As far as go-anywhere performance on two wheels is concerned, adventure-touring motorcycles are about as solid a choice as they come.
Suzuki’s latest segment offerings have been unveiled at this year’s Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) show, and the new V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT take their predecessor’s adventurous underpinnings and build on it with more rugged looks and even more power.
Powering these two Suzuki motorbikes is a new Euro 5-compliant 1,037cc engine capable of 106hp at 8,500rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6,000rpm. Those figures show a jump up from the mill of the outgoing V-Strom 1000, with peak power increasing by 6%.
The manufacturer has also equipped its products with a new radiator, which it claims has 15% better cooling capacity versus the last model.
That output—combined with a lightweight twin-spar aluminum frame, 43mm fully-adjustable KYB forks, and lightweight DID aluminum wire-spoked wheels (either 17- or 19-inchers, though the pair on the 1050 is only available in cast aluminum)—makes the new V-Stroms manageable and agile under any situation.
Changes have been made to the model’s appearance, too. The look is inspired by Suzuki’s DR-Z desert racer and DR Big (most obvious via the shape of the fuel tank), and features a new vertically stacked rectangular LED headlight. The cylinder heads, clutch cover, alternator cover, and water-pump case flaunt a bronze finish, too, and the handguards and mirrors are new.
Utility features include a height-adjustable seat, a new LCD instrument cluster, a USB charging port, and a height-adjustable screen. Available tech bits include a Motion Track Brake System with slope-descent control and hill-hold control.
Suzuki says these two motorcycles were designed with adventure seekers in mind. If they do manage to make it to the Philippines and, more important, if you could afford them (pricing has yet to be announced), where would you want to take your V-Strom?