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Suzuki introduces new GSX-S750, baby GSX-R and fresh V-Strom adventurers

Suzuki introduces new GSX-S750...
Suzuki revamped the 2017 V-Strom 1000 and 650 model family
Suzuki revamped the 2017 V-Strom 1000 and 650 model family
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Suzuki revamped the 2017 V-Strom 1000 and 650 model family
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Suzuki revamped the 2017 V-Strom 1000 and 650 model family
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 clones down the GSX-S1000
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 clones down the GSX-S1000
The compact silhouette of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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The compact silhouette of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in the color combination of Metallic Triton Blue with Glass Sparkle Black
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in the color combination of Metallic Triton Blue with Glass Sparkle Black
Rear view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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Rear view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
Hopefully Suzuki will market the 2017 GSX-S750 at a very competitive price, like its predecessor
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Hopefully Suzuki will market the 2017 GSX-S750 at a very competitive price, like its predecessor
Top view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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Top view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in Metallic Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in Metallic Black color
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in Mira Red color
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in Mira Red color
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 will populate the sensible part of the GSX-S family
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 will populate the sensible part of the GSX-S family
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 in action
Cockpit view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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Cockpit view of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
The engine of the 2005 GSX-R750 lends it services to the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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The engine of the 2005 GSX-R750 lends it services to the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
One of the notable changes in the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is the reduction of fuel tank volume from 17.5 to 16 liters (4.6 to 4.2 gal)
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One of the notable changes in the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is the reduction of fuel tank volume from 17.5 to 16 liters (4.6 to 4.2 gal)
This left-hand side switch controls the new display of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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This left-hand side switch controls the new display of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
The new LCD display of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
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The new LCD display of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750
The exhaust system of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is the same as the one of the previous model, only retuned to fit the emissions' limits
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The exhaust system of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is the same as the one of the previous model, only retuned to fit the emissions' limits
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 brakes courtesy of new Nissin radial calipers
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 brakes courtesy of new Nissin radial calipers
The rear shock absorber of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is adjustable only for spring preload
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The rear shock absorber of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is adjustable only for spring preload
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 posing nude
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 posing nude
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is fitted with a low rpm assist system that simply keeps the engine revving a bit higher to avoid accidental engine stalls when starting
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is fitted with a low rpm assist system that simply keeps the engine revving a bit higher to avoid accidental engine stalls when starting
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Champion Yellow color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Champion Yellow color
Subtle changes for the front part of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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Subtle changes for the front part of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 reveals a slim figure from behind
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 reveals a slim figure from behind
Although looking very similar to the 2016 model, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 sports many detailed differences in its costumes
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Although looking very similar to the 2016 model, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 sports many detailed differences in its costumes
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 from above
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 from above
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Glass Sparkle Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Glass Sparkle Black color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Pearl Glacier White color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Pearl Glacier White color
Fully accessorized, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT looks ready to circumnavigate to planet
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Fully accessorized, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT looks ready to circumnavigate to planet
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Champion Yellow color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Champion Yellow color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color 
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color 
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Pearl Glacier White color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT in Pearl Glacier White color
The new ABS unit of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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The new ABS unit of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The rider's view of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
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The rider's view of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
The 90-degree V-twin of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 has a long history dating back to 1990s and the TL1000 S and R superbikes of the era
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The 90-degree V-twin of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 has a long history dating back to 1990s and the TL1000 S and R superbikes of the era
The complete frame structure of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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The complete frame structure of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 rolls on cast aluminium wheels (19-inch front, 17 rear) by Enkei
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 rolls on cast aluminium wheels (19-inch front, 17 rear) by Enkei
Fully adjustable 43 mm inverted KYB forks for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and XT
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Fully adjustable 43 mm inverted KYB forks for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 and XT
The beak in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom family is a tribute to the DR Big Dakar racers of the 1980s and 90s
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The beak in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom family is a tribute to the DR Big Dakar racers of the 1980s and 90s
The new Bosch intertia measurement unit is used to enhance the ABS system in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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The new Bosch intertia measurement unit is used to enhance the ABS system in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
New dashboard for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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New dashboard for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The rear carrier of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
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The rear carrier of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000
The rear suspension of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is fully adjustable
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The rear suspension of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 is fully adjustable
The screen of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 can be adjusted by hand in three positions 
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The screen of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 can be adjusted by hand in three positions 
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in two-up action
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in two-up action
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in action
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in action
The spoke wheels of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT are made by DID and are compatible with tubeless tires
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The spoke wheels of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT are made by DID and are compatible with tubeless tires
Hand protectors are standard equipment for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
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Hand protectors are standard equipment for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
The engine protection is also part of the standard equipment for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
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The engine protection is also part of the standard equipment for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 changed more on the outside than the inside
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 changed more on the outside than the inside
Under common family looks the 2017 Suzuki V-Stroms are almost identical from the front
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Under common family looks the 2017 Suzuki V-Stroms are almost identical from the front
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Champion Yellow color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Champion Yellow color
The view from behind the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
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The view from behind the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
The rear part of the 2017  V-Strom 650's fuel tank is slimmer than before according to Suzuki
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The rear part of the 2017  V-Strom 650's fuel tank is slimmer than before according to Suzuki
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Glass Sparkle Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Glass Sparkle Black color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Pearl Glacier White color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Pearl Glacier White color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT loaded with official accessories
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT loaded with official accessories
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT in Glass Sparkle Black color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Pearl Glacier White color 
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in Pearl Glacier White color 
The V-twin engine of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 has been retuned with the camshafts of the latest SV 650
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The V-twin engine of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 has been retuned with the camshafts of the latest SV 650
In use since the late 1990s, this 90-degree V-twin continues to serve, among others, in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and XT
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In use since the late 1990s, this 90-degree V-twin continues to serve, among others, in the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and XT
The instruments of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 are modeled after the 1,000 cc model
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The instruments of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 are modeled after the 1,000 cc model
New exhaust can for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
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New exhaust can for the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
A practical remote knob is used to dial-in spring preload for the rear suspension of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 - also adjustable for rebound damping
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A practical remote knob is used to dial-in spring preload for the rear suspension of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 - also adjustable for rebound damping
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 will probably be an efficient two-up tourrer as much as the current model
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 will probably be an efficient two-up tourrer as much as the current model
Fresh looks from the rider's point of view on the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
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Fresh looks from the rider's point of view on the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650
Just like in the 1000, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650's spoke wheels come from DID and accept tulebess tires
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Just like in the 1000, the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650's spoke wheels come from DID and accept tulebess tires
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in action
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in two-up action
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The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in two-up action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in Solid Black color
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in Solid Black color
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in Triton Blue color
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in Triton Blue color
The small headlight of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 emmits a two-stroke GP250 replica of the 1980s aura
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The small headlight of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 emmits a two-stroke GP250 replica of the 1980s aura
Strongest and lightest of its class, says Suzuki about the 2017 GSX-R125 - while we're still waiting for the official figures to be announced
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Strongest and lightest of its class, says Suzuki about the 2017 GSX-R125 - while we're still waiting for the official figures to be announced
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 from behind
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 from behind
The slim figure of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 as seen from above
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The slim figure of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 as seen from above
The 2017 GSX-R125 in Brilliant White color
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The 2017 GSX-R125 in Brilliant White color
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 bets on its sporty image to lure youngsters
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The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 bets on its sporty image to lure youngsters
The liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, single-cylinder engine of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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The liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve, single-cylinder engine of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
Petal brakes and lightweight cast aluminium wheels for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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Petal brakes and lightweight cast aluminium wheels for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
The central switch of the keyless system that offers a touch of luxury to the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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The central switch of the keyless system that offers a touch of luxury to the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
The remote key of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 doesn't need to come out of the pocket to get things started
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The remote key of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 doesn't need to come out of the pocket to get things started
Sporting the Suzuki Racing colors will probably make this version of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 very popular with young riders
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Sporting the Suzuki Racing colors will probably make this version of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 very popular with young riders
New LCD instruments for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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New LCD instruments for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
Stainless steel exhaust in megaphone styling for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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Stainless steel exhaust in megaphone styling for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
The seating arrangement of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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The seating arrangement of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
Tail unit with LED lights for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
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Tail unit with LED lights for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125
The 11-liter fuel tank of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 should be enough for a good range
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The 11-liter fuel tank of the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 should be enough for a good range

It's only natural that Suzuki's new superbike would steal the spotlights, yet the company's Intermot booth hosted some other interesting debuts. The new GSX-S750 and GSX-R125 both represent scaled-down versions of current 1,000 cc models, as the adventurous V-Strom family undergoes a generous make over.

We should probably expect a very exciting 2017 World Superbike Championship, with most companies fielding new weaponry. Suzuki warned us last year with the concept GSX-R1000R, to honour its commitment with a final production version that on paper seems exactly as promised – variable valve timing and all.

Beside the whole superbike hype, Suzuki also introduced three new models and some important updates. The GSX-S750 is a new streetfighter that clones the GSX-S1000's styling around the frame and engine of the 2005 GSX-R750. There's also a new mini GSX-R with a single-cylinder 125 cc motor, filtering some of Suzuki's racing heritage down to the entry-level rider.

In the adventure front, Suzuki tended to the V-Strom family karma with fresh uniform looks – restoring the legacy of the first-gen models (2004-2011). The process required a complete makeover for the third generation of V-Strom 650 in order adopt the refreshed looks of the bigger model, while the latter profited the most under the hood.

GSX-S750

The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 clones down the GSX-S1000
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 clones down the GSX-S1000

The name is not exactly new, as this motorcycle represents the next step of a model that's been in the market since 2011; in some countries is was called GSR 750, in others GSX-S750.

The 2017 model relies on the basic gear of the current GSX-S750, with the engine and frame of the 2005 GSX-R750. Suzuki announced that the updated, Euro 4-compliant version of this engine generates more power, 112.6 hp (84 kW) at 10,500 rpm and approximately the same maximum torque, 81 Nm (59.7 lb-ft) at 9,000 rpm. The extra power was reportedly enough for Suzuki to shorten the final gear ratio for stronger acceleration without losing any top speed.

Things are kept simple with a basic set of electronic aids, including a four-way adjustable (three levels and off) traction control, ABS, easy start system, and low rpm assist. No inertial units and racing brake systems are employed here, just the conventional safety kits to be found on most road bikes. Astonishingly enough, there are no selectable ignition maps either.

The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 will populate the sensible part of the GSX-S family
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 will populate the sensible part of the GSX-S family

The suspensions are handled by KYB, featuring a set of inverted 41 mm forks – supporting new radial four-pot Nissin brake calipers – and a link-type rear shock, both adjustable only for spring preload.

Apart from the more aggressive styling that obviously reflects on the bigger GSX-S, the new 750 retains most of its precursor's basic characteristics, with more or less identical specs except for a smaller fuel tank, reduced in capacity from 17.5 to 16 liters (4.6 to 4.2 gal).

Prices and availabilities have not been communicated yet, although Suzuki Motors of America offers a clue in its website, displaying it as a 2018 model for the US market.

V-Strom 1000/650

The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Champion Yellow color
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 in Champion Yellow color

Suzuki's adventurers have been around for almost 15 years, initially launched with identical looks and continuing like this until 2012. That was when Suzuki decided to put it through an extensive revision, while the 1000 had been left unchanged and gradually discontinued in several markets due to conformity issues with emissions laws. In 2014 Suzuki returned with a brand-new V-Strom 1000 – or, more precisely, the same engine and frame duo updated and complemented with new gear. This time the two V-Stroms didn't look much alike, but Suzuki has just revealed the fix.

The 2017 V-Strom retains the characteristic beak design in the front – a tribute to the DR Big 750 and 800 cc single that raced at Dakar in the 1980s and 90s – with work concentrated in refreshing the design while enhancing aerodynamic protection.

The engine has not been tampered with, apart from the typical fiddling to bring it up to date with emission norms, so it still produces the same 99 hp (74 kW) as before. Suzuki introduced its first traction control system with the 2014 V-Strom 1000 and this continues through to the new model, adjustable in three levels (including the off function).

The rider's view of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT
The rider's view of the 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 1000 XT

The special gift for the new big V-Strom comes in the face of an advanced cornering ABS, or, as Suzuki calls it, the Motion Track Brake System which relies on a five-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) to ensure optimal braking force even mid-corner. This system also incorporates a combined function, where input from the rear brake is automatically dialed-in where needed to contribute towards the safest possible result. It does sound a bit strange though that Suzuki invested in the advanced IMU, but doesn't appear to couple it with the traction control as well.

The standard support kits also include a slipper clutch, and the easy start and low rpm assist systems that seem to spread across Suzuki's line-up.

The V-Strom 650, on the other hand, enters its third generation with brand new looks, precisely transferred from the bigger model. Creating a family identity is apparently what Suzuki targeted, so the 650 gets exactly the same design and instrument panel as the 1000.

The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in two-up action
The 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 in two-up action

Mechanically the smaller V-Strom is more or less the same as the current model, as no changes are reported in frame, suspension and brakes. The engine has been tuned to the latest norms, by changing the camshafts to those of the latest SV 650 roadster and setting up appropriately the motor's intake and exhaust systems.

Suzuki also adds to the mix the same traction control of the V-Strom 1000, as well as the typical easy start and low rpm assist kits, rounding off with the ABS used in the current 650.

A new addition that is introduced with the 2017 V-Strom is the XT version, which simply rolls on spoke wheels that are compatible with tubeless tires. Both 1000 and 650 XT are fitted as standard with hand guards and plastic engine protector, but have absolutely no other difference compared to the standard models.

GSX-R125

The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R125 in action

The entry-level addition to the GSX-R family runs on a liquid-cooled single-cylinder 125 cc engine with two overhead cams and four valves feeding an oversquare piston. Suzuki doesn't disclose performance figures or the bike's weight, although does make sure to communicate that the GSX-R125 is the lightest and most powerful bike in the 125 cc sportbike class. However, we guess that the 15 hp (11 kW) maximum horsepower for the European A1-class license is a limit that Suzuki will logically respect in order for the new model to be eligible for its main target group.

As expected, the mini GSX-R is styled after the bigger members of the same family, featuring equipment that can be considered as luxury in its class, such as keyless ignition, big LCD instrument display, LED headlight and easy start system.

Suzuki makes a strong entrance in the modern 125 cc sport field with a well-equipped motorcycle, going up against fierce competition in the face of a variety of models from Honda, KTM, Yamaha and several other manufacturers.

Source: Suzuki

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