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Suzuki’s Future Is Here

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motorcycle News, News

A glimpse into the future is what Suzuki is giving when they released photos of the V-Storm 1000 adventure tourer concept. “Suzuki Motorcycles changed the adventure touring category forever when it developed the V-Strom 650 and introduced to the world an incredibly versatile, comfortable and fun-to-ride motorcycle,” said Perry Morison, General Manager, Suzuki Motorcycles. “Our two V-Stroms, the 650 and 1000, are amongst the Australia’s best-selling adventure tourers and we are very excited about the release of a concept V-Strom 1000 as it shows the future direction of this popular model and of our organisation.” The current V-Strom 1000′s engine has been totally redesigned in this concept motorcycle to focus on rider-friendliness and features a 1,000cc power plant which produces effortless acceleration along with a strong and distinctive V-Twin rumble. The slim and lightweight aluminium frame, thickly padded seat and an adjustable windscreen make the V-Strom 1000 Concept fun and easy-to-ride, whether it is cruising the streets or exploring outback roads. For enhanced rider confidence when braking, the V-Strom 1000 Concept features a performance-inspired radial mount front brake caliper and an Antilock Braking System (ABS) to ensure ultimate traction on the road in all weather conditions. The V-Strom 1000 Concept is also equipped with an advanced traction control system for enhanced sport riding, performance and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence. The suspension has been totally overhauled with the V-Strom 1000 Concept featuring an inverted front fork and easy-to-adjust single shock style rear suspension. Inspired by the 1988 DR750S, Suzuki’s first big adventure tourer, the V-Strom 1000 Concept features bold and distinctive styling to create an unmatched presence. The V-Strom 1000 Concept features an all-new luggage system which provides easy installation, a narrow overall width when installed and a clean look when detached.

Suzuki’s Paris Star

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in News

Suzuki has released another image of its new concept car before it makes its world debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show Suzuki’s crossover concept S-Cross embodies an “Emotion x Quality x Aerodynamics” design theme, which is typified by distinctive dynamic lines that start on the front bumper, sweep across the doors, and continue to the rear. Design elements that suggest stability and solidity also help create a cutting-edge crossover look. Detailed information about the S-Cross will come to hand once the car is displayed later this month. Suzuki will also be presenting its Alto, Splash, Swift, Swift Sport, SX4, Jimny, and Grand Vitara models.  

Waters Wins Second Australian Superbike Championship

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, Motorcycle News, News

Team Suzuki’s Josh Waters has clinched his second QBE Australian Superbike Championship with a measured and mature ride at Queensland Raceway on Sunday. The 25-year-old becomes just the sixth rider in the sport’s history to record multiple Championship wins, both coming with Suzuki. The Victorian rider was dominant early in the season, winning four races in quick succession and making his mark with a string of consistent podiums. He came to Queensland Raceway with a 19.5-point lead and chose to maintain the necessary advantage rather than attempt to race wheel-to-wheel with outright pacesetter and round winner Jamie Stauffer. Waters finished the morning race in fourth and was a comfortable sixth in the afternoon to seal the title by 13.5 points over Team Honda’s Wayne Maxwell. The elation was evident for Waters who has not campaigned a full season since his rookie year in 2009. “It’s just great to make it official, I can’t thank the team enough for everything they’ve done and preparing a bike that I love to ride,” said Waters. “It’s not been my best track and I knew I would have to be careful, I couldn’t match it with Jamie (Stauffer) today but for me it was more about just getting two consistent race finishes. “It’s a great feeling and good to win my second title as it’s only my second full season on the Superbike. “Wayne (Maxwell) was massively competitive all year and he did a really good job to cut back my lead – he had some bad luck early on and if it weren’t for that then it would have been neck and neck today (Queensland Raceways event).” Maxwell acknowledged Waters’ exemplary season and said he’d done everything possible to bridge the gap. “We’ve been up against it since the early DNF,” said Maxwell. “We’ve been able to make up a lot of ground but in the end Josh was just too consistent. “The team was obviously very quick this weekend and I’m happy with the progress we made but it was more of a case of something having to go wrong with Josh rather than us having to win. “It’s been a really strong season for Team Honda and the whole team can hold their heads up at the end of the day.” Stauffer’s clean sweep over the weekend has him finishing a clear third in the Championship. He added a new race lap record to his barn-storming run of results on Saturday’s race and said he couldn’t have asked for much more from the weekend. “The bike has been good from Friday and been getting faster and faster each session,” said Stauffer. “I seem to get my best results here and the conditions were good enough this weekend to be able to get out and run at the front. “It’s a good finish to the season for myself and for Honda to get the 1-2.” Stauffer has won 6 of the 8 races held at Queensland Raceway over the last two years. Outgoing Superbike Champion Glenn Allerton was third overall for the round on the back of a strong second place. The Procon Maxima BMW rider has been unable to match the form he showed when he carried the manufacturer to its first title in 2011, but has offered strong opposition to the frontrunners throughout every race. He rounds out the year in fourth place, ahead of Suzuki’s Ben Attard, who was fifth. A clean sweep of qualifying and Sunday’s races secured Allerton’s teammate Linden Magee the Prostock Championship honours. Magee took over the lead from Chas Hern who fought back gallantly from mishaps in both races. Mitchell Carr claimed Triumph’s first-ever Motul Australian Supersport Championship crown in a drama-filled day for the class. The 24-year-old entered the event with a half-point lead, but lost the advantage by a point on Saturday when Team Suzuki’s Brodie Waters trumped him for pole position. The day’s opening race saw Carr, Waters and Honda rider Josh Hook engage in a spirited battle, with the lead swapping on a lap-by-lap basis. Carr’s strengths were in the straights, with his Triumph 675 pulling away from the factory Suzuki and factory Honda out of the corners. In a sudden the title hopes of Hook and Waters were dashed, suffering separate issues within seconds of each other at the end of lap 13. Hook ran on at turn 6, a gearbox problem ending his race, while Waters lasted just a few hundred metres more before a cloud of smoke began trailing from his Suzuki on the front straight. Neither were classified finishers, and Carr, the race winner by over 5 seconds, found himself back in charge of the Championship by a considerable margin. The Triumph rider stayed clear of a ferocious four-rider battle in the second race which went the way of a resurgent Hook. It moved the Honda rider to second and turned the spotlight to the arm wrestle between Waters and Glenn Scott. Waters slipped underneath Scott in the final corner of the race to steal back second for the race and third for the Championship in what has been a testing day. Finishing a solid sixth in race 2, Carr signed off his season 18.5 points clear of the runner-up. The Triumph 675’s victory is a significant achievement for the manufacturer which was far outnumbered in the Supersport field. Carr said he was proud to be able to deliver victory on the machine which he has ridden for the past two seasons. “We’ve had our ups and downs this season and worked really hard to bounce back from a DNF earlier in the year,” said Carr. “Unfortunately it was Josh and Brodie’s turn, it was bad luck for them to end the season the way that they did. “The bike has been amazing, I’ve really enjoyed racing it and developing it with the team. “Consistency kept us right in the hunt there and we had the pace this morning to get the win, it’s an amazing result and testament to the team’s hard work.” Carr took round 7 honours, with Chris Quinn a competitive second and Glenn Scott third. Class Champions were crowned across the board in an exciting day of racing today. Suzuki Australian Superstock Championship honours went to Daniel Falzon, the Bargain Bike Gear 250 Production class was won by Luke Burgess, Lachlan Hill wrapped up the Dunlop Australian Superlites and Lincoln Gilding held on for Moto3 spoils. Akrapovic Supermoto S1 victory went to Luke Traill, and the S2 class to Ben Nicolson. AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE C’SHIP at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich. Rd 7:  Superbike: Race 1: J Stauffer (Honda) 19m44.730s 1, G Allerton (BMW) 19m46.204s 2, W Maxwell (Honda) 19m48.424s 3, J Waters (Suzuki) 19m51.740s 4, B Attard (Suzuki) 19m52.485s 5, R Bugden (Suzuki) 20m14.700s 6, L Magee (BMW) 20m17.145s 7, N Waters (Honda) 20m19.921s 8, B Beaton (Suzuki) 20m22.762s 9, C Quinn (Yamaha) 20m28.687s 10. Race 2: J Stauffer (Honda) 19m47.499s 1, W Maxwell (Honda) 19m48.880s 2, B Attard (Suzuki) 19m54.678s 3, G Allerton (BMW) 19m54.872s 4, R Bugden (Suzuki) 20m05.657s 5, J Waters (Suzuki) 20m08.758s 6, B Henry (Suzuki) 20m13.863s 7, B Beaton (Suzuki) 20m15.281s 8, L Magee (BMW) 20m16.989s 9, C Quinn (Yamaha) 20m30.037s 10. Round: J Stauffer (Honda) 51pts 1, W Maxwell (Honda) 38pts 2, G Allerton (BMW) 37pts 3, B Attard (Suzuki) 34pts 4, J Waters (Suzuki) 32pts 5, R Bugden (Suzuki) 31pts 6, B Henry (Suzuki) 27pts 7, B Beaton (Suzuki) 27pts 8. Championship: J Waters (Suzuki) 279.5pts 1, W Maxwell (Honda) 266pts 2, J Stauffer (Honda) 251.5pts 3, G Allerton (BMW) 235pts 4, B Attard (Suzuki) 212.5pts 5, R Bugden (Suzuki) 211pts 6, B Henry (Suzuki) 174.5pts 7, S Charlton (Suzuki) 159pts 8, B Waters (Suzuki) 45pts 9, B Beaton (Suzuki) 40pts 10.  

Stauffer Smashes Lap Record on Way to Pole

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motor Sport, Motorcycle News, News

Team Honda’s Jamie Stauffer showed he is determined to break clear of the QBE Australian Superbike Championship battle-pack, scoring another blistering pole position at Queensland Raceway on Saturday afternoon. Clear conditions prevailed for the opening 25-minute qualifying session which saw Stauffer head the field with a 1m09.073s lap in the closing stages. The break between sessions allowed the factory Honda outfit to further tweak the bike to Stauffer’s liking, and as a blanket of cloud settled over a scorching track the lap times began to tumble. It took 14 laps for Stauffer to better the standing record of Shawn Giles, making his recent dominance at the circuit official with a 1:08.577s effort. He eclipsed the performance in the QBE Superpole session by blasting out a flying 1:08.382 lap, 0.582s clear of point’s leader Josh Waters. Stauffer was pleased to add his name to another lap record but remained focused on the maximum points-paying positions in Sunday’s races. “The Superpole ended up being a really good lap, I thought I’d stuffed it up in a few spots so I was pushing pretty hard to try and make up some time,” said Stauffer. “The bike was getting consistently faster this morning and the conditions towards the end of the second qualifying session were right to get in some good laps. “I’ve been happy with the bike and really confident on the tyres which is a big part of it – knowing just how hard you can push is always a good thing as a rider. “We’ve been able to come here and win pretty regularly so hopefully we can get out front and set the pace tomorrow.” 0.158s seconds separate positions two and three on the grid, with Championship leader Waters gaining a slight edge over his closest title rival Wayne Maxwell. Maxwell comes to Queensland on the back of a clean sweep at Phillip Island and acknowledges that getting to grips with the 3.12km circuit hasn’t been as easy. “We’ve been slowly progressing all weekend and just trying to bridge that gap to Jamie (Stauffer),” said Maxwell. “It’s been good having him to bounce ideas back and forth with, obviously he’s the pacesetter and it looks likely that he’ll be the one to beat. “We went from half a second gap and we’ve cut that down again but race pace will be the real test. “I have only one option and that’s to win both races, everything beyond that is out of my hands.” The Team Honda rider needs to make up 19.5 points on Waters to claim a maiden Australian Superbike Championship title. Defending Champion, Procon Maxima BMW’s Glenn Allerton held off a fast-finishing Ben Attard to secure a spot in the QBE Superpole, and held his fourth position for tomorrow’s pair of 17-lap races. Allerton’s teammate Linden Magee continues to demonstrate the potential of the BMW in Prostock-spec, slotting his bike into 7th outright on the grid as the first in his class. Team Suzuki’s Brodie Waters edged a point closer to his goal of becoming Motul Australian Supersport Champion today, taking pole position ahead of Triumph’s Mitchell Carr. Waters came to the event 0.5 points in arrears and will go to tomorrow’s races 0.5 points in front, though he admits the hard yards are still ahead of him. “I had to push as hard as I could that lap, I thought the first sector was slow and knew that was where Josh (Hook) would be strong,” said Waters. “It’s good to get that extra point but there’s still a lot to do tomorrow – it’s so close between the top 3 and the races are going to be the hardest of the year.” The Superbike and Supersport classes will contest a pair of 17-lap races each tomorrow to determine the overall Champions. AUSTRALIAN SUPERBIKE C’SHIP at Queensland Raceway, Ipswich. Rd 7:  Superbike Superpole: J Stauffer (Honda) 1m08.382s 1 *LAP RECORD, J Waters (Suzuki) 1m08.964s 2, W Maxwell (Honda) 1m09.122s 3, G Allerton (BMW) 1m09.434 4. Qualifying: J Stauffer (Honda) 1m08.577s 1, W Maxwell (Honda) 1m08.856s 2, J Waters (Suzuki) 1m08.936s 3, G Allerton (BMW) 1m09.002s 4, B Attard (Suzuki) 1m09.134s 5, R Bugden (Suzuki) 1m09.746s 6, L Magee (BMW) 1m10.362s 7, B Beaton (Suzuki) 1m10.407s 8, B Henry (Suzuki) 1m10.632s 9, N Waters (Honda) 1m10.818s 10.

Suzuki’s All-New MX2 Fighter

Written by Lee McKenzie McKinnon on . Posted in Motorcycle News, News

The all-new 2013 Suzuki RM-Z250 is not far away from hitting Australian shores and is bound to be a serious contender in its class. The Suzuki engineers had key goals when developing the all-new 2013 RM-Z250 and they were to refine engine components to deliver more mid-range power, improve overall handling and reduce noise levels without compromising performance. The RM-Z250′s overhauled 249cc, 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC engine, with its compact and lightweight design packs a punch and powers the race machine to championship winning performance with increased acceleration, faster throttle response and broader mid-range power and torque. Developed and tested by factory race teams, the 2013 model comes with an all-new three per cent lighter piston and reshaped piston pin enhancing durability and more efficient lubrication, contributing to better throttle response and smoother power delivery. The revised cam specification, intake cam profile and exhaust cam timing achieve an ideal balance between high performance and ease of power control when competing on the track. To fine-tune fuel preferences to suit track conditions, two couplers are enclosed allowing the rider to easily change fuel settings by connecting either coupler. A smooth but solid shift feel is ensured thanks to the all-new 5 speed transmission offering more precision in shifting with a change in the clutch release cam shape reducing the force required to operate the clutch, and enhancing the clutch feel. The RM-Z250 is now equipped with an all-new race-bred 48mm Showa Separate Function Fork containing the spring on the right leg, while the left leg incorporates the cartridge assembly to manage damping with the result being less friction, increased damping and an overall weight saving. A key goal of Suzuki engineers was the redesigned exhaust system that meets new FIM sound control regulations, thanks to a 40mm extension of the exhaust pipe and redesigned internal muffler parts, increasing bottom to mid-range power and torque, without compromising engine performance. The redesigned frame and seat optimise rigidity and balance for agile handling and stability with stylish two-tone radiator shrouds and all-new aggressive graphics accentuating the RM-Z250′s agile look. The 2013 Suzuki RM-Z250 has Recommended Price of $10,890.00 and will be available mid-September, with motocross and supercross racers of the Suzuki RM-Z250 eligible to register for Suzuki’s Support Rider program, offering generous contingency payments on national and state championships.

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