We review the all-new 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE, an off-road-ready middleweight adventure bike that slots in between the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1050. Until the 800 came along, V-Stroms have had V-Twin engines (hence the “V-” in the name, but Suzuki now says it stands for “Versatile).
The V-Strom 800DE is powered by a new 776cc parallel-Twin that makes a claimed 83 hp at 8,500 rpm and 57.5 lb-ft of torque at 6,800 rpm. The same engine is also found in the new 2023 Suzuki GSX-8S naked bike.
It also features a 21-inch front wheel, spoked wheels (tubes are required), 8.7 inches of front/rear suspension travel, and 8.75 inches of ground clearance. The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System includes the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector with three throttle maps, traction control with three on-road settings and a “G” (gravel) off-road setting, ABS with multiple modes (it can also be turned off at the rear), and a quickshifter.
We traveled to Sardinia, Italy, for two days of on-road and off-road testing. Watch the video to see the V-Strom 800DE in action and get our impressions. You can also read our First Ride Review.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Specs
- Base Price: $11,349
- Website: SuzukiCycles.com
- Warranty: 1 yr., unltd. miles
- Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse parallel-Twin, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
- Displacement: 776cc
- Bore x Stroke: 84.0 x 70mm
- Horsepower: 83 hp @ 8,500 rpm (factory claim)
- Torque: 57.5 lb-ft @ 6,800 rpm (factory claim)
- Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
- Final Drive: Chain
- Wheelbase: 61.8 in.
- Rake/Trail: 28.0 degrees/4.5 in.
- Seat Height: 33.7 in.
- Wet Weight: 507 lb
- Fuel Capacity: 5.3 gal.
- Fuel Consumption: 53.4 mpg (factory claim)