Bike Description for
SUZUKI V-STROM1050 XT
2020 V-STROM 1050XT AdventureOverview
Distinctive styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z Dakar racer and the large DualSport DR-Big. The characteristic beak design first adopted by Suzuki stays true to its heritage while being more aggressive and bolder for the new generation V-STROM.
The V-STROM’s 1037cc, 90-degree V-twin engine has more peak power than ever before while maintaining its strong pull off the bottom and superb fuel economy while complying with emissions standards worldwide. New camshafts and pistons are fed by a pair of large, 49mm, Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies that deliver smooth, light throttle grip action while allowing the addition of a precise cruise control system.
An updated Traction Control System*, now with four modes of adjustment, is joined by a new Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) that lets the rider choose from three different engine power delivery characteristics. Regardless of weather conditions, the Suzuki Easy Start System fires the V-STROM’s engine up with just a momentary press of the starter button. Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist system returns, making it easier for a V-STROM rider to avoid stalling the engine when pulling away from a stop or maneuvering through heavy traffic.
The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S) brings an extraordinary suite of rider aides to the 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure. This includes the updated Motion Track Anti-lock** and Combination Brake System with a new six-direction IMU and rider-selectable ABS sensitivity, plus three new systems that assist braking operation in a variety of conditions. Each element of S.I.R.S. provides riders stress-free use and convenience during long distance adventures, commuting, or pleasure riding.
The V-STROM’s durable, twin-spar aluminum frame balances weight and rigidity for optimal handling on all types of roads. The cast aluminum swingarm is controlled by a single rear shock with remote, hydraulic spring preload adjustment so adjusting for cargo or a passenger takes just seconds. Up front, the inverted KYB fork has spring preload adjustment plus both compression and rebound damping force adjustment for easy tuning. In popular 19- and 17-inch sizes, Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires are fitted to the tubeless, spoke-style wheels.
Like every V-Strom before it, the style, performance, and value of the 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure will be instantly recognized by experienced and enthusiastic riders. No other adventure bike can deliver the combination of features with the promise of trouble-free travel like the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure.
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Integrated into the 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure is the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) that includes the updated Motion Track Anti-lock** and Combination Brake System, Hill Hold Control System, Slope Dependent Control System, and Load Dependent Control System that assists braking performance in a variety of conditions.
Ready for adventure, S.I.R.S. also includes a new cruise control system and Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), and an updated Traction Control System*. Each element of S.I.R.S. provides V-STROM 1050XT Adventure riders stress-free use and convenience during long-distance adventures, commuting, or pleasure riding.
CAN (Controller Area Network) Technology
- Key to the operation of S.I.R.S., the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure employs an interconnected information network instead of a conventional wiring harness.
- Because it requires fewer wires, this CAN-wiring lets the vehicle be lighter and simpler, and provides a way for the advanced components – such as the cruise control – on the motorcycle to have faster data transmission with the ECM.
- The CAN-wiring also provides a single location for diagnosing any errors that may occur throughout the entire network.
Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
- Also essential to S.I.R.S., the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s new IMU measures six directions of movement along three axis (as compared to the five directions measured by the previous system). The IMU detects pitch, roll, and yaw movement based on the motorcycle’s position, movement, and acceleration.
- The new high-performance six-direction IMU is supplied by Bosch and also combines a three-axis angular rate sensor (gyrometer) and a three-axis acceleration sensor in a single compact unit.
Cruise Control System
- This new cruise control system maintains the selected road speed without the rider having to hold the throttle open – a welcome feature for long-distance riding that can reduce rider fatigue.
- The new V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s array of features and technology, such as the new Ride-by-Wire throttle system and the ECM, permit the addition of this easy-to-use cruise control.
- Cruising speed can be set from approximately 30 MPH to 100 MPH in fourth gear or higher. A button on the right handlebar control can be pressed to put cruise control into standby, and a rocker-style selector switch on the left handlebar control lets the rider adjust the speed up or down. Cruise control function icons and indicators are located on the new instrument panel.
Motion Track Anti-lock and Combination Brake System (ABS)
- The updated Motion Track Anti-lock** and Combination Brake System combines IMU-measured, spatial information of the motorcycle’s posture in conjunction with front and rear wheel speeds. This allows the ABS** to not only activate in a straight line but also when the vehicle is leaning or turning.
- Riders can now choose between two levels of ABS activation sensitivity. ABS function and modes are displayed on the new multifunction instrument panel.
- ABS mode 1 provides minimal anti-lock brake intervention.
- ABS mode 2 provides more anti-lock brake intervention than Mode 1.
- The ABS system cannot be switched off – it is always active.
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS)
- The V-STROM 1050XT Adventure includes a new, three-mode S-DMS system that lets the rider select the engine’s power delivery characteristic to match riding ability and conditions. Working in concert with the Traction Control System*, S-DMS permits peak power in each mode while changing the nature of the power delivery.
- A Mode – provides sharp throttle response.
- B Mode – provides a moderate throttle response.
- C Mode – provides the softest throttle response of the three modes.
Traction Control System
- Suzuki debuted its first motorcycle Traction Control System* on the 2014 V-Strom 1000, and the new four-mode system on the 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence by limiting rear wheel spin in a variety of riding conditions.
- The Traction Control System* continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle opening, engine speed, and transmission gear. It quickly reduces engine output when it detects wheel spin by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery.
- The rider can select one of four modes (1, 2, 3 and OFF). The three modes differ in terms of rear wheel spin sensitivity.
- Mode 1 is the lowest sensitivity – it allows a certain degree of rear wheel spin and is best suited for good road conditions.
- Mode 2 is a moderate sensitivity level – the system engages traction control sooner than Mode 1 and is for average road conditions.
- Mode 3 is the highest sensitivity level – the system engages traction control sooner and is for poor road conditions, like wet and cold surfaces
- OFF disengages all traction control features – the rider has sole control of the engine’s throttle and any resulting rear wheel spin.
Hill Hold Control System
- When stopping upward on a hill and applying the brakes, this system automatically operates the rear brake for around 30 seconds to prevent the motorcycle from rolling back down the hill even if the rider releases the brake lever or pedal. This allows the rider to focus on a smoother takeoff when on the hill side.
- When the rider releases the brake lever or foot pedal, the ECM detects the rider’s intention to ride forward and releases the rear brake pressure smoothly.
- The rider can also disengage the Hill Hold System by squeezing the front brake lever twice or use the left handlebar control and the instrument panel with the system off.
Slope Dependent Control System
- The new Slope Dependent Control System constantly monitors the posture of the vehicle even when the vehicle is traveling downhill. When the rider operates a brake lever or pedal when riding downhill, the electronic control unit adjusts brake pressure to prevent rear wheel lift.
Load Dependent Control System
- This system helps the rider to achieve optimal braking in response to the load on the motorcycle (passenger and/or cargo).
- Through continual measurement of IMU information and hydraulic brake pressure, the system constantly learns about braking deceleration as the load’s weight increases or decreases when riding with cargo or a passenger.
- The system retains this information to improve braking performance as the load on the motorcycle increases.
*The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.
**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.