With the temperature hovering in the mid-thirties, I slide the V-Strom to a halt on the delicious gravel road, somewhere deep in Quebec’s Laurentian Mountains. I’d just crossed one of the many small winding rivers in the area and decided that it was just too hot to keep riding, especially when a cool fresh river beckoned for a refreshing dip.
Suzuki’s GSXR 1000 is not a motorcycle for the fainthearted. It’s deceptively easy to ride which is attractive to riders of less experience but rider beware, this bike is bipolar; it has two distinct personalities.
In part 1 we touched on some of the bike’s abilities during Larryfest 2000. Part 2 seems a good place to have a look at some of the technical aspects, and how the two bikes measure up to each other … Oh, and Mr. Tate’s two cents on the whole thing.
It’s become an annual event. Larryfest is the last distance test ride of the year and occurs in October. Actually, this was only our second year, but both years to date have seen idyllic weather and taken place out of Larry’s farmhouse in eastern Ontario. Which, as good fortune would have it, is also the ideal launching point for the best twisties you can find in Ontario.
The first thing that I noticed when I straddled the seat was how slender and light the GS 500E felt. It feels lighter than its 372 pounds dry weight, and seems more like some 250’s than a 500.
Ahhh, spring has finally sprung and what better way to celebrate the dawn of summer than what is most likely the first Canadian motorcycle test ride of the year – we’re there for you Canada, albeit bloody cold!
In a market place full of motorcycles at all imaginable extremes of the spectrum, Suzuki’s Katana 600 and 750 duo stick out as a minority: they are simply designed to be practical, versatile, and inexpensive. That’s okay, but are they fun?! Read on…
Words: Rob Harris/Nick Smirniw Photos: Wilfrid Gaube When the Bandit 600 came out back in ’96 I thought at last, a real bike! Never one to compromise for speed but no comfort or vice versa, always left me restoring old 70’s ‘sports’ bikes. Back then, a bike were a bike (imagine in crackly old fogie … Continue reading Comparo: Kawasaki ZRX1100 vs Suzuki Bandit 1200
Let’s say that you’re the type that values self control. You’re interested in the Hayabusa because you want a sports tourer, with emphasis on the tourer. Well, it does that job actually quite well. However, this is really where the ergonomics verses aerodynamics argument comes into play.
Hello. Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Barbara, I’m a motorcycle rider/ instructor and I’ve been friends with (CMG contributor) Nick Smirniw and Editor ‘arris for quite a while now; well, long enough at least to be trusted with this gig as a test rider.