Suzuki Announce the New 1050 and 1050DE

POSTED: 08/09/2022

Suzuki globally unveiled the new V-Strom 1050DE and new V-Strom 1050 on 05-09-22 and there seems to be nothing but good within the changes.

 The 1050DE replaces the 1050XT as the flagship adventure model, it adds more off-road capability and gets a series of performance enhancements shared with a new V-Strom 1050, plus additional features, modifications, and enhancements designed to improve its performance when the highway ends.

For 2023, both the new V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 feature a new, full-colour TFT instrument display and a bi-directional quickshifter, while retaining a suite of complex electronic features that benefit the rider, these include:

  • 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
  • Lean angle-sensitive ABS with combined ABS and two sensitivity modes
  • Slope-dependent control
  • Load-dependent control
  • Hill hold
  • Cruise control
  • 3 power modes
  • 3 traction control settings

In addition, the V-Strom 1050DE specifically gets:

  • 21-inch spoked front wheel with Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR tyres
  • New design spoked rear wheel
  • Increased suspension travel, ground clearance and revised chassis geometry/ergonomics
  • 40mm wider handlebars
  • Steel off-road style footpegs
  • On/off switchable rear ABS
  • Additional off-road gravel (G- mode) traction control setting.
  • Fixed rider seat design
  • Smoke-tinted lower screen
  • Steel engine bars
  • Aluminium sump guard 


V-STROM 1050


The new V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 channel the design ethos of Suzuki’s iconic DR-Z800 offroad racer. While both models embody the DR-Z with a similar silhouette, beak, and obvious design cues, the DE goes further in its homage with a traditional yellow and white livery, complete with gold rims.


A new bi-directional quickshifter is found on both the V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050 and enables clutchless up and downshifts for smoother gear changes and enhanced performance both on and off road.

The various elements that comprise the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) are shown to the rider via a new custom 5-inch full-colour TFT instrument display on both 1050DE and 1050 V-Stroms. It keeps the rider fully aware of all the bike’s systems and settings, it also supplies real-time operating status information. The rider can also use manual or automatic switching for the day (white) and night (black) display modes to maximize visibility at any time or in any riding situation.

The 2023 V-Strom 1050 includes a six-axis IMU used to govern systems such as lean angle-sensitive ABS and combined ABS with slope and load-dependent control, plus hill hold control, while an updated ride-by-wire throttle responds faithfully to the rider’s input and delivers a more natural feel, with a slightly stiffer grip action when opening. Suzuki Drive Mode Selector, with three modes, remains, as does a three-mode traction control system (plus off), cruise control, low RPM assist and Suzuki’s easy-start function.

For 2023 the new V-Strom 1050DE adds an extra gravel (G-mode) to its available traction control settings, specifically designed for use off-road. The additional mode retards ignition timing and allows more rear wheel slip. This continues to deliver power to the rear wheel without interruption and suppressing it only enough to help prevent excessive wheel spin. As a result, the bike remains controllable and the rider still gets the consistent power output they want.

While the V-Strom 1050’s SIRS package includes two ABS modes, allowing riders to choose from different sensitivity settings, the new V-Strom 1050DE adds the ability to disengage the ABS from the rear wheel entirely, giving riders more freedom and control off-road.


Genuine Accessories

Owners can further enhance the V-Strom 1050DE and V-Strom 1050’s levels of practicality to suit their own needs, with a comprehensive collection of accessories including items such as full aluminium luggage, heated grips, lower seat options, and fog lamps.


Suzuki has said that the new models will hopefully be with us by January 2023, and that pricing will be out as soon as possible. We will aim to update this post with that information as soon as it is released.

Models are expected to be on Display at Motorcycle live in November. 

For more information please let us know here.


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