Suzuki has unveiled their superbike with optional ABS, two GSX-R-powered litre bikes, an off-road small V-Strom and a styled up Bandit 1250 at the Intermot show in Cologne.
The 2015 GSX-R1000L5 now comes with optional ABS, although Australia will only get the n on-ABS model in early November. Suzuki Australia spokesman Lewis Croft says they will closely monitor the market for the need of an ABS model. Otherwise, the sixth-generation GSX-R1000 seems pretty much the same as the current model, but with new graphics, pin stripes on the wheels and new colour schemes. It will arrive in November.
The GSX-S1000 is a new naked bike and the GSX-S1000F sports tourer adds a fairing. Both come with ABS and are powered by retuned GSX-R1000 engines with more low-to-mid-range output.
They have a new aluminium chassis, three-mode traction control (wet, city and sport), aluminium swing arm from the GSX-R1000, adjustable shock, fully adjustable upside-down KYB forks and Brembo mono bloc brakes.
They have a comparatively low seat height of 815mm and a slim tank to make the bike more suitable to a wider variety of riders. Lewis says they will be here toward the middle of next year.
Suzuki has evoked the spirit of Dakar with the new DL650 V-Strom XT. The revamped V-Strom not only gets the Dakar-style beak and fairing styling, but more off-road capabilities thanks to wire-spoked aluminium rims instead of three-spoked mags and tubeless dual-sport tyres (110/80R19 and 150/70R17).
While off-roading will be a little easier on the V-Strom, touring will also be improved by a taller top gear and new luggage carrier. It also looks like Suzuki has a lot of rugged off-road accessories such as protection, windscreens and aluminium luggage. Lewis says it will arrive early in 2015.
Meanwhile, the Bandit 1250 is now a lot more stylus with some welcome cosmetic changes to the half-fairing. It now wraps more precisely around the radiator and gives better wind protection, thanks to repeated wind-tunnel testing. Instruments have also been updated and modernised while the seat is now adjustable for height by 20mm.
It will arrive in late autumn 2015 with pricing and colours announced closer to the release.