Midweight adventure bikes have experienced a surge in popularity in recent years, a trend that some publications say originated with the introduction of the KTM 790 Adventure. Subsequently, several other manufacturers have joined the fray, producing their versions of capable adventure-enduro machines. Many of today’s midweight ADV bikes focus on adventure by showcasing impressive off-road capabilities while maintaining commendable on-road performance.
When it comes to Japanese manufacturers, Yamaha initiated the trend with the Tenere 700, followed by Honda and Suzuki unveiling the XL750 Transalp and V-Strom 800DE, respectively. At present, Kawasaki has not yet presented a twin-cylinder model beyond its road-oriented Versys 650.
The focus of today’s narrative is Suzuki and the V-Strom 800DE. Suzuki boasts a rich heritage in rally racing, notably in the Paris-Dakar Rally, where the DR 350 and the DRZ 400 dual-sport machines demonstrated the brand’s capabilities. Subsequently, the formidable big-bore single-cylinder DR 650 showcased its prowess. Building on this heritage, Suzuki is launching a special-edition variant of the V-Strom 800DE named the Djebel, a tribute to the highest mountain in Tunisia, extending from the Atlas Mountains.
Suzuki introduced the V-Strom 800DE Djebel at the 2024 Motor Bike Expo in Verona, Italy. Adorned in a distinctive retro-themed livery, Suzuki describes the motif as symbolising the bike’s aspiration for limitless travel. The bike features Suzuki’s classic white and blue color scheme, with gold accents on the forks and wheels providing a visually striking touch. Beyond aesthetics, the Djebel edition is equipped with Dunlop Trailmax Raid tires, enhancing its off-road capabilities. Additionally, it features a titanium slip-on exhaust from Akrapovič.
However, concerning specifications and features, the special-edition adventure bike maintains the standard V-Strom 800DE specs. It is powered by a 776cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin engine. Positioned as the spiritual successor to its 650cc V-Twin engine, it delivers increased power and torque, boasting 83 horsepower and 73Nm of torque. The Djebel edition also incorporates advanced electronics, including switchable ABS, multiple ride modes, traction control, and an up-and-down quick shifter.
Initially introduced in the Italian market, the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE Djebel carries a manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of 13,900 euros, equivalent to approximately RM60,907. It is unclear if this model will be offered for the local market.