2017 - 2022 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.
2018 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000
Engine upgrades joined other improvements in the 2018 model year as Suzuki pushed 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 2019, but the “F” returns for 2020. The family now has even more of what it takes to dominate the street with a Gixxer engine in a naked bike chassis.
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure
If you’re looking for a mid-displacement adventure bike that will actually handle some off-road work or a solid commuter for the urban jungle, then Suzuki’s 2020 V-Strom 650XT Adventure should be on your short list. This model builds on the 650 platform and it boasts extra protection for both bike and rider along with stock dry-storage and a proven V-twin powerplant. As usual, Suzuki rounds out the package with a bevy of proprietary ride-quality electronics to back up the various variables built into the mechanics of the bike to deliver a customizable riding experience.
2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050
Suzuki unveiled its new V-Strom 1050 line at the 2019 Milan show with an aggressive new look and expanded capabilities meant to make it easier to range hither and yon over a variety of surfaces. In addition to the new rally-style look, updated electronics and upgraded engine performance are part of the package for MY2020. The V-Strom 1050 serves as the platform for the top-shelf “XT” models but even the stock base model comes packed with upgraded electronics and net-new tech to make it attractive and competitive within the adventure bike market.
2018 - 2020 Suzuki Burgman 400
Back in the lineup in 2018 after a hiatus the year prior, the Suzuki Burgman 400 emerged as an all-new, third-generation model available for the North American market. A new powerplant delivers over 30 horsepower, and it comes tucked away under a restyled body.
2015 - 2019 Suzuki Boulevard C90T
Cruisers and touring bikes go hand in hand for that relaxed, comfortable ride you get. The Boulevard C90T from Suzuki is the touring version of the C90 that was dropped after the 2013 model year. Leather-look — not real leather, just leather textured — hard saddlebags and an ample windscreen give the C90T that "I’m ready for the road" look along with a 1,462 cc engine and five-speed transmixer.
2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Touring
Suzuki adds to its V-Strom 650 family with the new-for-2019 V-Strom 650XT Touring. The “Touring” builds on the proven 650 XT platform even as it borrows its looks from elsewhere in the V-Strom lineup. Power comes from a 645 cc V-twin, and the Touring comes with a host of safety features to help you keep it dirty-side down and between the appropriate lines. Comfort was a front-burner topic as well, as evidenced by the vented windshield and handguards that come with the stock equipment package, so this new variant can definitely pull double duty as a light tourbike or a dandy commuter.
2009 - 2019 Suzuki TU250X
2018 Suzuki GSX-S125
While most eyes are on the battle for supremacy of the upper-displacement brackets, the fight between the flyweights rages on, and Suzuki’s newest weapon is its GSX-S125. Like the rest of the “Gixxess” family, it comes based on the “R” version but is stripped of its body panels to become a proper naked sportbike. The 124 cc powerplant stays within the A1 licensing envelope with 10.8 kW to serve as a true entry-level bike cum indoctrination piece capable of drawing in the very youngest riders, and that’s exactly how it’s set up; to be as rider-friendly as possible with a low curb weight of 133 kg and manageable, 785 mm seat height. Today I’m going to dig in a little deeper to see what all Suzuki has going on with this decidedly important little ride.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-S125.
2016 - 2017 Suzuki Burgman
Largely carry-overs from previous years, the Burgmans in Suzuki’s dwindling 2017 lineup — called Skywave in Japan — consists of the 200 and the 650 Executive. Missing is the Burgman 125 available outside the U.S. market and the Burgman 400 not brought forward for 2017. Styled for classy good looks and a certain amount of sophistication, the Burgmans present a scooter that demands to be taken seriously in an otherwise ’wild spirit’ or retro-style scooter market.
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2018 Suzuki GSX-R125
Suzuki doubles down in the worldwide race to the bottom with its newly-redesigned GSX-R125. This pocket-rocket carries the undeniable genetic markers and the typical, race-tastic visage associated with the family. Engine output falls just shy of 15 horsepower (11 kW) and displacement is just under the 125 cc mark as well, so British riders can use it on the road with just a CBT certificate. This is no accident, since indoctrination is best when started young, and only good things can come from instilling some brand loyalty right at the entry level. Sure, there are plenty of 125 cc two-wheelers out there, but many are cheap Chinese imports and the rest are scooters, so there’s definitely room in the market for a trainer bike with the name power and reputation of the Suzuki GSX-R family. Personally, I rather like these small-displacement sportbikes. Their simplicity is refreshing, and what they lack in top-end, they make up with handling which is where the fun is, anyway.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-R125.
A carryover from 2014, the Burgman 200 available from Suzuki for 2017 remains that awesome around-town ride or a super-scoot up the highway. With plenty of roll-on even at highway speeds, good fuel economy and a suspension that’s more motorcycle than scooter, the Burgman 200 takes daily commutes in stride. The low center of gravity gives it responsive handling, giving you a surprisingly powerful ride for such a small scooter.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki Burgman 200.
Suzuki launched a legacy when it introduced the world to the GSX-R750 back in 1985, and the factory has added to that family tree with the release of the new-in-2016 GSX-S1000, and built upon it once again in 2017 with the GSX-S1000, the ABS-equipped version of same, and the S1000F. Consider this bike the street-wise cousin to the more race-centric GSX-R range.
The GSX-S1000 does more than bear a passing familial resemblance however, it actually shares parts and technology with its MotoGP relative, including the 999 cc engine used in the GSX-R1000. Set up for street domination, this bike proves that the GSX legacy is alive and well.
Continue reading for the my review of the Suzuki GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000 ABS, and GSX-S1000F.
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.
The GSX-R1000 has been around for a minute, since it replaced the GSX-R1100 back in ’01 in fact, and 2016 sees the release of a total of three Gixxer 1000s with the GSX-R1000, the ABS version and the Commemorative model up for grabs. I’ve had an appreciation for Gixxers ever since I scared myself on one back in ’94, and the fact that Suzuki has managed to keep the family relevant for so long makes me appreciate it even more.
Buyer enthusiasm for race bikes is starting to wane a bit in favor of some of the more naked, streetwise machines, but Suzuki doesn’t let that dissuade them as they push right ahead with their flagship production racebike. Join me while I take a look at what Suzuki has going on with this latest effort to keep things going with the venerable Gixxer line.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Suzuki continues strong in the adventure market for 2016 with the V Strom family. The 1000 and 1000 Adventure share the stable with their 650 cc counterparts for fun on-road and off-road in grand touring style.
If you’re looking at an adventure bike for the first time, understand that this isn’t a sport bike with off-road capabilities. Don’t look at that 1000 cc engine and get a chubby like you would with a crotch rocket. These V Strom 1000s are adventure bikes – tall seat, tall tank and suspension squishier than a street bike, but not as much travel as a proper off-road bike. Is that a bad thing? No, as long as you know what you’re looking at.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki V Strom 1000 and V Strom 1000 Adventure.
Around since 2004, the V-Strom 650 launched its second generation in 2012. For 2016, it carries forward in a class of mid-weight sport-tourers offering a standard riding posture for long-distance comfort.
With the introduction of the 650XT in 2015, the V-Strom keeps a toe in the adventure pool, having lost the 650 Adventure in 2016. The base model V-Strom 650 is adaptable for whatever you want to do, be it a little adventure touring, commuting or even a little bar-hop cruising.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT.
The spirit of adventure beckons you to new destinations. To new sights, sounds and sensations. The V-Strom 650 ABS is built to get you there with more enjoyment and excitement, in greater comfort. Time for real adventures.
The V-Strom 650 ABS EXP builds on the comfort, flexibility and performance of the standard model with Aluminum Side Cases & Top Case, Vario Windshield, Engine Guard, Under Cowling and Hand Guards. This unrivaled combination of performance, specifications and value provide what’s needed for high mileage, two-up adventure touring.
*The ABS is a supplemental device for brake operation, not a device for shortening stopping distance. Always remember to reduce speed sufficiently before approaching curves.
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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.
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.
Lightweight cruisers have always been a staple in Suzuki’s motorcycle lineup, as shown by the longevity of the Boulevard S40, even if it didn’t always carry that name.
When Suzuki began building lightweight cruisers in the mid 80’s, the bike was christened with the name “Savage.” That name lasted until 2004 when Suzuki decided to give it a clean slate. Part of that clean slate was renaming the bike, which of course led to it now being called the Boulevard S40.
Whatever name it goes by, the Boulevard S40 has stood the test of time, largely because it gave customers a chance to experience multiple styling and handling segments in just one bike.
In a lot of ways, the Boulevard S40 carried that versatility with it proudly. Some folks refer to it as an entry-level cruiser, and while its lightweight characteristics does lend some fact to that belief, the Boulevard S40 also has that classic retro Americana look that fits right in with those hulking cruisers of yesteryear.
Performance-wise, it’s not the fastest and most powerful bike in the world. Far from it, really. But what it lacks in power, it more than makes up for in a lot of things.
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