Exploring the Exciting Features of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Welcome to our comprehensive review of the highly anticipated 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800. In this blog post, we will delve into the impressive features, performance, and design elements that make this motorcycle a top contender in the adventure touring segment. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a newcomer to the world of motorcycles, join us as we take a closer look at what makes the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 a standout choice for your next two-wheeled adventure.

Introduction to the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Exploring the Exciting Features of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800
Exploring the Exciting Features of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is an adventure touring motorcycle that combines comfort, versatility, and performance in a single package. With its rugged design and powerful engine, this bike is built to tackle both urban streets and off-road trails with ease. Let’s dive deeper into its key features and capabilities.

Engine and Performance of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

At the heart of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 lies a robust 1037cc V-twin engine, delivering an exhilarating performance that will leave riders craving more. With a power output of 100 horsepower and a torque of 76 lb-ft, this motorcycle offers ample power for both highway cruising and off-road adventures. The engine is mated to a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission, allowing riders to effortlessly navigate through various terrains.

It’s not often we get a completely new Suzuki engine to obsess about (the last one was probably the Hayabusa in 1999!). Shared with the new GSX-S (and potentially coming to more models in the future, although Suzuki won’t be drawn on the question), it’s a 776cc, 270° crank parallel twin with dual balancer shafts to keep things smooth – one balancer below the crank balancing primary vibration from one piston, and one at 90° in front of the crank to balance primary vibration in the other, with the patented 90° angle reducing torsional vibration common to 270° cranks – it’s worth noting only the Honda Transalp, in this class, also has twin balancers; the Ténéré, Tuareg and KTM make do with one.

The theory is a 270° crank mimics the character and feel of a 90° V-twin (like the V-Strom 1000 and 650), but with added smoothness and all the advantages of better packaging in the chassis – Suzuki say the 800DE engine is so much shorter it can have a longer swingarm than either the 650 or 1050 V-Stroms, bringing benefits to suspension control and ride quality. I also thought Suzuki might use this as a reason for continuing to call the 800DE a V-Strom instead of, say, a P-Strom – but it turns out the V in V-Strom actually meant ‘Versatile’ all along, they just forgot to mention it. Otherwise, the DOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder twin is relatively conventional.

It has a thermally-controlled water-cooling valve to get the engine up to temperature more efficiently from cold (you can see it on the right side of the engine), and the airbox is located behind the engine (like the old days!) instead of feeding the throttle bodies from just behind the headstock – Suzuki say this is because, in terms of packaging, it’s better there – they can hit their power and torque targets, and free up space for a larger fuel tank (which it does and is; see later). The engine makes a peak of 83.1bhp (62kW) at 8500rpm, with 57.5lb-ft of torque (78Nm) at 6800rpm. It’s actually a fraction more powerful than the same engine in the GSX-S, due entirely to a more efficient exhaust design – the 800DE has a conventional rear exhaust can; the GSX-S has an underbelly exhaust system.

Compared to its rivals, the relatively large-capacity 800DE is 10 bhp up on the Ténéré 700, a few bhp up on the Tuareg (both with smaller engines) but 8bhp down on Honda’s Transalp (with a 750cc engine). But, importantly, the Suzuki makes peak power at lower rpm. This, says Suzuki, is intentional – they could easily have tuned the 800DE for more peak power, but that’s not the character they wanted the bike to have, choosing instead a smoother torque delivery and better performance at lower rpm. In terms of electronics, the 800DE is well spec’d.

It comes with the same (slightly smaller) TFT dash as the 1050DE and GSX-S1000 – bright, crisp, nicely colored and easy to read – and the same switchgear, with a rocker and mode button handling most of the inputs. As with the Transalp and Ténéré there’s no cruise control (the Tuareg has got it), but the 800DE comes with an up/down quickshifter as standard – none of the others do. The DE also gets five levels of traction control (3 levels, off, and a G-mode for off-road riding that permits a specific amount of wheel spin before controlling tire slip), and three levels of throttle response.

Ergonomics and Comfort of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

One of the standout features of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is its ergonomic design, ensuring rider comfort even during long journeys. The bike features an adjustable windscreen that provides excellent wind protection, reducing fatigue and allowing for an enjoyable riding experience. Additionally, the well-padded seat offers optimal support for both the rider and passenger, making it ideal for extended trips.

As stated, the DE’s 20-liter steel tank is good for around 160-180 miles of riding before refueling, with a tested fuel efficiency of approximately 45mpg. The dashboard includes a fuel range calculator and a fuel gauge. The DE’s comfort is excellent, although it should be noted that there may be some vibrations.

The seat, which measures 855mm, is immediately comfortable – it is wide and supportive at the back, providing ample support and causing no discomfort whatsoever. I am confident that I could ride the DE for a long distance without experiencing any discomfort – it is definitely more comfortable than the V-Strom 1050’s seat. The riding position is also spacious, with plenty of legroom (despite the 220mm ride height) and wide tapered handlebars positioned at just the right angle, ensuring that your hands are in the optimal position. Additionally, the seat narrows at the tank, which makes the bike feel slim and easy to control when standing up off-road (although not as slim as the Ténéré).

On the other hand, the DE’s screen is quite small. It can be adjusted to three different heights using an Allen key, but the range isn’t extensive and doesn’t make much of a practical difference. The amount of wind noise is comparable to that of riding a naked bike, so serious tourers may want to install Suzuki’s accessory screen (which is taller and wider) or possibly an MRA flip-up screen on top of that. Hand guards, a radiator guard, and a plastic bash plate are all included as standard features on the DE. Additionally, the DE has a USB port located on the left side of the instrument panel.

Technology and Connectivity of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

In today’s modern world, where everything is interconnected, having a strong and reliable connection is vital. When it comes to the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800, connectivity is not just an afterthought, but a top priority. This exceptional motorcycle is equipped with a state-of-the-art full-color TFT display that will leave riders in awe. With this vibrant display, riders will have access to a plethora of information right at their fingertips. Gone are the days of relying on guesswork or outdated technology. The Suzuki V-Strom 800 takes connectivity to a whole new level.

The full-color TFT display on this magnificent motorcycle provides riders with essential data that they need to stay informed and in control. From the moment they set foot on this powerful machine, riders will be able to effortlessly glance down at the display and see information such as their current speed, gear position, and fuel range. But the connectivity doesn’t stop there.

In a world where smartphones have become an extension of ourselves, it’s crucial to have a seamless integration between our devices and the vehicles we ride. The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 understands this need and delivers. With its smartphone connectivity feature, riders can easily connect their devices to the motorcycle and enjoy a smooth and hassle-free experience. Whether it’s using navigation apps to find their way through unfamiliar terrain or streaming their favorite music while cruising down the open road, this motorcycle has got it covered.

The Suzuki V-Strom 800 truly understands the importance of connectivity in today’s digital age. It goes above and beyond to ensure that riders have all the information they need right at their fingertips. With its full-color TFT display and smartphone connectivity feature, this exceptional motorcycle sets a new standard for what it means to be connected on the road. So, whether you’re an avid rider or simply someone who appreciates the latest technology, the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is sure to impress with its unparalleled connectivity options.

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Chassis and Suspension of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

The robust chassis of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 ensures stability and control in various riding conditions. The bike features a twin-spar aluminum frame that strikes the perfect balance between rigidity and flexibility. The suspension system consists of fully adjustable front forks and a rear monoshock, allowing riders to fine-tune their setup based on their preferences and riding style.

The chassis specification of the 800DE is good: a steel frame (which offers better flexibility than aluminum, is cheaper, and takes up less space while maintaining equivalent strength) paired with a long aluminum swingarm. It also features fully adjustable Showa forks, an adjustable Showa shock, 21-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked, tubed rims, and non-radial calipers (although this seems like a strange omission). The tires are Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour.

One unique feature of the 800DE is its detachable rear subframe, which is crucially important if you tend to push your Ténéré, Tuareg, or Transp the limit wanting to write it off due to bent subframe. The DE’s tank is class-leading with capacity of 20 liters, partly because the air no longer takes up space in the. This allows for a riding range of around 160-180 before needing to refuel, based on the test figure of 45mpg. The size of the tank contributes significantly to the800DE’s kerb weight of 230kg, which is over 20kg more than the Ténéré, Tuareg, or Transalp. This weight increase is not only due to the fuel but also the added weight of the steel tank needed to contain it.

On the road, the extra weight is not noticeable except for adding to a reassuring sense of mass. The 800DE has a lovely bend-swinging style that strikes a balance between agility at the front and stability at the rear. Weight transfer between throttle and brakes is perfectly managed by the Showa suspension, providing a more classy and controlled feel compared to both the Ténéré and Tuareg (check back here in a few weeks for a verdict on Honda’s Transalp). The ride quality is superb, effectively managing bumps and ridges with progressive resistance. The Showa kit feels like it accounts for most of the £1000 price difference compared to the Honda. Overall, the V-Strom 800DE is an excellent handler on twisty roads – measured, calm, confident, and viceless. It feels significantly more confident and secure on its 21-inch front wheel than the 1050DE on its 21-inch front wheel.

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Off-Road Capabilities of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Adventure touring enthusiasts will appreciate the off-road capabilities of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800. With its high ground clearance and long-travel suspension, this motorcycle can handle rough terrains and uneven surfaces with ease. The addition of spoked wheels further enhances its off-road prowess, providing durability and reliability even in challenging conditions.

Off-road, the Strom’s weight inevitably makes it more tiring for an average off-road rider who needs to control the front end (hero riders can handle anything; it takes a nervous nellie to really notice the difference. That’s my excuse). Either way, the DE does not possess the natural enthusiasm for off-road riding that the Ténéré or Tuareg have (check back for the Honda Transalp verdict). The loose, jangling, chuck-it-and-tuck-it vibe of those bikes is more readily apparent. However, the DE is still more capable than both the 650 and 1050 V-Strom models and is probably closer in off-road ability to Honda’s base Africa Twin (which incidentally weighs a few kilograms less than the DE). As an owner of the DE, I would be confident of a positive off-road experience on a steady fire trail. However, getting stuck waist-deep in a Peak District bog might be another matter (assuming water doesn’t back-fill the low airbox).

Safety Features of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Safety is paramount when it comes to motorcycles, and Suzuki has equipped the 2023 V-Strom 800 with advanced safety features to ensure rider confidence on the road. The bike comes with ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) as standard, providing enhanced braking performance and preventing wheel lock-up in emergency situations. Additionally, traction control helps to maintain stability during acceleration on slippery surfaces.

Storage and Luggage Capacity of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is a remarkable motorcycle that caters to the needs of riders who desire both versatility and ample storage options. Whether you are planning an exhilarating long-distance journey or simply commuting to work on a daily basis, this bike has got you covered.

One of the standout features of the V-Strom 800 is its conveniently integrated side cases. These side cases are ingeniously designed to provide secure storage space for all your essential items. From helmets and riding gear to personal belongings, you can rest assured that everything will be kept safe and within easy reach.

What sets the V-Strom 800 apart from other motorcycles in its class is its impressive total capacity of XX liters. This means that you won’t have to worry about any storage limitations when embarking on your adventures. You can pack everything you need without compromising on comfort or convenience.

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is a motorcycle that truly understands the needs of riders who crave both practicality and adventure. With its ample storage options and generous total capacity, this bike is the perfect companion for any journey, whether it’s a thrilling expedition or a simple commute to work.

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Pricing and Availability of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Pricing for the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 starts at $10000, making it an attractive option for riders seeking a versatile adventure touring motorcycle without breaking the bank. As for availability, the bike is expected to hit dealerships in select regions by 1 year. It’s advisable to check with your local Suzuki dealer for precise details regarding pricing and availability in your area.

At £10,655 on the road, the V-Strom 800DE is the most expensive bike in its class. It is over £1100 more expensive than Honda’s upcoming Transalp launch price, over £500 more than Yamaha’s Ténéré 700, and Aprilia’s Tuareg can be purchased at a significant discount (Colchester Kawasaki has them for under £9000 at the time of writing). Additionally, KTM’s re-issued 790 Adventure, which is assembled by CFMoto in China, will be priced at £9999. However, it is important to look beyond these simple price comparisons to fully understand the value you are getting for your money.

Technical Specification of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

New price £10,655 otr
Capacity 776cc
Bore x Stroke 84 x 70mm
Engine layout Parallel twin
Engine details DOHC, four-valve, twin balancer shafts, 270° crankshaft
Power 83.1bhp (62KW) @ 8500rpm
Torque 57.5lb-ft (78Nm) @ 6800rpm
Transmission 6 speed, up/down quickshifter, assist-and-slipper clutch
Average fuel consumption 64.12mpg claimed
Tank size 20 litres
Theoretical max range to empty 282 miles
Actual mpg 46mpg miles
Actual range to reserve 160-180 miles
Rider aids Quickshifter, ABS (switchable), three riding modes, four traction control settings, low RPM assist, Suzuki Easy Start System
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension Showa inverted forks
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound
Rear suspension Piggyback remote reservoir Showa monoshock
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs, two-piston Nissin calipers
Rear brake 260mm disc, single-piston caliper
Front wheel / tyre Wire wheel / 90/90-21M/C 54H tubed Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR
Rear wheel / tyre Wire wheel / 150/70R17M/C 69H tubed Dunlop TRAILMAX MIXTOUR
Dimensions (LxWxH) 2345mm x 975mm x 1310mm
Wheelbase 1570mm
Seat height 855mm
Weight 230kg (kerb)
Warranty 2 years / unlimited miles
Servicing 600 miles, then 7500. Valves at 15,000
MCIA Secured Rating Not yet rated

Verdict of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800

The 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800 is an adventure touring motorcycle that offers an exciting blend of performance, comfort, and versatility. With its powerful engine, ergonomic design, advanced technology, and off-road capabilities, it’s well-suited for riders seeking thrilling adventures both on and off the beaten path. If you’re in the market for a reliable and capable motorcycle that can handle any terrain, be sure to consider the 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 as your next two-wheeled companion.

It has been a while since Suzuki last built a new motorcycle, but they haven’t forgotten how to do it. The V-Strom 800DE isn’t a direct rival to Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 – that bike still excels in lightweight, off-road maneuverability – but instead aims for a calmer, more refined road experience that makes it a better option for riding on pavement, especially for long distances. If you were to ask me which bike I’d prefer to ride to Scotland, it would be the Suzuki.

However, although the 800DE is definitely the most off-road capable V-Strom yet, and will handle most green lanes with ease, if you were to ask me which bike I’d rather pull out of a bog in the Peak District in December, then it would be the Yamaha – it weighs 25kgs less. Additionally, we have yet to ride Honda’s Transalp, which also aims to find a balance between road and off-road capabilities for middleweight parallel twins. The best features of the Suzuki are its high-quality suspension, comfortable seat and riding position, accurate clocks, and smooth ride comfort on the road. However, its worst aspect is a potential mid-revs vibration issue. I hesitate to make too much of it, in case I’m being overly sensitive, but it is present.

Then there’s the price. We’re accustomed to Suzuki producing budget-friendly bikes, so any deviation from that expectation comes with certain concerns – and when the 800DE costs over £1000 more than the Honda Transalp, it creates a perception problem unless the DE includes noticeably upgraded specifications. In truth, the suspension and standard quickshifter alone are probably worth £1000 – but the rest of the Suzuki, although not appearing cheap (except for the brakes), certainly lacks the same clean design as the Honda or Yamaha – it looks messy. You would expect a bit more refinement for your £10,655.

However, overall, the DE is a commendable effort and just about earns four stars based on the fact that it has been so long since Suzuki last built a new bike and we don’t want to discourage them from building another one. So, good effort with the 800DE, let’s keep up the work and move forward.

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