As expected, Suzuki has updated its V-Strom 1000, turning it into the V-Strom 1050.
It doesn’t appear the V-twin engine was changed much for 2020, despite the name change that hints as much; displacement remains at 1,037 cc. Horsepower has increased, though (we’re seeing reports of 107 hp), and the engine should meet Euro5 standards now. Suzuki says there’s new pistons and camshafts, with 49 mm ride-by-wire electronic throttle bodies for 2020, which explains the improvements.
Suzuki also updated the cruise control system for 2020, refined the traction control system to allow for three different sensitivity modes. Suzuki also built in a new selection of three drive modes, allowing the rider to pick their power delivery characteristics. Suzuki also included its Easy Start System, something that we honestly haven’t heard the market crying for, but seems to be important to Suzuki’s engineers.
Suzuki’s put a six-axis IMU in the Strom now, which allows for refined ABS settings, and lean angle detection in the ABS system (it’s unclear if it also works for the traction control system). This was one of the major things missing from previous Stroms, and it’s a big upgrade for 2020. There’s also a new combined braking system for 2020, which applies the rear brake once a certain amount of front brake has been applied.
The brakes themselves are Tokiko monobloc radial-mount four-piston calipers with 310 mm discs up front, with a smaller disc mated to Nissin two-piston caliper in rear.
The new-for-2020 bodywork is supposedly designed off the old DR Big. The windscreen has tool-free adjustment, with 11 positions available over a 50 mm range.
The seat is also new for 2020, with some adjustability built in. Suspension is from KYB, with preload, compression and rebound damping all adjustable for the forks. The rear shock has a remote preload adjustment.
Curb weight is 236 kg for the base model.
The V-Strom 1050 still hasn’t appeared on the Canadian website yet, so we don’t know pricing. However, it seems it’ll still likely carry a lower MSRP than similar-sized adventure bikes, with touches like and LCD screen instead of TFT, like much of the competition. There is a USB charging port on the left side of the fairing, and a mounting bar on the other side, for GPS and similar gadgetry.
As before, the base Strom comes with a 19-inch front rim and 17-inch rear, with cast wheels. Suzuki will also make adventureized versions of this bike, with spoked wheels, but the selection and naming seems to vary by market for 2020, just as it has in the past. We’d expect to see both versions here in Canada, though.