According to Japanese moto mag Young Machine, Suzuki is about to start production of the Recursion turbocharged sportbike.
Photos of the Recursion first started popping up during the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Back then, the idea of forced induction making a comeback was almost too good to be true. Months later, after a Kawasaki H2R marketing program that dragged on all summer, culminating in its Intermot release, we know turbochargers and superchargers are back in style.
But despite the Recursion’s introduction as a concept bike, people wondered: Would Suzuki really build the bike? After all, the company has hardly been known for innovation in the past few years. They’ve been very slow to update their lineup in the years following the 2008 recession; their biggest hit is the V-Strom lineup right now. Almost everything else has changed very little in the last 10 years.
Not anymore! Young Machine magazine has a photo of what’s allegedly a production-ready Recursion on their cover. The 600 cc-class (it’s said to be 588 cc) is supposed to make 100 hp around 8,000 rpm. That sort of power is already available in the 600 cc class, but the Recursion should deliver it more quickly – peak torque of 74 ft-lb hits at 4,500 rpm. The bike weighs 174 kg, Suzuki says, so it should avoid the criticisms of excess weight that have been leveled at Kawasaki’s H2 and H2R supercharged sportbikes.
The styling is also interesting. Like the original concept, it only has a half-fairing, same as the H2 and H2R. Could this be the pattern going forward for turbocharged and supercharged bikes?