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2012-10-03 09:19

NEWEST ADDITIONS: Suzuki has revealed five new model concepts at the International Motorcycle Show, pictured above is the Limited edition Suzuki GSX-R1000.


Gauteng bikes correspondent DRIES VAN DER WALT takes the new Suzuki DL650 V-Strom long-haul to Mpumalanga and found a bike with many facets.

Suzuki made five model announcements, with the all-new V-Strom concept centre stage, at the opening of the Cologne International Motorcycle Show.

Unveiled at its show stand, Suzuki announced the new 1000cc adventure concept along with news of a new Intruder C1500T, a revised Burgman 650, an ABS-equipped Hayabusa GSX1300R and a special one-millionth GSX-R1000 celebration model.


Inspired by the DR Big Dakar racer, the V-Strom 1000 Concept will, according to Suzuki, be the most advanced adventure-style machine yet with traction control and panniers and powered by a 1000cc liquid-cooled V-twin engine providing power for long distance rides, while its aluminium chassis provides agile handling.

The V-Strom 1000 will be part of Suzuki's 2014 line-up.


The Intruder C1500T is Suzuki's first distance cruiser with practicality as standard. Offering integrated luggage, the C1500T is available in black, with black detailing carried throughout the model. The C1500T offers ample luggage capacity with an element-cheating windshield.

Powered by Suzuki's 1500cc V-Twin engine, the Intruder C1500T packs enough punch to offer a classically styled alternative for long-distance touring and will be in Suzuki's 2013 range.


Celebrating its 10th birthday, Suzuki has evolved the Burgman concept further for 2013 with the new Burgman 650.

Bringing greater comfort, enhanced ergonomics and better fuel economy, the new Burgman 650 has a host of updates, all meant to make it a rider-friendly luxury scooter that's 15% more efficient than before.

Up-to-date ergonomics and styling mean the Burgman 650 continues to impress. Standard equipment includes as new and light ABS, a powered height-adjustable screen, power retractable mirrors and a DC power socket. The Executive model adds heatable grips and seats and a pillion backrest.

The new Burgman 650 will be available in 2013.


The big guy of biking continues its evolution for 2013 with concentrated development on braking and fuel-efficiency.

The 2013 GSX1300R Hayabusa will offer Brembo Monoblock callipers with ABS standard and will be offered in three new colour schemes.


2012 signals the one-millionth GSX-R to roll off the production line at Suzuki's Hamamatsu factory in Japan so Suzuki has announced the GSX-R1000 commemorative edition for 2013.

Featuring a special paint scheme, the commemorative GSX-R1000 also has unique black Brembo Monoblock callipers with gold lettering, wheel stripes and gold forks among other things.

The GSX-R1000 will be available in 2013.
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