Suzuki announce V-Strom 800DE UK pricing

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Suzuki have announced their 2023 V-Strom 800DE will be priced at £10,499 in basic, unaccessorised form.

The 776cc parallel twin adventure bike was launched in the autumn alongside the naked GSX-8S, which will be available for a more affordable £7999.

The Strom’s pricing makes it a few hundred pounds more than a base spec BMW F850GS and £399 more than the ever-popular Yamaha Ténéré 700.

Whether that harms its sales remains to be seen, with bikes hitting dealers in the spring.

First Published 08 November 2022 by Richard Newland

Carving a more adventurous path alongside the Suzuki GSX-8S is the new V-Strom 800DE which is firmly pitched at the serious adventure rider who isn’t fazed by more committed terrain.

Despite sharing an identical engine with the 8S, the DE actually develops marginally more peak power of 83.1bhp @ 8500rpm, thanks to a more conventional exhaust system and mapping changes

Additionally the throttle response has been honed extensively off-road to ensure that the rider gets the feel and delivery they need.

The hard luggage sits above a beefier subframe.

On top of an electronics suite that matches the 8S’ armoury, the DE gets an additional ‘G mode’ – G standing for Gravel – giving riders a dedicated set of mapping and TC options to support them further when the tarmac runs out.

The aim of this was make the bike as effortless as possible to ride on any terrain, regardless of the rider’s ability.

The engine and electronics package are wrapped in the same frame as the 8S, but with a beefier bolt-on subframe capable of taking a greater load for pillion and touring duties – and full 3-box hard luggage.

Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE on the road

Hanging off the steel frame is an aluminium swingarm with fully-adjustable monoshock and inverted fully-adjustable Showa fork, each gifting 220mm of travel and leading to laced rims.

The front is Suzuki’s first 21in wheel on a V-Strom, opening up a greater depth of off-road tyre options (90/90 R21 front, 150/70 R17 rear – running Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour as standard). The centrally-laced rims mean owners will have to run with inner tubes – underpinning the DE’s off-road intent.

Core to the design brief was a goal of achieving a range of over 400km between fill-ups, and Suzuki say the 20-litre tank will take you 454km (280 miles) at circa 64mpg.

Suzuki V-Strom 800 DE dash

Chassis and rider geometry have been tuned for stability on all terrains, and long-distance comfort, whether sitting on the plush single-piece seat, or standing on the broad footpegs. Seat height is 855mm with the DE weighing in at 230kg.

And, importantly, there’s an extensive range of accessories available, from different luggage options (plastic or ally cases) to rugged bash plates, nav mounts, higher and lower seat options (+30mm or -20mm), heated grips, fog lights and more.

No pricing is confirmed, but expect it to arrive equidistantly between the £8799 650XT and £13,699 1050XT.