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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.

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