New 2011 Suzukis

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The GSXR600s and 750s both get their scheduled makeover.
 

Suzuki announce their revamps to the GSXR 600 and 750s as well as more details on the GSR 750.


GSX-R600/750

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In case you can’t tell, this is the 600.

We all know Suzuki’s middleweight Gixxers were due for a makeover (not because they needed it, but because supersports have the life cycle of shad flies), so for 2011 the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 are completely redesigned.

Most noticeable is the new styling, which mimics the current GSX-R1000. Beneath the new skin is a new, more compact chassis that has a 15 mm shorter wheelbase. The engine has been tilted three degrees rearward, allowing the front wheel to get closer to the swingarm pivot without changing the steering geometry or the distance from the front tire to the radiator.

Weight has been shaved from way too many components to mention here, but total weight savings are said to be approximately 9 kg (20 lb), which by 600 standards is the equivalent of gastric bypass surgery. Claimed wet weight is now 186 kg (410 lb) for the 600 and 189 kg (416 lb) for the 750.

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And this is the 750.

Engine revisions include lots of weight-savings, friction-reducing modifications and components redesigned to reduce reciprocating-mass. Cams have new profiles to increase midrange power without affecting top-end output.

The two new Gixxers now incorporate adjustable Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), with two available maps (one less than on the GSX-R1000), mode A delivering full power and mode B delivering softer acceleration. Changes can be done on-the-fly.

Lighter brake components include new radial-mount Brembo front calipers.

No pricing has been announced but you’d better place your order before the next redesign, probably already underway.


GSR750

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This too is a 750 but sans the X.

Although full details of the 2011 GSR750 naked bike we previewed here have yet to be divulged, real photos have been.

What we do know is that the GSR will use a previous-generation, short-stroke GSX-R750 engine (72 x 46 mm versus 70 x 48.7 mm in the current model), though it will be tuned for improved low to midrange power.

A steel frame and swingarm, suspended by a 41 mm inverted fork and single rear shock (both adjustable for rebound damping), makes up the chassis. Sporty steering geometry includes a 25-degree rake, 102 mm of trail and a 1,450 mm  (57.1 in) wheelbase.

ABS is optional, though we have yet to confirm if this bike will come to Canada. Initial reports are saying the bike will not be sold in the U.S. which is a bad omen for getting it here.

If you want more on the GSR, check out the video below. 

1 COMMENT

  1. C’mon, c’mon Suzuki … we all know the writing is on the wall for the venerable and long-lived LS650 … WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO REPLACE IT WITH???? A “Factory” Bobber-styled parallel twin 650 would be just the ticket!

  2. Anyone else see more than a hint of the current R6 frame in the new ‘zukis? I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I think these two bikes will be their most capable models yet judging from the spec.

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