All-New V-STROM 800DE Bike Sets Mid-Capacity Adventure Bar Even Higher

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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 adventure category 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 a patented Suzuki Cross Balancer – two balancers positioned at 90 degrees to the crankshaft – contributing to even smoother operation. The Euro 5-certifed engine, which is also used in the all-new GSX-8S naked roadster unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan today, has maximum output of 62kW (83hp) at 8500rpm and peak torque of 78Nm at 6800rpm. Wet weight is just 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 ($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.

Owners can customise their V-STROM 800DE by selecting options from the wide range of Suzuki Genuine accessories available for this model via the Build Your Bike online tool on Suzuki Motorcycles Australia. Items include three-pieces of branded hard luggage with optional locks which can be fitted for simultaneous use, engine and bodywork protection, heated grips, brake pedal height adjuster, side stand extension plate, centre stand and variable height seat units (+/- 30mm).

As a gesture of Suzuki’s appreciation for customer commitment, online pre-order customers who pre order via the Build Your Bike on Suzuki Motorcycles will receive a bonus 38-litre alloy top case and bracket valued at over $1000 AUD.

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