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Suzuki's 'big bad wolf' to intrude SA

2006-03-01 11:15

Underneath the big bad wolf styling thuds a 1 783cc, 54 degree V-twin and while Suzuki has not yet released any official performance figures you just know that this bike will have massive torque.

It'll need it because at 315kg this is one heavy machine. It measures nearly 2.5-meters in length, has a wheelbase of 1.7-metres and is almost a metre wide.

That makes it bigger than any current Harley - and definitely not the machine you'd want to use for your license test.

It also has a 32degree rake and a 130mm trail - not out of the ordinary for a custom cruiser, but a cold hard fact that this will definitely not be a performance machine.

A plus is its lowly 700mm seat height. About that seat, it is not just low, but also comfy - allegedly.

The flow of the tank continues straight through the seat and into the bulky rear. On paper at least, this looks to be one well thought-out bike.

A fly screen on the front forks is sporty and should offer enough wind deflection to make mid-distance cruises a breeze.

A massive air box in front of the cradle frame is surrounded by generous bodywork that runs down the front section of the frame.

The Intruder is as close to a full-dresser as you can get ? barring the screen.

This has given the designers an opportunity to make the bike look cool. It has a "full" look with bodywork filling every part the engine doesn't take up.

Enough on the styling. Up front is a pair of inverted, telescopic forks. The rear features a link-type spring ? adjustable for preload.

As for the stoppers, you get a radial-mount unit up front and a 275mm, pin-slide disc at the back. High tech equipment for a cruiser, which should give it superb braking performance.

An even closer look reveals an even "racier" side to the bike. Each forged aluminium-alloy piston uses short skirts with cutaway sides - reducing friction. A short inset piston pin helps to reduce weight.

Each cylinder is coated with nickel-phosphorous-silicon-carbide. Don't know what it is, but it sounds good.

The bike uses a modified version of the SDTV (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) fuel injection system - first used on the GSX-R.

So, not as old-world as you may have thought.

The guys at Suzuki SA are tight-lipped about the price, but expect the bike to be here by May. In fact, you'll be able to ride the machine at the upcoming AMID show at Kyalami.


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