Suzuki has updated its flagship adventure motorcycle in Europe for 2023, the V-Strom 1050. The adventure motorcycle now comes with an additional variant, for a total of two. These are – V-Strom 1050 and the new V-Strom 1050 DE. Both the variants come with a host of changes to differentiate them as well as for 2023.
The Japanese brand has not unveiled the pricing for the 2023 V-Strom 1050 range yet. For reference, the 2022 V-Strom 1050 came with a sticker price of GBP 9,999 in the UK. This equates to roughly INR 9.18 lakh (excluding taxes).
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 – Highlights
In terms of style, Suzuki has not made any new changes except for some new colour options. However, there are a lot of changes Suzuki made to its equipment. The 2023 model now gets a much better-looking 5-inch colour TFT display that replaces the previous model’s unit. It also continues to offer a full suite of electronic rider aids. These include 6-axis IMU, cornering ABS, cruise control, hill hold, riding modes and traction control. The 2023 model also gets heated grips.
Mechanically, it continues to use the same 1,037cc liquid-cooled 90-degree V-Twin engine. It makes 107.4 PS of peak power at 8,500 rpm and 100 Nm of peak torque at 6,000 rpm. The V-Strom 1050 uses a 6-speed gearbox and a Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) clutch. Additionally, it now also features a bi-directional quickshifter for clutchless up and downshifts. Suzuki has also made the 2023 model’s 1st and 6th gear longer. However, the brand has reduced the overall gear ratio between the first five gears.
For 2023, the new V-Strom 1050DE replaces the 1050XT. Unlike the regular 1050 variant, it is a more off-road-friendly variant. The 2023 V-Strom 1050DE comes with wire spoke wheels and a new 21-inch wheel size at the front. The V-Strom 1050DE also gets a wider handlebar for more leverage as well as wider footpegs. Other changes include the addition of a belly pan, engine guard and a longer swingarm. The TCS on the V-Strom 1050DE also gets a new Gravel mode which disables ABS on the rear wheel.
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