The letter “V” stands for the configuration of the engine, and the word “Strom” comes from the German language, meaning stream of power.
The V-Strom 1050, also called DL1050, was unveiled at EICMA in 2019 by Suzuki as a dual-sport motorcycle with a 1037cc V-twin engine. Since 2020, the V-Strom 1050 has been manufactured by Suzuki in Japan.
It has 100 hp (75 kW) at 8,000 rpm and a torque of 103 Nm (76 lb-ft) at 4,000 rpm. The V-Strom engine is almost the same as the engine used on the older models in 2013-2019, so it had to be modified to comply with EURO5 emission standards. The V-Strom engine was initially designed for the TL1000S and TL100R motorcycles, and the fuel injection is based on GSX-R models. One of the updated features is the bi-directional quick-shift system that allows up-down shifting without using the clutch.
The V-Strom 1050 has a light but strong aluminum alloy frame which makes the handling and stability very precise. The styling of the Suzuki DR-Z and Dual-sport Suzuki DR-BIG was the inspiration for the V-Strom 1050 design in 2020. It also has a traction control system with four sensitivity modes, a three-mode Drive Mode Selector, and an Easy Start System.