Carole Nash
Content Writer
Published: 8th November 2019

Suzuki has shown two new V-Strom models at the recent Milan motorcycle show with a new V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050 models introduced.

Clearly harking back to the successful Suzuki DR-Z desert racer and the DR Big with the headlight and distinctive front beak-shaped front mudguard.

The biggest news aside from the restyle is a new 1037cc Euro5 compliant V-twin engine which produces 107hp which is a significant 7% increase over the outgoing model. The increased power comes as a result of reprofiled intake and exhaust cams, with increased lift duration and less overlap. 

Twin-sparkplug heads remain, along with lightweight three-ring-type forged pistons. A new radiator increases cooling capacity by 15%, and there is a new oil cooler. A slipper clutch aids smoother downshifts and lighter lever action.

While unmistakably a V-Strom, the new design is a thoroughly modern take on the styling of the DR-Z desert race bike and DR Big production machine. The beak – now synonymous with adventure bikes – was first seen on the DR-Z, and the new design further highlights the association but with a more aggressive and standout image. The shape of the fuel tank, too, apes the design of the DR-Z.

The colour options of the V-Strom 1050XT in particular pay further homage to the DR-Z and highlight Suzuki’s off-road racing and adventure heritage. It comes in a similar orange and white to the original DR Big, while a yellow version links to Suzuki’s motocross and off-road pedigree.

The handguards, which come as standard, are re-designed and are more angular and rugged, while the mirrors are also new.

Completing the striking new look is a new vertically stacked rectangular LED headlight plus LED tail light and LED indicators.

The work on the 2020 V-Strom 1050 models over the outgoing bikes is significant and goes way deeper than just the styling of the bikes.

New technology is governed by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) which works to ensure all of the electronic rider aids work successfully together. These systems include the lean-angle sensitive ABS, traction control, cruise control, hill hold control; all of which works within three engine modes and three-mode traction control system.

The V-Strom 1050XT is equipped with a comprehensive electronics package and uses the new Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS), which is aimed at enhancing everything from rider comfort to performance and practicality.

Information from the IMU helps govern Suzuki’s updated Motion Track Brake System, which includes lean-angle sensitive ABS. The system also automatically applies pressure to the rear brake to help controlled deceleration when front brake pressure rises to a certain degree. The system helps the rider, should they suddenly brake mid-corner, helping them to continue on the intended line with minimal kickback at the lever.

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Riders can select from two ABS modes, depending on the surface and riding conditions.

The system also features hill hold control, which means the brake is automatically applied when stopped on an upward slope to prevent roll-back and aid easier starts, especially when laden with pillion and luggage, and rider comfort during long-distance touring is further taken care of with the addition of cruise control.

A three-mode traction control system replaces the previous two-mode system. It can also be turned off. Riders can also select from one of three engine modes, which alter throttle response while still delivering the same peak power. The new V-Strom also gets the latest versions of Suzuki’s low rev assist and easy-start function.


The V-Strom 1050 shares many of the features of the range-topping V-Strom 1050XT but with some differences to keep the list price lower.

The V-Strom 1050 replaces spoked wheels with cast aluminium items, keeps the three-mode traction control system and three selectable engine power modes, but the V-Strom 1050 doesn’t have the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, cruise control and Motion Track Brake System with linked brakes, hill hold, slope and load control and switchable ABS modes.

The DR-Z-inspired design is finished in either white and black or grey and black colour schemes, the LED taillights are finished with red lenses instead of the clear finish of the XT, and the LED indicators are changed for more traditional items. 

It also loses the standard-fit engine bars, centre stand, handguards, and lower cowling of the XT.