Suzuki V-Strom gets extra tech for 2020

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Words: Peter Louisson
7 Nov 2019

Suzuki has revitalised the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT, with new retro styling, added equipment and enhanced off-roading creds.

The top-of-the-line variant is the V-Strom 1050XT taking styling inspiration from the DR-Z rally raider of the 1980s, with a more aggressive and bolder beak up front.

New design cues are also borrowed from the Suzuki Katana, like the stacked rectangular LED headlight. Colour options, like the red and white mix, hark back to Suzuki’s rally raid racing days, while the yellow hue reminds of its motocross models.

Firing the big beast is an updated 1037cc 90-deg V-Twin with output boosted to 80kW, while it is now Euro5 emissions compliant. Mean fuel use is a quoted 4.9L/100km.

A new electronics package, Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, aims to improve the off-road experience (hill hold control, rear wheel lift mitigation, and corner brake control thanks to fitting of an inertial measurement unit). A ride-by-wire throttle results in a more stable idle at slow speeds, and three ride modes. Cruise control has also been added to the XT, while TC has been updated, as has the full-feature LCD screen. It also comes with a height-adjustable windscreen and seat, centre stand, 12v power outlet and handguards.

A more basic model, the V-Strom 1050, is distinguished by DR-Z-inspired design. Unlike the XT, it doesn’t get engine bars, a centre stand, handguards or a lower cowling.

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