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Scooter Shootout: 2014 BMW C 650 GT / 2013 Honda Silver Wing / 2013 Suzuki Burgman 650

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Scooters are often seen as something less, something that one learns and practices upon until he or she is ready for a real machine. You know, one that has at least two cylinders, liquid cooling, double-overhead cams, four valves per cylinder, fuel injection, anti-lock brakes (ABS), a respectable amount of displacement, etc. Well, the scooters you’re perusing here all happen ...

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2013 Suzuki SFV650 – First Ride Review

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When it was introduced for 2009, the Suzuki Gladius was a sharp little handler powered by a 645cc, 90-degree V-twin engine. It was named for a sword said to have been used by the gladiators of ancient Rome, which was shorter and lighter than the one used by soldiers in battle. And in motorcycle terms, we found the Gladius to ...

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2013 Suzuki GW250 – First Ride Review


After years of bigger-is-better expansion drove displacement, weight and price to new heights, we’re in the midst of a small bike renaissance. For 2014, there are at least 20 street-legal motorcycles available with engines displacing less than 500cc. Suzuki now offers five—its TU250X retro standard, three DR-Z dual-sport/supermoto models and the all-new GW250. Curiously, the GW250’s styling is based on ...

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 Website Up


As of a few days ago Suzuki Japan finalized the specs for the all-new 2014 V-Strom 1000 on the special website for the bike at suzuki-vstrom.com/en/index.html. An extensive photo gallery, feature details, interviews and specifications can all be found on the expansive website, though keep in mind that colors, specs and equipment for the U.S. won’t be finalized until the ...

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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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Suzuki Celebrating 50 Years in the USA at Indianapolis MotoGP


Suzuki officially entered the American motorcycle market on August 16, 1963. Fifty years later, at the Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP August 16-18, the company will commemorate this notable anniversary and celebrate the customers, dealers and vehicles that make Suzuki a major influence on the powersports market. Suzuki’s 50th Anniversary event will take place in the Suzuki Fan Paddock at Turn ...

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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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Suzuki Motor of America Inc. Introduced


Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) has been announced as the sole distributor of Suzuki motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, marine outboard engines and automotive parts and service in the contiguous United States and Alaska. This announcement comes following the restructuring of American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC). “We are pleased to announce this new company,” said Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV Vice President, Larry Vandiver. ...

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