New models take centre stage at Motorcycle Live

Suzuki’s all-new GSX-R1000 Concept is centre stage at Motorcycle Live, as the Japanese manufacturer showcases the newest models to its range.

The new GSX-R1000 is the headline new model at this year’s Motorcycle Live, built to reclaim its crown as the king of sportsbikes. A new engine utilises technology directly lifted from the firm’s GSX-RR MotoGP machine, including a new variable valve timing system designed to increase top end power while maintaining strong low to midrange output. There are also new secondary injectors in the top of the airbox which operate at higher rpm and a new finger follower rocker arm type valve train system, all developed to to maximise top-end power.

There is a new 10-level traction control system, launch control, three switchable engine maps, and a quickshifter, which allows for clutchless upshifts and downshifts.

The new GSX-R1000 benefits from an all-new chassis, and utilises Showa’s newest balance free suspension at the front and rear. The new forks were developed by Showa through racing, and have now been adapted for use on production models. The balance free front forks provide more consistent damping and increased corning performance by delivering smoother, more controlled travel.

New bodywork is aggressive and purposeful, designed with aerodynamic performance at the fore, while headlight, taillight and indicators are all full LED. It is expected to arrive in the second half of 2016.

Also new for 2016 and on display at Motorcycle Live is the SV650. Returning to its roots as a sporty, naked V-twin middleweight, the new SV650 gets an increase in power and a reduction in weight.

Peak power is increased to 75bhp at 8,500rpm, max torque is 64Nm at 8,100rpm, and fuel economy increases to 73.5mpg*, while eight kilograms is shaved off the weight of the outgoing SFV650, with the new SV tipping the scales at 197kg.

Over 60 new engine and 70 new chassis components feature on the new SV650, including a new lightweight Nissin ABS unit. It also benefits from Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist system. When the bike is being launched or when running at low rpm, sensors activate an Idle Speed Control system, which raises engine rpm slightly for a smoother launch and easier operation in the lower rev range.

There’s also a new exhaust system, radiator, and full LCD instrument panel, while the easy-start system first seen on the GSX-S1000 also features. Styling is sharper and sportier.

The new SV650 is expected to arrive in dealerships from March 2016.

Also unveiled at EICMA was a new VanVan 200. Easily distinguishable by it’s 180/80 balloon rear tyre, the VanVan 125 has attracted a cult following with a number of owners’ clubs, outside of its appeal to new riders.

The introduction of a new 200cc variant only serves to broaden that appeal, and will attract A2 licence holders looking for more performance over the learner-friendly 125 model.

It is expected in dealerships from February 2016.

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