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2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050xt: All nice, no vice

Suzuki's latest big V-Strom bike is a jack-of-all-trades that rarely leaves you wanting more.

Kyle Hyatt
Kyle Hyatt (he/him/his) hails originally from the Pacific Northwest, but has long called Los Angeles home. He's had a lifelong obsession with cars and motorcycles (both old and new).
Kyle Hyatt
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2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050xt

Suzuki's V-Strom line has long been a popular first bike and daily commuter tool.

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The big V-Strom, now known as the 1050, offers riders surprising performance and a fairly modern feature set.

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Not only is the V-Strom 1050xt the sweet spot in the lineup, but it's also surprisingly affordable compared with the other bikes in its class.

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It's all-day comfortable and offers great wind protection for freeway slogs.

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There are plenty of places to strap gear and tie down bags.

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The windshield is easily adjustable without tools, and is ideally shaped to prevent most buffeting at speed.

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The 1037-cc L-twin engine is smooth and frugal, while producing decent power.

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The rider aids are nice too -- ABS, traction control and rider modes go a long way to making newer riders feel safe.

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Talking about the 1050xt, it's impossible to not mention the bike's stellar looks.

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The red-on-white theme of this bike calls to mind certain cigarette-sponsored racers of old.

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