2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin vs. Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Comparison

Two spruced-up Japanese ADV bikes go head-to-head.

We’ll admit this is an unusual ADV test. There are any number of competitors we could have lined up against the new-and-improved 2020 Honda Africa Twin. Honda’s dirt-focused ADV bike has received a host of changes to make it even better both on-road and off, but it has always felt most at home when the paved path turns to the loose stuff.

However, the Suzuki V-Strom’s validity in this test shouldn’t be overlooked. A long-time favorite among the MO staff, we’ve always appreciated the ‘Strom’s performance, both on-road and off, even if it wasn’t the best in any particular category. Like the Honda, Suzuki has updated the V-Strom 1050 for 2020, and with both Japanese players getting refreshes, what better time than now to put them head-to-head?

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