SUZUKI DRIVE MODE SELECTOR (SDMS)
SDMS leverages the electronic throttle control system to offer a choice between three modes that deliver different power characteristics to match the riding conditions or preferred riding style. The settings for each mode were thoroughly tested to maximise the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE’s performance in various scenarios.
Mode A (Active) provides the sharpest throttle response as the throttle is opened. Settings for torque characteristics are tuned to deliver exciting acceleration and fully-leverage the engine’s power. It is well suited for enjoying sporty rides in good weather.
Mode B (Basic) reaches the same level of maximum output, but features a more linear curve with softer throttle response. Planned as an ideal setting for touring or commuting, this mode is a good fit for a wide range of riding styles and road conditions.
Mode C (Comfort) provides the softest throttle response and more gentle torque characteristics. This is particularly beneficial when touring for long distances, when riding with a passenger, when riding on wet or otherwise slippery surfaces, when road conditions are bad, or even when the rider wants to relax.
SUZUKI TRACTION CONTROL SYSTEM (STCS)
STCS2 for the V-Strom 800DE enables the rider to better control the bike in diverse and varying conditions, such as riding in inclement weather, and instils greater confidence regardless of the rider’s level of experience. The rider can select from three modes or turn the system off. The higher the number of the mode selected, the faster the control takes effect and the more proactive the system is in limiting wheel spin.
The anti-lock braking system1 on the V-Strom 800DE offers two mode settings. Mode 1 provides minimal intervention, so is suited for riding on looser surfaces. Mode 2 is ideal for city riding and regular road conditions.
SWITCH REAR ABS OFF
For experienced off-road riders, the rear ABS1 can be switched off entirely if desired, to improve controllability when braking on gravel or off-road. Note this system is designed for use on loose off-road surfaces and should not be used on-road
GRAVEL (G) MODE
Gravel (G) Mode2 retards ignition timing to help the rider better negotiate gravel roads and loose surfaces by allowing more slip. When selected, the mode activates when a slight degree of spin is detected, taking effect almost as quickly as the traction control system’s Comfort (C) setting.
However, because its maximum level of intervention is set to be less than that of Active (A), spin is suppressed only enough to help prevent excessive wheel spin, so power continues to be delivered to the rear wheel with minimum interruption. As a result, the rider gets the consistent power output they want, the bike remains controllable, and it is less likely to try to push itself upright or lose traction while cornering. G mode promotes greater confidence and makes it more exciting and enjoyable to explore unpaved roads and trails.