After 18 years of service, the legendary Suzuki V-Strom 650 has a new brother. Suzuki has added a new 776cc parallel-twin adventure motorcycle to the model line – the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE, as well as a touring-focused version, the V-Strom 800DE Adventure. There’s a lot to say, so let’s get started.
- The parallel twin is an all-new design. Suzuki started with a blank slate for the new powertrain. Its architecture, however, is familiar. It’s a DOHC design with four valves per cylinder, fed by a pair of 42mm throttle bodies with 10-hole high-pressure injectors. Suzuki attempts to invoke the V-twin feel with 270-degree crankshaft timing, a strategy more effective with some engines than others. The six-liter airbox under the seat uses different intake lengths to improve torque production. Additionally, the cylinders get new 84mm forged aluminum pistons, giving the twin a redline of 9250 rpm.
- Suzuki went with a parallel twin because the engineers felt the form factor made it easier to design an efficient chassis for a variety of uses. Indeed, you’ll see the same engine in the all-new 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S sportbike, which replaces the SV650, which dates back to the 1900s.
- Suzuki is touting a new engine counterbalance strategy for the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE. Dubbed the Suzuki Cross Balancer, Suzuki says its new counterbalance system “not only makes operation easier, but is the key to every bike’s light weight and compact size, resulting in stable, nimble handling.” According to Suzuki, a balancer is assigned to each cylinder, allowing the system to be lighter and more compact. The two balancers are placed at 90 degrees to the crankshaft, both equidistant from the center of the crank.
- Using ride-by-wire technology, there are three riding modes: Active, Basic and Comfort. Active mode (Mode A) is the sportiest, with a punchy throttle response. Basic mode (Mode B) slows throttle response and creates a more linear power delivery. Comfort Mode (Mode C) sweetens everything up for rainy days with sluggish throttle response and strictly linear power. The different modes also alter the traction control intervention appropriately.
- There is an ECM-assisted quickshifter for the six-speed transmission. The new engine also features a large-diameter clutch with assist and slipper functions for a lighter feel and skip-free downshifts.
- If the engine gets too hot at low speeds on pavement or dirt, a cooling fan automatically turns on. An oil cooler sports the cooling capacity of the radiator protected by a steel mesh.
- With the all-new engine comes an all-new frame. Using steel tubing, it’s a familiar spine design. The steel subframe is removable for maintenance or replacement.
- The chassis of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE is designed to challenge the off-road prowess of the Yamaha Ténéré 700. The fully adjustable Showa suspension has 8.7 inches of travel at both ends, longer than any previous V-Strom. The fork is inverted persuasion, while the shock gets linkage assist and remote reservoir. The long-travel suspension provides 8.75 inches of ground clearance. The curb weight of the standard version is a manageable 507 pounds with the 5.3 gallon fuel tank topped off.
- It’s a dirt-ready 21/17-inch wire-spoke wheel combo. However, the Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour tires are counterintuitively geared towards street performance. For looks and a bit of protection, the rims are anodized.
- The 800DE models have three levels of traction control, with the aim of satisfying off-roaders. ABS mode 2 is the most intrusive, with mode 1 making things easier. Rear wheel ABS can be turned off for superior performance in the dirt, while front wheel ABS is invincible. Brakes consist of 310mm floating discs up front with conventionally mounted Nissin calipers, plus a 260mm disc with a single-piston caliper. The front brake lever is adjustable in distance from the right handle.
- Traction control is also dirt-ready, with four modes, plus off. There are three different levels of intervention for street use, plus a Gravel mode. For those who don’t want any monitoring, the traction control can be turned off.
- A five-inch TFT is the interface between the driver and the driving aids. The dashboard contains all the usual information needed while driving, such as speed, number of revolutions and fuel tank level. Dig deeper into the display and the owner can set up pop-up alerts and warnings for service or issues with the bike. The screen has day and night modes with automatic brightness adjustments, as well as a coating for easy reading in direct sunlight. Depending on how you configure the display, you have immediate visual access to readings for air temperature, range, fuel consumption rate, two trip odometers and coolant temperature . If you wish, you can set up a flashing light at the engine speed of your choice above 4000 rpm. Additionally, there are numerous warning lights in the bezel surrounding the screen.
- A skid plate, footpegs with removable rubber inserts, hand guards and low-rpm anti-stall assist add to the off-road capability of the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE. Low RPM Assist also reduces the likelihood of stalling when starting from a standing start without properly twisting the throttle.
- The 2023 V-Strom 800DE and 800DE Adventure get the same low windshield. It is adjustable in three positions, with 0.6 inch between each adjustment. You will need to break out the toolbox to adjust the windshield, which requires the implementation of a hex drive.
- Hikers and commuters will appreciate the resin luggage rack. In addition to incorporating grab bars for the passenger, it also serves as a mounting base for an accessory top case.
- The V-Strom 800DE Adventure differs from the standard 800DE in several ways. The Adventure model has powder-coated, waterproof aluminum saddlebags that can hold 37 liters of cargo. The 1.5 mm thick aluminum plates are assembled without piercing rivets. Rubber sealed covers stay in place when lifted and are lockable. There is quick release hardware with stainless steel brackets. The steel tube accessory bar makes it easy to add accessories such as fog lights and provides protection for the engine, radiator and plastic in the event of a rollover. While the standard 800DE makes do with a plastic skid plate, the Adventure switches to aluminum sump protection.
- If you want plastic side cases, they are available in a wide range of accessories from Suzuki.
- Suzuki has not released the MSRP for the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE. We can tell you that Adventure Mode is only available in Glass Sparkle Black, while you have a choice of Champion Yellow No. 2 and Glass Matte Mechanical Gray on the standard 800DE. If you prefer black anodized rims to gold, your only choice is gray. The arrival time at Suzuki dealerships has not yet been announced.
Suzuki V-Strom 2023 800DE (and V-Strom 800DE Adventure) Specifications ENGINE
- Type: Parallel twin
- Displacement: 776cc
- Bore x stroke: 84 x 70mm
- Compression ratio: 12.8:1
- Valvetrain: DOHC; 4vpc
- Fueling: EFI with dual 42mm throttle bodies
- Cooling: Liquid and oil
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Clutch: Wet multiplate
- Final drive: DID O-ring chain
- Front suspension; Travel: Fully adjustable Showa inverted fork; 8.7 inches
- Rear suspension; Travel: Linkage-Assisted Fully Adjustable Remote Reservoir Shock; 8.7 inches
- Wheels: wire spoke
- Tires: Dunlop Trailmax Mixtour
- Front tyre: 90/60×21
- Rear tire: 150/70 x 17
- Front brakes: 310mm discs with Nissan 2-piston calipers
- Rear brake: 260mm disc with Nissin single piston caliper
- ABS: Standard (tamper resistant)
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 61.8 inches
- Rake: 28 degrees
- Trail: 4.5 inches
- Ground clearance: 8.8 inches
- Seat height: 33.7 inches
- Fuel tank capacity: 5.3 gallons
- Curb weight: 507 pounds (DE Adventure: N/A)
- V-Strom 800DE: Champion Yellow #2; Matt Mechanical Gray Glass
- V-Strom 800DE Adventure: Sparkling Black Glass
PRICES2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE: MSRP $ TBD
Adventure Suzuki V-Strom 800DE 2023: $ to be determined
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