My hands have only just stopped shaking after riding the Big CC Suzuki. There’s a giant risk of being sycophantic here, but this is the gnarliest, most enthralling two-wheeled experience available.
At the time of writing, Kawasaki had just announced a future release of another supercharged model, this time in the sports-touring sector. It’s evident that the technology won’t sell big numbers but that’s not what this is all about. We’ve seen the car world pick up pace with the number of super’d motors that have descended on showrooms near you, with the key points being more efficiency and the scope to run smaller capacity lumps… as there’s no longer that need for a mahoosive lump when you’ve got the likes of a supercharging mofo on-board. It’s likely this’ll flow on to us and our two-wheeled companions, as most things generally do when they’ve found success in the car world. Well, with the exception of steering wheels of course. It’s a changing world. One which could do with a bit of spice, such as these horsepower enhancing jobbies, every now and again.
It’s just a shame the delights of turbos aren’t likely to become quite so wholesale. Bikes have been there before many moons ago, at a time when I was just a mere street urchin stealing whatever porn mags I could get my hands on. It didn’t work out, but that’s not to say it’s not a feasible proposition in today’s world. If you ask me, for that full-blown ball tingling delight, you need to invest in a T-U-R-B-O. But be warned that just like this K5 Gixer, they do come with one major, inherent problem; the ability to use all of its firepower. Of course, 300bhp in turbo trim is utterly absurd, and we love it. With ever-increasing speed limits and busy roads, prison time is only a whiff of throttle away. But it’ll be a memorable journey getting there. Pre-prison van, of course.
IT’S A CHANGING WORLD. ONE WHICH COULD DO WITH A BIT OF SPICE.