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2013 Suzuki Boulevard C50 SE – Review

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Japan’s Big Four have been fierce competitors for decades, and they’ve all been making cruisers geared toward the American market since the Reagan era. Suzuki gave its cruisers menacing names like Intruder, Marauder and Savage, as well as Volusia—named for the Florida county that encompasses Daytona Beach (the first Volusia was unveiled at Bike Week in 2001). For 2005, Suzuki ...

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2013 Suzuki Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. – Road Test Review

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Long and low, black as night and trimmed with just enough chrome to entertain the eye, Suzuki’s 2013 Boulevard C90T B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special) cuts a figure worthy of favorable commentary, or so was my experience after spending a month with this machine. But a spiffy black suit isn’t enough for most riders, so the B.O.S.S. backs up its ...

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2013 Suzuki Preview: Three Dandy Dozen

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American Suzuki recently took the tough step of filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and ceasing auto sales in the U.S., which will allow it to focus on its motorcycle and marine business in this country. The plan has already resulted in its powersports lineup swelling from just 10 bikes and ATV models in 2010 to 47 for 2013, including 36 ...

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Rider Comparo: Honda NC700X vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

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Mid-size bikes make a lot of sense. Not only because they tend to be less expensive and lighter, but also because they have become so competent. Considering competence, this trio of liquid-cooled, 650cc-class twins each has a 6-speed transmission, chain final drive and some gravel-road pretensions (though we did not test them in that environment). Two have been around for ...

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Suzuki Releases Third Wave of 2013 Models

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Suzuki is pleased to announce the third wave of models to join the 2013 lineup, following the Champion-Approved RM-Z450 and RM-Z250 motorcycles and class-leading KingQuad Utility ATVs announced earlier this year. This third wave of 2013 product expands Suzuki’s 2013 lineup with a diverse range of new models that are versatile, middleweight, affordable bikes that are easy for beginning riders. ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki GS1000SZ Katana: 1982

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In the 1950s and ’60s motorcycle styling was of little concern to either the OEMs or consumers. Two wheels with an engine in between was the standard of the day, with minor differences in the shape of the gas tank. Then in 1973, Triumph USA and designer Craig Vetter came up with the Hurricane, and people began to take styling ...

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test

With 645cc of V-twin goodness and a solid chassis, the "Wee" Strom offers superb balance and agility in a rugged package.

Remember the SV650? When it debuted in 1999, Suzuki’s small-fry naked bike wowed the press and public alike despite having modest power, budget components and no wind protection. Why? The SV650 had that special something not all bikes have. It can’t be bolted on and it doesn’t show up in spec charts. Character, soul, mojo, whatever you call it, the ...

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2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS First Ride

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photography by John Howell & Enrico Pavia Western North Carolina, home to all-consuming kudzu vines, fertile fields full of King Cotton and roads that wind their way through Appalachian hollows, coves and gaps, is a picture-perfect place to test the 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS, especially in late autumn when crayon-colored leaves cover everything the kudzu doesn’t. Led by Bill ...

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2012 Suzukis – First Look

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Suzuki’s 2012 lineup of street motorcycles includes 19 models, some new, some updated and some returning after being absent from the lineup since 2009. In the sportbike category, the GSX-R750 and GSX-R600, both heavily revised for 2011, return along with the GSX-1300R Hayabusa and GSX1250FA. The 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 features a host of updates, including lightweight radial-mount Brembo monobloc front ...

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2011 Suzuki Burgman 650 Executive Road Test

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Over the past few years we’ve tested quite a few machines with “automatic” transmissions: the SE5-equipped Can-Am Spyder, the electric-shift Yamaha FJR1300AE, the dual-clutch Honda VFR1200F DCT, the hydromechanical HFT-equipped Honda DN-01, as well as CVT-equipped scooters and the Aprilia Mana 850. The underlying tech­nologies and rider interfaces differ, but all twist-and-go transmissions are designed to make gear changes simple ...

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