2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/XT/XT Adventure

The do-it-all motorcycle from Suzuki sees updates for 2020.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 front right
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050Suzuki

The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and its two other iterations, the XT and XT Adventure, bring on the adventure (with some road-biased intent). The 2020 MY V-Strom experiences updates to the 1,037cc V-twin to improve power output while meeting stricter Euro 5 emission standards, as well as improvements to the electronic rider-aid package. The three models differ in that the base features cast aluminum wheels instead of the spoked ones seen on the XT and XT Adventure. The XT also features a centerstand, crash guards, brush guards, cruise control, hand-adjustable windscreen, and a slew of rider aids. The XT Adventure has the same features as the XT, but pumps the model up with heated grips and aluminum panniers.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT left side
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XTSuzuki

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/XT/XT Adventure Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

In regard to the redesign, test rider Seth Richards applauded Miyata-san’s reboot saying it “finally makes the V-Strom as desirable as it’s always been capable.” Further, the 1050 XT’s “engine is refined and well-mannered, the powerband is still characterful, begging to be run hard between apexes—a feeling furthered by the slick-shifting transmission and slipper-assist clutch. Yes, on paper the V-twin lump is a little long in the tooth, but you’ll never think twice about it in the real world, where it provides the marriage of excitement and usability you want in a do-it-all motorcycle.”

The mid-tier 2020 V-Strom 1050 XT ran on our in-house dynamometer to record these rear-wheel horsepower and torque measurements: 93.4 hp at 8,650 rpm and 64.5 pound-feet of torque at 4,630 rpm.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT Adventure front right
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT AdventureSuzuki

Suzuki V-Strom 1050/XT/XT Adventure Updates For 2020

The V-Strom 1050 is significantly updated for the 2020 model year. The engine internals see new camshafts and pistons which are fed by a pair of 49mm ride-by-wire throttle bodies. Four modes are now available to choose from in the new traction control system as well. The V-Strom is completed by new styling and a new multifunction instrument panel.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050/XT/XT Adventure Claimed Specifications

Price: $13,399 (base)/$14,799 (XT)/$16,999 (XT Adventure)
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC V-twin
Displacement: 1,037cc
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 66.0mm
Horsepower: 106 hp
Torque: 74 lb.-ft.
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 33.7 in. (base)/33.5 in. (XT/XT Adventure)
Rake: 25.7° (base)/25.5º (XT/XT Adventure)
Trail: 4.3 in.
Front Suspension: 43mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 6.3-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Preload adjustable; 6.3-in. travel
Front Tire: 110/80R-19
Rear Tire: 150/70R-17
Wheelbase: 61.2 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal.
Wet Weight: 520 lb. (base)/545 lb. (XT/XT Adventure w/o accessories)

Cycle World Tested Specifications (XT)

Seat Height: 33.6 in.
Wet Weight: 543 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 93.4 hp @ 8,650 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 64.5 lb.-ft. @ 4,630 rpm
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