News Suzuki debuts 2011 GSX-R Sportbikes

Suzuki debuts 2011 GSX-R Sportbikes

Suzuki Motorcycles

Suzuki announced the arrival of two brand-new GSX-R sportbike motorcycles to its 2011 lineup at their annual dealer meeting in Las Vegas this past weekend.

These include new, redesigned and upgraded versions of the class-leading GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 sportbikes, and feature a variety of updates and innovations.

These new GSX-R models present the most radically changed new versions of the GSX-R lineup since the game-changing 1996 GSX-R models.

Taking technology developed via Suzuki’s racing efforts around the world, the GSX-R models have been considerably lightened, removing nearly 20 pounds from the GSX-R600 and nearly 18 pounds from the GSX-R750.

These weight reductions were accumulated through lightening various components of the bike including hardware, frame, bodywork and wiring, collecting even the smallest weight savings to increase performance and improve handling.

Additionally, changes to the GSX-R lineup include a shortened wheelbase, reduced overhang, and improved emissions and fuel mileage.

Performance upgrades to the GSX-R include the addition of a Big Piston Showa Front Fork (BPF), Brembo brakes, and an electronically controlled steering damper.

The new GSX-R models also underwent restyling changes to give them a sporty, aggressive appearance, including a redesign of the tail and headlight assembly. These changes all contribute to the long legacy of the GSX-R lineup that is the foundation of Suzuki motorcycles.

"We are excited about the new GSX-R models", said Steve Bortolamedi, Senior Communications Manager for Suzuki’s Motorcycle/ATV division, "the GSX-R is the line that defines Suzuki as a brand and truly showcases the core performance DNA that is incorporated into every Suzuki product."

The GSX-R models will have a range of Genuine Suzuki Accessories available, such as an optional passenger seat cover, with a passenger seat as standard equipment for the 2011 model year.

Pricing for the new GSX-R models was announced, with the GSX-R600 priced at $11,599 and the GSX-R750 priced aggressively at a mere $400 higher at $11,999. They will be hitting dealer showrooms by March 2011.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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