As recently as 2020, Suzuki changed their flagship V-Strom adventure bike. That year, we spent a lot of time riding the V-Storm 1050 XT, inspired by DR Big. All except one situation—off-road—saw the ADV perform excellently. However, the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE 1050DE won’t be available until next year.
Design and build
Suzuki made significant adjustments to the adventurer’s chassis to increase the platform’s reputation for off-roading. The full-size adventure bike’s 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels allow it to handle challenging obstacles, and the Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires let it adapt to various terrains. Suzuki combines larger legs with redesigned shoes, increasing fore and aft suspension travel and ground clearance with the updated KYB 34mm USD fork and link-type rear shock.
The company adds a re-engineered swingarm that increases the length and torsional stiffness to support those efforts further. For optimal stability on the trail, the chassis improvements enhance the rake angle and wheelbase.
The remainder of the DE’s basic equipment reflects durability. The enduro-inspired three-piece front fender, aluminum bash plate, and engine accessory bar shield crucial parts from on- and off-road debris. Similarly, the rider gets support from a more durable chassis, stands on large steel footpegs, and uses broader, thicker handlebars to steer. In addition to a new full-color, five-inch TFT display, and a USB accessory slot, the cockpit comes with a trail-oriented windshield that improves sight, whether riding or standing on the pegs.
The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE Adventure sweetens the deal for those considering long trips with 37-liter metal side cases and LED fog lamps. Suzuki provides two colours for the Adventure trim: Champion Yellow No. 2 and Metallic Matte Sword Silver, and Pearl Vigor Blue and Pearl Brilliant White for the bagless DE.
The basic V-Strom 1050 completes the portfolio with gear geared toward the road while maintaining its roots in touring. All three models include a central stand for on-the-go maintenance. Still, the base model V-Strom keeps its cast wheels (19 inches up front and 17 inches behind) and height-adjustable windshield. The 1,037cc V-twin has protection from harm by a plastic under-engine cover, and the Metallic Reflective Blue / Metallic Matte Black No. 2 livery conveys the V-all-business Strom’s persona.
Suzuki has not yet announced pricing or availability, but we will monitor the situation over the coming months. Keep visiting BikersInsider for more news and updates.