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New for 2023: Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050DE

September 5, 2022

V-Strom 1050 further refined at various points

The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 can safely be called a success. In fact, it is one of the best-selling models in Suzuki’s motorcycle division. Reason enough, then, for Suzuki to keep the model current. For model year 2023, Suzuki is throwing the lineup slightly upside down.

For model year 2023, either you choose the normal Suzuki V-Strom 1050, aimed at providing maximum comfort and riding pleasure while covering long distances and sporty rides, or you choose the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE. The latter is aimed at providing better performance on gravel paths and off-road trails.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 2023

This variant has cast aluminum wheels with a 19-inch front tire and 17-inch rear tire. Also included is the large touring windshield with convenient Quick Release height adjustment. Standard equipment now includes a center stand, hand guards, a plastic sump guard and the height-adjustable seat.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE 2023

The V-Strom 1050DE is equipped with a 21-inch front tire (Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour in size 90/90R21) and a 17-inch rear tire (150/70R17) with a special semi-block pattern. The longer aluminum swingarm and wheelbase improve steering when riding over gravel, for example. In doing so, the longer suspension travel is even better at absorbing bumps and rough surfaces.

Other novelties of the V-Strom 1050DE include wider handlebars, wider steel footpegs, an aluminum engine guard and a standard accessory bar. The Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE further introduces a new Gravel mode (G-mode) as part of the Suzuki Traction Control System, as well as the ability to completely disable the rear wheel ABS system.


This mode provides better handling on unpaved roads and allows for elimination of the rear wheel ABS system for better performance on gravel. The new G-mode setting slows the ignition timing, allowing the rider to drive better over gravel roads by allowing some slip.

This is achieved by keeping the rear wheel delivering power without interruption and only suppressed to prevent excessive wheel spin. As a result, the bike remains controllable and the rider still gets the consistent power they want.


A wide range of new colors is available for both the V-Strom 1050 and the V-Strom 1050DE. The V-Strom 1050 is available in four color combinations; Black combined with gold rims and Blue/ Black with black rims. Red/ Black and Grey/ Black are both combined with red rims.

The 1050DE is available in three color combinations; Yellow/Silver Grey combined with gold spoked wheels, Blue/White with blue spoked wheels and Black combined with black spoked wheels.

5-inch TFT display

All-new 5-inch full-colour TFT LCD multifunction instrument panel on the Suzuki V-Strom 1050/ 1050DE displays comprehensive information. It keeps the rider fully informed of all systems and settings of his motorcycle, providing real-time information on the state of the machine.

The LCD has an additional feature to display large pop-up alerts. The tachometer also serves as a programmable engine speed indicator. It flashes when the engine speed reaches the preset speed entered by the rider. The display has been updated with exclusive graphics, including blue lines in the background that reflect the appeal and spirit of the Suzuki brand identity. The display provides manual or automatic switch settings for day (white) and night (black).

Better cruise control

Cruise control also had an update. The rider can easily adjust the speed setting up or down with the selector switch on the left side of the handlebar. With this, it is now also possible to set the speed while driving in second gear or higher, at engine speeds between 2,000 rpm and 7,000 rpm (speeds from 25 to 160 km/h). The function re-enables the system and accelerates to the most recent speed setting after canceling.

Motion Track Brake System

Both V-Strom types have even more to offer, such as Motion Track Brake System. This feature allows ABS activation when the motorcycle is going through a turn and leaning into a corner. Hill Hold Control system provides smoother restarts after stopping on an incline. With ABS, the rider can choose between two levels of intervention: Mode 1 provides minimal intervention while Mode 2 intervenes more proactively. Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS) with three modes (+OFF) provides even more control in a wide variety of driving conditions.

Better transmision

The up & down Quick Shift System allows the rider to shift up or down without operating the clutch lever. The Suzuki V-Strom 1050/ 1050DE’s updated six-speed transmission has higher gear ratios in first and sixth gear.

The updated V-Strom 1050 and 1050DE will debut at Intermot in Cologne from October 4 to 9. Consumer prices will be announced at a later date. The market launch will take place in late 2022.

Specifications Suzuki V-Strom 1050 2023

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