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 brake calipers, a new lightweight single-muffler exhaust system, updated engine design with lighter, more durable pistons and higher compression ratio, aggressive new styling and an overall weight savings of over 4 pounds (claimed) from the previous model.
In addition to the all-new 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS introduced earlier this year, a new 2012 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure model will be available that adds aluminum panniers, crash bars and a touring windscreen. The V-Strom 1000 model returns for 2012, along with a V-Strom 1000 Adventure model that also includes the full touring package. These adventure models are exclusive to the U.S. market and offer value, versatility and convenience for adventure touring and long-distance riding.
Boulevard cruiser models for 2012 include the new C50T Classic, M109R, M109R Limited, C50T and S40 models, and in the standard class, the classic-styled TU250X returns. Two scooter models, the Burgman 400 ABS and Burgman 650 Executive, will be offered, along with two dual-sports, the DR-Z400S and DR650SE.
For more information, visit suzukicycles.com.
Just wondering when you are going to test the Honda Silverwing. You’ve already done the Yamaha TMax and the Suzuki Burgman. Even a comparison article would be nice. I plan on buying a megascooter in spring as it be easier for my wife to get compared to a motorcycle.
Paul J. Fredriksen
16 S. 20th St.
Clear Lake, IA 50428-2218
One of the best recent bikes I’ve owned was a 2001 Bandit 1200S. With 11 sec.,120+mph terminal speed 1/4 mile performance as well as a top speed in excess of 140 mph. it was a great alternative to the way expensive sport tourers and crotch rockets of the current era. I was sorry to see that great example of reconfiguring older and less expensive technology to carve out and define an affordable segment disappear under a wave of only slight improvements and major upward price adjustments.
I am 6.3 tall and weight 275 Lbs. Last time I rode a bike was well over 20 years ago (Kawasaki Zaphir 750cc.) I am looking for a cruiser/roaster to fit my inner-city weekly commute and inter-state occasional trips.
I am considering the 2010 Suzuki NT700V or 2012 V-Strom 650 ABS, and the Kawasaki KLR650. My legs are 32 inch long and I prefer upright riding position. Any suggestion about any of these or a different make/model in the same price range and riding conditons?