire digital throttle together with an improved cruise management system, whereas a six-axis Bosch IMU now delivers way more knowledge which facilitates vastly improved ABS and traction management methods. Hill maintain management can be a characteristic on the DE.

The digital enhancements don’t set any new business requirements however they do assist give the V-Strom a comparable suite of smarts to the competitors and produce Suzuki again into the sport on this space.

The 17-inch spoked rear rim on the DE is tubeless but the 21-inch front is not
The 17-inch spoked rear rim on the DE is tubeless however the 21-inch entrance is just not

Curiously the rear wheel on the DE is tubeless, however the entrance is just not. Tyre strain monitoring is just not accessible whilst an choice. Heated grips are non-compulsory and the switching for them is just not pre-configured. The hand-guards present some climate safety however I don’t suppose they’d do all that a lot to forestall injury to your levers or grasp cylinders in a tumble.

The brand new TFT show is sharp and simple to learn, and the interface is intuitive – I believe maybe greatest in school relating to HMI. Though, it does miss out on the smartphone-powered turn-by-turn navigation performance that’s a characteristic on a few of its higher-end rivals.

A two-way quick-shifter is now normal throughout each fashions, as is new five-inch color TFT instrumentation.

There are numerous using modes on provide and the DE scores an additional G mode over its sibling. This mode permits way more liberal spinning and sliding of the rear earlier than reining issues in by way of traction management interventions.

I discovered A mode to be a bit too direct, which made the journey fairly tiring and a bit too pressing, so I most popular the extra easy-going nature of B. The engine nonetheless feels lots robust on this mode. Don’t let ‘solely’ 106 horsepower on the spec sheet make you suppose the V-Strom is underpowered, because it isn’t. The Suzuki gained’t carry the entrance wheel in third gear like a few of the European monsters and cost previous 240 km/h like a sportsbike of not too way back, but it surely’s nonetheless greater than highly effective sufficient and barely discovered wanting.

The rear ABS may be switched off however the entrance can’t. This isn’t as a lot of a hindrance because it as soon as was as ABS methods work so significantly better and cycle far faster than earlier than.

USB port up entrance

A USB port is offered up entrance and an old-school 12-volt socket may be discovered below the seat. Fog lamps are normal.

Underseat energy socket can be normal

The 2-way quick-shifter could be very clean and competent. Nevertheless, if being fussy I might say the ignition lower was a bit too lengthy for my liking when desirous to play foolish buggers on the highway. Little question that is Suzuki being its regular conservative Japanese self and taking no danger concerning gearbox longevity.

Whereas the Europeans are content material to push the envelope of engineering it typically does come on the expense of reliability and clients typically get left to do the sturdiness testing; the Japanese manufacturers play the lengthy recreation. And this is likely one of the explanation why the V-Strom has such a devoted following: they’ve at all times been, and sure at all times will probably be, bulletproof.

Brakes are very highly effective

Tokico four-piston calipers up entrance provide ferocious stopping energy. They should be utilized rigorously within the slippery stuff, however in fact there’s ABS for back-up. Possibly Suzuki would profit from a top-shelf grasp cylinder for extra development, however there’s actually no scarcity of braking energy while you need it.

The usual 880 mm seat peak is sort of tall, and also you do lose a little bit of consolation if selecting the low seat. Mix that with a 252 kg moist (full 20-litre tank) weight and in case you are a bit in need of leg there is perhaps a bit sweating infrequently throughout low-speed work or whereas getting on or off the bike on uneven floor.

The burden is just about par for the course on this litre-plus journey market, however the 1050DE does really feel a bit prime heavier than most. Shut-quarters manoeuvring isn’t helped by what seems like fairly a restricted steering lock which makes turning the bike round extra onerous than it must be.

880 mm seat peak takes a little bit of getting accustomed to

At 178 cm the 1050DE was a little bit of a wrestle height-wise, however I’m certain residing with the bike day-in and day-out one would adapt and simply get accustomed to it. Journey bike using is a confidence recreation, and it takes common seat time to construct and retain that confidence.

Most different producers have now gone away from making V-twins and at the moment are as an alternative investing their analysis and growth budgets into producing parallel twins. That is largely as a consequence of parallel engines being a lot extra simply packaged in varied forms of bikes, and that weight having the ability to be positioned decrease.

Whereas there are some improbable parallel twins now in the marketplace, no quantity of crankshaft off-set tinkering makes them a correct V-twin – which the Suzuki most actually is, with the powerplant tracing its roots proper again to the TL1000S 1 / 4 of a century in the past. Sure, it’s that way back and we’re getting previous….

106 hp / 79 kW at 8500 rpm - 100 Nm at 6000 rpm
106 hp / 79 kW at 8500 rpm – 100 Nm at 6000 rpm

The 90-degree 1037 cc V-twin has been revised with new hole sodium-filled valves and drives by means of an improved gearbox, with totally different inside ratios for first and sixth gears. There isn’t a want for steadiness shafts in an engine that has good major steadiness and this should be a part of the explanation why the response of the engine feels so instantaneous compared to most fashionable bikes.

A better high quality drive chain now turns a rear sprocket with 4 extra enamel, however because of the inside ratio adjustments the ultimate drive ratio distinction is just not as pronounced as that 4 enamel addition may counsel.

2023 V-Strom 1050 and 1050 DE gearing in comparison with predecessor

Gearing New mannequin Earlier mannequin
Major 1.838 (57/31) 1.838 (57/31)
Ultimate 2.647 (45/17) 2.411 (41/17)
1st 2.666 (32/12) 3.000 (36/12)
2nd 1.933 (29/15) 1.933 (29/15)
third 1.500 (27/18) 1.500 (27/18)
4th 1.227 (27/22) 1.227 (27/22)
fifth 1.086 (25/23) 1.086 (25/23)
sixth 0.913 (21/23) 1.000 (24/24)
The 1050DE has an extended swingarm than the common 1050 that ends in a 40 mm longer wheelbase

I did discover the best way the slip-assist clutch labored on deceleration a bit disconcerting, it went by means of two levels – between which there was a surge which may very well be a bit disconcerting on lower than good surfaces.

Suzuki is now the one Japanese producer nonetheless providing a V-twin engine, and maybe for this reason it has launched the DE model of its big-bore regardless of the pending arrival of a parallel twin middle-weight 800DE across the center of this 12 months.

The brand new parallel-twin engined 800DE is, as you’ll anticipate, down on energy in comparison with the 1050 (83 hp performs 106 hp), however it’s 20 kg lighter whereas providing way more suspension journey and much more floor clearance – regardless of the seat peak being an inch shorter. Certainly these V-Strom patrons on the lookout for the last word off-road variation on the mannequin are going to decide on the brand new 800?

Suzuki additionally debut a brand new 800DE in 2023 with much more floor clearance and suspension journey

Thus, I did discover the addition of this 1050DE fairly a curious choice by Suzuki. Maybe the 1050DE is launched for individuals who desire a bit higher filth efficiency from their 1050 V-Strom but in addition need the additional grunt that makes carrying a pillion and baggage a extra nice affair?

As to my thoughts that may be the first state of affairs the place it actually is smart over the approaching 800 mannequin for people who desire a filth oriented V-Strom. Nevertheless, after now additionally spending some high quality time with the brand new 800DE, the variations between that and the 1050DE actually are fairly stark.

The 1050DE additionally goes up in opposition to new sibling 800DE. Whereas little brother is simpler to deal with, large bro has its personal extra severe charms.

The 800 is really easy to journey on each the filth and tarmac that it truly is a complete totally different kettle of fish in comparison with the 1050DE. The 800 is so playful and an absolute doddle to journey compared to large brother. The 800 nonetheless has sufficient shove to additionally please skilled riders but it surely simply feels a complete lot much less, properly, severe.

When urgent on, the 1050 is significantly quicker, however calls for a good bit extra from its rider within the course of than the brand new 800. On paper the ability and torque variations are solely round 25 per cent, however the 1050 feels punchier and extra severe compared to the playful, easy-going nature of the 800. The moment response of the V-Twin makes it really feel like its packing far more than its quoted 100 Nm of torque, far more.  I believe Japanese horses will need to have greater toes than European ones…

The 1050 engine feels a lot stronger than the spec’ sheet suggests

The 800’s lightness additionally actually helps, however I really feel that mass solely performs a bit half within the equation. The suspension is far softer on the 800 and its Nissin brakes have a lot much less preliminary chew than large brother’s Tokicos, serving to to instill a calmer manner on the 800.

Each 1050 fashions have mounts for baggage built-in into the rear sub-frame, whereas on the 800 the mounting equipment is an non-compulsory additional.

Built-in mounting lugs for non-compulsory panniers are an ideal characteristic on the 1050.

Funnily sufficient, Suzuki makes no actual boast concerning the built-in baggage mounting system. I needed to do some digging to glean any data on the plastic panniers, as there isn’t any point out of it within the press equipment or mannequin data. Possibly Suzuki simply suppose that everybody desires a heap of metallic work on the facet of their bikes together with large and ungainly aluminium panniers relating to baggage.

Alloy panniers do have their place for two-up highway touring however usually damage a motorcycle’s dynamics. The burden and bulk pushed out so removed from the centre line of the bike is way from perfect – and this goes for all bikes outfitted with the sort of equipment and never simply Suzuki. To not point out what number of damaged ankles and decrease legs alloy panniers have been answerable for in small off-road tip-overs.

Each the plastic and alloy panniers are solely producer rated for 130 km/h, once more, that’s the Japanese and their authorized eagles being overly cautious. The plastic instances maintain 29 litres on the left and 26 litres on the precise (as a consequence of having to accommodate the exhaust). The metallic facet instances maintain 37 litres both facet however are solely rated to carry 3 kg every, whereas the smaller however extra tightly built-in plastic baggage is rated at 5 kg either side. This needs to be all the way down to these dynamics I point out, and never as a consequence of power.

I might take these over the alloy bins each time

I will surely be investigating the plastic manufacturing unit baggage that mounts on to the sub-frame, as I’m 100 per cent certain the distinction between these and a few large ugly bins hanging out within the breeze could be chalk and cheese relating to using pleasure. That has actually been my expertise the place different producers provide an built-in sub-frame mounting system.

They maintain rather less however you possibly can at all times put an enormous roll bag on the rear baggage grid, which may additionally function a pleasant again relaxation for a pillion. Talking of passengers, the Strom has completely large seize handles and will accommodate two-up using fairly properly.

On provide are also non-compulsory tank-bags that mount on a hoop fastened to the gas cap encompass.

Tank luggage are additionally on provide

Fortunately, a lot of the non-dirt-oriented enhancements that characteristic on the $24,690 (journey away) 1050DE are additionally now launched on the common 2023 V-Strom 1050 and can assist to make it a greater highway bike than ever. You miss out on that spoked 21-inch entrance, have 10 mm much less suspension journey and floor clearance, however you do have a a lot decrease seat peak (as little as 820 mm with non-compulsory low seat), rims higher sized for highway work and a a lot bigger adjustable windscreen. The conventional 1050 can be 10 kg lighter than the DE and prices $1700 much less.

To my thoughts the usual mannequin sounds just like the candy spot within the vary for lots of riders who don’t actually need a 21-inch entrance and people minor enhancements on suspension journey, however as an alternative put extra worth on outright road efficiency, and a decrease seat peak.

The non DE model of the V-Strom 1050 has additionally been equally up to date, however with out the filth particular upgrades

For many who do worth that off-road a part of the equation although there’s certainly loads of added worth in all of the equipment that’s included within the DE for that modest $1700 improve. After which in fact there’s additionally the brand new 800DE.  Choices, selections…

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050DE Specs

V -STROM 1050  V-STROM 1050DE
Engine  Liquid-cooled, V-twin 1,037 cc Liquid-cooled, V-twin 1,037 cc
Bore x Stroke 100 x 66 mm 100 x 66 mm
Energy 106 hp / 79 kW at 8500 rpm 106 hp / 79 kW at 8500 rpm
Torque 100 Nm at 6000 rpm 100 Nm at 6000 rpm
Compression ratio 11.5:1 11.5:1
Gasoline system Gasoline injection, 49 mm throttle our bodies, giant bore, RbW Gasoline injection, 49 mm throttle our bodies, giant bore, RbW
Starter system Electrical Electrical
Lubrication system Moist sump Moist sump
Transmission 6-speed fixed mesh 6-speed fixed mesh
Ignition system Digital ignition (transistorized) Digital ignition (transistorized)
Fork 43mm KYB inverted entrance forks, full adjustable, 160 mm journey 43mm KYB inverted entrance forks, full adjustable, 170 mm journey
Shock Hyperlink-type KYB mono-shock, full adjustable, 160 mm journey Hyperlink-type KYB mono-shock, full adjustable, 169 mm journey
Rake / path 25°40’ / 110 mm  27° 30’/ 126 mm 
Body Twin-spar aluminium body, Aluminium swingarm
Twin-spar aluminium body, longer, aluminium swingarm
Brake Entrance CBS, Tokico radial mount monobloc four-piston caliper, 310 mm rotors, ABS CBS, Tokico radial mount monobloc four-piston caliper, 310 mm rotors, ABS /w rear cancel mode
Brake Rear Single-piston pin-slide calliper, 260 mm rotor Single-piston pin-slide calliper, 260 mm rotor
Wheels 10-spoke solid aluminium wheels Wire-spoked wheels, aluminium entrance rim
Tyre Entrance Bridgestone Battlax Journey A41, 110/80R19M/C 59V tubeless Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR, 90/90-21M/C 54H tube kind
Tyre Rear Bridgestone Battlax Journey A41, 150/70R17M/C 69V tubeless Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR, 150/70R17M/C 69H tubeless
Gasoline capability 20.0 L 20.0 L
Handlebars Tapered aluminium Tapered aluminium, 20 mm wider per facet
Footpegs Aluminium, rubber-covered Metal, rubber coated
Rake / Path 25°40′ / 110 mm 27°30′ / 126 mm
Total size 2,265 mm 2,390 mm 
Total width 940 mm  960 mm 
Total peak 1515 mm  1,505 mm
Wheelbase 1555 mm 1,595 mm 
Floor clearance 165 mm  190 mm 
Seat peak 855 mm 880 mm
Kerb mass 242 kg with full tank 252 kg with full tank
RRP $22,990 Experience Away $24,690 Experience Away

2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE