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2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE.
2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE. (Suzuki/)


Name aside, there’s nothing shared with the ancient V-Strom 650New parallel-twin engine makes for a compact, competitive packageHigh-spec suspension, brakes, and electronicsDR Big-inspired styling is distinctive, if not universally loved


Less power than Honda’s new Transalp or BMW’s F 850 GSHeavier than a Transalp or Ténéré 700Still not as performance-minded as some of the competitors


For twenty years Suzuki has been churning out soft adventure bikes bearing the V-Strom name, but the V-Strom 800DE looks to push Suzuki down a new path. On paper it’s the most convincing bike yet to wear the V-Strom badge.

V-Strom 800DE Adventure models come standard with quick-release 37L aluminum panniers, and some adventure-focused hardware.
V-Strom 800DE Adventure models come standard with quick-release 37L aluminum panniers, and some adventure-focused hardware. (Suzuki/)


Sitting between the V-Strom 1050DE and the V-Strom 650XT in Suzuki’s adventure range, the 800DE ditches the V-twin format and alloy chassis in favor of a steel frame and an on-trend parallel-twin. Using the first all-new engine we’ve seen from Suzuki in years— and one that aims to be as ubiquitous as the V-twins used in the other V-Strom models—it’s hard to overstate how important the 800DE is to Suzuki’s future.

Suzuki proudly claims that the 800DE is “the most dirt- and travel-worthy V-Strom ever.” There’s more ground clearance than any V-Strom to date thanks to long-travel, fully adjustable suspension, and there’s plenty of technology baked into the package. For those with travel plans, 800DE models come standard with aluminum panniers.

The 800DE’s design is a welcomed departure from the outdated design used for Suzuki’s 650 platform.
The 800DE’s design is a welcomed departure from the outdated design used for Suzuki’s 650 platform. (Suzuki/)

Updates for 2023

Everything about the V-Strom 800DE is new, from the fully adjustable Showa suspension to the wire wheels (tubed, hinting at the bike’s off-road intention) and, of course, the engine and frame. Styling has a nod to the DR Big but isn’t retro, borrowing modern Suzuki cues like the stacked, rectangular lights that debuted on the latest GSX-S1000.

Pricing And Variants

The key decision to make is between the base V-Strom 800DE ($11,349) and the better-equipped 800DE Adventure ($12,999). Base model comes in yellow/blue and gray/yellow color schemes, while the Adventure is available in black with blue trim.

More importantly, upgrading to the 800DE Adventure gets you quick-release 37-liter aluminum panniers, an aluminum skid plate, and an “accessory bar,” which Suzuki won’t refer to as an engine guard.

With the 800DE, Suzuki looks to offer a more adventure-worthy option to the growing legion of adventure bike riders.
With the 800DE, Suzuki looks to offer a more adventure-worthy option to the growing legion of adventure bike riders. (Suzuki/)


The parallel-twin layout, semi-serious off-road stance, and ability of the V-Strom 800DE mean it’s up against a host of tough rivals. BMW’s F 850 GS ($12,595), Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 ($10,499), KTM’s 890 Adventure ($13,949), and Aprilia’s Tuareg 660 ($12,299) are all potential competitors, each sharing a similar steel-framed, parallel-twin-powered design, and even Honda’s larger Africa Twin ($14,499) could be cross-shopped against the Suzuki.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The engine is the key to the V-Strom 800DE’s appeal. The parallel-twin layout isn’t just a case of following trends—it makes sense in terms of having a lower component count than a V-twin, it’s easier to package in a bike’s frame, and it’s inevitably lighter. A 270-degree crankshaft means the power delivery still promises a characterful throb like that of a 90-degree V-twin, and Suzuki uses a patented dual-balancer-shaft arrangement that

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Title: 2023 Suzuki V-Strom 800DE
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Published Date: Fri, 10 Feb 2023 17:58:31 +0000


RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch

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RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch

Written by independent automotive journalist David Neyens


Out of the past seven decades of Corvette production, the model year 1963 is particularly important to collectors and enthusiasts with the debut of the redesigned second-generation Corvette Sting Ray. Featuring otherworldly body styling – now in Split-Window coupe and convertible forms, the new Corvette Sting Ray design was rooted in sketches penned by a young Peter Brock in 1957, with further development through GM design chief Bill Mitchell’s self-funded, SCCA champion Stingray race car and refinements to production reality by Larry Shinoda.

As the first Corvette to be equipped with fully independent suspension as standard equipment, the advanced new 1963 Sting Ray was also available with a comprehensive racing option that gained immediate fame as the RPO Z06 Special Equipment Package. Including most everything necessary to obtain a virtually race-ready Corvette straight from the dealer floor, RPO Z06 brought an array of upgrades, including a thicker front stabilizer bar, larger-diameter shock absorbers, higher-rate springs and uprated brakes, including fade-resistant sintered metallic brake linings, plus a dual-circuit master cylinder and vacuum booster. Initially priced at $1,818.45, adding the RPO Z06 package cost nearly half as much as the basic Corvette Sting Ray.

Early in the 1963 model year, the Z06 package was a coupe-only option, but later made available for Corvette convertibles at reduced cost. While attractive cast-aluminum “knock-off” wheels were initially available, they were somewhat porous and leaked air, resulting in the majority of Z06 cars being fitted with tried-and-true steel wheels. Corvettes equipped with RPO Z06 were only available with Chevrolet’s RPO L84 327ci V8 rated at 360 horsepower with Rochester “Ramjet” mechanical fuel-injection, 11.0:1 compression, free-breathing cylinder heads, low-restriction exhaust and a hot solid-lifter cam. A 4-speed manual transmission and posi-traction limited-slip rear end were mandatory options. Reducing unnecessary weight, some Z06 Corvettes left the St. Louis factory with radios deleted. Except for roll bars and fire extinguishers, Z06 Corvettes could virtually be driven to the track, raced and driven home.

Californian racing legend Mickey Thompson was one of a select few offered the opportunity to preview the new Corvette Sting Ray in 1962, along with star driver Dan Gurney and Gulf Oil executive Grady Davis. Thompson, who forged a relationship with “Bunkie” Knudsen, who headed Chevrolet, saw the new Corvette as an American rival to Ferrari’s then-dominant GT cars and a true Le Mans contender. Accordingly, Knudsen tasked Corvette chief engineer Zora Arkus-Duntov to develop the Z06 Corvette as an FIA-compliant, GT-class race car with an eye to American SCCA and FIA-sanctioned international competition.

By summer 1962, Z06-equipped 1963 Corvettes were available for racing, with fast-rising West Coast drivers Bob Bondurant, Dave Macdonald and Jerry Grant flown to St. Louis to pick up their newly assigned Sting Ray coupes, which they drove home to break in their engines during the trip. Another four cars were air-freighted to Los Angeles, where they were picked up by Mickey Thompson and his crew. One was entered into the October 1962 Los Angeles Times Grand Prix at Riverside, driven to victory by Doug Hooper over an early Shelby Cobra. Areas for improvement were identified, analyzed and corrected in preparation for Thompson’s four-car assaults on Daytona and Sebring during early 1963. The obvious threat posed by Carroll Shelby’s lightweight V8 Cobras spurred Arkus-Duntov to activate the radical and highly promising Grand Sport Corvette program that would never reach fruition after GM unilaterally withdrew from factory-backed racing in 1963.

In all, 2,610 Corvettes were powered by the top-shelf RPO L84 “Fuelie” engine, and just 199 of them were equipped with the all-out RPO Z06 package. The 1963 Split-Window Corvette showcased here is one of those precious few, and it benefits from a professional body-off restoration with virtually no expense spared to factory specifications by renowned D&M Corvette Specialists of Downers Grove, Illinois. Retaining its original matching-numbers engine and 4-speed manual transmission, this rare and potent Z06 Corvette features its originally specified Sebring Silver exterior color over a purposeful black interior. Impressive documentation includes the original Bill of Sale, Window Sticker and dealer order form, plus early service records. Other vital documents include an NCRS Shipping Data

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Title: RACING PEDIGREE: This 1963 Corvette Split-Window Packs a Z06 Punch
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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite

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FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite

When Dutch Volkswagen importer Ben Pon, inspired by the popular VW Beetle, doodled a sketch of a van in a notebook in 1947, little did he know his invention would turn out to be the face of Woodstock, be featured on album covers and in films, and would become the first “home on wheels” for many a laid-back traveler (well before #VanLife became a thing).

Volkswagen approved the van for production in May 1949 and the first production model rolled off the assembly line that November. Two models were offered: the Kombi (known as an 11-window among American enthusiasts) and the Commercial. The Microbus was added in May 1950, joined by the Deluxe Microbus in June 1951. The DeLuxe model became known as the 15-window, while the sunroof DeLuxe – with its additional eight small skylight windows – is, accordingly, the 23-window. From the 1964 model year, the rear corner windows were discontinued, making it a 21-window.

The VW Bus was an enormous success in America, becoming a symbol of the American counterculture movement in the 1960s and often referred to as the “hippie van” and painted in bright colors. It was affordable, easy to fix and large enough to live in, suiting itself for life on the road – the dream of many a young person at that time. With the engine located in the back of the bus, road trips were even more memorable when taking in the magical views through the big front window, which made occupants feel like they were part of the scenery.

Be on the lookout for some decidedly groovy examples of early Volkswagen buses at the 2024 Scottsdale Auction, including the examples featured here.


Pictured above, this 1964 Volkswagen 21-Window Deluxe Microbus is powered by a 1776cc 4-cylinder engine paired with a 4-speed manual transmission. This frame-off restoration has new sheet metal in places where it was necessary. It is finished in Sealing Wax Red over brown. The interior features upgraded Wolfsburg material. This bus sits on AirKewld air-ride suspension and has front disc brakes.


This Microbus Resto-Mod is a fresh 2-year high-quality restoration. It is powered by a new 2,027cc 4-cylinder engine with dual carburetors mated to a 4-speed manual transmission. It is equipped with a tuned narrow-beam suspension and Porsche Turbo disc brakes. This bus features seating for nine passengers, with a sliding ragtop and a safari pop-out windshield. It also has a roof rack, remote-controlled front and rear hatch power locking doors, and dual rear batteries. The custom interior features a 10-speaker stereo system with an iPad touchscreen, new gauges, a 356 Porsche steering wheel and a custom steering column.

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Title: FLOWER POWER: The Humble VW Bus Became the Icon of an Era and a Collector Favorite
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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions

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MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions

Taking place in Florida since 2003, the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Auction is a notable East Coast automotive lifestyle event, featuring extraordinary sales on the auction block year after year. With its uniquely casual yet high-energy atmosphere, it draws enthusiasts and serious collectors alike to take part in The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions. This annual gathering has evolved into more than just an auction; it is a celebration of car culture amidst the luxurious backdrop of Palm Beach.

As we gear up for the April 18-20, 2024 Palm Beach Auction, we’re taking a look back at some memorable moments from previous years. From classic beauties to modern marvels, the event has showcased an impressive array of desirable collectibles. Here are just a few of the many standout sales that celebrate the legacy of Barrett-Jackson’s presence in Palm Beach.

Picutred above, this 1947 Bentley is powered by a 4.5-liter inline-6 engine with a 4-speed transmission. Featuring Coachworks by Franay and magnificently restored to Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance winning standards.

Personally customized for Howard Hughes and the last car he drove. In 100% original condition and powered by a 322/122hp V8 engine with an automatic transmission.

Chassis #40, a limited-edition Carbon Series with $55,100 in options, including the Dark Energy interior. Powered by a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. 242 actual miles.

2023 PALM BEACH – 2020 FORD GT HERITAGE EDITION – $1,457,500

Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine coupled with a quick-shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Can do 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds with a 216-mph top speed. Includes the Heritage Roundel Graphics package and Alcantara interior trim. 2018 PALM BEACH – 2012 LEXUS LFA NÜRBURGRING EDITION – $770,000
One of just 50 Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFAs built. One owner from new, with 1,600 actual miles. Powered by a 4.8-liter 562hp V10 engine backed by a 6-speed sequential transmission.

2016 PALM BEACH – 1969 FORD MUSTANG BOSS 429 – $550,000
One of just 859 built in 1969; KK #1371 was the 170th unit produced. Previously awarded 504 points at a major Mustang meet in Charlotte, NC. Has a 4-speed manual transmission.

Complete nut-and-bolt restoration with an Art Morrison chassis. Powered by a brand-new LSA-supercharged 6.2-liter GM crate engine putting out 580hp with a 4L85E automatic transmission. Has Wilwood 6-piston brakes and Vintage Air.

Rare, early factory walk-through bus powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine with 36hp and a 4-speed manual transmission. Detailed to a very high level and beautifully restored.

Mark your calendar for April 18-20 and consign your collector vehicle now to secure your spot in the 2024 Palm Beach Auction at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Start your consignment online today at or call 480-421-6694 to speak with a specialist.

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Title: MEMORABLE SALES IN THE SUNSHINE STATE: Highlights from Barrett-Jackson’s Past Palm Beach Auctions
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