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EICMA 2015: Suzuki GSX-R1000 and SV650

Nov 17, 2015

If you're Roger Hayden, the good news of the day is that Suzuki is working on an all-new GSX-R1000 they promise is going to be a technological marvel. The bad news is it isn't ready yet.

But then if you're Roger Hayden, you already knew that.

Suzuki GSX-R1000
While we're waiting for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 concept to become reality, we have anniversary paint to look at. Suzuki photo.
What the rest of us got from Suzuki at the EICMA show was a lot of promises about the GSX-R1000 and a reworked SV650. I mention Hayden because at the last round of the MotoAmerica series in New Jersey, I spent maybe a grand total of 15 minutes in Hayden's presence over the weekend and heard him say twice that he needs an updated bike. Considering he missed out on a win by less than a tenth of a second in four of the last five races, Hayden's frustration was understandable.
A prototype of the next generation Gixxer. RevZilla photo.

Suzuki says help is on the way in the form of what it called the GSX-R1000 Concept, which will presumably be a 2017 model, though no timing on the release was given. Suzuki's video below highlights the changes.

It will be interesting to see how tech like variable valve timing works in this class of motorcycles. Suzuki is not being humble about the claims, promising the new GSX-R1000 will be "the most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built" and "also the lightest, the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000 ever."

Suzuki SV650
I expect the return of the simple and sweet Suzuki SV650 for 2017 to be a popular decision by Suzuki. Suzuki photo.

Suzuki is also bringing back the beloved SV650 as a 2017 model. The original SV650 was a nimble street bike with a sweet V-twin engine that was also loved by racers, who modified it into an inexpensive and surprisingly capable race bike or track-day tool. Somewhere along the way, the concept veered into the much less beloved Gladius and the SFV650, but now Suzuki has gone back to the SV650's roots. I expect a lot of riders who loved the original will applaud the resurrection.

The SV650 is back! RevZilla photo.

The SV650 will be available in red or a version in white with blue wheels. No word yet on pricing or when it will be available.