Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT showcased at EICMA 2019, gets a new engine and more power
Suzuki has showcased its new V-Strom models in EICMA 2019. The all-new BS6 compliant Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT are being called out as ‘The Master of Adventure’. The new ADVs takes heavy inspiration from the design language of Suzuki’s DR-Z desert racer and DR-Big. There is an increment in power figure by 7% despite following more stringent emission norms.
Of the two motorcycles, the V-Strom 1050XT is the flagship model with 1050 missing out on some features. The V-Strom 1050 series features an ageless adventure tourer design which is based on the popular DR-Z off-road bikes from Suzuki. Be it prominent beak, fuel-tank, or seats, the design reminds us of the DR-Z. There is vertical stacked rectangular headlight which enhances the looks yet being practical. Other lights such as tail light and indicators are also LED units. The engine section is painted with ageless bronze colour to give a classy look.
Powering the V-Strom 1050 is an all-new 1037cc 90° V-Twin engine which also happens to be BS6/Euro-5 compliant. At 106bhp, this powerplant puts out 7% more power than the older V-Strom’s 1000cc engine. However, the engine remains its exclusive easy-to-use and flexible nature along with the strong linear drive. The engine is mated to a 6-speed gearbox with assist and slipper clutch.
A lot of research and development went into the new engine. The profiles of intake and exhaust cams were altered to provide a higher lift duration and less valve overlap. The radiator is also redesigned which is providing a 15% increasing cooling performance coupled with an oil-cooler. What remains unchanged is the use of twin-spark plugs per cylinder (just like Bajaj’s DTS-i) and lightweight 3-ring forged pistons.
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The Adventure Tourer is suspended on 43mm front USD forks supplied by KYB while the rear suspension is a monoshock with preload and rebound damping adjustability. Braking performance is provided by radially mounted Tokicos callipers gripping twin 310mm discs and a single disc in the rear.
The interesting bits of the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 is that it comes with adjustable seat height with options for even lower seat. The windshield, which is wind-tunnel tested, is also adjustable up to 11 levels. Both the bikes have 20-litres fuel tank which Suzuki claims to provide 400 km of range.
There are certain things that are standard to the flagship Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT or only available on the XT variant. Accessories such as centre stand, handguards, engine bars, integrated luggage mounts come as standard fitment while you have to buy them separately with the V-Strom 1050.
Both the bikes have three-level traction control and three different engine power modes. Whereas only the V-Strom 1050XT gets the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, Cruise control, Motion Track Brake System with linked brakes, Hill hold, Slope and Load control as well as switchable ABS.
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