The 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT has an asking price of P859,000

It’s raring to go on an adventure
by Aris Ilagan for TopBikes.ph | Aug 29, 2020
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Suzuki Philippines has unleashed the 2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT with improved power, highly functional electronic add-ons, and rally-style looks inspired by the model’s Dakar Rally edition.

First introduced in 2002 as the DL-1000 V-Strom, this third-generation adventure bike is now powered by a 1,037cc 90-degree V-twin engine that generates 107hp and 100Nm. The off-road-capable Euro 5-compliant mill boasts new camshafts and pistons that are fed by 49mm ride-by-wire throttle bodies. This setup allows smooth and precise throttle grip action, giving the rider total control of the bike even in extremely slippery and rugged road conditions. A 32-bit engine control module operates the automatic idle speed control, which improves cold starting and stabilizes the engine idle to avoid stalling especially in traffic.

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Among the outstanding new features of the V-Strom 1050XT is cruise control and an updated four-mode traction-control system that can be switched off. There’s also the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), which gives the rider the freedom to choose from three engine power-delivery settings.

In addition, this on- and off-road machine is equipped with the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, a comprehensive electronic safety package that includes the updated Motion Track Anti-Lock as well as the Combination Brake System with a new Bosch six-axis inertial measurement unit and rider-selectable ABS sensitivity, which is a great safety feature when cornering at high speeds.

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All of the V-Strom’s major components are held together by a rigid yet lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame that ensures good handling in different conditions. The suspension package includes an inverted KYB fork that’s adjustable for preload, and with additional compression and rebound damping-force adjustment based on the rider’s preference. A single rear shock with remote hydraulic-spring adjustment is mounted to the cast aluminum swingarm. The system allows the rider to tweak the rear setting by simply pressing a button.

This gorgeous stallion rolls on a pair of tubeless spoked wheels (19 inches in front and 17 inches at the rear), and uses a multifunction LCD with adjustable illumination to effectively relay important information. Being a true-blooded adventure bike, the 1050XT also features a hand-adjustable windscreen and a pair of lightweight yet sturdy hand guards.

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Fortunately, Top Bikes Philippines was able to see the first batch of units in the metal at Wheeltek’s Makati dealership. Priced at P859,000, the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT is offered in three color combinations: Champion Yellow, Glass Sparkle Black, and the heritage special Blaze Orange.

Which one’s your favorite? Let us know in the comments.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.

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