2013 Suzuki Motorcycle Lineup
A brand, reinvented
In response to the recent announcement that American Suzuki Motor Company would “wind down” its automobile business in the U.S., Suzuki has decided to refocus its energy to its motorcycle, ATV, and marine production – good news for powersports enthusiasts, and great news for Zook fans everywhere.
At its 2013 Dealer Show in Las Vegas this week, Suzuki announced its motorcycle lineup for the coming model year would feature 47 motorcycles. That’s a big leap from the 10 (you read that right) it offered just three years ago. Suzuki is celebrating its golden anniversary in 2013, and to commemorate the milestone, it’s releasing five new additions to its lineup, including two brand-new bikes, all of which should be hitting dealers by the end of the year. Suzuki also teased us with an updated V-Strom 1000 which is in the pipeline.
C90T Boulevard B.O.S.S.
Highlighting the MY2013 lineup is the introduction of the C90T Boulevard B.O.S.S. (“Blacked Out Special Suzuki”). Initially unveiled earlier this year at Intermot, the B.O.S.S. is a reincarnation of the dearly departed Intruder 1500, a class left bereft by Suzuki when the company discontinued the VL1500 in 2009. A 1462cc touring cruiser, the C90T features dark styling, a broad windscreen, sculpted sidebags, floorboards, a pullback handlebar, and a comfy saddle. Suzuki has dumped the “Intruder” moniker, opting instead to place the midsize tourer in the middle of its Boulevard lineup. The bike presages next year’s release of the standard C90 Boulevard, which will be available in a variety of colors and accessories. Stay tuned for a full review of the B.O.S.S.
The 250cc category has hotted up with the arrival over the past year of Honda’s CBR250R and Kawasaki’s Ninja 300, and now Suzuki enters the fray with an entry-level standard, the GW250. Powered by a liquid-cooled 248cc parallel-Twin engine via a six-speed transmission, the GW250 features an upright riding position, advanced instrumentation and “Baby B-King” appearance that should be a hit with entry-level riders leery of sportbikes. A relatively low 30.7-inch seat height will help the GW be fairly easy to manage despite its hefty 403-pound curb weight. Its price has yet to be announced, but it must be less than $5000 to be competitive with the CBR and Ninja.
Suzuki announced an ABS-equipped Hayabusa for MY ’13, now featuring the addition of Brembo monobloc front brake calipers like its GSX-R brethren. It retails for $14,399.
GSX-R1000 Commemorative Edition
Suzuki reached a milestone in 2012 that it says no other manufacturer can claim: one million bikes of a particular motorcycle model produced. The company rolled its one millionth GSX-R off the production line earlier this year. To honor this achievement, the company is releasing a limited edition of the seminal sportbike, producing just 1,985 Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000s, referencing the 1985 model year in which the original GSX-R750 was introduced.
The CEs feature cosmetic upgrades to help them stand apart, including special paint and a seat cowl, plus many red highlights – pinstriped wheels, shock spring, fork caps, lettering on the Brembo brake calipers and front fairing accents. Also unique are the serial production plate, gold-anodized fork tubes and the inclusion of a commemorative key fob.
Burgman 650 ABS
The king of the large-displacement scooters, the Burgman 650 also gets several updates for 2013, including antilock brakes. Its bodywork is revised, with a slimmer tail section and new headlights, plus a new set of gauges. Revisions to its CVT transmission dramatically reduce rolling resistance, resulting in a claimed 15% improvement in fuel economy and less drag when pushing it around with the engine off – a common complaint among Burgman owners. Standard equipment now includes an electrically adjustable windscreen and rider backrest, items previously only available on the Executive edition.
Finally, although we couldn’t get our hands on an image from those tight-fisted Suzuki reps, it shouldn’t be long before spy photos of the 2014 V-Strom 1000 begin to trickle in. Stay tuned.
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