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Is The Suzuki DR Big Making a Comeback?

Is The Suzuki DR Big Making a Comeback?

Insider Knowledge Or Wishful Thinking – The 2020 Suzuki DR Big

The motorcycle interwebz are buzzing with the latest rumor that Suzuki is bringing back the DR Big. Spanish trailridersmag.com started the buzz with the report that Suzuki is basing the DR Big, to be released as a 2020, on the V-Strom 1000. Is it insider knowledge or wishful thinking in an attempt to speak it into being?

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Suzuki to unveil the Katana at the Intermot next month

Suzuki to unveil the Katana at the Intermot next month

It will produce close to 150 hp, thanks to a turbo-charged engine

Five months ago we learnt that the Japanese manufacturer filed for a trademark application in the USA for the name ‘Katana’ and a swanky new logo too with the sword. It was more of a logo and name protection really, suggesting that Suzuki has strong intentions of getting it back for real.

Looks like the Gods have heard us because Suzuki just released a teaser video confirming the possibility. The video tells us that the Katana will be showcased to us at the Intermot show next month. The video shows a sword being made on an anvil and a statement that reads “Feel the Edge”.

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Suzuki set to bring back the "Katana' brand

Suzuki set to bring back the "Katana’ brand

The Japanese registered name protection for Katana and the logo

It was at the 2017 EICMA that we first heard of Suzuki’s intentions of bringing the name ‘Katana’ back into the motorcycling realm. Showcasing the ‘Katana 3.0 Concept’, Suzuki was mulling about bringing the concept to production, but somehow lost steam and people didn’t have much to talk about.

Now though, fresh new information has surfaced suggesting that Suzuki has strong intentions of getting it back for real. The Japanese firm has recently filed for a trademark application in the USA for the name ‘Katana’ and a swanky new logo too with the sword. It is more of a logo and name protection really.

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Suzuki might just be the first to put a motorcycle on the moon

Suzuki might just be the first to put a motorcycle on the moon

The Japanese manufacturer is funding a lunar exploration company called Ispace

Not many know this but back in 1969, NASA began testing Honda’s 90cc ’monkey bikes’ to transport astronauts on the moon surface. Soon it was replaced by in-house electric bikes cooled with beeswax that were tested aboard zero-gravity flights to replicate lunar gravity.

The project did not really take any shape since the engineers managed to fit the lunar rover buggy on the Apollo 15 spaceship successfully. The mini-bike was more of a backup plan just in-case the buggy couldn’t make it in time.

Now, Suzuki just announced its plan to get on with the space race by backing ISpace, a company that plans to build a city on the moon by 2040. Suzuki will fund two lunar missions that will take flight somewhere between now and 2020.

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Suzuki Showcases Sculpted GSX Concept

Suzuki Showcases Sculpted GSX Concept

Concept bikes come in many shapes and sizes so expectations can range from the muted to the out-of-this-world. Suzuki, though, took it a step further when it introduced the Concept GSX, the company’s next-generation sportsbike. To be clear, it’s not really a traditional-looking concept motorcycle in that it’s made up of actual motorcycle parts. Instead, Suzuki depicted the concept through a sculpture. Yep, a sculpture.

It’s a novel idea, but it does leave a lot of details to the imagination. I’m not quite sure what to make of it at this point because the concept, in its sculpted form, has a little Tron influence to it. See the lack of space between the wheels and the frame? Does it mean that the new GSX will carry that particular design? The only clear detail of the concept is the evolved look of the current GSX-R lamp design, which looks a little tighter and more purposeful than the current version. The concept also looks to be tighter and more packed than the current model. The exhaust is shorter and has a funny shape while the seat is wider than it is in the current version.

Other than that, the Concept GSX doesn’t show a lot of what we can expect from the next-generation sportsbike. Is it going to have a naked frame that bares the engine? While I’m at it, what kind of engine will it have? And where are the side mirrors? The concept creates more questions than answers, but that’s exactly the reaction Suzuki wants out of this concept. There will be some discussions about the bike ahead of the next-generation GSX’s arrival and for a company like Suzuki that has been relegated into the shadows in recent years, that’s already a major breakthrough.

Continue reading to learn more about the Suzuki Concept GSX.

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Suzuki Files Trademark Of "Recursion" Name In The US

Suzuki Files Trademark Of "Recursion" Name In The US

One of the most talked-about motorcycle concepts in recent memory could be coming to the market after it was revealed that Suzuki had just filed trademarks to the name “Recursion” in both the US and European markets. Now this doesn’t automatically mean that the Suzuki Recusion will arrive in the market, but it does open the door on the possibility that Suzuki could very well be thinking of doing just that.

Suzuki hasn’t officially confirmed or denied speculation about a production version of the Recursion. It’s just that it’s easy to get excited over news like this one. Besides, a planned production model of the Recursion Concept falls right in line with the growing trend among motorcycle companies who are shifting more and more into forced induction models in a bid to attract more buyers who prefer smaller but more powerful machines. Kawasaki’s already there, having released a handful of new bikes that fit in that mold, including the 300-horsepower Ninja H2R and its less powerful, street version, the Ninja H2. Even Honda is reportedly concocting a special blend of turbochargers and superchargers in its R&D facilities.

Should Suzuki follow down this road, there’s really no better candidate to banner its entry into the forced-induction motorcycle segment than a production version of the Recursion. Those trademark filings could very well be the first step in that direction.

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Suzuki Strikes MotoGP Partnership With Akrapovic

Suzuki Strikes MotoGP Partnership With Akrapovic

Suzuki Ecstar has announced a new partnership with noted exhaust company Akrapovic in a bid to improve the performance of the team’s race bikes in the current and succeeding MotoGP seasons. The tie-up between the two companies will take effect immediately so be on the look out for Akrapovic’s MotoGP exhausts on the two Suzuki GSX-RR bikes that will line up on the grid at the Indianapolis Grand Prix.

The collaboration between Suzuki and Akrapovic doesn’t come as a surprise to those who know the shared history the two companies have. Even though it hasn’t reached the levels of MotoGP until now, both Suzuki and Akrapovic have worked together in the past and his familiarity could breed for another long-standing relationship moving forward.

For now, Akravpovic’s main objective is to help Suzuki Ecstar close out its first season in MotoGP since 2011 on a positive note. Given the circumstances of this season being its first in four years, the team has already yielded impressive results, scrapping up a good chunk of points thanks largely to the efforts of riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.

Having the Slovenian exhaust specialist in the fold could give Suzuki Ecstar the advantage it needs to string together a number of quality performances to close out the season with a bang. It’s not that hard to imagine such a scenario given how good Espargaro and Vinales have been. Who knows, maybe a podium finish might even be in the cards? Vinales, in particular, has already come close once, finishing sixth at the Catalunya Grand Prix back in June 14, 2015.

Akrapovic could be the missing piece that puts Suzuki over the hump and create a lot of momentum as the team slowly marches its way back into the upper echelon of MotoGP.

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Roger Hayden To Ride Commemorative GSX-R1000 At The Indianapolis Grand Prix

Roger Hayden To Ride Commemorative GSX-R1000 At The Indianapolis Grand Prix

American rider Roger Hayden will be in attendance at the 2015 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix with a special Suzuki GSX-R decked out in a special livery to commemorate the bike’s 30th anniversary. It’s going to be a big weekend for the GSX-R and Suzuki is making sure that the bike gets the attention it deserves.

As such, Hayden will be riding a GSX-R1000 that’s been dressed up in the red and black colors that adorned Kevin Schwantz’s bike when it made its debut at the AMA Superbike round in Yoshimura, Japan back in 1986. Hayden himself will be dressed for the occasion, which in this case is a custom-commemorative race suit that’s consistent with what his Yoshimura Superbike crew will wear. Heck, even the tire warmers will carry the same tribute livery for one of the most important race bikes to compete in the US.

All together, Hayden and his entire crew will use the weekend to celebrate a momentous occasion in Suzuki’s long and storied motor racing history. The team will be competing in the Indy MotoAmerica Superbike race, determined, I think, to win it for the Suzuki GSX-R1000. That would be a fine tribute to the bike. It’s fitting, too, since the GSX-R holds the record as the all-time wins leader in AMA Superbike history. More importantly, it’s also the same bike that’s largely credited for being the first of its kind to bring cutting edge Grand Prix design and technology to the public roads.

Anybody who knows about the history of motorcycle racing in the US still hold reverence to the success that’s been credited to the GSX-R. So as Suzuki celebrates the bike’s 30th anniversary, there’s no better way to pay homage to one of the finest machines the AMA Superbike has ever seen than by celebrating its anniversary in the Brickyard, long considered as America’s most hallowed racing ground.

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Suzuki Issues Recall For GSX-S1000 In The UK

Suzuki Issues Recall For GSX-S1000 In The UK

Suzuki has become the latest motorcycle company to issue a recall for one of its own models after announcing that 174 registered units of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F in the UK could have issues with their radiator hose clearance.

Suzuki UK didn’t specify what kind of issues these radiator hose clearances have, opting only to say that despite not having any reported issues in the UK, the company deemed that “customer safety and satisfaction” was its utmost priority, thus the decision to instigate a recall to get affected models fitted with “a new component” to avoid any issues in the future.

It must be noted that the recall notice was issued in the UK, not in the US. That’s not to say that GSX-S1000 and GSX-1000F bikes here are free and clear from any potential problems. That’s why it might be prudent for owners of these two models here in the US to call their local Suzuki dealerships to ask about the status of their bikes.

If it’s determined that GSX-S1000 and GSX-1000F models in the US are also affected by this recall, don’t be surprised if the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration gets involved and issues its own recall. For now, though, there hasn’t been any announcements made on that end but I’d still be cautious if I were an owner of any of these two models.

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Suzuki Celebrates the GSX-R's 30th Anniversary With Retro Livery

Suzuki Celebrates the GSX-R’s 30th Anniversary With Retro Livery

A lot of motorcycle companies are celebrating anniversaries in 2015. One of them is Suzuki, which is actually blowing the candles on the 30th anniversary of one of its most iconic models: the GSX-R1000. This celebration may not have the same level of grandeur as other anniversaries on tap this year, but don’t tell that to Suzuki.

By and large, the GSX-R1000 has been one of the company’s most enduring models, first gaining entry into the market in 1985 before skyrocketing in popularity thanks in large part to the racing exploits of Kevin Schwantz. Fittingly enough, Suzuki dusted off the bike’s iconic blue and white livery for the special occasion as a fitting tribute to the legacy it has cultivated in the three decades that it’s been around. Suzuki’s MotoGP riders, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales were even seen sporting the same limited edition paint scheme on their respective bikes at the Deutschland round of the 2015 MotoGP season over the weekend.

It’s a noteworthy tribute to a bike that has given Suzuki so much racing success in the past 30 years. The GSX-R1000 and all its past iterations including the first GSX-R has been one of the most celebrated racing bikes in the world. That’s probably a big reason why Suzuki is spending so much of its time and resources to give the bike the anniversary hat tip it deserves.

Remember, the GSX-R has a long and proud history of not only winning races, but also winning championships. You only need to look at its status as the most successful manufacturer in the AMA Superbike series with 13 national titles to understand why the bike means so much to Suzuki. Its track record of success dates back to its founding years in 1985 and has continued all the way to present times where the GSX-R1000 remains a true contender in whatever motorcycle racing series it’s a part of this season.

The GSX-R1000’s 30th anniversary may not seem like much to other people, but for those who know its place in Suzuki’s acclaimed racing history, the GSX-R1000 is well within its rights to celebrate its 30 years of existence and toast to at least another 30 more.

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Suzuki Announces 2016 Lineup In the US

Suzuki Announces 2016 Lineup In the US

Suzuki has announced the arrival - or is return? - of three of its most popular models in the US, namely the GSX-S1000, the Bandit 1250S, and the TU250X.

The release of these models comes at a time when Suzuki appears to be shifting into high gear with its US sales strategy. Or at the very least, the Japanese OEM could be looking at increasing the variety of its current model lineup. Either way, the three bikes are all set to be offered in the US market in 2016.

Of the three, the GSX-S1000 has the most intrigue surrounding it. That’s mainly due to the model being a new launch for Suzuki in the American market as opposed to the Bandit 1250S and the TU250X, both of which are making comeback of sorts after its earlier incarnations proved to be too tough sells in a market that was right smack in the middle of the economic recession.

Still, there’s more than enough reason to get excited about the arrival of the three models. The Bandit 1250S, in particular, returns packed with new tech goodies to complement the existing 1255cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected engine that became a staple of the old Bandit back in 2007. The absence of an engine update may be a sore spot for some prospective owners but it’s still good enough to be a little more than interesting.

Same thing can be said for the TU250X. Suzuki claims that the classic-styled bike features plenty of updated designs, particularly found in the headlight case, the speedometer cover, tail lamp housing, and the chrome-plated front and rear wheels. It’s also powered by a 249cc, air-cooled four-stroke, single-cylinder engine that could prove useful for city riders.

Suzuki’s understandably excited about the sales prospects of these three bikes, even though history suggests that the company will continue to struggle against other manufacturers in a market that it has struggled with in the past.

Continue reading to read more about Suzuki’s three new, US-bound motorcycles.

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Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

Video: Suzuki Dominates Opening Round Of FIM Endurance Championship At Le Mans

The Suzuki Endurance Racing Team has dominated the FIM Endurance World Championship in such a laughable manner that the Yamaha Racing GMT 94 Michelin’s championship win in 2014 is looking more and more like an aberration. After all, SERT has won six of the last eight Endurance World Championship titles, with the only notable exception being Yamaha victories in 2009 and 2014.

This year, the Suzuki Endurance Racing Team is already looking like the team to beat after dominating the season-opening race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Apparently, the motivation to erase last year’s disappointment is strong within SERT and it showed in Le Mans as the team laid waste to the competition, meeting little resistance on its way to winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the 11th time in the last 15 years. That’s domination spelled with a capital “D.”

The extent of Suzuki’s dominance even extended to its “junior team,” which ended up winning the Superstock class of the series and finishing fourth overall. The trio of Anthony Delalle, Vincent Philippe, and Eitenne Masson romped their way to a convincing win on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, further illustrating what many of us have known for a long time.

When it comes to the FIM Endurance World Championships, it’s Suzuki, then it’s everybody else. As if winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans isn’t enough vindication for the team, it also released a tribute video of the team’s performance at Le Mans in case anybody missed out on the smackdown it just laid on the historical race track in France.

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Suzuki GSF1250 And GSX1250 Get CARB Certification

Suzuki GSF1250 And GSX1250 Get CARB Certification

The 2016 Suzuki GSF1250 and GSX1250 models are good to go in California after the California Air Resources Board released a new executive order certifying the two models. It’s still unclear how Suzuki plans to offer both models, but reports indicate that the GSF1250 will likely come in the form of the partially faired Bandit 1250S that the company revealed at the Intermot show last year.

As for the GSX1250, speculation abounds that Suzuki will use a fully faired version of the GSX1250F that has been dormant in the market for the past three years, last appearing as a 2012 model. It’s worth noting that other markets are still offering the GSX11250F as a 2015 model so it’ll be interesting how Suzuki approaches the bike’s supposed return to the US market.

Both models are expected to feature a 1255 cc inline-four engine, capable of hitting 96 horsepower at 7,500 rp and 80 pound-feet of torque at 3,700 rpm. Likewise, the two models will use a telescopic fork and a rear monoshock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping for their suspension systems.

One thing to look out for is how the bikes will be designed. If Suzuki follows through on reports that it’s using the Bandit as a start point for the 2016 GSF1250, don’t be surprised if the new bike receives similar styling updates, specifically the new fairing design that covered the sides of the radiator to bolster protection from the wind while also improving the bike’s overall aerodynamic qualities.

Continue reading to read more about the CARB certifications Suzuki got for the GSF1250 and GSX1250 models.

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Consumer Reports Poll Says Yamaha Most Reliable Brand, Victory Owners The Happiest

Consumer Reports Poll Says Yamaha Most Reliable Brand, Victory Owners The Happiest

Consumer Reports has released the results of a poll it took from motorcycle owners as part of the publication’s assessment on the value of different motorcycle brands as far as how their customers felt about the bikes they owned.

Japanese motorcycle brands took in top honors in reliability, something that shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Of all the brands named in the survey, Japan’s four top brands - Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda, and Kawasaki - were all head and shoulders above the rest of the field, beating out the likes of Victory and Harley-Davidson. On the bottom end of the reliability list are brands like Triumph, Ducati, BMW, and Can-Am.

Can-Am, in particular, finished dead last on the list, and I’m guessing that it’s recent issues may have played a big part in seeing their spot on this list.

Victory Motorcycles may have ended up in the middle of the pack in the reliability survey, but as far as making customers happy with their bikes, the American brand stood victorious with 80 percent of Victory owners saying that they wouldn’t mind buying a Victory model again. Turns out, having a fairly reliable motorcycle and having positive dealer interactions and good customer service are important elements in gaining the trust of your customers. Who knew!

Coming up second on that list was Harley-Davidson, which received a 72-percent approval rating, followed by Honda at 70 percent. Interestingly enough, these three brands were the only ones to get approval ratings north of 70 percent.

Consumer Reports also discovered that motorcycle riders preferred “comfort” of all the things they look for in a bike. Not surprisingly, Victory scored the highest rating in this category while Ducati, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Triumph taking up the rear in this particular category.

Other satisfaction categories, including styling, fun, acceleration, and handling saw across-the-board ratings, signifying that a customer’s taste in these areas vary depending on what their requirements for a bike are. The only manufacturer that fell flat on its face in the handling category is Can-Am, adding more fuel to the growing assumption that its three-wheelers aren’t worth the money you spend to buy them.

Continue reading to read more about the results of Consumer Reports’ motorcycle poll.

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Suzuki To Celebrate The GSX-R's 30th Anniversary With Series Of Events

Suzuki To Celebrate The GSX-R’s 30th Anniversary With Series Of Events

Run through a list of Suzuki’s most prominent models and you’ll probably see the Hayabusa on top of that list. It’s a fair choice, and an admittedly smart one, too. But Suzuki is far from a one-trick motorcycle company; it also has a handful of models that has stood the test of time and appealed to generations of motorcycle enthusiasts. One such model is the GSX-R sportsbike, which is actually celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion, Suzuki is throwing a season-long shindig as part of its “GSX-R 30 Years of Performance” celebration.

All in all, Suzuki Motor of America will be hosting 10 Anniversary events, with the first already scheduled for April 11 and 12, 2015 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The company’s choice of those two dates didn’t happen by accident. It’s launching the event to coincide with the inaugural race of the 2015 MotoAmerica series, making it the perfect setting for Suzuki’s multi-event anniversary bash for one of its iconic models.

As you can expect, Suzuki’s inviting riders of the GSX-, and all other Suzuki motorcycle owners to join in on all of the festivities. The company is even setting up its own hospitality area at the Circuit of the Americas where guests can just chill out and swap war stories with their Suzuki bikes. So if any Suzuki owner out there has no plans this weekend, the COTA circuit makes for a compelling destination so you can spend time with your fellow “Suzuki-sseurs.” All you need to do to gain entry into the exclusive event is to show up and show them a Suzuki vehicle key or your insurance or registration card proving your ownership of any Suzuki vehicle.

In addition to the hospitality area at the COTA circuit, Suzuki will also host the first Suzuki Pit Stop in conjunction with the MotoAmerica Road Racing Championship on Saturday, April 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. That event will take place at Barger’s Allsports, Suzuki’s authorized dealer in Waco, Texas. If you’re a Suzuki owner, you’re invited to stop and receive a fuel-up and a quick service check at the expense of the dealership.

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Suzuki Files Patent For Possible Recusion Concept-Based Model

Suzuki Files Patent For Possible Recusion Concept-Based Model

The Suzuki Recursion Concept turned a lot of heads at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Not surprisingly, the Japanese bookmaker is putting the interest surrounding the concept to good use by filing a patent application for the technology behind the concept. But before anybody starts jumping for joy, it’s important to remember that the patent application doesn’t necessarily mean that the Recursion Concept is hitting production.

But it does open the door towards that happening, which is reason enough to get a little excited. These patent filings , which features alternative designs that’s different from the Recursion Concept, also leaves the possibility that Suzuki could use it for a separate bike altogether, at least something that’s different from the concept we saw in Tokyo.

A few elements do stand out from the drawings, namely the placement of the turbocharger in front the engine and just below the radiator. This is a different take from the one used by Kawasaki on its H2 and H2R superbikes when it placed a supercharged just behind the cylinders. The turbocharger’s placement also opens up the exhaust stream from the header pipes, spinning a turbine to pressurize the air intake, which then sends the pressurized air up into the intercooler found just below the front end of the seat.

Suzuki’s also apparently working on a few intercooler designs, including one that looks like a hollow rectangular box with a dividing wall that runs across most of its length and an alternative design that adds a gap in the intercooler for improved cooling.

As far as the design is concerned, I’m not ready to say that these drawings will reflect what Suzuki’s production plans are for this model, if it even gets to that point. What I don know is that these patent filings are tied to the Recursion Concept and at this point in the bike’s perceived development, any indication that Suzuki could send the concept into production is good enough for me.

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Suzuki Takes The Name Suzuki Ecstar in MotoGP Return

Suzuki Takes The Name Suzuki Ecstar in MotoGP Return

Suzuki hasn’t been seen or heard from in the paddock of MotoGP since 2011 when the Japanese bikemaker unexpectedly departed the most prestigious motorcycle racing series in the world. Over the next three seasons, Suzuki didn’t compete in MotoGP, only appearing once last season as a a wild card entry at Valencia, Spain.

Well, Suzuki’s making a triumphant comeback this season and it’s officially returning to MotoGP as the Suzuki Ecstar team.

The Japanese company officially announced the partnership, oddly enough with its own brand of engine oil serving as the titular sponsor of the team. Guess it works better in-house in Suzuki, doesn’t it?

In addition to announcing the team’s official name, the launch also gave us the first glimpse of the newly developed Suzuki GSX-RR that the team is set to use in its first season back in MotoGP. Dressed in the team’s new livery, the pair of GSX-RR models will be ridden by Aleix Espargaro and 2013 Moto3 champion Maverick Vinales. The team definitely picked two pretty exciting young drivers to lead its comeback. In fact, Espargaro already has some experience in MotoGP, finishing last season in seventh overall place while riding for Forward Yamaha.

Suzuki’s return to MotoGP under the Suzuki Ecstar team will undoubtedly add some intrigue to the 2015 MotoGP season, as if it needs to add more storylines to the myriad of juicy subplots already being talked about in the series.

Welcome back, Suzuki. We’re glad to have you back in MotoGP.

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Video: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Ferrari 458 Italia

Video: Suzuki Hayabusa vs Ferrari 458 Italia

There aren’t a lot of cars today that can match wits with a Ferrari 458 Italia. The same can be said for motorcycles, but if there’s one super bike that can hold its own against Maranello’s finest, the Suzuki Hayabusa is one of them.

The Hayabusa was at one point considered the fastest motorcycle in the world, capable of hitting a top speed of 190 mph. That number is not too far off of the 458’s own top speed of around 200 mph.

If you needed any more proof that the Hayabusa has the wheels to match up against the 458 Italia, this video posted by GTBoard will have all your answers. The video itself is pretty dated, but who cares! It’s a Ferrari 458 taking on a Suzuki Hayabusa!

That’s the kind of cross-world match-up that will get auto and bike enthusiasts lining up just to witness. The Hayabusa may have won this particular showdown, but the real winners here are those who were able to see the two machines go head-to-head.

Now, can somebody do this again in a more modern setting? We all deserve as much, right?

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Web Glitch on Suzuki Site Accidentally Reveals Power Output for the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F

Suzuki has gained a reputation as a pretty secretive motorcycle company. Whenever a new Suzuki model comes out, the Japanese bike make ensures that as much information about the bike is kept under wraps. Actually, everybody does this, but Suzuki is probably one of the best at keeping details about its yet-to-be revealed bikes under lock and key.

Recently, though, somebody over at Suzuki, presumably within its online department, bumbled a pretty crucial information about the brand’s new GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F bikes. According to Motorrad, the Suzuki website briefly, if not inexplicably, revealed the power figures of the two sports bikes. The information has since been taken down, but for those who are curious to know what it is, the GSX-S1000 and the GSX-S1000F will be packing 145 horsepower at 9,500 rpm. Chalk this incident up to a sudden case of carelessness.

The number isn’t at all surprising, even if Suzuki has taken extraordinary steps to keep it on lockdown. For one, 1000PS interviewed Gerald Steinmann of Suzuki back in October 2014 and he let slip that the GSX-S1000F could pack “more than 160 horsepower.”
145 ponies isn’t at all bad, but it’s still not the “over 160” that I personally thought the bikes were going to have at their disposal. That said, 145 horsepower is still pretty good considering that both bikes are still being powered by old-by-comparison GSX-R1000 motor. In some ways, getting 145 horsepower out of it is actually pretty neat and could go a long way in giving the two GSX-S models the needed bump it needs to compete with some of its highly touted rivals in the sports bike segment.

At the end of the day, though, Suzuki’s decision to take down the output numbers of the two bikes seem to suggest that the company is either still undecided about how much power it can and will have when the bikes are finally ready to head out to market or it’s just really protective of the cards it has in its hands before they decide to reveal them to the world.

Let’s just all hope that it gives the green light to reveal the actual numbers soon.

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Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Arrives in Dealerships

Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Arrives in Dealerships

Identifying a specific bike based on its trim is often confusing as the nomenclatures are usually identical to one another, except for a few interchangeable letters. Suzuki is one brand that has this kind of issue, specifically with its line of popular V-Strom tourer models. Such is the case with the new Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT, which has finally made it to dealerships, adding yet another model to an already stout V-Strom 650 range.

Don’t be confused by their names because the V-Strom 650 XT offers a wide range of unique features that are different from other V-Strom 650 models. While it is based on the 650, the 650 XT has a new front beak inspired by the much bigger V-Strom 1000. It also has new hand guards, an aluminum sump protector, new engine bars, and lightweight DID wire-spoked wheels that offer improved strength and stability when the tourer is ridding unpaved roads.

It’s essentially a recrafted and highly more sophisticated version of the 650 range, which is probably what Suzuki was going for in the first place. With the V-Strom 650 XT now in dealerships, Suzuki can begin offering the bike to interested customers. The price tag for one has been set at £7,499 in the UK. Fortunately, the bike is priced a little bit cheaper in the uS at just $10,399.

Additional accessories will also be part of the model, but as always, availing these add-ons will come at an added cost.

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