Suzuki V-Strom Concept and Intruder C1500T take centre stage in Cologne
Intermot – the International Motorcycle, Scooter and Bicycle Fair, has not disappointed this year, with a host of major updates and new machines coming from bike manufacturers.
Suzuki has not been left out, making no fewer than five model announcements at the event in Cologne.
Chief among these, and stealing much of the limelight, was the all-new V-Strom Concept. In addition to this 1,000cc adventure bike, the Japanese firm also announced the new Intruder C1500T and a heavily revised Burgman 650.
An ABS equipped Hayabusa GSX1300R ABS and a special one millionth GSX-R1000 celebration model were also on display.
Here's a quick rundown of each of the five machines.
The V-Strom 1000 Concept, which is inspired by the legendary DR Big Dakar racer, will be Suzuki's most advanced adventure style machine ever when it hits the market in 2014. It boasts traction control and integrated luggage as standard. It is to be powered by a 1,000cc liquid cooled V-Twin engine, providing ideal power for long distance rides, while its aluminium chassis provides agile handling.
The Intruder C1500T (pictured) is Suzuki's first distance cruiser with "practicality as standard", offering integrated luggage. It is available in black, with black detailing carried throughout the model from forks and wheels, to exhausts and the integrated panniers. The C1500T offers ample luggage capacity with an element-cheating windshield.
It is powered by Suzuki's 1500cc V-Twin engine and will be part of Suzuki's 2013 range.
The new Burgman 650 will be available in 2013 complete with ABS, enhanced ergonomics and better economy. With improved fuel consumption, the luxury scooter is now 15 per cent more efficient than before, which combined with a new Eco Drive Indicator should make it easy to keep costs down.
"Up to date ergonomics and styling mean that the Burgman 650 continues to impress, by offering standard equipment such as new lightweight ABS, a powered height adjustable screen, electrically retractable mirrors and a DC power socket," says Suzuki of the new machine. "On top of this, the Executive model boasts heated grips and heated passenger and rider seats, as well as a passenger backrest."
Number four in the list of updates is the the 2013 GSX1300R Hayabusa, which now offers Brembo Monoblock calipers with new lightweight ABS as standard. Offered in three new colour schemes, the revised Hayabusa will be available in 2013.
Finally, with the one-millionth GSX-R1000 rolling of the production line in Japan, Suzuki has announced the GSX-R1000 Commemorative Edition for 2013, boasting a host of detail aesthetic changes.
Featuring a special paint scheme, the commemorative GSX-R1000 also has unique black Brembo Monoblock calipers with gold lettering, wheel stripes, gold forks, a celebratory tank graphic, numbered top yoke, red fork tops, a special key ring and a distinctive red coloured nose cone. The GSX-R1000 will be available in the UK during 2013.
Suzuki's V-Strom concept was not the only star in Cologne, as Honda used the stage to reveal its new CRF450 Rally model, which is to compete in the 2013 Dakar Rally in January.
The CRF450 Rally model is based on Honda's commercial CRF450X enduro racing model. However, it also features Honda's Programmed Fuel Injection electronic fuel injection system to ensure fuel efficiency and durability during the race.
Currently under development, the bike has already undergone testing in Japan, and will be ridden in its first race at the Morocco Rally from October 14th. The five riders set to compete in the Dakar Rally will ride the Morocco Rally to gather data, identify any problems with the machine under actual race conditions, and pinpoint any operational issues.
Posted by Paul Searle