Suzuki Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT [2020] | First Ride Review

The venerable good value Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT gets a refresh for 2020 with new tech, an updated engine and a Katana-style facelift

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Suzuki
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Adventure
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It may not have been the most show-stopping new launch at the 2019 EICMA extravaganza but in the real world the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT represents one of the more important unveilings for 2020.

A long-serving member of the Suzuki family, the flagship V-Strom 1050XT receives an update for 2020 to keep it competitive alongside a wealth of ADV rivals that have just been updated, including the Honda Africa Twin and the Yamaha Tenere range.

As such, the V-Strom 1050XT gets a facelift to bring it into line with the recently launched Katana, a hike in the equipment levels, new tech and an updated 1037cc engine, which is now Euro5 compliant.

We took the Suzuki V-Strom 150XT for a spin on the road and across some green lanes to assess whether it remains a value alternative in the hotly contested ADV market.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 First Ride Video Review

 

V-Strom 1050 Full Specs

DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHTS

   
Overall length2265mm (89.2in)Overall width870mm (34.3in)
Overall height1515mm (59.6in)Wheelbase1555mm (61.22in)
Ground clearance165mm (6.5in)Seat height855mm (33.7in)
Kerb mass236.0kg (520.4lbs)Fuel capacity20.0 litres (4.4UK gallons)

ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS

   
Engine capacity1037ccEngine4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-Twin
Bore100.0mm x 66.0mm (3.9in x 2.6in)Compression ratio11.5 : 1
LubricationWet-sumpIgnitionElectronic ignition
Fuel systemFuel injectionTransmission6-speed constant mesh
DriveChainStarterElectric
MPG*57.65CO2TBC
Power79.0kW @ 8500rpm (107.4PS)Torque100.00Nm @ 6000rpm (73.76lb.ft)†

CHASSIS SPECIFICATION

   
Front suspensionInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil dampedRear suspensionLink type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakesDisc, twinRear brakesDisc
Front tyres110/80R19M/C 59VRear tyres150/70R17M/C 69V