The mid sized adventure bike market is going to get another contender in 2023, with Suzuki revealing the V-Strom 800DE today. Lets have a look at the press release from Suzuki then do a breakdown.
“Taking maximum advantage of advancements and engineering benchmarks on the recently announced V-STROM 1000DE, Suzuki’s now set its focus on the mid-capacity adventurecategory with the all-new V-STROM 800DE.
Boasting the longest suspension travel and highest ground clearance of any model in the storied history of the V-STROM lineage, the V-STROM 800DE will also make its way to Australia in mid-2023 powered by a new 776cc parallel-twin engine and boasting a rugged steel frame, aggressive styling, Showa suspension, wide tapered aluminium handlebars, and a 21-inch front wheel. The upgraded electronics package adds further off-road credibility and promotes a higher level of safety and rider satisfaction when travelling off the beaten path.
Electronic rider aids include a special gravel traction control mode in addition to three standard settings, and the ability to switch off ABS at the rear. The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System incorporates multiple riding modes, an electronic throttle, bi-directional quickshifter, a quick-press easy start system and Suzuki’s low rpm assist to maintain engine idle speed for smoother and easier starts.
The parallel-engine has a 270-degree crankshaft configuration with two balancers positioned at 90 degrees to the crankshaft – contributing to even smoother operation. The Euro 5-certifed engine has maximum output of 62kW (83hp) at 8500rpm and peak torque of 78Nm at 6800rpm. Wet weight is 230kg, including 20 litres of fuel.
The bike has a highly efficient cooling system, two-into-one exhaust system with dual-stage catalytic converter, and clutch assist which helps to reduce fatigue on long rides and contributes to smoother shifting. The air cleaner, positioned under the seat, is a massive six litres and is optimised to maximise torque production at low rpm.
The V-STROM 800DE is also the first member of the V-STROM series that comes fitted with a radiator guard. Suspension travel from the fully adjustable Showa suspension is 220mm at the front and rear, which is the same measurement for the ground clearance – another fresh Suzuki adventure benchmark. Made from sturdy steel pipe, the V-STROM 800DE’S steel frame is engineered to provide all the strength needed for negotiating even the toughest terrain, and that also holds for the seat rails which feature a narrow profile that helps riders better control the bike with their legs.
Spring preload is conveniently adjustable by hand on the rear, and dual front disc brakes with 310mm floating-mount discs provide excellent stopping power and feel. There’s a sizeable 20-litre fuel tank, and the wire-spoked wheels – 21-inch at the front and 17-inch at the rear – have a corrosion-resistant coating. The V-STROM 800DE is shod with Dunlop Trailmax dual-purpose rubber.
Suzuki has maintained the distinctive V-STROM ‘beak’ on the 800DE, but it’s now positioned higher to convey the model’s exceptional ability to handle gravel roads and tough trails. The short – but three-way adjustable – windscreen is designed to maximise visibility off-road, as well as protecting the rider from buffeting at higher speeds. Grab bars and a rear carrier provide passengers with a firm grip, and the latter is also used as a mount for the optional top case – or simply as an avenue to strap on gear. The V-STROM 800DE also has a five-inch colour TFT screen with night and day modes, and there’s a USB port in the meter cluster. The lighting and indicators are all-LED, including the vertically stacked headlights.
The V-STROM 800DE will arrive in Australia in July 2023 in a choice of three liveries: Champion Yellow No. 2, Glass Mat Mechanical Gray, or Glass Sparkle Black. The MSRP is $16,980 AUD ($18,590 Ride Away*). Meanwhile, the existing V-STROM 650XT V-twin will continue to be sold locally, in both full-power and LAMS configurations.”
So there we have it and I have to say overall the bike looks bloody impressive. The only thing I don’t like is the weight, this does not compare well to the likes of the Tenere 700, Aprilia Tuareg and KTM 890. It puts it more in the Tiger 900/Africa Twin category. It does look like a very capable machine that will take you pretty well anywhere and it should be very comfortable. The supension travel and ground clearance in particular are impressive. The price is also right at $18,590 rideaway, providing stiff competition for the CF Moto 800 MT Touring.
Looking at the giant exhaust you could get rid of that and a couple of other little items and be down to a much more manageable 220kgs without any problems.
So, what do you think about the new V-Strom 800DE? Let me know and keep it OnTheBackWheel.