2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050xt review: Red, white and brilliant


The Suzuki V-Strom 1050xt in its natural element: an all-day ride with friends.

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On paper, the Suzuki V-Strom has never been an incredibly sexy bike. It’s got a modest powertrain that produces perfectly adequate power and torque. It’s got an unflashy suspension and brake setup that works as well as you’d want it to. On paper, it’s boring. But in practice, it’s brilliant.

The V-Strom 1050xt is an absolute workhorse of a motorcycle. It’s comfortable for hours in the saddle and it’s tall (like most adventure bikes), so visibility is fantastic. It’s got anti-lock brakes and traction control, so it never feels like it wants to bite you, and it’s also now a bike making power in the low triple digits, so it’s not slow. The V-Strom is something you buy as a first or second bike and then never bother getting rid of or upgrading. It just

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