Suzuki’s popular V-Strom 650 adventure range sees the arrival of a new flagship model this month, with the launch of the V-Strom 650 XPEDITION. Full story
Based on the hugely capable V-Strom 650 ABS model, the new tougher XP version, boasts a host of additions, providing a comprehensive list of practical accessories at unrivalled value.
Featuring hard-wearing black aluminum panniers with a total carrying capacity of 82 liters, the XP is the tough and effective alternative, thanks to the provision of engine and hand guards, centre-stand and an aluminum sump guard as part of its unique specification.
Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 became the fastest road racing Superbike on the planet earlier this month, as Relentless Suzuki by TAS racer, Bruce Anstey, recorded an astonishing 133.977mph average lap speed in the final race of the Ulster Grand Prix. Full story
Riding in the prestigious event that uses the closed-off roads around Dundrod in Northern Ireland, Anstey bravely piloted the GSX-R1000 around the 7.4 mile circuit, smashing the previous record in front of a 30,000 strong-crowd.
Talking about his amazing lap record, London-based Kiwi, Bruce, said,"I knew the Relentless Suzuki by TAS GSX-R1000 was fast, but even I didn’t think we could go this quickly. We finished second in the opening race which was a little disappointing, so I got my head down in the final Superbike race and pushed as hard as I could. It was a close battle, but we took the win and proved that the GSX-R1000 is the fastest, which is especially nice during the 25th anniversary year".
With performance credentials that have established it as the hottest sportbike on the planet, the Suzuki Hayabusa is designed for the serious sport rider who will settle for nothing less than the best. Its combination of unsurpassed power, crisp handling and superb aerodynamics creates the ultimate sportbike. You could say that the 2011 Hayabusa is so intense, that it’s in a class of its own. For 2011 Hayabusa will get new colors and graphics (Pearl Mirage White with gold trim and Pearl Nebular Black with red trim).
The 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa is powered by a 1340cc, in-line, DOHC liquid-cooled engine with 16-valves engine and gets a a large volume 4-2-1-2 exhaust system with a large capacity catalyzer, dual triangular canisters and closed loop system. The Hayabusa comes with an optimized 6-speed transmission. Oil spray to the 4th, 5th and 6th gears reduce wear and mechanical noise during highway cruising.
UPDATE 09/12/2011: Depending on where your allegiances lie, the Underground Racing-tuned Lamborghini Gallardo TT can be described as the Suzuki Hayabusa of the auto tuning world and vice versa. But if you’re looking for something obscenely fast, can you really go wrong picking one over the other?
The short and simple answer is no. So to illustrate just how incredibly powerful these two machines are, the folks from Underground Racing and the people behind the tuned Hayabusa - Shamrock Racing - met up to see of these beasts has bigger claws. Check out the video after the jump to see two mind-blowing machines in action!
2011 Suzuki Hayabusa features after the jump. Full story
Mulholland a.k.a. The Snake seems to have a bad relation with motorcycles in general and GSX-Rs in particular as the highway’s often challenging curves happen to throw off the seats even the most experienced riders. We’re not sure if that’s the case with the next two examples that we came across, but they’re enough to make a point. The first rider lowsides and the second highsides, both while riding a Suzuki GSX-R on the same section of The Snake. Hit the jump to see the videos.
Suzuki’s Boulevard lineup may be admired thanks to models such as the C109R
, but until you get to those, the S40 is most likely to become your dearest friend, especially if you’re a short person or a girl. With a very low seat height (only 27.6 inches from the ground) and a docile engine, the S40 makes for the perfect cruiser to start on and continue riding for quite some time.
In 2010, Suzuki carries on producing their big boy models without any changes apart from the ones involving color schemes and the C50 series is no exception from the rule. Not heavily refined, but enough to make a difference are the base model, the C50T and the Special Edition one, all with something special to offer.
Suzuki is set to write long history pages with the help of two Boulevard models that have been launched a couple of years ago, but only now achieve the notoriety they truly deserve. Meanwhile, the C109R and C109RT have carried on as 2010 model years, but remain the same massive bikes with great road performance and will most likely change only color schemes in the future as they do now. A little more special, the new Touring model gets white wall tires and passenger floorboards to mark the pass.
Suzuki has accorded a lot of attention to performance cruisers in these last few years and so have been introduced models such as the entry-level M50 and their ultimate demonstration of power, the M109R
. But their famous Boulevard line of cruising motorcycles didn’t feature anything in between these two models, something that would fill in the big gap and keep consumers hooked to Suzuki…until last year’s Suzuki Boulevard M90. The bike carries on to 2010, so let’s find out more about it.
After the launch of the all-new Suzuki DR-Z70
back in 2008, the Japanese manufacturer carries on producing this model with little changes, something that makes us suspect that youngsters won’t be seeing this exercise applied on Suzuki’s small off-road model pretty soon. Not only the bike is a favorite in its category and there’s no reason to change something that isn’t wrong, but we also have the example of the bike’s bigger siblings, the DR-Z125/L
An unbeatable combination of style and performance is what characterizes the two bikes that got on our hands recently, Suzuki’s DR-Z125 and DR-Z125L. The same engine and chassis is used on both bikes, but the “L” model features bigger wheels, seat height and ground clearance and so it addresses to the taller crowd, while the simple model is what average sized riders would like to ride.