This year’s Motorcycle Live will take place at the NEC in Birmingham from 19-27 November, with manufacturers displaying a host of new models for 2017.
Headlining the show is Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R1000R, a new superbike that promises class-leading power and torque, thanks to technology taken directly from Suzuki’s competition in MotoGP – the premier class of motorcycle racing in the world.
A clever variable valve timing system is just part of the completely new engine, that is wrapped in an all-new frame with MotoGP-inspired bodywork. The new superbike also gets a comprehensive electronics package, with 10-mode traction control and cornering ABS systems controlled by a clever inertial measurement unit. There’s also launch control, a quickshifter, and three power modes.
On top of the new GSX-R1000R, Suzuki is also promising a further 12 new models for 2017, including a base version GSX-R1000, and an entry-level GSX-R125 for new riders. Joining the GSX-R125 in the Japanese manufacturer’s expanding small capacity range is a GSX-S125 and GSX250R, as well as two new scooters, a Burgman 400 and smaller Burgman 200.
Also adding to the brand’s small capacity offerings is the V-Strom 250, which gets the same adventure styling and practicality as the bigger V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 650, both of which get a comprehensive overhaul for 2017, including new XT variants. There’s also a new GSX-S750 naked street bike, that shares its engine with the legendary GSX-R750 supersport machine.
Away from new metal, Suzuki is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of Barry Sheene’s maiden world title. The iconic racer won his first championship in 1976 with Suzuki, and the brand will be marking the milestone with a display of his racing machines from the 70s and 80s, as well as a collection of leathers and helmets worn by the charismatic Brit. Sheene’s FIM world championship winners’ medals will also be on display.
For show and ticket information, visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk
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