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2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800, 800 Touring Review | First Look

Suzuki Motor USA announced two new V-Strom 800 models. The 2024 V-Strom 800 and 800 Touring models are based on the engine and chassis of the V-Strom 800DE, which was just introduced last year; however, the new models have a more street-oriented focus. Suzuki says the new bikes will appeal to riders looking for a “performance-minded yet versatile middleweight motorcycle with adventure in mind,” adding that they provide comfort and performance for commuting, sport or long-distance touring, and occasional dirt road use.

Like their slightly older siblings – as well as the Suzuki GSX-8S, also introduced last year – the Suzuki V-Strom 800 and 800 Touring feature the new-generation 776cc parallel-Twin with DOHC and a a 270-degree crankshaft.

The new engine provides smooth and controllable power at low engine speeds as well as a free-revving rush of performance when needed. Both bikes also have throttle-by-wire, a bi-directional quickshifter, and the Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS).

When we reviewed the 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE in Sardinia, Italy, our reviewer wrote that “When a twist of the throttle requests more power, the engine responds with a torquey forward rush, and the Suzuki Cross Balancer system does a great job of quelling any excessive engine vibration.”

Related: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE | First Ride Review

The V-Strom 800 and 800 Touring have a backbone-style steel frame, steel sub-frame, and an aluminum swingarm. Suspension is provided by a new 43mm Showa SFF-BP (Separate Function Fork – Big Piston) inverted front fork offering 5.9 inches of travel and a gas-charged Showa rear shock with a remote, hand-operated hydraulic spring preload adjuster.

Stopping power comes from radially mounted Nissin 4-piston calipers grabbing twin 310mm stainless steel discs up front and single-piston caliper with a 260mm disc in the back. ABS is standard and offers two different levels of intervention, which are controlled through the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) along with the Drive Mode Selector and Traction Control System – both of which have three modes – and the Easy Start and Low RPM Assist systems. All of this is accessed through the same 5-inch color TFT LCD instrument panel as the 800DE.

New seven-spoke cast aluminum wheels are shod with a 19-inch front and a 17-inch rear tire. Dunlop’s D614F/D614 tubeless ADV tires were engineered exclusively for the V-Strom 800 and feature a new tread pattern and internal structure for optimal on-road operation plus the ability to explore unpaved roads.

The V-Strom 800 and 800 Touring have a more approachable 32.5-inch seat height than the 33.7-inch seat height on the 800DE. . Additionally, a lower handlebar position than the 800DE and rubber-covered aluminum footpegs attached to cast aluminum brackets help provide increased comfort on longer rides.

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The V-Strom 800 Touring includes a 35-liter top case that can hold most full-face helmets and unlock from the motorcycle in seconds. Also, the 800 Touring has standard hand guards to shield the rider’s hands from the elements.

A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories are available for both bikes, including nylon and aluminum side cases, several top case options, engine guards, a centerstand, low- and high-profile seats, heated hand grips, fog lamps, and more.

The 2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 comes in Metallic Matte Steel Green starting at $9,899, and the V-Strom 800 Touring, which will be available in Spring 2024, will come in Glass Sparkle Black starting at $10,499.

For more information, visit the Suzuki website.

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