Suzuki Announces Updated 2023 V-STROM 1050 Line

The new V-STROM 1050/DE/Adventure models are thoroughly refined to deliver enhanced performance.

Twenty years ago, the first Suzuki V-Strom was released as a new-generation sports adventure tourer. Its liquid-cooled, four-stroke, 90-degree V-twin, dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) engine featured four valves per cylinder paired to an advanced, lightweight aluminum twin-spar frame. With this combination, the V-Strom gained its popularity through being a highly versatile adventure tourer with an eager and sporting personality, offering remarkable quality, reliable engineering, and exceptional value.

There were few adventures V-Strom motorcycles could not excel at, handling a variety of riding environments with confidence, no matter where they traveled or how far the rider wished to journey. With over 50,000 V-Strom motorcycles sold around the world since 2002 and iconic styling inspired by Suzuki’s legendary DR-Big Dakar race bikes being adopted with the 2014 model year, the Suzuki V-Strom has proven itself and evolved as an adventure touring motorcycle providing exceptional riding enjoyment and value. For 2023, the updated V-STROM 1050 line once again raises the bar. 

Similar to 20 years ago, the product concept for the 2023 V-STROM 1050 models continue to have riding adventure in mind, no matter where the journey takes a rider. Thoroughly “Engineered for the Unexpected,” the new V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure provides class-leading engineering and is laden with features to augment adventure riding performance and provide riders unequaled value. This objective encompasses the vision and engineering efforts Suzuki undertook to further enhance this landmark motorcycle and increase its riding capabilities, no matter the journey, adventure or destination.

The 2023 V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure have been “Engineered for the Unexpected” to let riders easily escape into the great outdoors and explore to their heart’s content, whether long-distance pavement-oriented touring or traversing long-distance on dirt roads and country trails. The 2023 V-STROM 1050 continues to provide riders first-class sport and long-distance touring capability in a versatile and sporting motorcycle.

Each V-STROM 1050 model has been enhanced for 2023 to provide the performance, utility and advanced electronic features to appeal to an ever wider set of riders. Whether they want to stretch their limits on off-road adventures, travel cross-country or around the world, there is a V-STROM 1050 for them.

2023 V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure: Seriously Enhanced Off-Road Capabilities

Suzuki V-STROM 1050 Adventure
Suzuki V-STROM 1050 Adventure

For 2023, the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models have been engineered and refined to meet the needs of serious adventure tourers seeking more off-road performance combined with on-road comfort and versatility.

The V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models’ proven V-twin engine rides in a chassis with increased ground clearance to accommodate new 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoke-style wheels with more aggressive Dunlop Adventure tires. The DE/Adventure also gains a longer rake and wheelbase for more control off-road, providing longer suspension travel to better absorb bumps on rough terrain, as well as wide steel foot pegs and a large-diameter tapered aluminum handlebar to help tame off-road adventures.

A new 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel clearly displays the expanded Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) settings that have been updated specifically for the V-STROM 1050 DE/Adventure models and features a new Gravel (G) mode to the Suzuki Traction Control System and the ability to switch off the rear anti-lock brake (ABS) system. The V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure further emphasizes the aggressive look of its Suzuki Dakar race bike-inspired styling with its unique front fender, stout aluminum engine protector and rugged accessory bar.

Ready to explore to the ends of the earth, the V-STROM 1050DE Adventure model is also equipped with Suzuki’s aluminum side case set to carry your gear with ease while the standard LED fog lamp set lights up each new trail.

No other Adventure motorcycle matches the 2023 V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure’s emphasis on all-terrain capability with the value, versatility, comfort and performance synonymous with the name “V-STROM”.

V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models have been engineered and enhanced with key features augmenting their off-road capabilities, including:

  • 21-inch front wheel: Rides on stronger spoke-style wheels and adopts a 21-inch aluminum front rim for greater stability and control when riding on unpaved surfaces. The 90/90-21 Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR tire in the front and 150/70R17 Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR tire in the rear feature a semi-block pattern and an internal structure designed exclusively for the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models.
  • New Gravel mode: Unique to the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models is a new, additional Gravel mode within the S.I.R.S.’ Suzuki Traction Control System. The Gravel mode retards ignition timing to help the rider better negotiate gravel roads by allowing some slip when riding on unpaved surfaces. Also unique to the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure is the ability to switch off the rear ABS for improved performance on gravel and other unpaved surfaces.
  • Updated six-speed transmission: An updated transmission uses revised first and sixth gears, offering smoother shifting and better integration with the new Bi-Directional Quick Shift System.
  • Updated Ride-By-Wire throttle: The Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle system is updated to take advantage of the powerful 32-bit engine control module (ECM) to control the action of the throttle valves with more finely tuned settings that better balance the relationship between throttle action and engine output characteristics.
  • New chassis geometry: New, dedicated chassis geometry with a longer wheelbase; longer rake; increased ground clearance; and a wider, thicker aluminum handlebar. This refined geometry helps improve stability and controllability when riding on unpaved surfaces. This new chassis geometry also provides a comfortable riding position that effectively distributes weight for more aggressive off-road riding.
  • Increased ground clearance: With the redesigned suspension, front wheel diameter and chassis geometry, the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models’ ground clearance is 1 inch higher than the V-STROM 1050, further enhancing off-road capability.
  • Longer rear wheel travel: Updates to the rear suspension result in longer 6.6-inch (168-millimeter) rear wheel travel. This is an increase of 0.3 inches (8 millimeters) over the prior V-STROM 1050XT model’s rear wheel travel.
  • Fully adjustable front suspension: Updated, fully adjustable, inverted KYB 34-millimeter front forks offer longer front suspension travel and are fully adjustable for spring pre-load, compression and rebound damping to optimize performance to the rider’s preference.
  • Adjustable link-type rear suspension: The movement of the new, longer, cast aluminum swingarm is controlled by a single rear KYB shock absorber with remote, hydraulic spring preload adjustment, allowing rear suspension adjustment for cargo or a passenger taking just seconds. The single-shock, link-style rear suspension also features rebound-damping force adjustment.
  • Longer, stronger swingarm: Utilizes a longer swingarm, reengineered with enhanced torsional rigidity to allow for increased suspension travel.
  • Stronger sub frame: A new sub-frame with stronger seat rails, battery and rear fender brackets has been developed to better withstand the rigors of riding on unpaved surfaces.
  • Durable engine accessory bar: A standard engine accessory bar not only helps protect the frame and other vulnerable parts but also offers both rugged styling as well as a sturdy location for mounting other accessories like the available LED fog lamps. LED fog lamps are standard on the Adventure model.
  • Off-road designed windscreen: Unique, smaller windscreen designed to maximize visibility when riding on dirt trails and gravel roads. Over 3 inches (80 millimeters) shorter and slightly narrower than the standard V-STROM 1050 model’s windscreen, it has been thoroughly developed and evaluated to help reduce wind buffeting to the rider’s helmet.
  • Wider, thicker handlebar: New 1.57-inch wider (40 mm millimeters, 20 millimeters per side) tapered aluminum handlebar. Cast in thicker tubing from a softer grade of aluminum than the standard V-STROM 1050 handlebar, this construction allows more flex when riding on unpaved surfaces and better shock absorption for greater rider comfort.
  • Three-piece front fender: A new three-piece front fender assembly that combines the effectiveness of a conventional V-STROM fender with the protection of fork guards similar to those used on off-road race bikes results in stronger protection while off-road.
  • Wider steel footpegs: Offering better rider support when standing during off-road riding. These DE/Adventure-specific footpegs also offer longer bank sensors to compensate for the DE/Adventure models’ increased front wheel size.
  • Rugged aluminum engine protector: Adopts a rugged aluminum engine protector to help protect vital components in harsh off-road conditions.
  • Stronger drive chain: Utilizes a stronger drive chain with sturdier links and larger diameter pins achieving increased durability while off-road.
  • DE/Adventure-specific center-stand: Equipped with longer, model-specific side- and center-stands. The sturdy center-stand is a standard feature aiding riders when servicing the motorcycle or loading luggage.
  • Adventure aluminum side cases: The V-STROM 1050DE Adventure comes standard with 37-liter aluminum side cases mounted on sturdy removable brackets. Embossed with the Suzuki logo, these heavy-duty side cases can accept 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms) of gear. These side cases are also available as a Genuine Suzuki accessory for non-Adventure DE and standard V-STROM 1050s.
  • LED fog lamps: The V-STROM 1050DE Adventure also includes a set of Suzuki’s LED fog lamps, providing additional road illumination and motorcycle visibility to other traffic while drawing less wattage compared to conventional lights.
  • USB accessory slot: A USB-type accessory slot is conveniently located to the left of the TFT instrument panel. This fused slot can provide up to 5 volts direct current (VDC) at a maximum current of 2 amps. The slot is ideal for powering a GPS unit or charging mobile devices.
  • Under-seat DC Socket: A SAE 12-volt, 36-watt DC socket is located under the passenger seat (electrical accessory wattage should not exceed 12 watts when the engine is operated at low speeds). This convenient outlet can be used to charge or power a range of electrical devices.
Suzuki V-STROM 1050 DE
Suzuki V-STROM 1050 DE

In addition to the many refinements specific to the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models, there are several new features now standard on the entire V-STROM 1050 product line, including:

  • 5-inch TFT LCD screen: An all-new, full-color, 5-inch TFT display is the first of its kind on a Suzuki Adventure motorcycle. With both a day and night mode, this new display offers adventure tourers a complete menu of information — including a digital representation of an analog tachometer and the ability to track 24 different systems on the bike.
  • Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU): Essential to S.I.R.S. operation, the V-STROM 1050’s new IMU measures six directions of movement along three axes. The IMU constantly monitors pitch, roll and yaw movement based on the motorcycle’s position, movement and acceleration.
  • Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.): Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System, Hill Hold Control System, Slope Dependent Control System and Load Dependent Control System assist braking performance in a variety of conditions. Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), new updated cruise control and Bi-Directional Quick Shift systems, and Traction Control System. Each element of S.I.R.S. provides V-STROM 1050 riders stress-free convenience, enhancing long-distance tours, off-road adventures, commuting or riding in a variety of conditions.
  • CAN (Controller Area Network) technology: Now employs an interconnected information network instead of a conventional wiring harness. Requiring fewer wires, this CAN-wiring lets the bike be lighter and simpler and provides a way for the advanced aspects of the S.I.R.S. to achieve faster data transmission with the ECM.
  • Hollow, sodium-filled exhaust valves: These valves help reduce combustion chamber temperatures, improving flow efficiency and durability. The 2023 V-STROM 1050 is the first Suzuki motorcycle to have these valves installed.
  • LED lighting: The fairing features a stacked, rectangular LED headlight for excellent road and trail illumination while matching Suzuki’s Dakar Rally bike styling. The low-draw LED turn signals are brighter than the signals used on the prior generation V-Strom models. The rear tail and brake light is an LED type with a clear lens that offers higher visibility, low electrical draw and excellent durability.
  • Adjustable rider seat: The height of the rider seat may be adjusted an additional 0.8 inches (20 millimeters). Adjustment is performed using an included tool and height riser stored beneath the pillion seat.

The V-STROM 1050DE Adventure comes in Champion Yellow No. 2/Metallic Matte Sword Silver. The V-STROM 1050DE is offered in a striking Pearl Vigor Blue/Pearl Brilliant White.

2023 V-STROM 1050: A More Refined Long-Distance Tourer

Suzuki V-STROM 1050
Suzuki V-STROM 1050

The 2023 V-STROM 1050 brings the heart of the original 2002 V-STROM 1000 forward by combining the strengths of the previous model while adopting new and updated features that enhance riding pleasure, comfort and utility. More long-distance touring oriented, the updated V-STROM 1050 offers all the performance, comfort and versatility that Suzuki V-Stroms have been known for since 2002 and more.

Led by its proven 1037cc, V-twin, dual-spark engine, the V-STROM 1050 features cast aluminum wheels shod with a 19-inch front and 17-inch rear Bridgestone Battlax A41 tires and a large touring windscreen with handy quick-release height adjustment.

The S.I.R.S. has been added and includes standard cruise control and a Bi-directional Quick Shift system. A new 5-inch color TFT LCD multi-function instrument panel clearly displays the bike’s operating status and S.I.R.S. settings.

In addition to the new and updated features shared with the V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models, the V-STROM 1050 also includes:

  • Height-adjustable windscreen: The windscreen helps reduce fatigue on longer rides by cutting wind noise and preventing buffeting of the rider’s head. With a shape and size refined by extensive wind tunnel development, the screen may be adjusted before a ride by hand using a quick-release handle on the front to choose from 11 positions covering 50 millimeters (almost 2 inches) of vertical range.
  • Center stand: Now a standard feature to help the rider when servicing the motorcycle or loading luggage.
  • Sturdy under engine cover: Fitted with a sturdy plastic under cover that matches the bike’s tough, yet refined image.

The V-STROM 1050 features a distinctive Metallic Reflective Blue/Metallic Matte Black No. 2 livery for 2023.

Suzuki Genuine Accessories Available for the 2023 V-STROM 1050/DE/Adventure

Suzuki has a wide range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories specially developed so riders may personalize their V-STROM 1050 to their personal taste and riding needs by enhancing riding comfort, utility, protection and appearance. This comprehensive list of Genuine Accessories includes:

  • Low seat: Offering a seat option that is 0.8 inches lower (30 millimeters) than the stock seat
  • Grip heaters: Heating the entire grip surface with three-levels of heat settings to keep hands warm in colder conditions
  • Screen adjustment kit: Allowing V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure riders to utilize the adjustable windscreen of the standard V-STROM 1050
  • Higher windscreen: An optional high screen, 3.15 inches taller (80 millimeters) is designed to offer higher levels of wind protection for taller riders
  • Aluminum top case: Embossed with the Suzuki logo and available in either silver anodized or black powder coated finish and offering an additional 38 liters of storage, this rugged top case mounts with a dedicated top case carrier set.
  • Aluminum side cases: Embossed with the Suzuki logo, these heavy-duty side cases can accept 6.6 pounds (3 kilograms) of gear. Available in either silver anodized or black powder-coated finish, they sturdily mount to the bike using available side brackets required for installation.
  • Tank bag: A durable nylon, expandable tank bag mount to the bike via a sturdy gas cap ring system and may expand from 11 liters to 15 liters.
  • Mirror extensions: Improving rider rear visibility, mirrors may be raised 51 millimeters and adjusted to provide an extra 40 millimeters width using the required spacer set.
  • LED fog lamps: Bright LED fog lamps rigidly attach to the engine accessory bar.
  • Fuel tank pads: Provide increased scratch protection and feature the distinctive V-STROM logo
  • Tank protection decal: Transparent decals help protect against tank scratches in areas vulnerable to brush while riding.
  • Side cover protection decals: Transparent decals help protect against scratches in side cover areas exposed to brush while riding.
  • Heel plate and frame cover protection decals: Transparent decals help protect against scratches in these vulnerable areas exposed to brush, rocks and roost while riding.
  • Large footrest: Provides increased riding comfort and is height adjustable.
  • Plastic top case: Ideal for more street-oriented touring, this stylish top case holds 35 liters and may be keyed to work with the V-STROM’s ignition key.
  • Plastic side cases: Ideal for more street-oriented touring and matched to the plastic top case, these plastic side cases hold 26 to 29 liters and may be keyed to work with the V-STROM’s ignition key.
  • Large plastic top case: For those seeking yet more storage, this top case holds 56 liters, features an embossed Suzuki logo and may be keyed to work with the V-STROM’s ignition key. It cannot be used with the plastic side cases.
  • Accessory bar: Black powder-coated and designed to help add protection and mounting points for accessories like LED fog lights on the V-STROM 1050
  • Aluminum skid plate: Tough-looking skid plate with a Suzuki logo, available in either silver or black and must be used in combination with the Accessory Bar.

Each 2023 V-STROM 1050 model is ready for almost any adventure any rider may imagine. From the off-road capable V-STROM 1050DE/Adventure models to the long-distance touring V-STROM 1050, adventure touring and sport touring riders who have grown to rely on Suzuki will appreciate that these new models have been intelligently refined and are thoroughly “Engineered for the Unexpected.”  The 2023 V-STROMs are poised to deliver riding adventure like no V-Strom has ever offered. For more information on the V-STROM 1050 line, visit SuzukiCycles.com/V-Strom.

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