SUZUKI V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050 announced at EICMA

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Suzuki unveiled two new versions of their V-Strom. The range-topping 1050XT and the more run of the mill 1050. As can be gleaned from the model denomination the ‘Strom’s have undergone an increase in capacity to 1037cc and some cam tweaking with a resultant 7% bump in power to a useable 79 kW. Those of you that have been around a while will also recognize the new styling which is very reminiscent of the 800cc DR Big of the late 1980s as well as their DR-Z Desert racers of the same era.

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The full house XT has a comprehensive electronics package which Suzuki call Suzuki Intelligent Ride System. A ride by wire throttle links to a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit which monitors motorcycle dynamics and works with lean-angle sensitive two-mode ABS to keep things tidy. Descent control and hill hold control are also part of the setup. Traction control has been upgraded to three levels from the old models two.

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The chassis is aluminium with 43mm USD front KYB forks. Brakes are radial Tokico’s. The 17” rear and 19” front wheels are retained with the rims from DID. On the practical side, the 1050 has an 11 setting height adjustment windshield. Instrumentation is a multi-function LCD. The XT model sports engine protection bars, centre stand and handguards as standard fitment.

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As the “budget version”, the 1050 is quite simplified, losing the electronics and getting cast aluminium wheels instead of spokes. All in all the new bikes herald in a fresh approach to the V-Strom recipe. Sure to be practical and value for money.

My name is Dave Cilliers. I consider cars as four wheeled shopping baskets and only worth using as a last resort! For years bikes have been my primary transport. Racing, touring, commuting or just kicking up dust on African tracks, I have owned over 270 motorcycles and ridden millions of kilometres. I am happiest when sharing my passion for motorcycles with like minded people whilst traversing Africa in search of adventure.