Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT – the Adventure Bargain of the Decade

Photo credit: Rob Till / Suzuki South Africa

Suzuki’s V-Strom 1050XT is not only one of the best adventure bikes on the market at the moment, it is also, by a long way, one of the best value-for-money adventure bikes, retailing at R221,950 when all its rivals are pushing at least R300,000.


Suzuki V-Strom DL1050XT

Pricing From R221,950 (RRP)

Brand: Suzuki

The price does not reflect the ability of the V-Strom, which is nothing short of brilliant both on and off-road. What it might lack in terms of horsepower and ultimate equipment levels to its rivals, it more than makes up for in terms of engineering quality and overall ability, not to mention price.

Photo credit: Rob Till / Suzuki South Africa

To sweeten the deal even further, Suzuki South Africa has nine (9 Yellow) brand new V-Strom 1050XTs to clear for a never-to-be-repeated price of R199,950.

Right now, you’re convincing yourself there must be a catch. You won’t find one. The bikes are all brand new out-of-the-box with zero kilometres on the clock. They are 2020 model-year bikes but, as the spec hasn’t changed from 2020 to right now, 2022, they are exactly as you would be buying had they been built in 2022. They’re not new-old-stock: they’re brand new, current bikes.

Photo credit: Rob Till / Suzuki South Africa

So, stop trying to find the catch: there just isn’t one. What there is, is the chance of a lifetime to get your hands on a brand new example of one of the best adventure bikes on the market today for a price that wouldn’t even get you a three-year-old rival.

What are you waiting for?

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Harry has been obsessing about motorbikes for over 45 years, riding them for 38 years and writing and talking about them for 13 years. In that time, he has ridden everything from an Aprilia to a Zundapp, from the 1920s to the 2020s. His favourites are the ones that didn’t break down and leave him stranded. While he loves the convenience of modern bikes, he likes nothing better than getting his hands dirty keeping old bikes running, just as long as it’s not by the roadside! Old enough to know better and young enough not to care, he knows you don’t stop riding when you get old, you get old when you stop riding.