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2013 Suzuki Burgman 650 ABS – First Ride Review


Introduced to the world in 2002 and brought to the U.S. for 2003, the Suzuki Burgman 650 maxi-scooter has been a consistent bestseller, with over 83,000 sold. The Burgman hasn’t changed much over the years, and its main competition has been the long-in-the-tooth Honda Silver Wing 600. With the recent introduction of the BMW C 650 GT and Kymco MyRoad ...

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2013 Middleweight Metric Cruiser Comparison Review


My favorite comfort foods, heart-warming and artery-clogging classics like mac-and-cheese, buttermilk biscuits and pulled-pork barbecue, are straightforward and uncomplicated, each prepared with a short list of ingredients and easy techniques. But many cooks have been fooled by such simplicity, following recipes dutifully but ending up with bland results. The artistry, the ability to create a dish that’s just right, is ...

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2013 Suzuki Boulevard C50 SE – Review


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


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


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


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

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in action

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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