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

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

Suzuki Motor USA announced two new V-Strom 800 models. The 2024 Suzuki 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.

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

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 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.

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

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.

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800

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.

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 Touring

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.

2024 Suzuki V-Strom 800 Touring

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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  1. I love Suzuki v strom 650. I’ve had 3 and put a lot of miles on all of them, with no problems at all. I’m looking forward to the touring model of the 800.

  2. Am I mistaken about the price point? The 800 Touring is $10,499 and the 650 is about the same?? The Touring 800 reads like a bike I would love to ride. I like all of the detail Suz has made sure to give this ride a very strong competitive place in this category. Not seeing 100+ horsepower is to my liking too.

    • There are big differences in accessories that account for their relative prices.

      MSRP for the 2024 V-Strom 800 Touring is $10,499, and it comes with cast wheels, handguards, and a 35-liter nylon (plastic) top box.

      MSRP for the 2024 V-Strom 650XT Adventure is $10,899, and it comes with tubeless spoked wheels, handguards, a handlebar cross-brace, mirror extensions, 37-liter aluminum panniers, and an accessory bar (engine guards).

  3. The 800 Touring is ALMOST the bike I am looking for. How do you make a bike that is so capable of being a good long distance touring bike and not have cruise control, if not standard, at least available as an option? Very disappointing. Will not be buying. Other comments seem to be agreeing.


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