Earlier this year, Suzuki unveiled the V-Strom 800DE within the Philippine market, effectively serving as a successor to the V-Strom 650XT. Recent developments have ignited speculation within the international market, suggesting that Suzuki is actively developing a road-focused iteration of the V-Strom 800. This potential addition is expected to complement the existing 800DE model, further expanding the V-Strom lineup.
Recent submissions to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) in the United States strongly indicate the impending launch of a road-oriented V-Strom 800 model. Anticipated differentiations between the V-Strom 800DE and the standard V-Strom 800 are likely to revolve around variations in wheel configuration and suspension setup, with the latter being tailored for enhanced performance on road surfaces.
The introduction of the V-Strom 800 will undoubtedly enhance Suzuki’s range of middleweight motorcycles, catering to a broader spectrum of riders. This move acknowledges that not all individuals require a robust, off-road-centric adventure bike. With this addition, Suzuki’s lineup achieves a well-rounded composition. The naked GSX-S8 serves as the sport-oriented option, while the V-Strom 800 fulfills the role of a versatile touring motorcycle. Meanwhile, the V-Strom 800DE remains the choice for those seeking a rugged off-road experience.
In terms of performance, the new V-Strom 800 variant is expected to maintain identical specifications to the V-Strom 800DE. This includes a 776cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine featuring a 270-degree crankshaft configuration, which produces a capable 83 horsepower. Modern electronic features, such as traction control, multiple ride modes, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS), are also anticipated to be part of its offering.
Suzuki’s confirmed participation in EICMA 2023 further fuels speculation that the upcoming model will be unveiled at this event in Milan come November. This eagerly awaited showcase should provide enthusiasts with a comprehensive look at the new bike and its features, solidifying its place within Suzuki’s lineup.