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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Ride Review

2017 Suzuki SV650

Sixteen years ago I walked into a dealership ready to buy my first brand-new bike: a 2000 Suzuki SV650 in Candy Grand Blue. I’d done my homework; the SV650 had been released the year before and had already earned respect from riders both new and experienced. It was the rarest of creatures: inexpensive, fun and easy to ride for beginners, ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki SP500: 1981-1983

Year/Model: 1982 Suzuki SP500; Owner: Kennie Buchanan, Azusa, California.

Here was an extremely enjoyable dual-purpose big single, a trail bike, with reasonable suspension and good manners. And a honkin’ great 500cc engine, knocking out more than 35 horses at 6,500 rpm, pushing about 300-plus pounds down the pavement or over the dirt road on the mountain. This was a great way to explore the backcountry, limited only by a ...

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2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS – Road Test Review

With the return of the Bandit 1250S, Suzuki brings a familiar and fun machine back into the family fold. (Photography by Kevin Wing and Ken Lee)

Sometimes, going back to the well turns out to be the smartest move you can make. For 2016, Suzuki returns to a trusted source by reintroducing the Bandit 1250S ABS refreshed with a slight wardrobe change. The Big Bandit legacy began in 1997 with the original four-cylinder 1200, the air-cooled 1,152cc carbureted old-school version. Today’s lightly warmed-over Bandit 1250S springs ...

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2017 Suzuki SV650 – First Look Review

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The original Suzuki SV650, introduced for 1999, was an unexpected hit. It was an affordable, lightweight standard powered by a liquid-cooled, 645cc, 90-degree V-twin possessed of unique personality and character, an entry-level bike so fun to ride that experienced riders couldn’t get enough of it. After a successful 10-year run, including naked and half-faired versions, and launching countless club racing ...

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2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Commemorative Edition – First Look Review

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The original 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 brought an unparalleled level of racing technology and performance to the street and helped create the modern sportbike category. In the three decades since, Suzuki has improved, expanded and refined the GSX-R concept and its sportbikes–available in 600cc, 750cc and 1,000cc displacements–have been favorites among road racers and enthusiasts alike. Suzuki says the 2016 Suzuki ...

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2015 Suzuki Boulevard M109R—Road Test

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Despite the rapid rise of new favorites—adventure bikes, crossovers, naked roadsters and more—cruisers remain popular. Variations also abound within the cruiser continuum, with baggers pulling in much attention lately. Within such variety, the Suzuki Boulevard M109R reigns as a power cruiser celebrity. Despite its age, it offers a great engine that endures, one that kicks tail, takes names and delights ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki RG500 Gamma: 1985-1986

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Sportbikes are one thing, street-legal repli-racers patterned on GP bikes are quite another. Both are intended for public roads, and while both are extremely fast, the repli-racer will have handling better suited to a racetrack than a mountain road. This RG500 was a repli-racer mildly popular in Europe and Canada, although never officially imported to the United States. That is ...

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2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000/F ABS – First Ride Review

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Photography by Enrico Pavia Sportbikes fall into one of two categories. Track-focused sportbikes are engineered for all-out performance and make few concessions to rider comfort, with low clip-on handlebars and high, rearset pegs that make them ideal for strafing apexes but lousy for everyday riding. Street-oriented sportbikes, on the other hand, are easier to live with. Their engines are tuned ...

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