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Suzuki's large-capacity 2020 V-Strom range gets DR Big appeal

Published: 05 November 2019

Updated: 05 November 2019

It's quality rather than quantity for 2020 with just two new offerings – the fully-updated Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT.

The refreshed adventure bikes get revised styling, improved electronics and Euro5-compliant engines. The familiar 1037cc V-twin also gets mild power boost taking it to 105.9bhp from 99bhp.

As predicted, its revised styling is inspired by the DR Big 750 and 800 of the 1980s, with a more angled 'beak', new, more angular bodywork and striking new colours (for the XT model) all of which are reminiscent of the now legendary DR Big single trailie.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 onboard

Inside the fairing there’s a new LCD dash, while both bikes also get ride-by-wire throttle facilitating three rider modes, and updated traction control. As before, the XT is the higher spec, more rugged, off-road orientated version.

Accordingly it gets tasty, alloy-rimmed spoked wheels in place of the stock version’s cast alloys, a different screen which is one-hand/11-way adjustable (the stock version’s is only three-way and requires tools to change), engine crash protection bars, hand guards and different mirrors to suit, LED indicators plus also more sophisticated electronics including cornering ABS, hill-hold control and now cruise control, too. The XT version’s seat is also adjustable from 850-870mm.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 with touring accessories

Suzuki’s V-Stroms have always been good value, whether in 650 or 1000cc form, and this looks certain to continue with these new versions – but they are also facing ever-stiffer competition from the likes of Honda and their also much-improved-for-2020 CRF1100 Africa Twin.

Suzuki have not yet revealed how much their two newcomers will cost, but the base model (available in black and white or black and grey) should be around £10,000 while the XT (available in white/orange and yellow), is expected to come in at around £11,500.

As a model update, it’s a decent step but it’s another year without a major new model for Suzuki. Keep an eye on MCN for our full 2020 Suzuki V-Strom review once we've had the chance to ride it.

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Revealed! 2020 Suzuki V-Strom breaks cover

First published - 30/10/19

In the third in a run of teaser videos from Suzuki UK on their social media channels, we've been given our first look at the production-ready DR BIG-inspired 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1000.

We can clearly see the Suzuki V-Strom's instrument screen and tall windscreen

As you can clearly see from the screengrab above, the new V-Strom will have what appears to be a large LCD screen, replacing the existing bike's part-analogue display. Also equipped is a tall windscreen, which could offer extra adjustment for your next adventure ride.

Its colourscheme apes the famous DR BIG - a big thumping single Suzuki dashed across deserts back in late 1980s. Also new is the rectangular headlight, which appears to take styling cues from Suzuki's Katana, which arrived last year. 

We're expecting a full unveiling of the new adventure bike at Eicma in Milan next week, and we'll be riding it shortly afterwards so keep an eye out for the full 2020 Suzuki V-Strom review coming soon.

The Suzuki V-Strom exterior shot


Suzuki tease all-new V-Strom for 2020 - full reveal at Eicma!

First published 23/10/19

Suzuki have revealed a second teaser video this morning for what appears to be a new V-Strom model.

Lasting just 20 seconds, the short film begins with flashes of white along a black background, which merge into a solid line, perhaps representative of lines in a road and suggesting the new machine will be capable of munching big miles.

This then breaks into a large V, again hinting at an update to Suzuki’s adventure bike range, which develops into a spotlight that reveals a silhouette of the new machine.

Here we can see a larger screen, bulbous tank and hand guards, reminiscent of the existing DL1000 V-Strom. Also seemingly visible is a set of front LED indicators.

This then moves onto a shot of a right-hand engine casing, also showing a rugged off-road-centric foot peg, complete with thick rubber grip, and also a bash plate at the base of the engine.

Following this shot, the video then shows a side on panning shot of the tank and the start of the beak, finished in a striking orange/red and white livery. This could further suggests an off-road focus, potentially paying tribute to the late '80s Marlboro-liveried 'DR BIG' single-cylinder raced at the Dakar Rally.

This is not the first time we’ve seen the big 'Strom linked this machine either, with German firm Hessler builing a special edition of the V-Strom 1000 back in 2017 dubbed the 'Desert Express' – the tagline attributed to the original DR750S 'DR-BIG' back in 1988.

As always, MCN will bring you more information about the bike as we get it.

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