Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R1000R will headline this year’s Motorcycle Live, which takes place from 19-27 November at the NEC in Birmingham, where the Japanese brand will showcase no fewer than 13 new models.
Unveiled last month at Intermot, the GSX-R1000R uses technology taken directly from Suzuki’s race-winning GSX-RR MotoGP machine, including a new variable valve timing system that means the new inline-four cylinder engine produces both class-leading power and torque.
A comprehensive electronics package features a 10-mode traction control system and cornering ABS, all controlled via an inertial measurement unit that also helps control rear wheel lift under heavy braking. It also gets launch control, a bi-directional quickshifter and auto-blipper, and three engine power modes.
The bike will be displayed alongside the new GSX-R1000, as well as the new GSX-R125, which offers a brand new entry point into the iconic range of sportbikes for new riders. All three new GSX-Rs will be on display alongside Suzuki’s existing supersport range, which includes the iconic GSX-R750 and GSX-R600.
Suzuki’s class-leading V-Strom 650 gets a comprehensive overhaul for 2017, using a new version of Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine to produce more power and torque. Traction control is added, and the popular middleweight adventure machine gets a styling update that takes design cues from the firm’s DR-Z Dakar racer of the 80s. An XT version gets wire-spoke wheels, handguards, and lower cowling, to give it more off-road intent, out of the crate.
Also heavily updated for 2017 is a new range-topping V-Strom 1000, which gets cornering ABS for the first time. The three-mode traction control system from the previous model remains, but the new bike also benefits from Suzuki’s easy-start system and low-rpm assist.
With the XT variant of the V-Strom 650 proving popular over the last two years, Suzuki has followed the same formula for the V-Strom 1000, and will offer a more off-road focused version, the V-Strom 1000XT, for 2017, which also gets wire-spoke wheels and tapered handlebars.
As well as both a new V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650, Suzuki has further expanded its adventure range with a new V-Strom 250. The new model uses a 248cc parallel twin engine, with a particular focus on the engine’s low and midrange torque.
Away from the new models, Suzuki will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of Barry Sheene’s maiden world title. Sheene, who remains Britain’s most recent world champion in the premier Grand Prix class, won his first championship in 1976 onboard an XR14 prototype. At the show Suzuki will have seven bikes raced by the ever-popular Brit, as well as a collection of leathers, helmets, and even his FIM winners’ medals.
Returning for this year’s Motorcycle Live is Suzuki’s live bike build, which this year will see a Katana endurance racer assembled on the stand, which Team Classic Suzuki will race at next year’s Endurance Legends event at Donington Park. There will also be a display of classic Suzukis on show, highlighting the firm’s commitment to its Vintage Parts Programme.
Also returning for 2016 is Suzuki’s hospitality area, which will be offering free teas and coffees to visitors, and the Suzuki shop, which we will be selling everything from hoodies and t-shirts to mugs, caps, and keyrings. There’s also a chance to get your knee down and have your picture taken on a GSX-RR MotoGP machine on Suzuki’s stand.
Suzuki can be found on stand 3F20.
For tickets and show information, visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk