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Suzuki Announces First 2016 Models

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Suzuki is kicking off the 2016 model year with the launch of the GSX-S1000 family of motorcycles, along with return of the Bandit 1250S ABS and the retro TU250X single. 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 Line Starting with naked versions of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000 ABS, and continuing with the full fairing GSX-S1000F ABS, all are new motorcycles tied directly to the ...

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS Review

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Introduced for 2002 as a “sport enduro tourer,” Suzuki’s V-Strom DL1000 featured a retuned version of the 996cc, 90-degree V-twin from the TL1000S sportbike, long-travel suspension and a 19-inch front wheel. Prodigious torque, good handling, a 200-mile-plus range and an affordable price earned it Rider’s Motorcycle of the Year award. Two years later, Suzuki launched a middleweight version based on ...

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2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS — First Ride Review

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The Suzuki V-Strom 650 occupies the middleweight niche between lighter dual-sports and larger adventure tourers, and its sheer versatility and low buy-in are hard to beat. When the highway miles stretch out between the unpaved bits, the “Wee-Strom” provides far more comfort than buzzy singles, a lower seat, lightweight handling and enough smooth torque from its 645cc V-twin for brisk ...

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Hercules W2000 and Suzuki RE5—Short History of Wankel-Powered Motorcycles

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In March 1972, Cycle Guide suggested it was “inevitable that the Wankel rotary engine will shortly invade the 2-wheel domain…and they just might take it by storm.” That storm never happened, even though rotary engines would seem good candidates for motorcycles. They’re compact, make good power for their weight and have just two moving parts, the rotor and the crankshaft. ...

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Middleweight Touring Cruisers: Kawasaki Vulcan 900 Classic LT, Star V Star 950 Tourer, Suzuki Boulevard C50T, Triumph America LT

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Baggers, with their broad fairings and hard saddlebags, are popular these days, but classically styled cruisers with windshields and leather saddlebags have been mainstays of the touring world for decades. For this comparison test, we assembled a quartet of middleweight metric cruisers available from the factory as touring-ready models. All four are 2014 models (none will change for 2015 except ...

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS: Ridden & Rated

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When Suzuki introduced the V-Strom DL1000 for 2002, the adventure touring landscape was much more barren than it is today. BMW’s big GS had a cult following, but liter-class dual-sports hadn’t yet caught on here in the U.S. With a retuned version of the 996cc, 90-degree V-twin from the TL1000S sportbike, long-travel suspension and a 19-inch front wheel, Suzuki called ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki GSX1100G: 1991-1993

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It was big at 1,100cc, good for 130-plus mph, and comfortable. You could spend all day on this bike, easily racking up a few hundred miles. And it was cheap—or at least relatively so at $6,000 in 1991 dollars. But who was the intended buyer for this Gixx-Gee? Not the sport rider, who would opt for the GSX-R1100 gixxer. Nor ...

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New-for-2014 Suzuki First Look Review

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Suzuki Motor of America held its annual dealer meeting in Orlando, Florida, in October during the inaugural American International Motorcycle (AIM) Expo, where it announced the all-new 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000, offered first rides on the 2013 Suzuki GW250 and revealed several other new models. 2014 Suzuki Burgman 200 ABS In 2002, Suzuki introduced the Burgman 150, Burgman 400 and ...

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2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 First Look Review

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Although word leaked out weeks ago when Suzuki Japan went live with a website for the all-new 2014 V-Strom 1000 ABS, Suzuki Motor of America waited until its annual dealer meeting this week, held in Orlando, Florida, during the inaugural American International Motorcycle (AIM) Expo, to disclose details about the bike, which we’re told will arrive in the U.S. in ...

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Retrospective: Suzuki GS750E/ES: 1983

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The alphanumeric system that defines many Japanese motorcycles has never been very instructive, and the bike we are writing about here was only a one-year model…but it was a good one. Suzuki was the last of the Big Four to get into the four-stroke game. Seeing the EPA’s handwriting on the engineering wall, the Hamamatsu-based company came out with its ...

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