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)
I hope to new 800 is as smooth as the 650. If it weighs more it’s already no deal.
According to Suzuki, the base version’s curb weight is 507 lbs. Doesn’t say wet or dry. Assuming wet, so it’s really close in weight.
Suzuki’s official press kit for the V-Strom 800DE lists “curb mass” as 507 lb, so that’s a “ready to ride” wet weight.