Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000
Engine upgrades joined other improvements in the 2018 model year as Suzuki pushes to keep its sport-standard-sector momentum going with the GSX-S1000. The family tree branched yet again with the new-in-2018, blackout GSX-S1000Z and Suzuki dropped the “F” in favor of the “FZ” for last year. The family now has even more of what it takes to dominate the street with a Gixxer engine in a naked bike chassis.
2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650
Suzuki continued with the evolution of the SV650 line with the all-new-in-2017 SV650. Built on the success of the original SV650 that covered 1999 through 2008, and its offspring, the SFV650 “Gladius,” the new ride carries the SV DNA into a new generation. With a revamped 645 cc engine, it has more horsepower than ever before.
A ’turbo-charged’ Suzuki is heading our way
Forced inductions seem to be the flavor of the motorcycle industry right now. The first thing to roll out of a major factory with forced induction since a few ill-fated turbo experiments back in the 1980s is our favorite Kawasaki Ninja H2 which had us all drooling over this ‘world’s only’ supercharged hyper sports motorcycle.
With Kawasaki already ruling the roots with the H2 R and the recently launched H2 SX, there is another Japanese guy who is bringing a seat to the table. Touted to be called the GSX-700T, it will be Suzuki’s entry into the world of forced induction.
Suzuki brings streetbike styling to the entry-level market with its GW250 family— also known as the GSR250 in Japan, and the Inazuma 250 in the EU. Displacement, weight and complexity is kept low, making it very user-friendly and a good trainer for folks inclined to go the naked/streetfighter/sportbike route when — or if — they upgrade.
Priced near the bottom of the spectrum, the GW250 is worth a look for folks unsure if the two-wheel life is for them or not, and with a price tag just over four grand this rides qualifies as a financially low-risk test vehicle for an exploratory foray into the wind. It’s also a good commuter since the small engine will get you a break on insurance in most states.
Since nearly every sportbike manufacturer has a comparable model — to include the rest of the “Big Four” in Japan — pressure is high on Suzuki to deliver because brand loyalty developed early on has a tendency to stick.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GW250.
Suzuki made waves around the world when it released its original GSX-R back in the mid ’80s. Essentially, it was a street-legal race bike built on the proven GSX platform that came out in 1980, and it was a big hit with the motorcycling masses. In 2015, the GSX offspring carried on the family name with the race-centric GSX-R range, and the more street-errific GSX-S models. While the gixxers are true sportbikes, Suzuki bills the GSX-S as a “standard” motorcycle within the Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) category, and tunes it specifically for dedicated street use.
If you think that makes this a “de-tuned” bike, I invite you to grab a fistful of throttle and get back to me. The engine runs a more street-friendly cam, and has some modifications to the intake and exhaust tracts, but it’s essentially the same mill Suzuki uses to power the GSX-R750 range. Not a bad place to start, if you ask me.
Today I want to take a look at the GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z. Suzuki carried the S750 into 2016 with naught but a difference in paint selection to choose between the years, but the “Z” version won’t see any new units in the coming year.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z.
A lightweight chassis featuring a compact wheelbase and race-developed suspension. A compact, powerful 4-cylinder engine delivering a real-world demonstration of advanced race-proven technology. The GSX-R600 - designed to be The Top Performer in its class, a total package designed to Own the Racetrack.
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Born On The Track. Raised On The Street.
Experience the futuristic combination of leading technology, cutting edge style and outstanding performance. Designed with the competitive spirit of the GSX-R750, the NEW 2015 GSX-S750ZA has the power plant of the GSX-R750 with comfort and versatile riding in its sights. With a powerful 749cm3 four cylinder fuel-injection engine combined with 145mm of ground clearance and ABS brakes*, no road will ever hold you back from full throttle (...)
Suzuki builds on the success of its popular entry-level street bike line with the addition of the 2015 SFV650. Fans of this model family will recognize the presence of the Gladius DNA, sans the rather effeminate colors associated with that model, which should make this new ride more appealing to the ’XY’ (read: male, for those who slept through biology class) customer base. This ride strikes a balance between technology and frugality, as well as aggression versus control, and should help to ease new riders into the sport (art, lifestyle?) of motorcycle riding without breaking the bank or any important bones.
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With its 2015 GW250Z, Suzuki promises, "big bike style, small bike price." Unfortunately, what they don’t say is that it’s also small bike performance. Is that a bad thing? Maybe not. It all depends on what you’re looking for. The GW250Z has that fairing-less, almost naked-bike style that might appeal to your pragmatic side. If you’re looking for a starter bike that you know you’ll eventually outgrow or if you want a lightweight bike for short commutes, this could be your ticket.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GW250Z.
The Suzuki GSX-S750A is an impressive roadster that will reward you with first class ride and handling performances each time you jump on its saddle.
The motorcycle is powered by a 4 stroke, 4 cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine with a displacement of 749 Cm3 (45.7 Cu. In). The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a six speed constant mesh transmission.
Apart from the potent engine, the Suzuki GSX-S750A has also received a set of high tech suspensions including inverted KYB front forks and a link-type rear suspension, with a single rear shock absorber.
On the other hand, the bike’s speed is kept under control by dual front brakes with fully-floating 310mm discs and dual-piston calipers and a 240mm rear disc brake with single-piston caliper.
The Suzuki GSX-S750A can be yours for no less than $8,699.
Meet the special edition GSR750Z ABS which raises the bar even higher in terms of style and performances.
Among the unique features offered by this special edition you’ll find a new colour scheme in Blue/White, gold-anodised front fork outer tubes, red-anodised front fork spring adjuster bolts, matt silver handlebars and a red rear suspension spring. You also get a blue drive chain, a white belly pan and a R11 Yoshimura exhaust.
The motorcycle is powered by a strong 749cc four cylinder, fuel - injected, 4 - Stroke, liquid - cooled, DOHC engine which generates a maximum output of 78.00 kW (105.00 hp) at 10000 rpm and 80.00 NM (59.00 lb.Ft) of torque at 9000 rpm.
The Suzuki GSR750Z ABS comes with a base price of €9.734.
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Based on the standard Inazuma 250, the Inazuma 250 Z raises the bar even higher in terms of style. The already sharp look of the Inazuma 250 is enhanced by a set of dynamic graphics and strong contrasts, the motorcycle being available in two color combinations, namely black/yellow and black/silver.
As far as power is concerned, the Suzuki Inazuma 250 X is equipped with a 248 cc, four stroke, liquid cooled, SOHC engine which is mated on a 6 speed constant mesh transmission.
The unit cranks out a maximum output of 18.00 kW at 8500 rpm (24.00 hp) and 22.00 N.M of torque at 6500 rpm (16.00 lb.Ft). In terms of efficiency the Suzuki Inazuma 250 Z delivers a fuel consumption of 85.87 mpg.
The Suzuki Inazuma 250 Z can be yours for no less than €4.261.
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When it comes to naked motorcycles, the Suzuki GSR750 is one of the most wanted models in its class. And there is no wonder why, because it has all it needs to satisfy your need for adrenaline.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine with a displacement of 749 cc. The unit generates a maximum power of 105 hp at 10000 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 9000 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a six speed constant mesh transmission which offers a fuel efficiency of 60.45 mpg.
As far as wheels are concerned, the bike is fitted with 17 inch aluminum rims which are wrapped in 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) rear tubeless tires.
The standard Suzuki GSR750 is offered with a base price of €8.436 and the ABS version can be yours for no less than €8.918.
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The 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650SA ABS is a sporty cruiser that features a sleek half fairing, an aggressive headlight and a set of tasty three spoke wheels wrapped in 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 160/60ZR17M/C (69W) rear tubeless tyres.
The Suzuki Bandit 650SA ABS was built around a 656cm3, 4-cylinder, liquid cooled, engine that rewards you with strong power and low end torque. The engine is fed by a 19.0 L (5.0 US gal) fuel tank and its power is kept under control by a 6-speed, constant mesh transmission.
As far as the ergonomics are concerned, the 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650SA is equipped with a height adjustable seat and an adjustable handlebar. Moreover, the clutch lever and the front brake lever are both 4-way adjustable.
The 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650SA ABS is offered with a starting price of £6,366.
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The 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650 is a stylish naked built with comfort and agility in mind. As far as ergonomics are concerned the 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650 is equipped with adjustable handlebars and a comfortable seat that can be adjusted for height. Moreover, the clutch lever and the front brake lever are also both 4-way adjustable, moving them closer to or farther from the handlebars.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies a 656 cm3, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine that sends its power to the rear wheel through a six speed constant mesh transmission.
The 2013 Suzuki Bandit 650’s speed is kept under control by front 310 mm discs grabbed by opposed 4-piston calipers and a rear 240 mm disc paired with a dual-piston caliper. There is also offered a modern Antilock Braking System (ABS) that further improves the stopping performances.
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The Suzuki Bandit left a pretty big foot print in its segment and is considered by many a pretty iconic motorcycle.
The 2013 Suzuki Bandit 1250SA can be easily distinguished by its sporty lines, the massive headlight, sleek half-fairing and the sculpted seat.
The bike uses a classic tube-frame chassis, with rake and trail carefully designed to maximize the high speed performances and to offer a relaxed riding position.
The motorcycle’s center piece is a 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, fuel injected engine with a displacement of 1255 cm3 (76.6 cu. in). The engine’s speed is kept under control by a 6-speed constant mesh transmission.
The stopping power is assured by front fully floating 310mm dual discs grabbed by 4-piston calipers and a rear 240mm-disc rear brake with singlepiston caliper.
The Suzuki Bandit 1250 SA ABS can be yours for $11,490.
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After its debut, the Bandit managed to become an icon in its segment in a pretty short time. Since then the motorcycle has been completely upgraded and today the Bandit 1250 continues to be one of the most wanted nakeds in its class.
The new Suzuki Bandit 1250 is powered by a 1, 2555 cc liquid cooled engine that cranks out enough power and torque to help you deal effortless even with the highway traffic. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is combined with a secondary balancer shaft that reduces vibration.
The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six-speed transmission combined with a hydraulic clutch and liquid-cooled oil cooler.
Once on board you are met by a wide, height adjustable seat, a sporty handlebar and modern instruments.
The Suzuki Bandit 1250 is offered with a starting price of £7,176.
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The Suzuki SV650S is a sporty motorcycle that rewards you with a thrilling riding experience. It sports an attractive fairing combined with an aerodynamic windscreen and a set of sleek headlights.
It is built on an innovative aluminum-truss frame, formed with high vacuum casting technology. This modern frame helps it deliver first class performances when it comes to ride and handling.
Once you jump on the sculpted seat you are met by a sporty handlebar combined with a modern instrument panel that keeps you posted on various stats.
The motorcycle is propelled by a 645cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° degree V-twin, fuel injected engine which sends its power to the ground through a six speed, constant mesh transmission. The engine is fed by a 17 liters fuel tank, so you can expect to a pretty decent riding range.
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The Suzuki SFV650AZ is a modern naked with a touch of classic style. Its unique red, black and yellow paint scheme draws inspiration from the 1970s Suzuki RG500 Grand Prix racer.
At its heart “beats” a 645cc, 4-stroke, 2 cylinder, liquid-cooled DOHC, 90° V-twin engine that rewards you with a fair amount of power and generous low end torque. The engine’s power is kept in leash by a six speed constant mesh transmission. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is fed by a 14.5 litres fuel tank.
But power without control is useless, therefore, Suzuki equipped its SFV650AZ with sporty front and rear suspensions that feature adjustable spring pre-load.
The stopping power is handled by front and rear disc brakes combined with an advanced digital ABS system that compares wheel speed to road speed every 1/100th of a second to maximize the stopping performance.
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