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

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

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


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 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
Power79.0kW @ 8500rpm (107.4PS)Torque100.00Nm @ 6000rpm (73.76lb.ft)†


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