Suzuki is set to provide some of the major attractions at this year’s Motorcycle Live, showcasing not only their extensive 2014 model range, but also a range of factory and UK special editions, classic machines from the Japanese firm’s history as they celebrate 50 years in the UK, and the MotoGP prototype, as tested by Randy de Puniet.
Taking centre-stage will be Suzuki’s hotly anticipated V-Strom 1000, the new adventure machine on display in production-ready trim for the first time at a UK event since the concept model was unveiled at last year’s Motorcycle Live. Suzuki’s latest adventure machine boasts a new traction control system developed as part of the MotoGP programme, the lightest weight in the big adventure bike class, a 259-mile tank range, new lightweight chassis and 1037cc V-twin engine, and a 19-inch front wheel for the rougher terrain.
Alongside the new V-Strom will be the entire 2014 model range, featuring a new Burgman 125 scooter, a host of special editions, including a factory special edition Hayabusa and GSR750, and two special Intruders, the C800B and the M1800RBZ. UK special edition models include a GSX-R750 sprinkled with Yoshimura parts and Genuine accessories, complimenting the factory red and black paint scheme, a V-Strom 650 Touratech concept, an Inazuma 250 and GSX1250FA with new graphics, and the RM-Z250 motocross machine with the Holeshot pack fitted. A selection of the new 2014 colour options will be on display too.
As well as the main stand, a special feature stand will host a range of classic machines from Suzuki’s history, celebrating 50 years of Suzuki in the UK, with a selection being fired up live on the stand, including Barry Sheene’s 1975 RG500, Kevin Schwantz’s 1994 RGV500, Dick Sullivan’s TR50 and John Reynolds’ British Superbike championship winning GSX-R1000.
Looking forward too, will be Suzuki’s new MotoGP prototype machine, as preparation continues for a return to the premier class of motorcycle racing in 2015. The bike, as tested by Randy de Puniet and Nobuatsu Aoki, will be on display until the final Saturday of the show, before it is shipped off to its next event.
Suzuki GB Marketing Manager, George Cheeseman, commented, "Motorcycle Live is the biggest show in the UK event calendar, and we’re very much looking forward to this year’s event. We’re delighted to have the production-ready V-Strom 1000 making its UK show debut as well as a host of special editions in our 2014 range. We’re also very proud to celebrate 50 years in the UK and are looking forward to starting up some of the classic machines over the course of the show, as well as being able to look forward to Suzuki’s return to MotoGP with the prototype race bike on our stand, too. We’re delighted to welcome everyone onto the stand, and also invite everyone to stop by our hospitality unit for a tea or coffee."
The Suzuki stand can be found in hall 3, stand number 3B30.
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