New blues from 125 to superbike
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 GSXS750. Based on the GSR750 and looking like the GSXS1000, it’s still the 749cc inline four from the 2005 GSXR750 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 GSXS model. The evergreen Vstrom 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 Vstrom has cornering ABS, tougher bodywork, new ’bars and the low-rev thing. Then there’s the sharp new GSXR125. 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