New blues from 125 to su­per­bike

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Suzuki con­tinue their re­turn to great­ness, fling­ing up­dated favourites and fresh new bikes into al­most ev­ery class, from 125 and ad­ven­ture to naked and su­per­bike. Per­haps un­ex­pected is the new GSXS750. Based on the GSR750 and look­ing like the GSXS1000, it’s still the 749cc in­line four from the 2005 GSXR750 but meets Euro 4 and has 8bhp more, with al­most 113bhp. Al­tered gear ra­tios sharpen ac­cel­er­a­tion, there’s three-level trac­tion con­trol and the SV650’S low-rpm as­sist. It’s ba­si­cally the same chas­sis as the GSR but with a new swingarm, stronger ra­dial brakes and ten-spoke wheels. Clocks and switchgear come from the larger GSXS model. The ever­green Vstrom 650 now looks like the 1000 ver­sion, meets Euro 4 and also gets low-rpm as­sist. There’s trac­tion con­trol too, plus a bet­ter screen, the dash off the 1000 and a 12v socket. The XT vari­ant has a sump guard, bark-busters and spoked wheels with tasty gold rims, and the ac­ces­sories list boasts a big­ger top-box, larger pan­niers and slim­mer heated grips. Mean­while the larger Vstrom has cor­ner­ing ABS, tougher body­work, new ’bars and the low-rev thing. Then there’s the sharp new GSXR125. It’s not based on the fab­u­lously-named Gixxer sold in Asian mar­kets but a new model. Suzuki claim the sin­gle-cylin­der four-stroke has class-lead­ing power-to-weight, torque-to-weight and ac­cel­er­a­tion, and it fea­tures a digi dash and key­less ig­ni­tion. Looks proper.

‘Suzuki claim class-lead­ing power, torque and ac­cel­er­a­tion’

New V Strom 650 (le) looks best in ba­nana; new GSX R125 (be­low) also comes in white or black Can’t wait for a half-faired GSX S750F ver­sion

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