Suzuki New Models for 2012

Dec 24, 2011 View Comments by

At their annual meeting, Suzuki introduced new and updated models to their dealers and the media. They used the opportunity for the world launch of the 2012 GSX-R1000 and to provide more information on the 2012 V-Stroms


In reworking Suzuki’s race bike, engineers focused on improving cornering, braking and acceleration. The outcome is a better low- and midrange power output, a 4.4-pound weight reduction and upgraded Brembo brakes, just to name a few. A new single-muffler design, as opposed to the twin design of previous years, contributes to mass centralization. To increase the low- to midrange torque, the under-engine chamber was eliminated and pipe length optimized. The newly designed pistons, with borrowed technology from MotoGP, make them 11 percent lighter. The piston-pin bosses are narrower, and the skirts are optimized for the new shape with asymmetry between the intake and exhaust sides. The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) allows the rider to choose between three power delivery modes including A, B and C modes by pressing the buttons on the left handlebar with the thumb and index finger. For stopping power, new Brembo monobloc front brake calipers are more rigid than conventional calipers. Brand-new Bridgestone S20 tires connect the bike to the road with a refined tread pattern for better traction, feeling and acceleration. More refinements have been made that are not listed here. Check Suzuki’s website for details or visit your local dealer for an in-depth demonstration.

V-Strom 650 ABS

Suzuki set out to revamp the V-Strom to make it the “comfortable adventure tourer.” The front fender was redesigned to allow smooth airflow to the radiator; cooling efficiency is increased through the addition of wind-directing plates. With a 5.3-gallon fuel tank, it can certainly handle long hauls. The rear carrier was changed from aluminum to resin and allows easy attachment of the accessory top case. Resin has also been incorporated on the tank. Seat height has increased to 32.9 inches and has been reshaped at the rider’s thighs, improving riding comfort by providing a more relaxed knee bend. The seat is 25 percent thicker and sports a suede finish. Fuel economy is improved by 10 percent. To enhance the stability of oil temperature, Suzuki added a liquid-cooled oil cooler. As a result of all these changes, increased torque at low-to-mid rpm range has also been achieved. The windscreen can be adjusted three ways: up 24 mm and 8 mm rearward, standard, and down by 18 mm and 18 mm forward. The V-Strom is the only model in its class to use an aluminum twin-spar frame.

V-Strom 650 ABS Adventure

This model is only available in the U.S. The upgraded version includes a touring windscreen, engine guard and aluminum side cases as standard equipment.

V-Strom 1000

The 996cc 90-degree V-twin engine provides ample low- to midrange torque. The 5.8-gallon fuel tank is half a gallon more than the 650’s. The lightweight but rigid aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm improve handling in the tight twisties. The 1000 weighs in at 525 pounds.

V-Strom 1000 Adventure

This model is only available in the U.S. Saddlebags and top case are standard.

Boulevard C50T Classic

An 805cc, four-stroke, liquid-cooled cruiser for $7,999 is Suzuki’s attempt to penetrate the cruiser market. A touring version is available with windshield, sissy bar and bags for only $1,500 more. The cruisers are both under 650 pounds with a low seat height of 27.6 inches. For a complete look, Suzuki added studded seats, a two-tone paint job, lots of chrome and whitewall tires.

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