IOMTT Press Release: Isle of Man TT aces Michael Dunlop and Conor Cummins have confirmed that they will compete in the 2013 Classic TT. The current day TT stars will campaign in the inaugural event for Team Classic Suzuki which has announced its support for the inaugural race by outlining their intention to contest the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
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 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(4)
American Suzuki Files for Bankruptcy *Updated* Closes U.S. car division and restructures to focus on long-term growth of Motorcycles/ATV and Marine Divisions.
Please see updated information following the original post. American Suzuki Motor Corporation announced today that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will cease automobile sales in the U.S. A letter to customers from Takashi Iwatsuki, chairman of ASMC, said, “The most important thing for you to know is that we intend to continue [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
2014 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 – First Look Suzuki’s all-new big adventure bike is coming to America; the only question is when?
With all the commotion surrounding the new BMW R1200GS and KTM 1190 Adventure at last month’s INTERMOT show, Suzuki’s all-new DL1000 V-Strom “concept” almost got lost in the shuffle. It shouldn’t have. This bike is unlike most concepts in that the entire machine looks pretty much production-ready, complete with turnsignals and its very own beak. [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Team Suzuki Press Release: Suzuki racer John Hopkins will be taking a sabbatical from professional motorcycle racing for 2013 as he prioritizes a return to full fitness before considering the next steps in his career. Hopkins has been struggling with injuries for the whole 2012 season and was forced to withdraw early from this weekend’s [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Welcome to the Great Middleweight Class The bourgeoisie may be shrinking, but middleweights just keep expanding.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
In boxing, a middleweight is a tough guy who weighs less than 160 pounds, which is realistically interpreted to be between 154 and 160. In motorcycles, where displacement creep has been a fact of life for quite a few decades now, we must define middleweight in a much less precise way. In the 1960s, a [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
In the beginning, there was the Honda VF750F Interceptor, and it was good. Then came the original GSX-R750 of 1986, and suddenly it was off to the races. Flyin’ Fred Merkel won the first World Superbike championship on a 750cc Honda RC30 in 1988. Kawasaki eventually showed up with its ZX-7R (and ZX-7RR with aluminum [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Dynasties aren’t created in just two years, but in the ultra-competitive world of motocross, back-to-back wins must feel like an eternity. Once again, Suzuki’s RM-Z450 proved to be the pick of the litter, backing up its 2011 performance with another exceptional display in ’12, despite being unchanged. Key to the RM-Z’s success is its class-leading [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Doug Milner
Sheer insanity, that’s what it was. I mean, how else would you describe riding a powerful sportbike flat-out all day and all night with wild boars wandering in your path, rear tires slinging off chunks of tread rubber, holy s**t tank-slappers trying to pitch you off at close to 150 mph and sweating away 10 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)