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ADV NewsSuzuki Unveils All-New V-Strom 1050 for 2020 at EICMA

Suzuki Unveils All-New V-Strom 1050 for 2020 at EICMA

Next-Gen liter-class V-Strom gets style update, new tech and more power.

Published on 11.05.2019

Suzuki’s legacy of adventure touring performance and reliability is revitalized for 2020 with the all-new V-STROM 1050 series. At this year’s EICMA motorcycle show, Suzuki is excited to announce each model in the series including the V-STROM 1050, V-STROM 1050XT, and V-STROM 1050XT Adventure. These new adventure models offer sharper styling and advanced technological updates. 

Inspired by the legendary DR-Z800 Dakar Rally bike and the DR800S, also known as the DR-Big, the new generation of V-STROM 1050 models share similar characteristics with its distinct design and color schemes that hearken back to its historical race livery. The V-STROM 1050XT model comes coated in the Championship Yellow color that resembles the legendary DR-Z rally bike while the orange and white combination pays homage to the DR-Big. 

V-Strom 1050 announced

For 2020, riders can also experience the open road on the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure with travel-ready capabilities including cruise control, a set of aluminum panniers and heated grips that help keep them prepared for any conditions. Suzuki’s strong, established community of V-Strom riders are sure to seek new territory with its wide array of accessories and improved technology. Read on for more details and specs for each V-Strom 1050 model:

V-STROM 1050

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050


Riding on cast aluminum wheels, the new V-STROM 1050 arrives in trim, new black and gray bodywork. The updated 1037cc V-twin engine has more horsepower than ever before (106 hp @ 8,500 rpm), retaining its strong pull in the lower RPM range with good fuel economy while complying with the latest worldwide emissions standards.

LCD Display

The V-STROM 1050 can take on diverse road conditions, or adjust to the rider’s preference through its advanced electronic aids including new Ride-by-Wire dual electronic throttle assemblies, refined traction control with four sensitivity modes, a new three-mode Drive Mode Selector to select power delivery characteristics, and a new Easy Start System that fires the V-STROM’s engine up with just a momentary press of the starter button.

LED lighting

Above the new, vibration-damping tapered aluminum handlebar is the V-STROM’s all-new, multifunction instrument panel that presents all required information and rider necessities on a full LCD screen via a clean and intuitive layout. Overhead of the instrument panel is a mounting bar that’s ideal for putting accessories like a GPS in the rider’s forward vision. Located near the left side of the instrument panel and mounting bar is a new USB port is that can power a GPS, smartphone or other accessories.

V-STROM 1050XT and V-STROM 1050XT Adventure

V-Strom 1050XT in red

In addition to the upgrades found on the V-STROM 1050, additional features have been integrated into the V-STROM 1050XT and the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure models through the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.). Suzuki claims the new V-STROM’s now lead the Adventure category in technology with an advanced suite of features interconnected to a new ECM via a Controller Area Network (CAN) wire harness that quickly transmits information from a new six-direction, three-axis IMU.

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050

The S.I.R.S. includes Cruise Control that effectively maintains road speed though the new Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies. The updated Motion Track Antilock & Combined Brake System now includes a Hill Hold Control system to aid the rider when stopped uphill while the Slope Dependent Control System helps manage braking force to avoid rear wheel lift when riding downhill.  The Motion Track Brake System also includes a Load Dependent Control System that monitors and retains braking force information to optimize braking force when riding with a passenger or heavy cargo. 

The V-STROM 1050XT comes with a new adjustable, wind-tunnel developed windscreen, redesigned handguards and mirrors, a new height-adjustable two piece seat, plus a rugged accessory bar (i.e. crash bars) and center-stand, and more. The 1050XT has two exciting color schemes; the Championship Yellow color that resembles the legendary DR-Z rally bike while the Orange and White combination pays respectful homage to the DR-Big.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure

The 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure has a deep Glass Sparkle Black color and adds to the 1050XT’s impressive standard equipment list with a set of Suzuki’s quick-release aluminum panniers and heated hand grips.

Each V-STROM 1050 is ready for adventure and Suzuki has a wide range of accessories specially developed so riders can personalize their ride. This includes side and top cases, high or low seats, engine protectors, LED fog lamp set and turn signals, aluminum chain guard, and a side stand extension plate, plus tanks bags that clip on and off of the fuel tank mount in seconds. Release date and pricing information for the new V-Strom 1050 models is yet to be announced.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 Specs

 V-Strom 1050V-Strom 1050XT
Engine1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-twin1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-twin
Horsepower 106 hp @ 8,500 rpm 106 hp @ 8,500 rpm
torque 73.8 ft.-lbs 73.8 ft.-lbs
Bore x Stroke100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in.)100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in.)
Compression Ratio11.5:111.5:1
Fuel SystemFuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equippedFuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
LubricationWet sumpWet sump
ClutchWet, multi-plate typeWet, multi-plate type
Transmission6-speed constant mesh6-speed constant mesh
Final DriveChain, O-ring type, RK525SMOZ8, 116 linksChain, O-ring type, RK525SMOZ8, 116 links
Suspension FrontInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil dampedInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension RearLink type, single shock, coil spring, oil dampedLink type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes FrontTokico, 4-piston calipers, twin discTokico, 4-piston calipers, twin disc
Brakes RearNissin, 2-piston, single discNissin, 2-piston, single disc
Tires Front110/80R19 M/C (59V), tubeless110/80R19 M/C (59V), tubeless
Tires Rear150/70R17 M/C (69V), tubeless150/70R17 M/C (69V), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity20.0 L (5.3 US gal.)20.0 L (5.3 US gal.)
ColorGlass Sparkle Black / Solid Iron GrayPearl Brilliant White/Glass Blaze Orange or Champion Yellow No. 2
IgnitionElectronic ignition (transistorized)Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Tail LightLEDLED
Overall Length2265 mm (89.2 in.)2265 mm (89.2 in.)
Overall Width870 mm (34.3 in.)940 mm (37.0 in.)
Overall Height1515 mm (59.6 in.)1465 mm (57.7 in.)
Wheelbase1555 mm (61.2 in.)1555 mm (61.2 in.)
Ground Clearance165 mm (6.5 in.)160 mm (6.3 in.)
Seat Height855 mm (33.7 in.)850 mm (33.5 in.)
Curb Weight236 kg (520.4 lb.)247 kg (544.6 lb.)
Warranty12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty
Price$13,399$14,799; $16,999 (XT Adventure)

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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November 5, 2019 5:58 am

Would like to see a 21 in front tire but this bike looks SWEET!

dalton knox
dalton knox
November 9, 2019 1:34 pm
Reply to  wfo75080

Why? Are you really going off road with a V-Strom? It won’t handle near as well on the street and tire choices are limited. If you are planning off road trips, a KTM 790 would make a lot more sense.

November 5, 2019 6:08 am

Wow, just when I thought it couldn’t get any uglier. And heavier. I’ll be keeping my Tiger 800XCA.

November 6, 2019 10:38 am
Reply to  RobG

Yeah, its sad they didn’t take care about the diet 😉

George Erasmus
George Erasmus
November 5, 2019 9:29 am

aaah well someone needs to go to starbucks

Jon Dixon
Jon Dixon
November 5, 2019 3:52 pm

They killed the Strom…
Thin seat isn’t ideal for long distance cruising, yet they added the much needed cruise control…
Bodywork more about retro style then aerodynamics… Wind buffeting?
Heavy, no real gravel/offroad settings… So no good at that either.
Terrible screen, is that really black and white!?!
Already a generation behind.
I had so much hope, but it seems a more complicated, less effective allrounder then previous generations…
So much R&D and they didn’t listen to 60% of suggestions from what has been a very loyal fanbase…
Beginning of the end.

November 6, 2019 10:43 am
Reply to  Jon Dixon

Yeah, and they kept that old wide tank instead of using that from V-S 650 at least!
They do not listen to their customers nor they care about improoving ergos including the new seat design and aerodynamics, not to mention added weight!!!

And the ground clearance is even smaller – SAD 🙁

November 6, 2019 10:53 am

The Retro style is okey, but how about improoving things?

The basic bike now doesn’t even have any cornering abs, nor it has any cruise control which is useful especially on road with aluminium wheels not the xt version only!!!

They should make it at least competitive with Moto Guzzi 85 V85TT,
which has, both higher ground clearance and suspension travel, as well more comfy ergos, cruise control as standard and lot of style.

I didn’t expected KTM Adv R Level of off road performance anyway, but lets move things forward a bit next time…

November 11, 2020 10:57 am
Reply to  Jacob

It certainly has cornering ABS, since 2017
It is better than the v85 in my opinion

November 7, 2019 7:41 am

I’m a big V-Strom fan; bought three new and rode them long and hard. I was so looking forward to seeing a “new” ‘Strom hit the market. All that’s offered here is packaged disappointment. I’ll leave it to others to mock the “multifunction instrument panel that presents all required information and rider necessities on a full LCD screen via a clean and intuitive layout” – ridiculous. So, what did I want to see? 1) Contemporary adjust on the fly (or even improved) suspension. 2) Suzuki’s simple and excellent variable valve technology. 3) Perhaps shaft drive; something – anything – to distinguish it from the much better KTM, Triumph, Honda and BMW offerings. 4) Optional 21” front wheel. 5) Fully adjustable ergonomics; at least fully adjustable foot pegs, shifter, handlebar, rear brake lever and on the fly adjustability of the windscreen. 6) Brakes. Real brakes, at least as functional as top of the line Suzuki offerings. Finally, the old seat was one of the best in the industry; I can’t see how this new one can be better?

November 8, 2019 4:51 am

All new my lily white a**. Cosmetics and new tech are all woohoo and stuff, but it’s the same everything else. At best the headline should read, “Slightly Improved…” Its always a big disappointment when a company’s ideas of new and innovative add up to little more than a change of clothes and and a few new computers to ride the bike for us. My first bike was a Wee, and I’ll always love them, but what Suzuki has produced doesn’t live up to the hype.

dalton knox
dalton knox
November 9, 2019 1:28 pm

The only thing stopping me from buying one is the 70,000 miles I did on a 2003 DL1000. I want a change, so I’m planning to splash the cash on a 1290 SAS, though I doubt it will be as reliable or cheap to run as the Suzuki (I only sold that bike because the fuel pump was getting noisy and a $750 replacement was 1/3 the value of the bike)

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