Last week, Suzuki held it’s annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada and unveiled 4 of its latest offerings for 2013. Even though Suzuki recently announced it was leaving the U.S. auto market, according to Zuki Execs ” going forward, all efforts would focus on the powersports and marine operations.” Not so good news for those fans of the car/truck/suv lines, great news for the rest of us.
This all-new model is a lightweight street bike featuring a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 248cc two-cylinder engine and a 6-speed transmission. Aimed towards beginning street riders, the GW250 is designed to fit the growing market of entry-level motorcycles that includes the Honda CBR250R and the two small Kawasaki Ninjas. Suzuki officials say the GW250 will appeal to the estimated 80 percent of beginner riders who aren’t interested in sport bikes — the style of the other two big sellers.The GW250 borrows styling cues from Suzuki’s B-King, the naked bike it introduced in 2007, is a neutral, upright seating position and features a multi-function gauge, and disc brakes front and rear.Given it’s an entry-level machine, they it has an extensive number of accessories in the works — a tail bag, engine guards and a rear rack to name a couple — to help riders customize the bike to their liking. Retail pricing is not yet available.
The Boulevard C90T BOSS
This Blacked-Out Special Suzuki (B.O.S.S.), is blacked out everywhere. The C90T is essentially Suzuki’s M90 cruiser, using the same main frame, engine, transmission, exhaust system, cooling system, and final drive.It’s a touring machine powered by a fuel-injected 1462cc, liquid-cooled SOHC V-twin producing 96.6 ft.-lb. of torque and 77.8hp. With a large 4.8 gal. gas tank, the B.O.S.S. is made for long stretches of riding.For the BOSS, Suzuki went to great lengths designing and testing the windscreen ensuring complete protection for touring riders against buffeting and the elements. Suzuki also designed and built the included hard saddlebags as part of the overall composition of the bike with scooped out hollows near the rear pegs to allow some foot space passenger are sure to appreciate. As with the other new models in the lineup, Suzuki has a number of accessories planned for the BOSS. MSRP reported at $13,999, while pricing for the standard C90T has not yet been announced.
The Burgman 650 ABS
Introduced in 2002 as the company’s flagship scooter, Suzuki’s Burgman 650 has a legion of fans all over the world. To date 80,000 of these luxury scooters have been produced giving Suzuki top honors in the Maxi-Lux Scooter category. For 2013, the Burgman has been updated to address three key areas that consumers thought needed improvement — its heavy feel, its decade-old styling and the fact that it’s hard to maneuver around without the engine running. The new model has lost 4 lbs, gottens updated styling and body work, and has improved fuel economy and reduced friction in its CVT — the latter accounts for the better MPG and making it easier to move around. Additionally, the new Burgman 650 ABS gets a new instrument cluster featuring a fuel-economy meter and an eco lamp, which lights up when the scooters computers recognize the most efficient throttle pull and vehicle speed. This can help riders learn techniques to improve their fuel economy. The Burgman’s cavernous storage spaces is trimmed a bit due to the redesign, but will still hold two full-face helmets — or about eight wine bottles. The windscreen is manually adjustable while the rearview mirrors can be retracted at the push of a button. Liquid-cooled and fuel-injected, the 638cc engine delivers an impressive 61hp at 7,000 rpm and 45.7 ft.-lb. of torque at 6,400 rpm. Disc brakes coupled with standard ABS brakes provide plenty of stopping power front and rear to bring this beast to a halt. Pricing has not yet been released.
The GSX-R1000 L.E.
2013 is a milestone year for Suzuki and the GSX-R, is celebrating the 1 millionth Gixxer to roll off the assembly line with a limited-edition GSX-R1000. With plans to build only 1,985 units (commemorating the year the model first went on sale in the U.S. market) 1,000 of those are going to the U.S. market — after all, the U.S. market accounts for four out of every 10 GSX-Rs sold world-wide since it was introduced. The limited-edition model gets a serial plate noting the commemorative edition and it’s number in the limited run. It also gets some fancy bits like red-anodized fork caps, gold-colored outer front fork tubes, red-colored rear suspension, special wheels, a Brembo front caliper with their logo in red, and a special key fob featuring the “R” logo. The L.E. model comes in pearl glacier white and retails for $13,999, $200 more than the standard model.
The Hayabusa L.E.
Lastly we come to Suzuki’s benchmark hyper-sport motorcycle, The Hayabusa, relatively unchanged for 2013, it does gets a couple of minor tweaks aimed at helping stop this sporty beast. Up front it is the recipient of Brembo’s radial-mount Monobloc caliper, as is the rest of Suzuki’s sport bike lineup. (the other two GSX-Rs included). Also, the standard ABS unit comes in a more compact, lightweight design. Suzuki offers this mega-bike in 2 trim levels – the Hayabusa and Hayabusa L.E. Priced $14,399 and $14,599 respectively. Both versions provide insane amounts of performance and exhilaration, making this bike a not-so-wise decision for those still cutting teeth.
Overall it seems Suzuki Powersports and Marine is one company that has found a formula that gives their customer exactly what they seek and has done so continuously through the years. Stop in your local dealer to see the full line up of Suzuki Motorcycles and schedule a test ride. Whether your new to the sport or are on your 6th or 7th bike, Suzuki has the bike for you.