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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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Comparison: 2015 Kawasaki Versys 1000 LT, 2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS, 2015 Yamaha FJ-09

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Adventure-styled motorcycles have proliferated in recent years, with many new or extensively updated models introduced by European and Japanese manufacturers. Some are true all-terrain machines, with 19- or 21-inch front wheels to roll over obstacles, sturdy guards and bash plates to protect vital components, and dual-sport tires that cling to virtually any surface. Others embrace the popular look and creature ...

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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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New for 2015: Big Bangs for the Buck

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The 2015 crop of new bikes is a big one, with lots of all-new or significantly updated models. We’ve covered the new stuff from EBR, Harley, Honda, Indian and Victory in previous issues. Here’s a brief overview of what’s coming down the pike from BMW, Ducati, Kawasaki, Star, Suzuki and Zero. Unless otherwise noted, pricing is TBD. BMW The R ...

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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 Boulevard C50T

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CRUISER COMFORT Suzuki’s Boulevard cruisers, which have model names that identify engine displacement in cubic inches rather than cubic centimeters, range in size from the entry-level, 652cc S40 to the ground-pounding, 1,783cc M109R B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Suzuki Special). In between are the 1,462cc C90/M90 and 803cc C50/M50 models, where C stands for Custom and M for Muscle. Of the middleweight ...

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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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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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