You know that period of the late 80s, early 90s, when everyone knew the Paris-Dakar and the most desired bikes were the maxi enduro; the “replicas” of the ships of the desert that, every year, on 25 December, left Paris for the black continent in search of glory? In the past, the Paris-Dakar is no longer in Africa and the 21 ″ front enduro bikes are no longer the queens of the market (even if they are very high in the standings…). However, fashions return, as we know, and like a boomerang after about thirty years, the 21 ″ with spokes that made thousands of fans fall in love with and also in the hearts of many motorcyclists.
Without making a list of the brands that in recent times have re-embraced this kind of bike (you all know them so much), let’s move on to the latest one. In a completely unexpected way and with that modern-retro touch that is so popular now. In Suzuki they have evidently decided that the time has come to go back to building a bike with 21 ″ in front. Say hello to the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE, which between shapes and colors pays homage to the iconic DR Big. The best way for the V-Strom to celebrate its first 20 years of career.
Okay, the most succulent novelty is undoubtedly the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE, on this we all agree. For 2023, however, the standard version is updated and enriched with some components that we missed in our 1000 km with some time ago. With the XT gone, there are now two versions, standard (alloy wheels and 19 “front) and DE with 21” spoked and front wheels. The equipment is photocopied: the equipment of the version with 19 “front wheel is also present on the 1050DE, except for some differences such as the diameter of the wheels, the handlebars, the footpegs and the suspension. In short, from this moment the Hamamatsu maxi enduro has two souls, one as a globetrotter hungry for asphalt and one as an adventure made and finished eager to get dirty with earth.
|Suzuki V-Strom 1050||Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE|
|Handlebar||Aluminum||Aluminum (20mm wider on each side)|
|Saddle||Adjustable (855 mm – 875 mm)||Fixed (880 mm)|
|Front wheel||Alloy wheel – 110/80 R19 tubeless||Spoked wheel – 90/90 R21 with inner tube|
|Rear wheel||Alloy wheel – 150/70 R17 tubeless||Spoked wheel – 150/70 R17 tubeless|
|Fork excursion||160 mm||170 mm|
|Rear excursion||160 mm||169 mm|
|Windscreen||Adjustable||Smoked “short” version|
|Ground light||165 mm||190 mm|
|Traction control||3 modes + OFF||4 modes + OFF|
|ABS||–||Can be deactivated on the rear wheel|
The 1,037 cc 90 ° V2 remains virtually identical to that of the previous version: the identity card tells of 107 HP at 8,500 rpm and 100 Nm at 6,000 rpm. Numbers that in fact, put the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE, net of the chassis differences, face to face with the Honda Africa Twin 1100. The updates for 2023 concern the gearbox, the exhaust valves and in the case of the 1050DE the chain, but let’s go in order.
The gearbox (finally) sees the arrival of the bidirectional quickshifter that allows you to change without clutch. Hamamatsu’s V2 is the House’s first engine to use sodium-filled exhaust valves to reduce heat in the combustion chamber to increase efficiency and extend the life of the former. On the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE the novelties relating to the engine are completed by the more robust chain and the gear lever, both designed for off-road driving.. The novelty, however, is one completely new gear ratios. In the face of a shortening of the final ratio (the crown goes from 41 to 45 teeth)also change the ratio of first and sixth gear which lengthen.
It certainly cannot be said that in Suzuki the race for the latest generation of electronics is a priority; in Hamamatsu the priority is always and only one: to equip the bikes with precise, solid and effective components. This means that often the “goodies” come later than some competitors, but once they arrive, we are used to a decidedly qualitative level tall. For 2023 on the Suzuki V-Strom 1050DE and on the standard V-Strom comes the inertial platform. To be honest, the IMU was already present on the top-of-the-range version, which from next year will be the only one available, even though it is no longer called XT.
Obviously present the electronic accelerator Ride by Wire which together with the IMU opens to a series of electronic features that ennoble the V-Strom and which by now cannot be missing on this kind of bike. We obviously speak ofABS with cornering function, Cruise Control and various riding modes that change the character of the engine. Traction control is also adjustable on several levels, adding Gravel Mode suitable for off-road use of the motorcycle. For off-road driving, the ABS on the rear wheel can also be deactivated.
Starting from the well-known – and much appreciated – aluminum perimeter frame (now a rarity in the segment) Suzuki has worked on the reinforcements to add strength given the heavier use to which the DE is subjected. The novelty is obviously the 21 ″ front wheel, which also brings with it variations in wheelbase, trail, and steerer angle compared to the standard version. And if the question we expect is: tubeless or inner tube? Here Suzuki displaces everyone by putting one and the other. In what sense, you ask? In the sense that the 21 “front adopts the inner tube, while the 17” spoked rear wheel (why not make an 18 while they were there?) Inherited from the previous XT has Tubeless technology … the comment is yours .
Obviously the suspension travel is lengthened, the wheels of the V-Strom 1050DE now travel 170mm (front) and 168mm (rear). Compared to the standard version it changes also the riding position which sees the footpegs repositioned and a different, wider handlebar. In terms of ergonomics and comfort, we also mention the new TFT dashboard and the windshield that confirms the adjustment “from the outside”.
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