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2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure [Model Overview]

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure
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The Range-Topping Adventurer: The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT Adventure

The top of the range adventure motorcycle in the 2021 Suzuki line-up is the formidable V-Strom 1050XT Adventure. Now, it’s not a 2021 model for residents of the USA, however, for those in Canada, it’s being sold with a 2021 designation—and with a different name: the 2021 V-Strom 1050XA Adventure. Suzuki Motorcycles has different naming conventions for the different countries on some models. Now, back to the important stuff.

Like the other models in the V-Strom 1050 range, the XT Adventure is powered by an impressive 1,037 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, V-twin engine that produces 106 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. It also features a full suite of practical riding aids, including IMU governed ABS, traction control, cruise control, selectable power modes, Low RPM assist, an Easy Start System, and more.

However, what really separates the XT Adventure from the others—including other adventure-focused Japanese motorcycles—is the number of adventure-focused accessories that come equipped as standard. Handguards and an adjustable windshield are the most obvious, but the XT Adventure also comes equipped with a mounting bar, USB charging, a center stand, and 37-liter aluminum panniers as standard.

For 2021, the V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is available in a number of color options depending on which country you’re in. In the USA, it’s available exclusively in Glass Sparkle Black. However, in Canada, the 1050XT Adventure is available in Pearl White with Glass Blaze Orange, Champion Yellow with Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Oort Gray with Glass Sparkle Black, or just plain Glass Sparkle Black.

The 2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure starts from $16,999 USD / $17,299 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure in one place.

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure

Motorcycle Overview

General Info

  • Price: $16,999 USD / $17,299 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • DR-Big Dakar-inspired adventure styling
    • Additional adventure features, including handguards and luggage
    • Advanced IMU controlled ABS

Main Specs

  • Engine: 1037 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-twin engine
  • Power: 106 HP
  • Torque: 74 lb-ft
  • Kerb Weight: 544.6 lbs (247 kg) **Not including adventure accessories
  • Seat Height: 33.5 in (850 mm)

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure Specifications

From Suzuki


Engine 1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90˚ V-twin
Bore x Stroke 100.0 mm x 66.0 mm (3.9 in. x 2.6 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel System Fuel injection, Ride-by-Wire equipped
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump


Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Final Drive Chain, O-ring type, RK525SMOZ8, 116 links


Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Tokico, 4-piston calipers, twin disc
Brakes Rear Nissin, 2-piston, single disc
Tires Front 110/80R19 M/C (59V), tubeless
Tires Rear 150/70R17 M/C (69V), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 20.0 L (5.3 US gal.)
Color Glass Sparkle Black


Ignition Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Spark Plug
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 2265 mm (89.2 in.)
Overall Width 940 mm (37.0 in.) – Specification does not include Adventure accessories fitted to motorcycle
Overall Height 1465 mm (57.7 in.)
Ground Clearance 160 mm (6.3 in.)
Wheelbase 1555 mm (61.2 in.)
Seat Height 850 mm (33.5 in.)
Curb Weight 247 kg (544.6 lb.) – Specification does not include Adventure accessories fitted to motorcycle


Warranty 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty
Extension Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure Features

Key Features

New styling retains Suzuki’s original rally-beak look with a stacked, rectangular LED headlight while paying homage to past Dakar Rally bikes and the DR-Big large-displacement DualSport.

The 1037cc, V-twin engine has more horsepower than ever before but retains its strong pull in the lower-rpm range and good fuel economy while complying with worldwide emissions standards.

New features include Ride-by-Wire dual electronic throttle assemblies, cruise control, two-level adjustable ABS**, traction control with four sensitivity modes, a three-mode Drive Mode Selector, and the Easy Start System that makes start-ups quick and easy.

An all-new, multifunction instrument panel presents all required information on a full LCD screen using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority.

Take the gear you need and ride in comfort with Suzuki’s quick-release, aluminum pannier set, heated handgrips, and a set of LED fog lamps.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

Engine Features

The updated, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 1037cc, 90-degree V-twin engine delivers more horsepower with the same level of torque and fuel economy while achieving worldwide emissions requirements.

The perfect primary balance provided by the 90-degree L-twin design negates the need for any balancer shafts or rubber mounting, as the engine has smooth power pulses.

The new, higher compression pistons were engineered with the use of FEM analysis to achieve ideal rigidity, weight, and improved durability.

The new pistons move within Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)–plated cylinder bores that are integrated into the upper crankcase for low weight, increased durability, reduced friction, and excellent heat dissipation.

Both the exhaust and intake camshafts are changed so valve lift is increased and the valve-timing has less overlap to boost engine power while reducing fuel consumption.

The engine features a new Ride-by-Wire throttle system that is simpler, lighter, and more compact than the previous mechanical throttle. Each cylinder is fed by a larger bore electronic-controlled throttle body (49mm compared to 45mm of the previous model).

Each throttle body has a single butterfly valve that is opened and closed by its own independent motor for precise throttle control. Since the Ride-by-Wire system does not use mechanical cables, the throttle feel to the rider is light, smooth, and linear. With no cables connected to the throttle grip, installation of a Suzuki accessory heated grip set is simplified.

Each cylinder has a 10-hole fuel injector, located downstream of the throttle body on the intake manifold, that creates good fuel atomization for superior combustion efficiency and low fuel consumption.

The Engine Control Module (ECM) has a faster processor and new programming to efficiently operate the fuel-injection system, Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies, ignition, cruise control, and other electrical features on the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure.

The transistorized digital ignition system independently fires the dual spark plugs in each cylinder head for more complete combustion by igniting the mixture at the ideal moment.

Twin iridium-type spark plugs are used in the Dual Spark Plug System to deliver a more condensed and hotter spark, yet they last longer than conventional plugs.

The Suzuki Easy Start System allows the rider to easily start the engine with a single, momentary press of the starter button. In any weather conditions or with any engine temperature, there is no need to hold down the starter button until the engine fires. Easy Start is managed by the ECM so that the starter motor automatically stops once the engine has started.

The V-STROM includes Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC), which maintains a stable engine idle under all conditions.

The ISC is key to the V-STROM’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during takeoff and low-speed riding to smooth the power delivery and to help reduce the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

The refined, single-silencer exhaust configuration reduces weight and has a lower center of gravity to aid handling, maneuverability, and luggage mounting.

The V-STROM’s exhaust is updated with a new, higher-efficiency catalyzer to achieve an effective level of emission control while providing good flow to match the improved engine performance.

Matched to the efficient exhaust, the Suzuki Pulsed Secondary Air Injection (PAIR) system injects fresh air into the exhaust ports to satisfy a variety of US and international emission standards without sacrificing performance.

The V-STROM’s radiator has 15% increased cooling capacity to accommodate the higher engine output. Coolant temperature is stabilized via a thermostatically controlled cooling fan.

A new, liquid-cooled oil cooler is located where the oil filter is attached to the engine. This new cooler takes up less space and is both lightweight and compact, providing lower temperature lubrication for the more powerful engine.

The output of the six-speed, close-ratio transmission is managed by the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS). This system works like a slipper clutch by allowing a small amount of clutch slip to enable smooth downshifts. It also works as an assist clutch, making the clutch lever pull light and precise.

To accent the engine, a new bronze finish was applied to the cylinder head covers, clutch cover, magneto cover, and water pump case for a striking contrast with the black crankcase.

Chassis Features

The 2020 V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s trim, distinctive styling incorporates elements of both Suzuki’s legendary DR-Z Dakar racer and the large DualSport DR-Big. Since its introduction by Suzuki, the characteristic off-road beak design combines with a vertically stacked LED headlight with a unique rectangular shape. The headlight effectively illuminates the road surfaces and surrounding areas so the rider has an excellent view of what’s ahead.

The new height-adjustable windscreen was developed through extensive wind-tunnel testing to reduce wind noise and buffeting to the rider. The windscreen can be adjusted by hand to 11 different positions within a two-inch height range.

A mounting bar just below the rider’s eye level is part of the windscreen mount, providing a good place to position accessories like a GPS for navigation.

The new, higher riser and large-diameter tapered handlebar provides the rider good steering control while promoting a distinctive off-road appearance. The lightweight, high-strength handlebar also damps vibration to the rider.

The handlebars have handguards with large damper weights for ergonomic comfort and reduced vibration.

The newly designed mirrors improve the rear view for the rider while matching the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s new styling.

Both the clutch and front brake levers have adjustment knobs so the rider can quickly set the levers to a comfortable reach. The shifter and rear brake pedal can also be adjusted to the rider’s preference.

The new wider foot rests help the rider maneuver the motorcycles on different types of road. Rubber inserts damp vibration to the rider but can be removed for a good connection while standing on the pegs.

The V-STROM’s advanced chassis is the foundation of a compact, lightweight adventure-ready package that provides comfort and enjoyment for a variety of riders.

The fuel tank has a generous 5.3-gallon capacity and its shape and protective cover have been designed for a slim tank-and-seat junction for rider comfort.

The new, two-piece seat provides separate comfort for the rider and passenger. The rider’s section is height-adjustable (20mm higher option).

The sides of the seats are covered with high-grip texture material to help the rider and passenger stay connected to the motorcycle.

The slender chassis, thanks to the narrow V-twin engine design, fuel tank, and trim seat, helps the rider’s legs reach the ground more easily than other models in the class.

A V-Strom legacy is its durable, twin-spar aluminum frame that balances weight and rigidity for optimal handling on all types of roads.

The 43mm KYB inverted front fork provides a sporty, yet plush ride in diverse conditions. The fork legs have adjustable spring preload plus compression and rebound-damping force adjusters.

Movement of the cast aluminum swingarm is controlled by a single rear shock with remote, hydraulic spring preload adjustment so adjusting for cargo or a passenger takes just seconds. The single-shock, link-style rear suspension also features rebound-damping force adjustment.

Tokico Monoblock, four-piston front brake calipers are mated with 310mm floating-mount dual discs. These efficient calipers are connected to the Motion Track Anti-lock** and Combination Brake System for strong stopping performance.

Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A41 tires are fitted to D.I.D-supplied spoke-style wheels with aluminum, tubeless-style wheel rims.

Ready for mounting auxiliary lights, or reducing damage in a tip over, a sturdy accessory bar is included with the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure.

An aluminum under cowling, with a smooth finish and alumite treatment, shields the front of the engine from mud and other debris.

A sure-footed center-stand is a standard feature on the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure to help the rider when servicing the motorcycle or loading luggage.

Included are Suzuki’s ADV-style, 37-liter aluminum panniers that attach to powder-coated, stainless steel carriers. Fashioned out of 1.5mm thick aluminum plates with super-strong, no-pierce rivet technology, these rugged panniers offer a number of features, including hinged lids that stay in place when open, internal and external tie-down points, plus keyed stainless steel latches and quick-release hardware. Built to be waterproof with rubber-sealing lids, these panniers have powder-coated interiors that avoid aluminum stains on cargo.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

Electrical Features

The V-STROM 1050XT Adventure features an all-new, multifunction instrument panel that presents all required information on a full Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screen using a clean and intuitive layout with information displayed in order of priority.

Included in the LCD display are the speedometer, tachometer (full pixel digital display), gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption, driving range, fuel level indicator, engine coolant temperature indicator, ambient air temperature indicator, clock, voltage meter, service reminder, S-DMS mode, and traction control mode.

The instrument panel also displays information about the V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s special features such as the cruise control, Hill Hold System, Slope Dependent Control System, Load Dependent System, and the Motion Track Anti-lock** and Combination Brake System’s two levels of ABS sensitivity.

Around the perimeter of the LCD are LED indicators that include the neutral indicator light, high beam indicator light, turn signal indicator light, traction control alert icon, ABS alert icon, and freeze indicator icon. This alert, together with the air temperature display, warns of possible icy road conditions.

The rider can use the instrument panel display and the rocker switch on the left handlebar control to change the menu and rider-aid settings.

The left handlebar switch can also reset the trip meters plus raise and lower the road speed when the cruise control is being used.

The charging system uses a durable, three-phase stator with an open-style regulator/rectifier that reduces mechanical drag and heat while producing higher output at lower engine speeds. A high-capacity, maintenance-free style battery and fuses are easily accessible under the rider’s seat.

A new USB-type accessory slot is conveniently located to the left of the instrument panel. This fused slot is ideal for powering a GPS unit or charging mobile devices.

A new SAE 12-volt DC socket is located under the passenger seat. This convenient outlet can be used to charge or power a range of electrical devices.

The V-STROM 1050XT Adventure’s fairing features a new stacked, rectangular LED headlight for excellent road and trail illumination while matching the Dakar Rally bike styling.

The rear tail and brake light is an LED type with a clear lens that offers high visibility, low electrical draw, and excellent durability.

The V-STROM 1050XT Adventure has new, lightweight and low-draw LED turn signals that are brighter than the signals used on the prior V-Strom models.

Standard are Suzuki’s heated handgrips that have multilevel heat adjustment that can be operated via the rider’s thumb (without removing hands from the handlebar).

The V-STROM 1050XT Adventure also includes a set of Suzuki’s new LED fog lamps that provide additional road illumination and motorcycle visibility to other traffic while drawing less watts as compared to conventional lights.

**Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please ride carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.

Additional Features

A wide variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for V-STROM 1050XT Adventure owners are available, including a matching aluminum top case, high- and low-profile seats, auxiliary lights, and a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.

Additional lock tumblers that match the bike’s ignition key are included, so you can add Suzuki accessory luggage and have the convenience of one-key operation**.

12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).*

*Subject to separate coverage for certain parts and the exclusions and limitations described in the New On-Road Motorcycle Limited Warranty.

**Does not apply to Suzuki accessory aluminum top case or V-STROM 1050XT Adventure side case set.

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