ASUZUKI 2009 GSX-R 1000 (above) was on show in a Docklands restaurant within hours of its global launch in Paris last week.
The Gixxer headlined three new models Suzuki Australia managed to secure in a coup for managing director Tak Hayasaki and general manager Perry Morison.
The GSX-R boasts a new over-square engine that is nearly 6cm smaller than the existing powerplant.
The twin-spar cradle chassis has been redesigned, leading to a 10mm shorter wheelbase and a longer swingarm, changes that should delight Suzuki race teams.
Also on show was the 650cc v-twin Gladius, which will replace the SV650, and the 1500cc M90R cruiser. The Gladius is a stylish naked bike.
The Intruder, in contrast, is a muscle bike in every sense of the word. The huge lump of chrome and black paint carries Suzuki’s signature Boulevard cruiser styling and rounds out the range that starts with the 805cc C50 and M50 models and runs to the 1800cc M109R.
The Gladius and cruiser should be here before the end of this year and the Gixxer by April.