American Suzuki showed its hand in Las Vegas over the November 10-11 weekend, revealing to the press its entire motorcycle lineup for the coming year. Although much of Suzuki’s 2013 street and off-road product line had been announced over the past few months (much of which has remained unchanged aside from color/graphics and pricing), the company played its cards close to the chest, finally putting a couple of surprises on the table.
At a special media dinner held Saturday night at the Rio Hotel Casino, five bikes covered with black sheets sat at the head of the room. As the wraps came off, we first were shown the 1 Million Commemorative Edition GSX-R1000 that celebrates the GSX-R family of repli-racers reaching the impressive milestone of 1,000,000 units produced. Mechanically, this special 1000 is the same as the standard Gixxer, but its $13,999 ($200 over the standard model) price tag brings a number of cosmetic touches as well as a serial plate on the upper triple-clamp verifying each bike’s place among the 1985 units slated for worldwide production, 1000 of which will make it to the U.S.
Next came the mighty Hayabusa, which gets Brembo Monobloc front calipers and now comes standard with anti-lock brakes. The example on hand was a Limited Edition painted in an eye-popping bright yellow. At $14,599, the Limited Busa also carries a $200 premium over its Pearl Glacier White/Metallic Oort Gray and Glass Sparkle Black/Metallic Oort Gray stablemates.
Which brings us to the Burgman 650 maxi-scooter. It received a host updates that boil down to completely new styling, a 4-pound weight reduction, a redesigned instrument cluster that exudes more of a luxury automotive appearance, and a claimed 15-percent improvement in fuel economy. The increased fuel efficiency is due in part to refinements to the electronically controlled, continuously variable transmission claimed to have a 40-percent reduction in friction. That, says Suzuki, makes the new Burgman much easier to wheel around the garage or back out of parking stalls when the engine is turned off.
Over dessert, we were treated to the reintroduction of the Boulevard C90T to the model lineup. This is not, however, the same air/oil-cooled C90 that was discontinued in 2009 for emissions reasons but rather an entirely new, liquid-cooled platform sharing the mainframe and powertrain of the Boulevard M90 cruiser. The 1462cc V-Twin propels this factory bagger like the wind, which I experienced first-hand the following day when we toured out to The Valley of Fire State Park. Look for a full riding impressing of the C90T soon. There’s also a B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Special Suzuki) version of the new C90T shown here in Glass Sparkle Black that will sell for $13,999; the standard C90T in two-tone Candy Sonoma Red/Glass Sparkle Black or Solid Special White No.2/Solid Iron Gray color options is expected to have a significantly lower MSRP.
But the biggest news came in the smallest package. American Suzuki doubled-down on the growing demand for affordable, fuel-efficient, small-displacement streetbikes with the all-new GW250 Twin, hoping to compete with Honda’s successful CBR250R and Kawasaki’s new Ninja 300. Hints of a B-King styling influence lend Suzuki’s entry-level naked a bold, modern look and feel that differentiates the GW250 from the classically styled TU250X Single. The GW’s 250cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin incorporates a counterbalancer for smooth running and EFI for consistent fueling. Expected to arrive in the spring, the GW250 will be available in Pearl Nebular Black at a price that has yet to be determined.