Suzuki adds full-powered SV650

Suzuki Motorcycles Australia will add a full-powered version of their popular learner-approved SV650 to their lineup next month. There is no price difference on the two models which are $8990 (+ORC) or $10,190 ride away. They now match the SV650X which also comes in LAMS and full-powered versions at $9490 (+ORC). Yamaha also has LAMS …

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Vintage Japanese motorcycles head to Tamworth

Bleak future for Japanese motorcycles?

Since the 1970s, Japanese motorcycles have dominated the market, but times are tough and the four companies are changing their outlook for the future. Even though Yamaha Motor had record profits and strong sales growth last year, Yamaha President Yoshihiro Hidaka says he is “pessimistic” about the future. All motorcycle manufacturers face a bleak future …

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Suzuki automatics patents in Hayabusa

Suzuki joins push toward automatics

Suzuki Motorcycles seems to be joining the push toward automatics after filing multiple patent applications for a semi-automatic transmission. While most automatic two-wheelers are scooters with CVT, there is a growing list of motorcycles with auto or semi-auto clutchless transmissions. Honda leads the way with its dual-clutch transmission in the Africa Twin, NC700X, CTX700, VFR1200X …

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Suzuki Adventure Ride V-Strom

Test V-Strom on Suzuki Adventure Ride

Suzuki Australia is giving adventure riders an opportunity to test a new V-Strom and win some prizes on their second Suzuki Adventure Ride. The first Suzuki Adventure Ride was held in November last year in Dargo, Victoria. The next is a two-day Wirrina Cove adventure ride departing from Kessner Suzuki in Klemzig at 8am on …

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Suzuki Katana 3.0 concept

Suzuki considers bringing back Katana

Suzuki looks set to return the venerable Katana model to its brand after registering the name, trademarking the Samurai sword symbol and unveiling a Katana concept. The Katana 3.0 concept is the work of Italian designer Rodolfo Frascoli. Rodolfo designed the Moto Guzzi Griso, Norge, Breva and Stelvio, and Triumph Speed Triple and Tiger 1050. …

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Suzuki SV650 Cafe racer

Suzuki SV650X cafe racer becomes reality

Suzuki unveiled the SV650X cafe racer concept a couple of weeks ago with plans to gauge interest, but already they have unveiled the production model. Suzuki Australia says it will arrive in mid-2018 in full-powered and learner-approved versions. Final specifications and pricing will be confirmed closer to launch. Obviously Suzuki knew all along that it …

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Suzuki SV650X cafe racer concept quiet

All quiet on the Suzuki Motorcycles front

Suzuki Motorcycles was strangely quiet at the Tokyo Motor Show this week, perhaps keeping its powder dry for the EICMA show in Milan next month. While the other Japanese manufacturers displayed hi-tech, hybrid, electric, retro, leaning three-wheelers, retros, cars and even a pick-up tuck, Suzuki had nothing much new in Tokyo. All they had were some …

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V-Strom roundup marks 2nd birthday

Roundup marks 2nd V-Strom group birthday

The Australian V-Strom Riders group AuStrom is celebrating its second birthday with a roundup event in motorcycle-friendly Crows Nest, South East Queensland, in March 2018. Organiser Graham Strang says the group has more than 800 members around Australia and New Zealand and he is hoping to attract the biggest single gathering of V-Stroms in Australia …

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Suzuki GSX-S1000

Suzuki updates GSX-S1000 range

The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S1000 models have arrived in Australia with more power, torque and control, plus some cosmetic updates. The naked GSX-S1000 is available for $15,190 plus on-road costs ($16,690 ride away) and the faired GSX-S1000F sports tourer is $15,990 ($17,490). They are both derived from the championship-winning GSX-R1000, but tuned for street riding. For …

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