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Suzuki’s new Katana/Recursion to be Supercharged
Fresh new patents filed by Suzuki that the new forced induction model from the Japanese brand will be a supercharged one rather than a turbo-charged machine like we all thought until now. The brand showcased the Recursion concept back in 2013 that resembles the ‘Katana’ design cues and its bodyworks seen in 2017.
This mid-weight machine will be Suzuki’s entry into the world of forced induction and might as well carry the ‘Katana’ brand with it. Currently, the industry calls it the GSX-700T, with the ‘T’ playing us deceptive with “turbo-charged”. But these patent images tell us a rather supercharged story.
Suzuki motorcycles in future might have semi-automatic transmission
Automatic vs. Manual had been a topic hot for the four-wheeler segment ever since the first automatic car was born in 1940 by General Motors’ Cadillac. And now, it seems like it will create havoc in the two-wheeler segment. Or would it?
New patents filed by Suzuki suggests that the Japanese honchos are in a bid to introduce a semi-automatic transmission shortly. And by the looks of it, it might as well be in the Hayabusa. Yes, the world famous superbike will probably come with a semi-automatic gearbox that will smartly handle the bike’s traditionally manually-shifted brethren without the need of a clutch lever system.
Suzuki’s new patents show laser projections alerting other road users
In a bid to make motorcycling safe, manufacturers are foraying deep into embedding technology and innovation into their products to help riders stay safe on their bikes. Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimize that as much as possible.
The Japanese manufacturer has patented a complex laser lighting system to improve the active safety of motorcycles when in operation. According to the patent images, these dynamic laser lights surround the ground around the motorcycle helping other road users become aware of the motorcycle and rider intentions while on the move.
Suzuki plans to make group riding as safe as ever
Motorcycle accidents are close to 30 times more than those of cars, and Suzuki is in an effort to minimise that as much as possible. With safety always been a big hindrance to motorcycles, that notion is going to change with manufacturers getting new technology out in the world and make riding a safer experience.
According to Suzuki’s ‘connected’ vehicles plan, future motorcycles will have the technology to communicate with each other, as well as, with other road users in real time. This will allow the vehicles to be aware of each other on the road and avoid untoward incidents that may involve human error.
Suzuki might just be the first to put a motorcycle on the moon
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.
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.