Suzuki | 2014 Sportbike Buyer's Guide

Research new Suzuki motorcycles. Sport Rider has spec ratios and price comparisons of many 2014 Suzuki sportbike models.

Suzuki Hyabusa $14,599
Engine: L-C 16V 1340 Inline-Four Seat Height: 31.7 in. Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Suzuki Hyabusa

While the Hayabusa may have been eclipsed in outright performance by a certain Ninja in the last couple of years, it still has a huge following and is still a fantastic motorcycle. Updated last year with standard ABS and Brembo calipers, the '14 model is offered in gray/black or red/white, along with a 50th Anniversary Edition in red/black ($200 more).

Suzuki GSX-R1000/SE $13,899/$18,999
Engine: L-C 16V 999 Inline-Four Seat Height: 31.9 in. Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Suzuki GSXR1000SE

While the Hayabusa and GSX-R750 get fancy color schemes to celebrate Suzuki's 50th year in the US, the GSX-R1000 is offered in this SE version, which includes a polished and chrome-plated frame and wheel rims coupled with various blue-anodized and blue-tinted components. It's all topped off with a blue/white paint motif.

Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS $12,699
Engine: L-C 8V 1037 V-twin Seat Height: TBA. Wheelbase: 61.2 in.
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS

The liter-sized V-Strom is back with more displacement and a host of changes to its chassis and V-twin engine, including dual-plug heads, a slip/assist clutch, standard ABS, fully adjustable suspension, and revised ergonomics. It also features Suzuki's first traction control system with three settings and a plethora of available accessories.

Suzuki GSX-R750 $12,299
Engine: L-C 16V 750 Inline-Four Seat Height: 31.9 in. Wheelbase: 54.7 in.
Suzuki GSX-R750

The new Ducati 899 Panigale and MV Agusta F3 800 may finally provide some competition for the stalwart GSX-R750, but the Suzuki remains the best performance-per-dollar option in the class—and perhaps across all classes. No changes for 2014, and the GSX-R is also offered in a 50th Anniversary Edition red/black version (shown) that adds $200.

Suzuki GSX-R600 $11,699
Engine: L-C 16V 599 Inline-Four Seat Height: 31.9 in. Wheelbase: 54.5 in.
Suzuki GSX-R600

Despite stiff competition from new and updated models last year, the GSX-R600 won our huge middleweight comparison test by virtue of being “an amazingly well-rounded package that gives up very little at the racetrack or on the street.” It returns unchanged this year, in blue/white or white/black color schemes.

Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS $8,549
Engine: L-C 8V 645 V-twin Seat Height: 32.9 in. Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

“Whether it's a long-distance quest or a short-distance journey, the V-Strom is the versatile machine designed for the spirit of discovery,” Suzuki says of the 650, and we won't argue with that. It's been one of our favorites since its introduction in 2002. Heavily updated in 2012, it returns unchanged this year in red or white.

Suzuki SFV650 $8,149
Engine: L-C 8V 645 V-twin Seat Height: 30.9 in. Wheelbase: 56.9 in.
Suzuki SFV650

This middleweight naked is an undeniably good bike for newer riders and still has plenty of performance to please the progressing sportbike enthusiast, as we pointed out in our test of the SFV650 last year. No changes for this year, but a new color scheme with a red frame and gray/black paint makes this the best-looking version yet.

Suzuki DR-Z400SM $7,189
Engine: L-C 4V 398 Single Seat Height: 35.0 in. Wheelbase: 57.5 in.
Suzuki DR-Z400SM

You can't get much more fun than this: An open-class supermotard bike like the DR-Z400SM is the perfect weapon for a tight and twisty canyon road. Suzuki's version is based on its DR-Z400S dual-purpose bike, with an inverted fork, bigger front disc brake, and wider, sticky, 17-inch tires. Offered in white/black with no changes from last year.

Suzuki GW250 $3,999
Engine: L-C 4V 248 Inline-Twin Seat Height: 30.7 in. Wheelbase: 56.3 in.
Suzuki GW250

This beginner-oriented bike actually made its debut last year and was introduced as a 2013 model, but was unavailable in the US until now. It sports a user-friendly 248cc twin-cylinder engine but aggressive B-King inspired styling and is a great alternative to the other sportier—and more expensive—offerings in the class.