Very few bikes can combine all the positive qualities of a super moto and a moto cross bike into one exciting package. But of those few, one that stands out is the Suzuki DR-Z400S.
Packed with impressive performance credentials and all-world handling capabilities, the DR-Z400S allows riders to travel on just about any imaginable surface. The powertrain - a 398cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, dry-sump engine - produces strong low-RPM power while its compact 4-valve cylinder head features large 36mm intake valves and 29mm exhaust valves, helping produce broad, tractable power and torque. Suzuki also added in its own Composite Electrochemical Materials cylinder to provide impressive heat transfer in a lightweight and durable package. There’s also a forged aluminum piston that’s 10 percent lighter than a cast piston and receives additional oil-cooling to the piston crown through a crankcase oil jet.
Besides its impressive performance credentials, the DR-Z400S also comes with a firm and sturdy chassis and suspension set-up that includes a narrow frame that combines thin chrome-moly steel tubes for exceptional torsional rigidity with minimal weight. Meanwhile, the backbone tube, front down tube, and steering head gussets form the dry-sump engine oil tank while a bolt-on aluminum subframe helps reduce weight and simplify maintenance, allowing for an ease-of-use that very few bikes can rival.
The DR-Z also comes with a sturdy aluminum skidplate to protect its underbelly, along with plastic guards that will put up token resistance to defend the water pump and left sidecover. The lights set-up features on-road legal lighting with a bright 60/55 watt H4 halogen headlight and a compact tail/stoplight, as well as lightweight, rubber-mounted turn signals.
Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z400S after the jump. Full story
The high and mighty always seem to have a way of reinventing themselves in a way that takes their name to a new level. If there was ever a bike that could lay claim to that, it’s the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 1000. It’s got one of the most powerful engines on the market and, with that, has made a name for itself for itself as one of the most popular Suzuki bikes on the market today.
A lot of the cruiser’s popularity can be attributed to its 996cc liquid-cooled, Suzuki fuel-injected, 90-degree V-twin engine with four valves per cylinder, dual-overhead cams, and oil. This set-up not only provides exceptional low-end and mid-range torque for exhilarating performance, but also does it in a manner that makes every one of its competitors wince in terror. The V-Strom 1000’s impressive credentials allow riders to tap into an unspeakable power in every gear.
Joining the V-Strom 1000’s mighty powertrain is its impeccable handling capabilities, thanks in large part to a lightweight, compact, and rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm. Cartridge-style 43mm front forks with adjustable preload provides 6.3" of wheel travel allow for a comfortable ride while a link-type rear suspension featuring 6.3" of wheel travel and a piggyback-style shock absorber with adjustable rebound damping and a knob-operated hydraulic preload adjuster add to its handling capabilities.
As far as accessories are concerned, the V-Strom 1000 gets its fair share, including nylon Givi-style panniers, a top box, aluminum side cases large enough to fit a full-coverage helmet, a rugged accessory engine bar, and an adjustable windscreen.
Find out more about the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 after the jump. Full story
The 2012 Suzuki DR-Z125 is a motocross bike that upstart riders can get into without having to worry about the complicated mechanisms of some of the more powerful models in the market.
It’s not enough to have a bike that offers good looks, especially for novices looking to learn the ropes; you need one that has matching performance and handling credentials, two characteristics that Suzuki pays full attention to.
Aggressive bodywork, complete with a two-tone seat cover, a rear fender, graphics, and number plates, makes the DR-Z125 a complete, stylistic replica of the championship-winning RM-Z machines.
The DR-Z125 offers a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that has been designed for ease-of operation and low maintenance, perfect for upstart riders looking to break into the world of motocross. The engine also has a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics while a five-speed transmission with a link-type gearshift system offers precise operation and positive feel for complete control of the bike.
In addition to its sublime powertrain, the DR-Z125 also comes with precise and agile handling characteristics, featuring a long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension that provides a smooth, compliant ride. A lightweight and durable steel frame and swingarm, as well as equally lightweight aluminum rims reduce the bike’s weight while providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.
Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125 after the jump. Full story
Suzuki’s GSX-R series hold a special place in the hearts of riders for being the kind of bike that offers sporty good looks with outstanding engine performance and crisp handling. It’s an ideal bike for any kind of activity, with a versatility that’s virtually unmatched in the industry.
The technical specs of the 2012 model remain largely the same, which can really be looked at in either a glass half-full or half-empty way depending on which side of the fence you’re on. While others might scoff at the relative lack of improvements from its predecessors, others continue to laud the GSX-R series for continuing its tradition as one of the best all-around bikes on the market.
For the latter, the GSX-R750’s 750cc, four-cylinder engine is the stuff where excitement is born. It comes with a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio that provides exceptionally potent, high-revving performance while maximizing torque and improving throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid RPM range. The bike’s powetrain set-up also makes use of forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, a chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes for outstanding engine performance.
A far as handling is concerned, the Suzuki GSX-R750 was given a lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame that’s made out of five cast sections and features a cast swingarm. An electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at lower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds. On the flip side, handling also plays a huge part in ensuring that the GSX-R50 stays in the best possible shape, getting equipped with front brakes that feature fully floating 310mm discs and radial-mounted, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers.
Find out more about the Suzuki GSX-R750 after the jump. Full story
We’ve already established all the impressive qualities of the Suzuki DR-Z125, but in the event that the bike’s a little on the small side compared to your, shall we say, "dimensions," Suzuki has a bigger version of the DR-Z125 called the DR-Z125L. The latter pretty much carries all the same features as that of the former with the only notable exception being that the DR-Z12L is bigger. Hence, that "L" designation at the back of its name.
The DR-Z125L was designed with aggressively styled bodywork, number plates, and graphics that were built and inspired to look exactly like the higher-spec, race winning Suzuki RM-Z competition models.
On top of that, the powertrain is also the same as that of its ’smaller’ counterpart - a compact 124cc 4-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, air-cooled engine that comes with a five-speed transmission with link-type gearshift system for precise operation and positive feel, a digital-type CDI ignition system with timing set to enhance the engine’s low-rpm power characteristics, and a MIKUNI VM20SS carburetor for smooth throttle response.
And then there’s the matter of the bike’s handling characteristics, which are impressive relative to its overall characteristics. A long-travel, oil damped front fork and a link-type rear suspension provide a smooth, compliant ride while lightweight aluminum rims offer reduced weight, providing agile handling and improved suspension performance.
From the top to bottom, nothing rides on dirt quite like the Suzuki DR-Z125. And if that doesn’t fit you, then you can opt for the DR-Z125L, which is pretty much the same thing, albeit in a slightly larger package.
Find out more about the Suzuki DR-Z125L after the jump. Full story
The 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS was built with the idea of being the "Comfortable Adventure Tourer." Thanks to across-the-board improvements done on the bike by Suzuki, you could make a case that it’s become more than what it was being described to be.
Of the many new elements given to the 2012 model of the V-Strom 650 ABS, the most notable is arguably its new 645cc V-Twin engine that features broad torque delivery, signature V-Twin power pulses, and sporty quick-revving high rpm range power surges for full-range riding enjoyment. The V-Strom’s new engine also comes with a high-speed 32-bit ECU that controls Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, contributing to enhanced low-to-mid rpm range torque, a linear throttle response and lower emissions for a bike that performs as well as it does. Joining the V-Strom 650’s impressive new powertrain is a six-speed transmission that’s been tailored for active sporty rides with a tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios.
Meanwhile, handling is also a key ingredient in the V-Strom 650 ABS concoction, beginning with a lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm, all of which contribute to smooth handling performance and excellent stability at high-speeds. The bike also features 5-way spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-telescopic front forks with 5.9" of travel working with a link-type rear suspension with 6.3" of wheel travel, stepless rebound damping adjuster, and a 5-way spring preload adjuster that can be adjusted by simply turning a knob, allowing the rider to set the ride depending on his taste and preferences.
Find out more about the Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS after the jump. Full story
The Suzuki Boulevard C50T differentiates itself from its brethren as a bike that offers luxurious levels of comfort and ergonomics while also boasting a powerfully tuned powertrain.
Comfortable seating has always been a trademark for Suzuki and the Boulevard C50T is no different. The wide, well-sculpted leather-textured spacious seat offers a low 27.6" seat height, and it comes with a matching touring-style backrest with unique pivoting backrest pad for increased comfort. Wide handlebars, forward-mounted floorboards, and foot controls provide a comfortable ride while large-capacity, textured-leather saddlebags with Boulevard emblems and convenient twist-lock fasteners offer plenty of storage capacity.
The Boulevard C50T is powered by a narrow 805cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, 45-degree V-twin engine that has been tuned for exceptional low RPM power and torque. A 32-bit ECM also comes as part of the set-up, providing precise control of ignition timing and multi-hole-type injectors ensuring quick starts and excellent driveability under all conditions. Another important element to the Boulevard’s C50T is Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) electronic fuel-injection system. This allows the bike to maintain optimum air velocity in the intake tract for smooth low-to mid-RPM throttle response. Lastly, the Boulevard C50T comes with a wide-ratio five-speed transmission that features a high fifth gear ratio, enabling you to enjoy the cruiser’s unbridled power as you blast off into the open road.
As far as handling, the Boulevard C50T boasts of a cradle-type steel frame with telescopic forks that provide 5.5" of wheel travel. The forks also have polished aluminum sliders and polished stainless steel stanchion-tube covers for a distinct look. A link-type rear suspension is shaped to mimic the hard-tail lines of a traditional cruiser, connecting a truss-style swing arm and a single shock absorber with 7-way spring preload adjustability providing 4.1" of smooth and responsive suspension travel.
Find out more about the Suzuki Boulevard C50T after the jump. Full story
The ’M’ in the Suzuki Boulvard M109R stands for ’muscle.’ That alone should be enough to tell you what this beastly machine is all about.
The bike’s unique body styling, coupled with its incredible performance, will most definitely make you feel like you’re riding a bike that’s meant to contort your face when you’re blasting off into the road. That’s what happens when you’re sitting on top of a 1783cc, 8-valve DOHC, 54-degree, liquid-cooled, fuel injected V-Twin engine that has been designed for strong throttle response and quick acceleration while also being tuned to produce massive torque all the way from idle to redline. This translates to an acceleration that you can’t possibly believe until you feel it yourself. The performance of M109R is no laughing matter, especially if you’re the type that likes your adrenaline to be jacked up to the moon. Certain elements about the bike’s powertrain set-up include a class-leading electronic fuel injection system that features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system (SDTV) with 56mm throttle bodies, maintaining optimum air velocity for smooth low to mid-range throttle response.
To go along with its unspeakable performance credentials, the Boulevard 109R needs to have the right handling characteristics for those awesome numbers. To that, Suzuki used a high-tensile double cradle steel frame that has been built to comfortably handle all the power and torque while delivering agile handling and a plush, smooth ride. Inverted front forks feature race-proven cartridge internals with 46mm stanchion tubes and provide 5.1" of wheel travel while a cast aluminum alloy swingarm works with a progressive shock linkage and a preload-adjustable single rear shock delivering 4.6" of wheel travel.
All boasting aside, the Suzuki Boulevard M109R is the kind of powerful cruiser riders dream about and other cruisers have nightmares about.
Find out more about the Suzuki Boulevard 109R after the jump. Full story
Don’t be fooled by the long and confusing name of this bike; the 2012 Suzuki GSX1250FA is all business, all the time.
Featuring an impressive body design to go with a stomach-walloping engine and superior handling credentials, the GSX1250FA is a bonafide speed maven.
The design of the GSX1250FA looks sporty but it’s still comfortable to ride. The contoured seat found on the GSX1250FA is the picture of comfort with the seat height also lending itself to be adjusted up or down by 20mm, all by flipping over the mounting spacers between the seat and the frame seat rails. A comprehensive instrument cluster also comes with the sports bike, offering a variety of gauges, including a convenient gear-position indicator and shift light, oil pressure/coolant temperature indicator, fuel injection indicator, ABS indicator, and engine RPM indicator light.
Power isn’t lacking with the GSX1250FA, especially since it comes with a compact, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 1255cc, DOHC, wet sump engine that has a bore and stroke of 79.0 mm x 64.0 mm. The bike also has Suzuki’s own Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection with 36mm throttle bodies, bringing superb response feel, smooth power delivery, improved mileage and reduced emissions, which is especially crucial for a bike that packs this much meat. The engine is mated to a slick shifting six speed transmission that improves acceleration while reducing top gear RPM at highway speeds.
In terms of handling, the GSX1250FA comes with a classic tube-frame chassis 43mm-stanchion-tube front forks that offer 5.1" of travel. A single rear shock with 5.4" of travel is preload adjustable while fully floating 310mm dual-disc front brakes with four-piston calipers and a single 240mm rear disc brake with a single-piston caliper make up the bike’s Digital Antilock Brake System (ABS) for optimum braking performance.
Find out more about the Suzuki GSX1250FA after the jump. Full story
In terms of design, the Suzuki Boulevard S40 comes in a very attractive package, influenced by larger Boulevard models. You only need to take one look at it to realize that it bears a striking resemblance to an S83, except that it comes with "only" a single-cylinder engine. The classic design exudes a retro-vibe, particularly the ergonomically-designed handle that’s both easy to grip and comfortable to use, especially when you’re throttling out on the open road. The Boulevard S40 also comes with a custom flat handlebar design and custom-style rear view mirrors, both of which provide a very aesthetically-pleasing appearance to the bike, as does a sleek, one-piece saddle with a low seat height of just 27.6", making it an ideal bike for novice riders.
It may look the part of a svelte and agile cruiser, but make no mistake, the Boulevard S40 packs a mean punch, thanks to a 652cc, four-stroke, air-cooled, OHC, single-cylinder engine with a TSCC (Twin Swirl Combustion Chambers) cylinder head and high mass crankshaft, producing strong low-end power and torque. A smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission is complemented by a low-maintenance belt-drive system that’s quiet, durable, and simple to adjust and clean, while an electric starter with automatic decompression system has also been installed, allowing for quick and easy engine starting. Lastly, a precision electronic ignition system brings all the power in and out of the bike at an impeccably sharp rate.
Handling is also a key component of the Boulevard S40, especially when it comes to its chassis and suspension set-up. A 19" front tire and a wide 15" rear tire provides the classic cruiser look while coming with a hydraulic front disc brake and a drum-type rear brake, providing strong, reliable braking performance.
Find out more about the Suzuki Boulevard S40 after the jump. Full story