Suzuki’s big adventure-touring V-Strom 1050XT is now set for even bigger treks with the addition of a free Voyager luggage kit.
I think the bike is one of the best tools available for exploring Australia’s vast and angry terrain.
It’s been around since 2002 as the DL1000 and now the proven and bulletproof engine has been upgraded to Euro 5 spec with fly-by-wire throttle, more power, and more techno.
For Aussies looking to go even further it now comes standard with a Voyager luggage aluminium kit, valued at $2599, but included in the ride-away price of $21,490 with 12 months registration.
The luggage consists of a tough 38L top box made from 1.5mm aluminium, further strengthened with lid and side-wall ribbed contours. The lid also features four large tie-down points integrated into the design so you can tie down your swag or tent on top.
It sits on a rear rack which comes with the kit.
The two 37L side panniers fit to discrete mounts that are built into the bike, so they are quick to fit and remove and when they are off the bike, it doesn’t have ugly framework.
This matching luggage system features stainless steel latches, glass-fibre reinforced plastic corner covers, integrated tie-down points and are claimed to be waterproof.
Combined, the luggage set offers users 112 litres of usable storage. All three pieces and mounting points are lockable with the same key.
It comes in black or aluminium.
The V-Strom 1050XT is powered by a 1037cc, 90° V-twin, DOHC V-Twin engine, delivering 79kW (106hp) at 8500rpm and 100Nm of torque at 6000rpm.
There is also a host of electronic rider aids such as cruise control, hill hold, slope and load-dependent braking, three ride modes, traction control, leaning two-stage ABS and LED lighting.
It is available now in three variants:
- Metallic Oort Grey / Glass Sparkle Black – a steely grey with blue decals, grey seat, and blue spoked wheels.
- Pearl Brilliant White / Glass Blaze Orange paying tribute to the original DR-BIG and DR-Z Paris-Dakar racer.
- Glass Sparkle Black colour scheme sporting subtle grey and gold accents and gold spoked wheels.