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This years Intermot show in Cologne kicked off for us with the Suzuki Press launch.
Biggest News – NINE new models for 2017 of which they are announcing 5 today and the other 4 at the EICMA show next month in Milan.
Suzuki has debuted two versions of its all-new GSX-R1000 at Intermot, the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R machines…
Designed and built from the ground up, both models feature a new frame and swing arm, wrapped around an engine that uses technology developed from the manufacturer’s race-winning GSX-RR MotoGP machine. That same MotoGP knowhow has also helped develop an extensive electronics package that features a three-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) that works in tandem with a 10-mode traction control and sophisticated ABS system.
Also joining the GSX-R stable for 2017 will be an all-new GSX-R125, giving a brand new entry point to the legendary range of Sportbikes…
The development of the GSX-R125 followed the same philosophy that has been applied to all GSX-Rs for the last three decades, with the smallest offering in the legendary range of Sportbikes boasting the best power-to-weight ratio, best torque-to-weight ratio, and best acceleration in its class, thanks to its new, single cylinder 125cc engine. It is also the lightest in the 125cc Sportbikes category.
Following the launch of the GSX-S1000 last year, which is powered by the revered GSX-R1000 K5 engine, Suzuki has added a new GSX-S750 to its naked street bike line up, this time using the same engine architecture as the K5 power-plant from the iconic GSX-R750.
The K5 GSX-R750 engine was selected for the GSX-S750 due to its mounting angle, which is closer to vertical than the current GSX-R750 engine, and helps achieve the short wheelbase desired in a naked machine.
The GSX-S750 boasts more power and torque than the outgoing GSR750, with peak power increased to 113bhp at 10,500rpm and torque upped to 81Nm at 9,000rpm. This has been possible by the change to new, 10-hole, long-nose fuel injectors from the older 8-hole design on the GSR. The GSX-S also gets a new air box and exhaust.
Suzuki’s flagship adventure bike, the V-Strom 1000, benefits from a host of updates for 2017, including the addition of Suzuki’s Motion Track Brake, cornering ABS system, while a new V-Strom 1000XT was also revealed.
Both variants of the popular adventure machine – which get sharper styling for 2017 – utilise the new Motion Track Brake System, which combines information from the machine’s inertial measurement unit (IMU) and wheel speed sensors to allow the ABS to operate and optimise brake pressure when the vehicle is leaned over, as well as in a straight line. The system also automatically applies pressure to the rear brake when front brake pressure rises to a certain level.
The V-Strom 650 has been the biggest seller in its market segment across the globe since its introduction in 2004, and for 2017 the new model gets more power, less weight, and traction control, while conforming to new Euro 4 emissions regulations.
Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine has become widely regarded as one of the best motorcycle engines of its generation, and in the 2017 V-Strom 650 it gets more power and torque, increasing its output to 70bhp at 8,800rpm and 62Nm or torque at 6,500rpm. A new exhaust also boosts power and torque, while saving weight and aiding in a lower centre of gravity.
New on both variants is Suzuki’s low-rpm assist system, which automatically raises engine speed when pulling away, and the new easy-start system first seen on the GSX-S1000 range, as well as the addition of a two-mode traction control system, that can be turned off.