Suzuki V-Strom 1050 / XT (2020+) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT, which replaced the earlier generation V-Strom 1000 and 1000XT. It’s the third generation of largest-capacity V-Strom motorcycles, but carries its own name (1050).

The Suzuki V-Strom 1050, also known as the DL1000, is a big touring/sport-touring/”dual-sport”/adventure-touring or even adventure sport touring motorcycle with a 1037 cc V-twin engine. The engine capacity is the same as the previous gen V-Strom 1000, but they decided to round up to the nearest 50 rather than down the nearest 100 for this gen.

The name V-Strom combines “V” for the bike’s engine configuration with the German Strom, meaning stream or power.

The main changes from the V-Strom 1000 to the V-Strom 1050 range were:

  • Full ride-by-wire, traction control, power modes, and hill-control hold
  • Full LCD instrument cluster
  • (XT only) Three-axis IMU with Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) with cornering ABS and cruise control and hill-hold control. T
  • More aggressive tuning — higher compression pistons (up to 11.5:1 from 11.3:1, new camshaft profiles, and larger 49mm throttle bodies (up from 45mm)
  • New styling, reminiscent of the old-school Suzuki DR-BIG dual sport

In terms of maintenance, the main difference between the standard V-Strom 1050 and the XT is that the XT has spoked rims and you need to check these occasionally.

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What you need to service your V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT

When servicing your Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT, apart from everyday motorcycle maintenance tools, you will need some consumables specific to your motorcycle.

PartSpec for V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT
OilYou need 10W-40 oil that meets JASO T903 standard MA/MA2, and API classification SG or higher (SG, SH, SJ, SL, SM, or SN). You can use good synthetics like Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic which have many good reviews.
Oil filterThe Kawasaki part number for the oil filter is xyz. But you can use a high-quality drop-in replacement like the Hiflofiltro HF138RC.
Spark plugWhen it’s time to replace them, the factory spec for a spark plug is the NGK LMAR8BI-9.
CoolantSuzuki recommends “Super long life coolant (blue)” (9900-99032-20X). It’s hard to find, and some good substitutes are Zerex Asian vehicle coolant or Honda long-life coolant. Many automotive coolants work for shorter periods (2 years rather than 4) as long as they’re ethylene-glycol based, and silicate/phosphate free.
Air filterThe OEM air filter part number for the V-Strom 1050 is 13780-31J00-000. You can also use an aftermarket K&N SU-1014.
Brake and clutch fluidUse a DOT 4 brake/clutch fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4.
Chain maintenanceMotul chain paste is well-regarded, and you might want to get a full Motul chain care kit.
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT maintenance parts

Suzuki V-Strom 1050/1050 XT

Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT.

Maintaining your V-Strom 1050 is much like maintaining any large adventure bike. It has fairings (though not too many), a V engine configuration (so, two cylinder heads), and a chain drive on this one — no shaft drive like on some other big adventure tourers.

The V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT’s maintenance schedule is quite similar to those of the 1000 and 1000XT, unsurprising considering they’re quite similar under the hood.

NOTES:

  • Interval: This interval should be judged by odometer reading or number of months, whichever comes first.
  • I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary, R= Replace, T= Tighten
  • If you use the motorcycle under severe conditions, you may have to service it more frequently (especially the air filter and the chain)
mi x 10000.647.51114.5
km x 100016121824
months212243648Every
Engine oil (Motul 7100 or Mobil 1 Synthetic)RRRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Air filter (part 13780-31J00-000)IIRI
Valve clearanceI
Spark plugs (NGK LMAR8BI-9)IIIR
Engine coolant (Suzuki Super Long Life Coolant (blue) or equivalent, e.g. Motorex M3.0 Coolant.

If your motorcycle has any other coolant, halve the replacement interval in time/distance.
4 years / 48K km (30K mi): R
Radiator hoseIIII
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler boltsTTT
Fuel hoseIIII4 years: R
Evaporative emission control system (CA model only)II
PAIR (air supply system)II
Clutch hoseIIII4 years: R
Clutch fluid (Castrol DOT 4)IIII2 years: R
Drive chain (Motul chain paste)IIIII1000 km (600 mi): Clean/Lube
BrakesIIIII
Brake hoseIIII4 years: R
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)IIII2 years: R
TiresIIII
SteeringIII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTTT
Lubrication (Lithium soap-based grease, silicone grease)1000 km / 600 mi: L
Spoke wheel (XT models)IIIII
Maintenance Schedule for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT

Maintaining your Chain on your Suzuki V-Strom 1050

As the V-Strom 1050 is an adventure touring motorcycle you’re likely to use in all kinds of conditions, make sure to keep the chain lubed and clean. Either use a good-quality (and affordable) chain lube like Motul Chain Paste, which you can take on longer treks, or use a full on Motul Chain Care Kit to clean and restore a chain.

Suzuki recommends that you maintain your chain regularly according to the following schedule.

Chain maintenance itemEvery
Check chain
* Correct tension / slack (20-30mm / 0.8-1.2 in at loosest point, when on its side stand)
* Adequate lubrication
* No excessive wear / damage (see below)
Ride (pre-ride check)
Clean and lubricate chain1000 km / 600 miles
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 chain maintenance

Damage includes loose pins, damaged rollers, dry or rusted links, kinked or binding links, excessive wear, and improper adjustment.

Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT

The V-Strom 1050 has cast wheels and has tyres of the following dimensions. The V-Strom 1050XT has wire-spoked wheels but the tyres are of the same dimensions, and the tyres are still tubeless.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure
Front110/80R19 59V250 kPa (2.5 bar, 36 psi)
Rear150/70R17 69V290 kPa (2.9 bar, 42 psi)
Tyre size and recommended pressure for the V-Strom 1050 and XT

About the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050XT

2020 Suzuki V-strom 1050 3 models parked

The arrival of the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT in 2020 increased the difference between the medium (650) and large V-Stroms (necessary to say because now there’s a pint-sized V-Strom 250) to the point where the V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is clearly the class leader, with features like cruise control and luggage making it a very capable long-distance adventurer.

The second gen V-strom 1000 was already a significant upgrade to the 1st gen, narrowing the gap and making preference of which one (either the 1000 or the 650) simply a preference of size, fuel economy, and how much torque one wanted under one’s belt.

The release of the 1050XT made the gap obvious — if you’re comfortable with the slight additional weight, the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT is obviously better equipped for long-distance riding than the V-Strom 650XT (no matter how great a bike that unquestionably is).

The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 is good on smooth road surfaces, on broken up back roads, and even on dirt. The V-Strom 1050XT is even better.

The V-Strom 1050 got a ~5% power bump up to 79 kW (106 hp), peaking at 8500 RPM. It’s a modest amount of power for a 1037cc V-twin and reflects the fact that Suzuki tunes the engine for midrange power. It has come a long way from the Suzuki TL1000 of the past!

However, this is because the V-Strom 1050’s engine is mostly tuned for torque. It produces a very broad spread of torque, with more than 60 ft-lb (> 80 Nm) of torque at the wheel from 3000 rpm to redline.

Thanks to the broad spread of torque as well as Suzuki’s ride aids, the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT is extremely easy to ride slowly — something critical during off-roading.

The front and rear brakes of the big Strom are linked, but not all the time (as it is on old Honda linked braking systems). Instead, the rear brake pedal actuates the front brake pistons only when pressure is high enough.

The goal of the linked braking system is to improve stability during hard braking. But adventure purists who want to slide the rear around a little might find it frustrating.

Since the new V-Strom 1050XT is equipped with an IMU, the ABS is sensitive to lean angle, incline, and load, optimising ABS for those unfortunate times when you grab a brake mid-corner on gravel. The ride-by-wire system that the new Stroms are equipped with also means that the XT model gets cruise control — though the base model does not.

Both the standard and XT models do get easy start, low RPM throttle assist, and hill hold assist systems, to make the bikes all but unstallable. The bike’s high torque from down low means that there’s enough torque to ride it around in top gear from as low as 1800 rpm!

On the engine — while the 1037cc V-twin isn’t “exciting” (this is no Panigale), it has a lot of character, revs relatively easily, and is surprisingly quiet. Waking it up with some Delkevic exhausts helps a lot.

Manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 and 1050 XT

The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT from 2021.

Suzuki V-Strom 1050 maintenance schedule from service manual
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 maintenance schedule from service manual

Suzuki doesn’t make their manuals available online. Why, I don’t know. You can consult the V-Strom 1000’s full service manual here (it’s a 200+ MB file though).

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