Suzuki Updates V-Strom Lineup for 2023
Suzuki recently revealed its plans for 2023 with its dual sport and supermoto bikes, in addition to a new Hayabusa. But the company’s not yet done treating its fans to fresh updates.
The Japanese bike maker has now also unveiled its 2023 V-Strom lineup. The range includes the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and its more off-road-oriented siblings V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050DE Adventure.
For the coming model year, Suzuki has introduced a slew of updates and enhancements. Some are shared between all the models, while others are specific to the standard or DE bikes.
Powering all of the 2023 V-Stroms is a liquid-cooled 1037cc V-twin engine. The bikes also come standard with the Suzuki Intelligents Ride Systems (SIRS), whose many control systems depend on a new six-axis internal measurement unit (IMU).
Each model has also received new Controller Area Network (CAN) wiring instead of a conventional wiring harness to make the bikes lighter and give the SIRS more data transmission speed. Standard LED headlights illuminate the road ahead, while a new full-color five-inch TFT display makes controlling the electronics easier.
Within the engine, hollow sodium-filled exhaust valves are a first-time feature on Suzuki bikes. The company says these valves help reduce combustion chamber temperatures, improving flow efficiency and durability.
Last but not least, all models now have an adjustable rider, offering an additional 0.8 inches of height adjustability.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050
The standard V-Strom 1050 comes with all the above new goodies, in addition to some special updates. The 19-inch front and 17-inch rear cast aluminum wheels are clad with Bridgestone Battlax A41 tires.
The windshield is heigh-adjustable, with 11 positions offering nearly two inches of vertical movement range. Suzuki performed extensive wind tunnel testing to adjust the shield’s shape to keep wind noise buffeting to a minimum during touring.
As a welcome addition, the V-Strom now comes standard with a centerstand. This feature makes servicing the bike or loading luggage easier than before.
Finally, the V-Strom 1050 has a plastic engine under-cover to protect the powerplant. The bike is available in Metallic Reflective Blue/Metallic Matte Black.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE/Adventure
The 2023 V-Strom 1050DE and 1050DE Adventure have been designed for off-road performance from the beginning. The bikes feature a new chassis geometry, with a longer wheelbase and rake, increased ground clearance, and a wider and thicker handlebar. The changes aim to improve handling and stability in off-road conditions.
On these models, the SIRS comes with an extra Gravel (G) riding mode that inhibits ignition to make navigating gravel roads easier. The ride-by-wire system has been enhanced to make full use of the 32-bit ECM, while an updated six-speed transmission offers smoother shifting with the new bi-directional quickshifter.
The 1050DE/Adventure models have a 21-inch front wheel for improved stability. The rims are shod with Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires. Adjustable 34mm front forks and a longer rear wheel travel help the wheel suck up bumps on the trail.
Other updates include a standard engine accessory bar and a stronger subframe, an off-road windscreen, a three-piece front fender, wider footpegs, and an adventure-oriented centerstand. The TFT instrument panel has a USB accessory slot and there’s an under-seat DC socket. The 1050DE Adventure additionally comes with 37-liter aluminum side cases and LED fog lamps.
The 1050DE is offered in a Pearl Vigor Blue/Pearl Brilliant White colorway, while the 1050DE comes painted Champion Yellow No. 2/Metallic Matte Sword Silver.
Suzuki also offers a wide variety of optional accessories for all V-Strom models, from lower seats and heated grips to mirror extensions, bags and cases, skid plates, decals, and more. Retail prices for the 2023 V-Strom range have not yet been published.