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Suzuki updates V-Strom 1050 vary, will get new off-road mannequin | Autocar India

Written by Ravi Kapoor

The V-Strom 1050 vary now features a extra off-road biased DE variant with a 21-inch entrance wheel.

Suzuki has taken the wraps off its V-Strom 1050 vary internationally, and it brings with it some complete mechanical and digital updates. The V-Strom 1050 is now supplied in two variants, the usual road-biased 1050 and extra off-road centered DE variant, which replaces the beforehand supplied XT variant. 

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050 vary: mechanical and digital updates

5-inch TFT show takes over from the outdated LCD unit.

The 1,037cc, liquid-cooled, V-Twin engine is carried over from the earlier fashions unchanged and is nice for 106hp at 8,500rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. The braking set-up stays unchanged as nicely with radial Tokico calipers biting down on twin discs on the entrance and a single-piston caliper clamping down on a single disc on the rear, paired to switchable dual-channel ABS. The gas tank capability can be unchanged at 20 litres.

This yr’s bike incorporates a new full-colour 5-inch TFT sprint, derived from their GSX-S1000GT sports activities tourer. This new sprint controls all of the digital rider aids, which profit from the addition of a 6-axis IMU for extra exact intervention. Along with the using modes, traction management and cruise management, which have been carried ahead from the earlier mannequin, this yr’s bike additionally options hill maintain management and a bi-directional quickshifter.

The dual-spar chassis advantages from a lighter building with aluminium castings and whereas the chassis is lighter, total the usual bike ideas the scales at 242kgs (6kgs heavier than earlier than). 

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050 vary: DE variant takes off-roading severely 

The adjustments made to the DE variant, nevertheless, are rather more complete and the V-Strom 1050 DE is now extra severe about its off-road aspirations with its 21-inch entrance wheel. The DE variant runs on 90/90-21 (entrance) and 150/70-17 (rear) wire-spoke rims shod with Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tyres. The usual V-Strom 1050 runs on comparatively extra road-biased radial Bridgestone A41 tyres wrapped round forged alloy rims with sizes of 110/80-19 (entrance) and 150/70-17 (rear).

The DE additionally will get its personal bespoke aluminium swingarm, which accounts for a 40mm longer wheelbase whereas enhancing rigidity. A wider handlebar, shorter visor, chunkier foot pegs and levers are additionally a part of the adjustments made to the DE variant to assist the rider off the crushed path. The DE additionally will get a entrance fork with longer journey (Suzuki doesn’t say by how a lot), which helps in boosting floor clearance to 190mm (25mm greater than the usual mannequin). Rear wheel journey has gone up by 8mm over the earlier XT mannequin. 

Along with adjustments to the {hardware}, the DE variant additionally advantages from a ‘G’ (presumably gravel) mode in its traction management settings, permitting extra slip in low traction conditions. With all these adjustments comes a 10kg weight penalty over the usual mannequin pushing the kerb weight of the DE variant to 252kg.

New Suzuki V-Strom 1050 vary: India launch, worth and rivals

Given the truth that Suzuki doesn’t at present promote the V-Strom 1050 in India, there are virtually no probabilities of this mannequin making its manner right here. Internationally, it competes with bikes just like the Honda Africa Twin and the Tiger 900 vary. Whereas the larger V-Strom won’t make it to our shores anytime quickly, a smaller-capacity parallel-twin V-Strom was noticed testing just lately, which ought to make its manner right here after its worldwide launch.

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