Suzuki is 100 years old. Hurrah! And this is its birthday present to itself. Not a Swift with some token stickers on it, but a riotous sports bike with 200hp.
This is the GSX-R1000R Limited Edition sports a livery that apes Suzuki’s current Moto GP contender, the GSX-RR. Only in the world of two wheels can such a look be carried off so classily. Imagine covering your Mercedes C63 in the same livery as Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car…
As well as its motorsport styling, it comes with a wealth of tech, including a ten-stage traction control system, launch control, a gearbox with quick-shifting and auto-blipping and ABS that reacts with the lean angle of the bike.
Also, for those at the back still pondering Suzuki being nearly as old as Morgan: its first cars and bikes didn’t come along until the 1950s, but 2020 marks 100 years since the founding of Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. Something of a caveat, but if it excuses us eating cake (and bestows us with a glorious sports bike) we’re all in.
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