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Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?

And a guide to help you extract maximum mileage off a tank of fuel from your motorcycle

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.

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2015 - 2020 Suzuki Boulevard C50 / Boulevard C50T

2015 - 2020 Suzuki Boulevard C50 / Boulevard C50T

Suzuki’s Tried-And-True Middleweight Cruiser and Tourer

Suzuki unveiled the Boulevard C50 back in 2005 after renaming its “Volusia” bike of prior model years. The C50 and C50T carry straight through into 2020 with a mid-displacement engine to serve as Suzuki’s mid-size cruiser and weekend tour bike. Smooth acceleration and comfortable seating combine with laced wheels and classic styling to keep the C50s on the list of middleweight contenders in the two-wheeled market.

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Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Adventure Tourers of 2018

capable off-roader with the balance and handling of a sport-standard

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top ten adventure tourers of 2018 that come with some impeccable versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

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Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Top 10 Sports-Tourers of 2018

Combining the performance of a sport bike with the long-distance capabilities

Call them bikes that perfectly fill the gap between thrilling sportsbike and the gigantic touring machines, sports-tourers are simply long haul motorcycles with sportbike expectations built to get the best out of that long way home. Here is our list of 2018’s top ten machines offering the same capabilities as touring bikes but without sacrificing any of the sporty performance.

They tend to be a bit lighter and corner well but aren’t the most comfortable. The riding position tends to be a bit more relaxed compared to sports machines, there’s better wind protection, much better pillion comforts, transmission with lower gearing and usually a whole quick release pannier system designed in.

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2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS / V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure

2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS / V-Strom 1000 ABS Adventure

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.

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2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS / 650XT ABS

2015 - 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS / 650XT ABS

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.

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS SE

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS SE

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 SE builds on the comfort, flexibility and performance of the standard model with Touring Side Cases and Top Case. 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.

Continue reading for more information on the Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS SE.

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS EXP

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS EXP

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.

Continue reading for more information on the Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS EXP.

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650X ABS EXP

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650X ABS EXP

The V-Strom 650 model line is developed to provide maximum fun of long touring with versatile, comfortable, and friendly character. The standard V-Strom650 is already known as great touring machine. The V-Strom 650X EXP expands its versatility with standard equipped Black Aluminum Side Cases & Top Case, Vario Windshield, Engine Guard, Under Cowling, Hand Guards, Wire-Spoked Aluminum wheels and standard ABS.*

The V-Strom 650X EXP is fully equipped to handle long distance riding on all roads with comfort, control and excitement.

*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.

Continue reading for more information on the Suzuki V-Strom 650X ABS EXP.

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2015 Suzuki GSX1250FAZ

2015 Suzuki GSX1250FAZ

The GSX1250FAZ retains all the excellent qualities of the GSX1250FA but adds a fresh look that grabs attention while remaining tasteful and refined. The Z’s special styling is delivered by contrasting wheel stripes and a blue/red/black three colour graphic scheme running from front to rear, ensuring a unique appearance from any angle.

Continue reading for more information on the Suzuki GSX1250FAZ.

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Sport

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Sport

Suzuki product planner Tomohisa Ichimaru explained that his group wanted to build a bike with "big bike" power and performance but easy to maneuver and comfortable to ride. They wanted smooth performance at low-to-mid range for touring, while maintaining the free-revving nature at high rpm. Having owned a previous-generation V-Strom 650, Tomohisa went into the project with the experience of a long-distance touring rider. He brought with him ideas on how to improve the next generation from both an engineering standpoint and from a rider’s point of view. For the 2015 model year, Tomohisa and the folks at Suzuki bring you the V-Strom 1000 Sport, available outside the U.S. market.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Sport.

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS SE

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS SE

The phrase “Jack of all trades” usually comes with the unspoken implication that the subject is also a “master of none.” Suzuki makes significant inroads toward combating that assertion with its 2015 V-Strom 1000 ABS SE. Built for the Canadian “sport-adventure” bike market, the factory added features normally seen only in upper-middle to top-of-the-line, single-purpose bikes (ie sport, tour, offroad et cetera) to give this ride options and abilities beyond the norm for a dual-purpose bike. Join me as I look into how this Jack (Jacques?) challenges the second half of that phrase.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS SE.

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2015 Suzuki GSX1250SE

2015 Suzuki GSX1250SE

The 2015 GSX1250SE — available in limited markets — is the 1,255 cc member of the Suzuki GSX lineup, closest spec-wise to the new 2016 GSX-S1000 and a much beefier version of the GSX-750. With ample saddlebags and rear case, a 19-liter fuel tank, comfortable seating and suspension travel that’s almost into offroad range, the GSX1250SE fits the bill as a tourer or fully luggaged sportbike for travel on both smooth pavement and less-than-well-maintained roads.

Continue reading for my review of the 2015 Suzuki GSX1250SE.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tourer

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Tourer

Featuring a lightweight chassis, an ergonomic riding position and a bullet proof built quality, the Suzuki V-Storm 1000 ABS Tourer delivers an exciting riding experience every time you jump on its saddle.

The motorcycle is built around a 1037 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin engine which is paired with a six speed transmission.

Other features include a slim and lightweight aluminum frame, Suzuki’s advanced traction control system, a padded seat, an all new luggage system and an adjustable windscreen.

The Tourer accessory pack includes a tank pad protector, knuckle guards, "V-Strom 1000" decal set, lower cowling, accessory bar and a 9 ltr small tank bag.

The bike is offered with a choice of three colors including Pearl Glacier White, Glass Sparkle Black, Candy Daring Red and has a base price of €12.794.

Hit the jump for more information on the Suzuki V-Storm 1000 ABS Tourer.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Voyager

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Voyager

The Suzuki V-Storm 100 Voyager redefines the limits of riding. Its rugged character, agile handling and imposing presence make it the perfect two wheels adventurer.

Baked up by the latest technologies in the business and equipped with a wide range of features and accessories, the Suzuki V-Storm 100 Voyager is ready to follow you in the wildest adventures.

At its heart sits a state of the art 1037 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin engine which is mated to a six speed constant mesh transmission.

The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a performance-inspired radial mount front brake caliper with Antilock Brake System which delivers first class stopping performances.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the V-Strom 1000 ABS is equipped with an inverted front fork and an adjustable single shock style rear suspension.

Hit the jump for more information on the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Voyager.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Grand Tourer

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Grand Tourer

Sleek, light and rugged the Suzuki V-Storm 1000 ABS Grand Tourer has an unstoppable character that helps it tackle the toughest conditions without breaking a sweat.

Backed up by a lightweight aluminum chassis and a 1037cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90° V-twin engine the Suzuki V-Storm ABS Grand tourer is a true adventurer on two wheels.

Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include a thickly padded seat, an adjustable windscreen, Suzuki’s advanced traction control system and an all new luggage system.

The motorcycle rides on front 19 inch and rear 17 inch lightweight wheel wrapped in 110/80R19M/C 59V and 150/70R17M/C 69V tyres, respectively.

The stopping power is handled by a radial mount front brake caliper with Antilock Brake System provides riders confidence in braking on various road conditions.

The bikes can be yours for no less than €14.622.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure

If you are searching for a capable Sport Enduro Tourer, then you certainly should take a closer look at the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure. This modern tourer is packed with all it needs to be the perfect partner for the wildest adventures. Thanks to its versatility it can deal great with a wide range of tracks which makes it literally unstoppable.

You also get a comprehensive list of adventure-oriented features such as sleek aluminum side cases, a rugged accessory engine bar and an adjustable windscreen.

Power comes from a 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin engine with a displacement of 645 cc. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter and sends its power to the rear wheel via a six speed, constant mesh transmission.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a sporty front fairing, a 3-way height-adjustable windscreen and a slim 5.3 gallon fuel tank.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 Adventure.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650

Built with comfort, practicality and efficiency in mind, the 2014 Suzuki V-Storm is ready to follow you in your wildest adventures every time you jump on its saddle.

The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 650 sports a 645 cc, fuel injected, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin engine which is mated to a six speed constant mesh transmission.

The engine is mounted on a lightweight and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame which is paired with a similarly light swingarm to deliver first class handling performances.

As far as suspensions are concerned, the Suzuki V-Strom 650 is equipped with 5-way spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-telescopic front forks and a link-type rear suspension with 6.3 inches of travel, stepless rebound damping adjuster and 5-way spring preload adjuster. You also get 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels shod in 110/80R19M/C 59H and 150/70R17M/C 69H tubeless tires.

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000

The 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is an unstoppable motorcycle that has all it needs to make you fall in love with it at the first sight.

Thanks to its versatile character, the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 feels similarly comfortable both in the city and on the open road. Its riding position is perfectly suited for long journeys and you’ll especially like the comfy seat, the ergonomically designed handlebar and the easy to read dials.

At the heart of this Japanese machinery sits a slightly upgraded 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-twin engine with a displacement of 1037cc. The engine delivers top notch performances in terms of power and efficiency and is kept in leash by a six speed constant mesh transmission.

Other features worthy of being mentioned include a new fuel tank, a redesigned frame, new Enkei wheels, and a fresh, 9 way adjustable windshield.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000.

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2014 Suzuki V-Storm 650 ABS Adventure

2014 Suzuki V-Storm 650 ABS Adventure

The 2014 Suzuki V-Storm 650 ABS Adventure is a versatile motorcycle especially developed for the Spot Enduro Tourer segment.

The motorcycle was built endure the harshest punishment without breaking a sweat therefore it delivers first class performances in terms of reliability.

It is propelled by a 645 cc, 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 90-degree V-Twin engine which is kept in leash by a 6-speed transmission with tighter 1st through 5th gear ratios.

Among the features offered by the 2014 Suzuki V-Storm 650 ABS Adventure you’ll find a pair of spacious side cases, a height adjustable windshield and an Antilock Brake System (ABS).

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a lightweight twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame which is paired with a modern swingarm. You also get a features 5-way spring-preload-adjustable 43mm-telescopic front forks and a link-type rear suspension.

The stopping power is handled by front dual 310mm-disc brakes and a rear 260mm-disc brake.

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2013 Suzuki SV650S

2013 Suzuki SV650S

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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