Suzuki Cycles - 2020 V-STROM 1050 (2022)

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2020 V-STROM 1050 Overview

Introducing the new generation 2020 V-STROM 1050. The latest entry into the V-STROM legend is here to help you escape into the wilderness and explore to your heart's content. A sleek look with the latest features allows for a smooth and comfortable ride. Limitless potential is engineered in so you can continue your adventure without pause.

Distinctive styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki's legendary DR-Z Dakar racer and the large DualSport DR-Big. The characteristic beak design first adopted by Suzuki stays true to its heritage while being more aggressive and bolder for...

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New styling retains Suzuki’s original rally-beak look with a stacked, rectangular LED headlight while paying homage to past Dakar Rally bikes and the DR-Big large-displacement DualSport.

The 1037cc, V-twin engine has more horsepower than ever before but retains its strong pull in the lower-rpm range and good fuel economy while complying with worldwide emissions standards.

New features include Ride-by-Wire dual electronic throttle assemblies, traction control with four sensitivity modes, a three-mode Drive Mode Selector, and the Easy Start System that makes start-ups quick and easy.

An all-new, multifunction instrument panel presents all required information on a full LCD screen using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority.

Tokico Monoblock, four-piston front brake calipers with 310mm floating-mount dual discs are connected to Suzuki’s Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)** for strong and consistent stopping performance.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

The updated, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1037cc, 90-degree V-twin engine delivers more horsepower with the same level of torque and fuel economy while achieving worldwide emissions requirements.

The perfect primary balance provided by the 90-degree L-twin design negates the need for any balancer shafts or rubber mounting, as the engine has smooth power pulses.

The new, higher compression pistons were engineered with the use of FEM analysis to achieve ideal rigidity, weight, and improved durability.

The new pistons move within Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)–plated cylinder bores that are integrated into the upper crankcase for low weight, increased durability, reduced friction, and excellent heat dissipation.

Both the exhaust and intake camshafts are changed so valve lift is increased and the valve-timing has less overlap to boost engine power while reducing fuel consumption.

The engine features a new Ride-by-Wire throttle system that is simpler, lighter, and more compact than the previous mechanical throttle. Each cylinder is fed by a larger bore electronic-controlled throttle body (49mm compared to 45mm of the previous model).

Each throttle body has a single butterfly valve that is opened and closed by its own independent motor for precise throttle control. Since the Ride-by-Wire system does not use mechanical cables, the throttle feel to the rider is light, smooth, and linear. With no cables connected to the throttle grip, installation of a Suzuki accessory heated grip set is simplified.

Each cylinder has a 10-hole fuel injector, located downstream of the throttle body on the intake manifold, that creates good fuel atomization for superior combustion efficiency and low fuel consumption.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) has a faster processor and new programming to efficiently operate the fuel-injection system, Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, ignition, and other electrical features on the V-STROM.

The transistorized digital ignition system independently fires the dual spark plugs in each cylinder head for more complete combustion by igniting the mixture at the ideal moment.

Twin iridium-type spark plugs are used in the Dual Spark Plug System to deliver a more condensed and hotter spark, yet they last longer than conventional plugs.

The Suzuki Easy Start System allows the rider to easily start the engine with a single, momentary press of the starter button. In any weather conditions or with any engine temperature, there is no need to hold down the starter button until the engine fires. Easy Start is managed by the ECM so that the starter motor automatically stops once the engine has started.

The V-STROM includes Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC), which maintains a stable engine idle under all conditions.

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The ISC is key to the V-STROM’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during takeoff and low-speed riding to smooth the power delivery and to help reduce the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

The refined, single-silencer exhaust configuration reduces weight and has a lower center of gravity to aid handling, maneuverability, and luggage mounting.

The V-STROM’s exhaust is updated with a new, higher-efficiency catalyzer to achieve an effective level of emission control while providing good flow to match the improved engine performance.

Matched to the efficient exhaust, the Suzuki Pulsed Secondary Air Injection (PAIR) system injects fresh air into the exhaust ports to satisfy a variety of US and international emission standards without sacrificing performance.

The V-STROM’s radiator has 15% increased cooling capacity to accommodate the higher engine output. Coolant temperature is stabilized via a thermostatically controlled cooling fan.

A new, liquid-cooled oil cooler is located where the oil filter is attached to the engine. This new cooler takes up less space and is both lightweight and compact, providing lower temperature lubrication for the more powerful engine.

The output of the six-speed, close-ratio transmission is managed by the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS). This system works like a slipper clutch by allowing a small amount of clutch slip to enable smooth downshifts. It also works as an assist clutch, making the clutch lever pull light and precise.

To accent the engine, a new bronze finish was applied to the cylinder head covers, clutch cover, magneto cover, and water pump case for a striking contrast with the black crankcase.

The 2020 V-STROM 1050 includes a three-mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) system that lets the rider select the engine's power delivery characteristic to match riding ability and conditions. Working in concert with the Traction Control System*, S-DMS permits peak power in each mode while changing the nature of the power delivery.

  • A Mode – provides sharp throttle response.
  • B Mode – provides a moderate throttle response.
  • C Mode – provides the softest throttle response of the three modes.

Suzuki debuted its first motorcycle Traction Control System*on the 2014 V-Strom 1000, and the new four-mode system on the 2020 V-STROM 1050 lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence by limiting rear wheel spin in a variety of riding conditions.

  • The Traction Control System* continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle opening, engine speed, and transmission gear. It quickly reduces engine output when it detects wheel spin by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery.
  • The rider can select one of four modes (1, 2, 3 and OFF). The three modes differ in terms of rear wheel spin sensitivity.
    • Mode1is the lowest sensitivity level – it allows a certain degree of rear wheel spin and is best suited for good road conditions.
    • Mode 2is a moderate sensitivity level – the system engages traction control sooner than Mode 1 and is for average road conditions.
    • Mode 3is the highest sensitivity level – the system engages traction control sooner and is for poor road conditions, like wet and cold surfaces.
    • OFFdisengages all traction control features – the rider has sole control of the engine’s throttle and any resulting rear wheel spin.

*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider's throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.

The 2020 V-STROM 1050’s trim, distinctive styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z Dakar racer and the large DualSport DR-Big. Since its introduction by Suzuki, the characteristic off-road beak design combines with a vertically stacked LED headlight with a unique rectangular shape. The headlight effectively illuminates the road surfaces and surrounding areas so the rider has an excellent view of what’s ahead.

The new height-adjustable windscreen was developed through extensive wind-tunnel testing to reduce wind noise and buffeting to the rider.

A mounting bar just below the rider’s eye level is part of the windscreen mount, providing a good place to position accessories like a GPS for navigation.

The new, higher riser and large-diameter tapered handlebar provides the rider good steering control while promoting a distinctive off-road appearance. The lightweight, high-strength handlebar also damps vibration to the rider.

Both the clutch and front brake levers have adjustment knobs so the rider can quickly set them to a comfortable reach. The shifter and rear brake pedal can also be adjusted to the rider’s preference.

The new, wider foot rests help the rider maneuver the motorcycle on different types of road. Rubber inserts damp vibration to the rider but can be removed for a good connection while standing on the pegs.

The V-STROM’s advanced chassis is the foundation of a compact, lightweight adventure-ready package that provides comfort and enjoyment for a variety of riders.

The fuel tank has a generous 5.3-gallon capacity and its shape and protective cover have been designed for a slim tank-and-seat junction for rider comfort.

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The sides of the plush, two-up seat are covered with high-grip texture material to help the rider stay connected to the motorcycle.

The slender chassis, thanks to the narrow V-twin engine design, fuel tank and trim seat, helps the rider’s legs reach the ground more easily than other models in the class.

A V-Strom legacy is its durable, twin-spar aluminum frame that balances weight and rigidity for optimal handling on all types of roads.

The 43mm KYB inverted front fork provides a sporty, yet plush ride in diverse conditions. The fork legs have adjustable spring preload plus compression and rebound-damping force adjusters.

Movement of the cast aluminum swingarm is controlled by a single rear shock with remote, hydraulic spring preload adjustment so adjusting for cargo or a passenger takes just seconds. The single-shock, link-style rear suspension also features rebound-damping force adjustment.

Tokico Monoblock, four-piston front brake calipers are mated with 310mm floating-mount dual discs. The rear, single piston Nissin brake caliper grasps a 260mm brake rotor. These efficient calipers are connected to Suzuki’s Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)** for strong and consistent stopping performance.

Shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires, the lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels (manufactured for Suzuki by Enkei) combine nimble handling with sporty looks.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

The V-STROM 1050 features an all-new, multifunction instrument panel that presents all required information on a full Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority.

- Included in the LCD display are the speedometer, tachometer (full pixel digital display), gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, driving range, fuel level indicator, engine coolant temperature indicator, ambient air temperature indicator, clock, voltage meter, service reminder, S-DMS mode, and traction control mode.

- Around the perimeter of the LCD are LED indicators that include the neutral indicator light, high beam indicator light, turn signal indicator light, traction control alert icon, ABS alert icon, and freeze indicator icon. This alert, together with the air temperature display, warns of possible icy road conditions.

- The rider can use the instrument panel display and the rocker switch on the left handlebar control to change the menu and rider-aid settings. The left handlebar switch can also reset the trip meters.

The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds. A high-capacity, maintenance-free style battery and fuses are easily accessible under the seat.

A new USB-type accessory slot is conveniently located to the left of the instrument panel. This fused slot is ideal for powering a GPS unit or charging mobile devices.

The V-STROM 1050’s fairing features a new stacked, rectangular LED headlight for excellent road and trail illumination while matching the Dakar Rally bike styling.

The rear tail and brake light is an LED type that offers higher visibility, low electrical draw, and excellent durability.

The turn signals use bright amber incandescent bulbs with clear lenses for outstanding visibility in traffic.

A wide variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for V-STROM 1050 owners are available, including luggage, heated grips, high- and low-profile seats, center-stand, accessory bar, auxiliary lights, and a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.

Additional lock tumblers that match the bike’s ignition key are included, so you can add Suzuki accessory luggage and have the convenience of one-key operation**.

12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).*

*Subject to separate coverage for certain parts and the exclusions and limitations described in the New On-Road Motorcycle Limited Warranty.


**Does not apply to Suzuki accessory aluminum top case or side case set.

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  • Engine
  • Drivetrain
  • Chassis
  • Electrical
  • Dimensions
  • Warranty
  • Engine1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-twin
  • Bore x Stroke100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in.)
  • Compression Ratio11.5:1
  • Fuel SystemFuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
  • StarterElectric
  • LubricationWet sump
  • ClutchWet, multi-plate type
  • Transmission6-speed constant mesh
  • Final DriveChain, O-ring type, RK525SMOZ8, 116 links
  • Suspension FrontInverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
  • Suspension RearLink type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
  • Brakes FrontTokico, 4-piston calipers, twin disc
  • Brakes RearNissin, 2-piston, single disc
  • Tires Front110/80R19 M/C (59V), tubeless
  • Tires Rear150/70R17 M/C (69V), tubeless
  • Fuel Tank Capacity20.0 L (5.3 US gal.)
  • ColorGlass Sparkle Black / Solid Iron Gray
  • IgnitionElectronic ignition (transistorized)
  • HeadlightLED
  • Tail LightLED
  • Overall Length2265 mm (89.2 in.)
  • Overall Width870 mm (34.3 in.)
  • Overall Height1515 mm (59.6 in.)
  • Wheelbase1555 mm (61.2 in.)
  • Ground Clearance165 mm (6.5 in.)
  • Seat Height855 mm (33.7 in.)
  • Curb Weight236 kg (520.4 lb.)
  • Warranty12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty
  • ExtensionLonger coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)


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Is the Suzuki V-Strom a good beginner bike? ›

Suzuki V-Strom 650: This is about as close to a full size adventure bike as a beginner should get. This bike has plenty of power even for experienced riders so it might take some getting used to as a beginner but it's completely manageable.

Does the V-Strom 1050 have cruise control? ›

There are several new electronic rider aids in the latest V-Strom 1050. You get cornering-aware ABS and traction control, grade-aware rear-wheel lift mitigation, weight awareness, hill hold, an up/down quickshifter, and cruise control.

How good is the V-Strom? ›

V-Strom 650 Has Strong Performance and Comfort

The brakes on this motorcycle are simply amazing. It stops the bike quickly and efficiently. Comfort is also something that the V-strom 650 does exceptionally well. The wide bars, upright seating position, and comfortable saddle make commuting on this bike a joy.

Where is the Suzuki Vstrom made? ›

It has been manufactured in Japan by Suzuki since 2002, although sales in Europe ended in 2009. The name V-Strom combines "V" referring to the bike's engine configuration with the German Strom, meaning stream or power.

Is Suzuki V-Strom comfortable? ›

V-Strom SX verdict: eye of the Strom

The V-Strom SX carries all the strong virtues of the Gixxer 250 and bundles them with a more spacious, upright and comfortable riding position. As a road tourer, the V-Strom SX is, perhaps, one of the most accomplished options that you will find at this price point.

Is a Suzuki V-Strom a dual sport? ›

The DL1000 V-Strom is a dual-purpose sport tourer that offers a lot for its small price tag. The bigger brother of the DL650, this V-Strom has a bit more punch and is better suited to those riding with pillions. The bulletproof engine is great at mid-range, and is ideal for extended highway riding.

Does Suzuki have an adventure bike? ›

The V-Strom 650XT Adventure combines the look of Suzuki's iconic DR-BIG rally bike with adventure-ready tubeless-spoke wheels, plus a set of Suzuki's aluminum panniers, a rugged...

Does the Vstrom have cruise control? ›

The 2020 V-Strom 1050XT is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, which includes cruise control, cornering/combined ABS, traction control, hill hold control, slope dependent control and load dependent control and uses a six-axis Interial Measurement Unit (IMU).

Does Suzuki V-Strom 1000 have cruise control? ›

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 — finally, the 2021 V-Strom 1000 replacement got full ride by wire and cruise control. Suzuki GSX-S1000GT — Cracker of a sport-tourer from Suzuki for model year 2022.

Is V-Strom 650 an adventure bike? ›

Renowned for versatility, reliability, and value, Suzuki's V-Strom 650 models have attracted many riders who use their motorcycles for touring, commuting, or a fun ride when the spirit moves them.

How much horsepower does a Suzuki V-Strom 650 have? ›

Like many Japanese motorcycles, the Suzuki V-Strom is known for its reliability. However, there's more to this middle-weight machine than reliability. The bike's 645 cc DOHC V-twin engine produces a respectable 70 horsepower and 46 lb-ft of torque, making it ideal for more than just commuting.

How much does a Suzuki Vstrom 1000 weight? ›

Make ModelSuzuki DL 1000 V-Strom
Wheelbase1555 mm / 61.2 in
Ground Clearance165 mm / 6.5 in
Seat Height851 mm / 33.5 in
Wet Weight228 kg / 502.6 lbs
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Is the Suzuki V-Strom fuel injected? ›

The V-Strom has a six-speed transmission with a fuel-injected and slightly retuned 645 cc engine from Suzuki's SV650 sport bike, using a two-into-one exhaust system. An upright, standard riding posture contributes to the bike's handling characteristics.

Is the V-Strom 1000 Fast? ›

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 – 11.60 seconds. 0-60 mph: 3.1 sec.

When did the V-Strom get traction control? ›

Traction Control System - Suzuki debuted its first motorcycle Traction Control System* on the 2014 V-Strom 1000, and the new four-mode system on the 2020 V-STROM 1050XT lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence by limiting rear wheel spin in a variety of riding conditions.

How much does a Suzuki V Strom 650 weight? ›

The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is an easy-handling motorcycle that is at home in the canyons, on basic dirt roads, and out on the open highway. The 476-pound weight with the 5.3-gallon fuel tank filled gives the V-Strom impressive agility.

Is V-Strom good off road? ›

The VStrom is not and never will be a real dirt bike, but it is more than capable of tackling challenging terrain. It is a great bike in most offroad conditions. Its power lies in the v-shaped engine, which provides a lot of power at lower speeds and during hill climbs.

Is the V-Strom good offroad? ›

The Suzuki V-Strom is a good bike to ride offroad with. It is capable of handling moderate single tracks, mountain roads and sandy pistes. It does not do well on mud. The V-Strom gets a 7 on the offroad capability scale.

Is Suzuki a reliable motorcycle? ›

Suzuki motorcycles are rated highly in consumer-based reports regarding reliability. They are also one of the more affordable bikes to own and maintain. Owner maintenance is a crucial factor in determining a bike's reliability and longevity.

Are Suzukis reliable? ›

Suzuki is celebrating some great news from the results of the 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. Following reports from over 16,300 readers about their car ownership experience for vehicles up to five years old, Suzuki ranked joint third out of the 30 car brands measured with a score of 97.1% reliability.

Where are Suzuki made? ›

Company is reorganized, incorporated, and capitalized at ¥500,000 as Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. with Michio Suzuki as president. Takatsuka Plant is built in Kami-mura, Hamana-gun, Shizuoka, Japan.

Does the 2018 Vstrom have cruise control? ›

Traction control returns, but there's still no cruise control. I am a big fan of Suzuki's easily adjusted three-position (high, low, and off) traction control. It's not an intrusive system, though you can turn it off if you want to do wheelies.

What is Bike cruise control? ›

A cruise control system eliminates this inconvenience and makes the journey on a highway more enjoyable. It depends on the model, but if conditions are met while riding at speeds of over 50 or 60 km/h, the cruise control can be set to automatically maintain a steady speed for comfortable riding over long distances.

Can you put cruise control on a motorcycle? ›

Yes, cruise is becoming more and more common on high-end, modern motorcycles with ride by wire, even including middleweights like the Aprilia RS 660 or the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP.

Which Harley has cruise control? ›

  • Electra Glide® Standard.
  • Road King®
  • Road Glide®
  • Street Glide®
  • Road King® Special.
  • Road Glide® Special.
  • Street Glide® Special.
  • Road Glide® Limited.

Are V-Strom tires tubeless? ›

Yes, Suzuki V-Strom 650XT has tubeless tyres.

Is V-Strom 650 reliable? ›

If you are after a bike to do touring on then the V-Strom offers unbeatable value, it is comfortable, reliable and more efficient than just about any other motorcycle.

Does Yamaha Make an adventure bike? ›

With a spirit of adventure embedded within its DNA, every Yamaha Adventure bike is rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure segment will open up the possibilities of endless travel, and enable its rider to discover a feeling of utter freedom. The only limit is within a rider's imagination.

What is the front wheel size in inch of V-Strom SX? ›

Suspension FrontTelescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes FrontDisc
Brakes RearDisc
Tyre SizeFront :-100/90-19 Rear :-140/70-17
Wheel SizeFront :-482.6 mm Rear :-431.8 mm inch
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When did V-Strom 1000 get abs? ›

V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure. The 2014 V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure adds even more long-range worthiness to the all-new liter-class V-Strom. The model was redesigned completely and we are looking at a whole new machine, with a new engine, new chassis, new suspensions and bodywork, a revised riding position and all.

How do I set the clock on my V Strom 650? ›

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Does the Vstrom 650 have traction control? ›

The V-Strom 650 is equipped with Suzuki's Advanced Traction Control System*, which lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions.

Does V-Strom 650 have traction control? ›

The V-Strom 650 ABS is equipped with Suzuki's advanced Traction Control System* which lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions.

Does Yamaha Make an adventure bike? ›

With a spirit of adventure embedded within its DNA, every Yamaha Adventure bike is rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure segment will open up the possibilities of endless travel, and enable its rider to discover a feeling of utter freedom. The only limit is within a rider's imagination.

Does Suzuki still make tu250x? ›

Now in its second generation, the TU250 is manufactured at Suzuki's ISO 14001 certified assembly plant in Toyokawa, Japan, and has been marketed in Asia, Oceania and North America.
Suzuki TU250.
SuspensionFront: telescopic, Rear: swingarm
BrakesFront: Tokico two-piston caliper single disc, Rear: drum
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Are Suzuki cars still made? ›

Today Suzuki is among the world's largest automakers, and a major brand name in important markets, including Japan and India, but no longer sells cars in North America.


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