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2022 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Review

Gen3 Hayabusa Tested

King Kong has returned. Despite the premature rumours of the big fella’s death, the ‘Busa is back. I managed to snag a bit of saddle time to get some impressions – and even rode it back to back with the Gen 2 machine it replaces. 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

First up, lets talk the big news. Yes the spec sheet has a couple of numbers moving in the opposite direction to what we normally see. And of course, social media has lit up. Peak power and Torque are down by seven ponies and five Nm respectively compared to Gen 2, to 187 hp and 150 Nm. Weight is down by a couple of pies to 264 kg. But we all know that stat sheets can lie. In this case, the updated Euro 5 compliant donk has had a raft of changes from Gen 2 which is now what, 13 years old?

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Numbers aside, I know from experience that many high-power engines that are fitted with new cylinder heads that boast latest generation combustion chamber design combined with more sophisticated electronic management systems are generally way better than their predecessors, as you would hope and expect! 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Anyway, what you need to know is that the focus has been on low to mid-range power and torque which is where you spend most of your time anyway. We didn’t get a chance to do roll-ons due to some drizzly Phillip Island weather, but my ass-ometer backs up the supplied power curve comparisons that say the new bike is comfortably up on torque from low to just past midrange where its back to line ball for a bit before falling slightly behind in the top 20 per cent. A much more usable, linear curve too. I know which one I prefer. Suzuki claim the new bike is faster to both 100 km/h (3.2 s v 3.4 s) and 200 km/h (6.8 s v 6.9 s) compared to the Gen 2, with quarter-mile times the same apparently. So, yeah. It goes alright…

Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Generational Comparison

Details 1st Gen 2nd Gen New Hayabusa
Displacement 1,298 cc 1340 cc
Bore x Stroke 81.0mm x 63.0mm 81.0mm x 65.0mm
Compression ratio 11.0:1 12.5:1
Power (129kW) 175PS/9,800rpm (145kW) 197PS/9,500rpm (140kW) 190PS/9,700rpm
Torque 138Nm/7,000rpm 155Nm/7,200rpm 150Nm/7,000rpm
0-200m time 7.1 6.9 6.8
0-100 km/h time 3.3 3.4 3.2
Top speed (km/h) 299 299 299
Emissions -/ Euro 3 Euro 5
Fuel consumption / 17.6 14.9
2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

The second thing most people will talk about is the styling. In the metal, it looks great – somehow smaller than you expect. Sleeker lines do well to hide the bulk compared to the slightly chunkier lines of old. Unanimous opinion from all who checked it out at the track today agreed that it looked the biz. The Suzuki stylists have done well. It’s cleaner, more streamlined and less bulbous compared to the old bike and the headlight treatment brings it closer to the GSX-R family. I could personally go with something other than the chrome highlight on the side fairing.. but must admit, that it grew on me too. 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Like Trev I’m a big fan of the analogue clocks. Initial impressions are that the electronics menu which appears in the centre TFT screen is not the most intuitive to use in the world, but it’s easy enough to swap between the three pre-set maps (A, B and C), and then scroll through three custom modes where you have full control over settings for power, TC, Anti Lift, Engine Breaking and Quick-shift settings. In the dry, I preferred a custom map with full power, TC and anti-lift set to around five, Engine Breaking off and the quick shift set to two (the more road oriented setting that’s a little smoother than one).

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

So what’s it like to ride? One word – Surprising. I’d probably prefer two words really, but I’m trying to cut down on expletives. 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

I’d not been lucky enough to ride a Hayabusa before the Aussie launch event. I’d only had the pleasure of following Trev as he painted lines in front of me on our annual high country run in the hills a few years back. I now know why he was grinning so much and wouldn’t give me the keys. 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Within a kilometre of setting off on my first road ride, I actually said ‘holy shit it steers pretty well’ out loud, to myself. I dunno why I do that either, just go with it. It really does though. Anyone who hasn’t ridden one before will not believe how happily it changes direction and how eagerly it tips in. Somehow it hides its 264 kg very well. Just ignore that number. Comfortable reach and riding position, plenty of room to move – its more than pleasant to ride. And the suspension is super communicative (I’ll get back to that later)

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

But that engine. Faaaaaaaaaaaaaarmer Jones’s tractor doesn’t pull like that. It’s like a turbine. Spooling up cleanly from as low as 2000 revs in top gear and just piling on the speed. There’s no ignoring it. It’s a monster. Exhaust note is nice and refined, with the dominant sound of gases getting the hell out of dodge. It’s almost turbo whoosh. Without the turbo.

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

We were lucky enough to run some laps at the Phillip Island circuit. The weather gods weren’t entirely cooperating, but I did get one ‘almost’ dry session in… 

The only 2022 Hayabusa in Australia and a wet Phillip Island…

We started on the outgoing Gen 2 in the morning. On a fully wet track. In B mode. And I admit it was a little nerve wracking. Compared to the MY22 that I’d ridden the night before it felt stiff and heavy. And the suspension wasn’t nearly as communicative.

Gen 2 Hayabusa does feel like a generation ago compared to Gen 3

Then session 2 was on the new bike, also in B mode. On a track that was just starting to dry. The difference in feedback and confidence was chalk and cheese, not just because of the new six-axis Bosch IMU which seems to be the ducks nuts when it comes to TC and ABS control, but the suspension package as a whole was light years ahead. It’s running 43 mm KYB USD forks with 120 mm of travel up front and a fully adjustable KYB shock out the back. They’re both excellent. The stability was expected. The level of feedback wasn’t, considering there’s a fair amount of metal to keep under control… 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Brake-wise, the Brembo Stylemas that bite into 10 mm larger 320 mm discs up front are impressive too. Heaps and heaps of feel. And the bike positively sheds speed. While not really a benchmark, without trying too hard, I was out-braking plenty of track day punters on slick shod race bikes coming into turn-four. While giggling…

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Session 3 was almost dry. Time to try the A mode. Gradually wicking things up to the point that I was getting the knee down…  On a track that wasn’t fully dry.  On road tyres. On 264 kg of Hayabusa…

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Confidence? You bet. We weren’t out there to set lap times, we were out there to see how the bike went. With it being the only one in the country, I was very, very, very  conscious not to throw it down the road… which is why I pulled into the pits in the fourth session. The rain had started coming down again and I caught myself playing around and sliding in the wet out of Southern Loop.. and Siberia.. and turn 11. Don’t be that guy Wayne… So I brought it back into the pits just before the rain started getting serious. And that was where our day ended as the rain kept coming down so we pulled the pin. 

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Overall impressions in what was a relatively short introduction ride? The new Busa is a missile. Forget the power stats. If big power is your thing, team Suzuki have a bike ready for you. It’s positively a torque monster, so smooth and composed. But it utterly surprises in terms of how well it can steer and stop for a big heavy bike. I was prepared for the engine. I wasn’t prepared for the rest of the package. Phenomenal.

2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

While it will be on sale in July 2021, it is referred to as a 2022 model by Suzuki, and is priced at $27,690 ride away. 

2022 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa Specifications
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, in-line four
Bore x stroke 81.0 mm x 65.0 mm
Engine displacement 1,340 cc
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Fuel system Fuel injection
Starter system Electric
Lubrication system Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Rear Suspension Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Front Suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / trail 23° 00’ / 90 mm
Front Brakes Brembo Stylema 4-piston, twin disc, ABS-equipped
Rear  Brakes Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped
Front Tyre 120/70/ZR17
Rear Tyre 190/50/ZR17
Ignition system Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Fuel tank capacity 20.0 L 
Overall Length 2,180 mm
Overall width 735 mm 
Overall height 1,165 mm
Wheelbase 1,480 mm
Ground clearance 125 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Kerb weight 264 kg
Available Mid 2021
Price $27,690 Ride Away
2021 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Source: MCNews.com.au

New 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 revealed

Suzuki have released some information on a new GSX-S1000 that is scheduled to arrive in Australia in the first-quarter of 2022.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

In the transition to Euro5 the 999 cc GSX-S has picked up a couple more ponies with a new claimed maximum of 150 horsepower at 11,000 rpm but with claims of much improved mid-range torque, which is something it wasn’t exactly lacking before.

Euro5 has also required the move to ride-by-wire along with the milder new cams, valve springs while the slipper clutch is now of the assisted engagement type for a lighter action at the lever while providing more clamping force under throttle.

Quick Specs Previous GSX-S1000 New GSX-S1000
Displacement 999cm3 999cm3
Bore x Stroke 73.4mm x 59.0mm 73.4mm x 59.0mm
Compression ratio 12.2 : 1 12.2 : 1
Maximum power 110kW (150PS)/10,000rpm 112kW (152PS)/11,000rpm
Maximum torque 108N-m/9,500rpm 106N-m/9,250rpm
Acceleration (0-200m)* 6.70sec 6.64sec
Acceleration (0-400m)* 10.25sec 10.15sec
Emissions level Euro 4 Euro 5
* Suzuki’s internal test results

The electronic throttle also add a swag of improved electronics with a two-way quick-shifter and auto-blipper added into the package along with a more integrated five-mode traction control system.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The LCD instrumentation now comes straight from the GSX-R1000 while at 19-litres the fuel tank is two-litres more generous than before.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The 23 mm wider bars and now positioned 20 mm closer to the rider for an even more upright riding position than before.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

KYB provide the fully-adjustable suspension at both ends which now runs different settings from its predecessor while Brembo supply the monobloc calipers and 310 mm rotors.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The stacked hexagonal LED headlights give the new GSX-S a more modern face while new bodywork complete with integrated winglets present a sharper side profile and overall the bike is more streetfighter than before. The indicators and tail-lights are now also LED.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The original GSX-S was a wheelie monster par excellence and no doubt so will the new model thus we look forward to ripping some monos and skids when they arrive next year.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000
 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 Specifications
Engine displacement 999 cm3 (61.0 cu. in.)
Compression ratio 12.2 : 1
Fuel system Fuel injection
Starter system Electric
Lubrication system Wet sump
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Suspension Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / trail 25° / 100 mm
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Disc
Tyres Front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tyres Rear 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Ignition system Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Fuel tank capacity 19.0 L (5.0)
Oil capacity (overhaul) 3.4 L (3.6)
Overall length 2,115 mm
Overall width 810 mm
Overall height 1,080 mm
Wheelbase 1,460 mm
Ground clearance 140 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Curb weight 214 kg
Engine type 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore x stroke 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm (2.9 in. x 2.3 in.)

Source: MCNews.com.au

Suzuki Separating Marine and Motorcycle Divisions Come 2021

For America, That Is

Suzuki Motor America just announced that the two divisions (motorsport and marine) will be facing official separation come April of 2021. Rather than sharing dealerships and other assets, the two subsets will be fully separating and operating 100% independently moving forwards. What does this mean? Suzuki is looking to divorce the brands in hopes that they can succeed on their own without the other propping them up.

Suzuki’s official statement has some words about the separation, “This new organization is designed to give both new companies the best opportunity to optimize their success in their respective industries.

“Both the Motorcycle/ATV and Marine Divisions are enjoying solid success in their respective businesses. As we proceed in reorganizing into two separate companies, we look forward to the Suzuki brand continuing to thrive in the United States.”  it continued.

Not only are they just separating business practices, but also HQ’s as well. This is a much bigger move than we initially anticipated as the Motorsport brand will stay at their current headquarters locates in the San Francisco Bay area while the Marine division will be packing their bags and heading to – a much more fitting area for their sort of business – Tampa, Florida. This also means that Suzuki will have complete coast-to-coast ruling which can be a valued asset in the business world despite the fact that the brands will be pretty much independent going forwards.

Bloodbikes Australia has become an integral part of transporting COVID-19 tests from testing centres to medical laboratories.

Hopefully, this will allow the respective divisions to focus on their true goals without the other interfering, and I look forward to Suzuki (and their customers) reaping the benefits from this bold strategy.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT arrives


2021 V-Strom 650 XT models are now available in Australian Suzuki dealerships.

MY21 range can be had in new Metallic Oort Grey, Pearl Brilliant White and Candy Daring Red/Glass Sparkle Black colour schemes.

The V-Strom 650XT is an adventure bike that truly is greater than the sum of its parts, offering versatility and reliability like no other bike in its class.

The flexible well proven 645 cc DOHC V-twin pumps out 70 horsepower at 8,800 rpm and 62 Nm of torque at 6500 rpm.

A well proven and characterful mill

A Learner Approved version is also available in the Metallic Oort Grey colour scheme with its maximum output restricted to 47 horsepower to meet the Learner Approved Motorcycle Scheme (LAMS) requirements.

Dual Spark system for clean burn efficiency

Equipped with a switchable multi-mode traction control system that continuously monitors the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, and gear position with various sensors, and controls the engine output by managing the ignition timing and air delivery.  The modes differ in terms of sensitivity. Mode one allows modest rear wheel spin for more advanced, exhilarating riding, while mode two activates traction control at the slightest loss of rear-wheel grip to give greater confidence on slippery surfaces or in the rain.

Switchable traction control

A lightweight aluminium twin spar frame offers great rigidity and balance providing steady handling and manoeuvrability whilst keeping the chassis slim enabling the rider to reach the ground easily.

An ever important feature on an adventure touring motorcycle is a comfortable seat, the V-Strom 650XT’s seat design works in unison with the front cowling and will continue living up to its reputation for being an ultra-comfortable touring machine.

A handy wheel allows quick and easy adjustment of spring preload

For controllable and dependable stopping performance the 650XT is equipped with 310 mm twin discs with twin-piston calipers up front and a 260 mm single disc with a single piston caliper on the rear backed up by ABS.

Wire-spoked aluminium-alloy rims as standard on the V-Strom 650XT absorb shock effectively at low speeds to promote friendly handling character and are shod with Bridgestone Battlax Adventure A40 tyres.

The XT model gets spoked rims as standartd

Genuine Suzuki hand guards and protective engine under cowling are fitted as standard equipment to support harsh riding conditions.

Clear and concise instrumentation

The instrument cluster incorporates a large analogue tachometer and digital readouts for the gear position and speedometer. The digital section below displays the odometer, twin-trip meter, clock, fuel level, coolant temperature, ambient temperature, battery voltage, range on remaining fuel, average and instantaneous fuel consumption, and traction control modes. The remaining fuel range continues to display after the fuel gauge shows empty, offering the rider with accurate and comforting information.

For user convenience a 12V DC outlet is positioned directly below the instruments as standard equipment.

Standard power outlet

The Suzuki Low RPM assist system reduces the chances of an unexpected engine stall by automatically raising the idle speed when releasing the clutch or when riding at very low rpms. Proving particularity helpful in frequent clutch work situations such as navigating through congested city traffic.

The Suzuki Easy Start System fires the thumping V-Twin to life at one touch of the starter button.

The MY21 V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 650XT Learner Approved are available now for a Manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $13,490 Ride Away.

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

Coinciding with the MY21 release is the addition of two new Genuine Accessory luggage kits.

The ‘Voyager Pack’ comprises a full set of Genuine Suzuki aluminium luggage; consisting of an extremely tough 38L top box, constructed from 1.5mm aluminium, further strengthened by featuring lid and side wall ribbed contours. The lid also features four large tie-down points integrated into the design.

The top case is accompanied by a set of tough 37L quick-release, waterproof aluminium side cases. As a matching system, many features are shared across all three pieces including construction material, stainless steel latches, glass-fibre reinforced plastic corner covers for additional protection and integrated tie-down points. The side case lids are also completely removable via a quick release fastener system for superior access and easy cleaning.

Combined, the luggage set offers users 112 litres of usable storage. All three pieces and mounting points are lockable by key, lock sets and all required mounting bracketry are included in the kit.

Available now in both powder-coated black and anodised silver finishes for $2,599 plus fitting.

2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT

Interested customers are encouraged to build their own dream V-Strom 650XT by visiting suzukimotorcycles.com.au and experiencing the ‘Build Your Bike’ feature.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Suzuki Launches SmartMeet Video Chat in Italy

Talk to a Product Specialist

Do you have questions about some of Suzuki’s latest machines? Well, if you’re in Italy, you can have a chat with a salesperson or product specialist from the safety of your home.

Suzuki Italy just launched a new video chat system that allows for telemeetings for potential customers who want to discuss bikes and start the buying process. It’s called SmartMeet, and you can schedule a meeting. 

SmartMett uses a variety of video chatting software (whatever the customer wants to use) to interface with the person who set the appointment.

You can schedule a meeting via Skype, Zoom, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Microsoft Teams, or Google Meet. Italian customers can go to Suzuki’s SmartMeet website and schedule an appointment.

When you schedule an appointment, you’ll be able to specify what you want to discuss, and that should help get you in front of the right person who will have the correct answers for you.

While some manufacturers are trying to do fully virtual sales, this seems like a very smart second option. Suzuki is providing customers a way to get in touch and start the process without physical contact.

It will be interesting to see if the company plans to roll this out elsewhere, my gut tells me it will if this goes well in Italy. I also have a feeling it will go well.

If you’re in Italy (or you just want to check out the SmartMeet setup) check out the website by clicking here

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

FOR SALE: 1986 Suzuki RB50 GAG Auction

Awww, It’s So Cute

I think Honda Grom’s are super cool. I have a few friends with their Grom’s kit out for stunts with custom bars, cages, exhausts, and the works. Although I have some personal experience with them though, Grom’s and other mini-bikes are still quite a niche vehicle here in North America outside the enthusiast subsection. The same goes for small cars though, they’re very popular in Europe but here in NA there are other options that typically garner most people’s attention instead.

For those in the mini-bike camp, here is the crowned jewel awaiting your purchase. A rare 1986 Suzuki RB50 GAG. The motorcycle lived a very short life with only being manufactured for two years and seeing low sales, so you can bet this is the perfect bike to stow away in a corner and let collect value for the next few years (because it small and doesn’t take up much space… funny, right?). Or ride the heck out of it, to each their own.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750

As you can see, the tiny bike was carefully modelled after its big brother, the 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750. 

The bike has been appraised between $5,900-$7,100 USD and will be going up for auction at the Zoute Sale in on October 11th, in Belgium.

yard built back to the drawing board

The motorcycle is so rare it’s honestly difficult for me to find proper video footage to show you guys what the bike is like, but here’s a great one from Youtuber ‘memories created’ taking it for a spin around the block.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Suzuki Releases New Tech Teaser

Last week Suzuki put out a post on their official motorcycle Instagram stating that a “superior way to ride” will be coming soon. The caption stated: “The world is getting smarter, and so is your two wheeler! Get ready for a new, smart way to ride with #SuzukiIndia.”

With the very obvious hint towards a “smarter” ride and the image attached looked like a display of some sort, we can safely assume their small-displacement motorcycles will be perhaps featuring a new smart display or something along those lines. The post was hashtagged #SuzukiIndia – and we all know India loves their small-displacement motorcycles.

toronto motorcycle film festival

Fast-forward a few days later, they continued the teaser show by releasing a video on their Instagram. The video doesn’t have any information to offer other than flashy text overlay on the video stating “Introducing a technology that lets you stay in charge. stay tuned!”. Hmmmmm, thanks, Suzuki… You’re really going out of your way to make my job easy.

Again, I’m going to go out on a limb and assume this has something to do with either smartphone connectivity to their smaller bikes, or a new display giving you more information than before, or both.

In order to put out a new display, you obviously need a new motorcycle to present it on. I think we can safely assume that this new display and “technology that lets you stay in charge” (…) will be featured on a new bike. Friends over at rideapart.com speculate that they may be coming out with a slightly larger 250cc version of the bikes, so we’ll play it by ear.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Some Companies Saw Good Sales for September in India

Tw0-Wheelers are Selling Well

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on economies around the world. However, two-wheeled vehicle sales seem to remain pretty strong. In India, they had a good month last month.

Hero Motocorp saw massive gains, and I’d expect it wasn’t the only company to see sales surge. Hero actually sold a total of 715,718 units in September. This was a record number, according to RideApart, and a notable jump in sales over the 612,204 vehicles sold in September of 2019.

Suzuki saw a bump in sales of 2.89 percent growth, which is good considering the way the year has gone for many companies. The brand failed to reach Hero’s sales numbers but it saw a total of 65,196 units last month. That’s good for a company whose sales have declined around 37 percent when compared to last year.

aprilia rs660 trofeo

There aren’t a ton of other numbers out there yet from what I’m seeing, but I’d imagine that things as a whole are starting to turn around for the Indian scooter and motorcycle market. COVID-19’s impact on the economy may be starting to wane. Even if it isn’t in some markets, the two-wheeld vehicle market there should be fairly safe. Scooters and motorcycles are an important part of transportation there, far more important than in Western countries.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

2021 Suzuki RM-Z motocross machines unveiled

For MY21, both the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 feature WiFi tuning capability via the Suzuki MX-Tuner 2.0.

Standard with every new MY21 RM-Z purchased, the plug and play tuner allows customers to alter the engine mapping via the intuitive smartphone WiGET app, available on iOS and Android devices.

The WiGET app comes with several pre-installed factory-developed maps for easy tuning for different riding styles and track conditions.

In just a few minutes the power delivery can be altered for softer delivery settings for hard packed surfaces or dial-in maximum power for deep, loamy conditions and amazing drive out of the corners.

For the more experienced tuner, the possibilities are practically endless with the ability to create fully customised maps with specific settings for 36 points of ignition timing and 36 points of fuel injection delivery.

2021 Suzuki RM-Z250

Suzuki MX Tuner 2.0 Key Features

  • Four pre-programmed performance maps are available including Aggressive, Smooth, Richer, and Leaner for different riding conditions.
  • Build custom fuel or ignition maps easily on the app by adjusting individual cells or the entire grid. Approve the map and it immediately uploads to the coupler currently plugged into the RM-Z.
  • Easily upload pre-programmed or custom performance maps into different Suzuki couplers (supplied with RM-Zs) for quick mapping changes at the track.
  • Keeping maintenance records is a breeze. Select the service tab to see the hour meter reading, or add a maintenance log to record when a particular component has been serviced, such as completing an oil change.
  • Use the monitor section of the app to view the RM-Z engine functions in real time including RPM, throttle and gear position, which tuning coupler is installed, system voltage and more.
  • Riders can share their best performance settings with fellow RM-Z riders directly through the MX-Tuner 2.0 app.
2021 Suzuki RM-Z450

Suzuki RM-Zs also feature Suzuki’s Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC) provides riders a choice of three settings which can be quickly selected via a handlebar-mounted switch. The “A” mode is programmed for hard surfaces, such as a concrete starting pad, clay or hard-packed dirt where controlling wheelspin is crucial to good starts. The “B” mode is for normal dirt conditions. Riders can also select the “Off” setting to retain standard ignition timing.

Power output is controlled via Suzuki’s sophisticated Traction Management system which works seamlessly with the rider to get the power to the ground. To maximise traction for conditions, the engine control module (ECM) automatically adjusts ignition timing and fuel injection based on throttle position, engine speed and gear position.

Suzuki RM-Zs are famous for their class-leading cornering and turning performance. The latest generation aluminium chassis design, combined with premium coil-spring front forks ensures this legacy continues, giving riders sharper handling, better feel and more control than ever before.

2021 Suzuki RM-Z250

The MY21 RM-Z range also boasts a new graphics design, black anodized Dirtstar rims, powerful 270 mm wave front rotors and Renthal aluminium Fatbar handlebars as standard equipment.

The MY21 Suzuki RM-Z range will be available from Australian dealerships in December, for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $10,790 ride away for the RM-Z250 and $11,690 ride away for the RM-Z450.

2021 Suzuki RM-Z450

Source: MCNews.com.au

100th Anniversary Limited Edition Suzuki GSX-R1000R Coming to the UK

Suzuki has its 100-year anniversary coming up. The motorcycle company has a limited edition GSX-R1000R that it has created for the occasion.

Only 100 of the limited-production machine will be made and the price for one of these will be £16,999 ($22,000 USD). The bike comes with a retro-inspired livery that is featured on the GSX-RR MotoGP bike. This means you get a blue slate silver color scheme that pays homage to Suzuki’s racing motorcycles.

Suzuki GSX-R1000R Limited Edition

Otherwise, the motorcycle has the same variable valve timing system and the suite of electronics that the GSX-RR has. That includes 10 traction control settings, a quick-shifter, auto-blipper, launch control, and lean-angle-sensitive ABS.

The bike has a four-stroke 100cc engine that makes 199 hp and 86.7 lb-ft of torque. It weighs 488 lbs (203 kg). It can do a 0-60 mph sprint in just three seconds.

Suzuki GSX-R1000R Limited Edition

2015 Sturgis Rally senior citizens

“With just 100 of these bikes available in the UK this is a unique opportunity to own and be a part of Suzuki history. The GSX-R range, and the 1000 in particular, has long been the flagship range of sportsbikes with an illustrious history both on-road and on the race track. To mark 100 years of our Suzuki company it was only fitting to adopt the retro-inspired livery of bikes that have achieved and contributed so much to our history,” said Suzuki GB’s head of motorcycles, Jonathan Martin.

It’s fantastic to see Suzuki celebrating its 100-year anniversary with a special bike like this. The motorcycle is a special machine and anyone who’s a GSX-R fan or a sportbike fan, in general, should be pretty excited about this machine. It will be on sale in the UK next month.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com