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American Suzuki Motor Corporation's Chapter 11 Plan Approved by Court


American Suzuki Motor Corporation’s Chapter 11 Plan was approved by the Honorable Scott C. Clarkson of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California in Santa Ana. The Plan was also accepted by creditors. Confirmation of the Plan clears the way for Suzuki to complete its restructuring process, which is expected to occur on March 31, 2013. As previously ...

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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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American Suzuki files Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, pulls out of U.S. Auto Market


American Suzuki Motor Corporation (ASMC) announced Monday that it plans to realign its business to focus on the long-term growth of its Motorcycles/ATV and Marine divisions. Following a thorough review of its current position and future opportunities in the U.S. automotive market, ASMC will wind down and discontinue new automobile sales in the continental U.S. The Company has determined the ...

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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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Elena Myers is First Female to Win at Daytona


Eighteen-year-old Elena Myers made history on Saturday, March 17, when she became the first female to win a professional motorsports event at Daytona International Speedway with her victory in SuperSport Race 2. Competing for Team SuzukiScoopFans Racing, Myers took the checkered flag in the season-opening round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Series at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona ...

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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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2012 Suzukis – First Look

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

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


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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First Look: 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650

In addition to the end of the Mayan calendar (and perhaps the end of the world?), 2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000, a V-twin adventure tourer that was Rider‘s 2002 Motorcycle of the Year. Two years later, Suzuki released the V-Strom 650, essentially the same motorcycle with a smaller engine, the 645cc V-twin from the popular ...

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2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test


photography by Kevin Wing [This 2011 Triumph Tiger 800 vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Road Test Comparison was originally published in the June 2011 issue of Rider magazine] When we first tested the V-Strom 650 in 2004, and for several years thereafter, Suzuki had the middleweight, multicylinder adventure touring segment to itself. Quietly and humbly, the V-Strom (“V” for its V-twin; ...

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