5 Must See 2015 Suzukis At IMS Long BeachSuzuki has shown up to the Long Beach edition of the Progressive International Motorcycle Show with a range of 2015 motorcycles (plus a 2016 available in 2015) worth checking out.1. 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750Z: Suzuki has taken its mid-size supersport GSX-R750 and turned it into a naked, upright sportbike ready to rip down city streets. The Z version is the one you want to see, as it is the looker with Metallic Triton Blue and Pearl Glacier White paint, plus gold-anodized outer fork tubes, red anodized fork adjuster bolts, a red rear shock spring, and a blue chain.
2. 2015 Suzuki DR200S: The older Suzuki DR200S wasn’t much to look at, but the updated 2015 DR200S fixes that with modern styling and Championship Yellow livery. All the changes aren’t cosmetic, as it gets a larger tank (now 3.4 gallons) and an improved seat. One thing you can’t see is the claimed 105 mpg the DR200S gets, which means you can theoretically go 350 miles on a single fill-up.3 and 4. 2015 GSX-R1000 and 2015 Suzuki DR-Z70: This is a two-for-one shot, with the 2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000 taking center stage. As this is a “must-see” article, the new GSX-R1000 is all about the MotoGP-inspired livery as nothing else has changed on the big Gixxer this year. In the back is an accessorized 2015 Suzuki DR-Z70, just in time for Christmas and nicely priced at $1799 (stock). Having finally escaped from a Kafka-esque Federal bureaucratic nightmare, the DR-Z70 four-stroke is just waiting to make a youngster happy on December 25 (or any other day). 5. 2015 Suzuki GW250F: If you’re a fan of small displacement motorcycles, check out Suzuki’s latest version of the GW250 platform — the 2015 Suzuki GW250F. It has a full fairing and the appearance of a much larger motorcycle, even though is runs only $4499. The bike retains a liquid-cooled twin-cylinder motor and six-speed transmission.6. 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000: Who doesn’t want to get a glimpse into the future. Using the legendarily torquey GSX-R1000 K7 motor, this naked upright should be a worthy urban street brawler. The Metallic Triton Blue looks great and you will be counting the days until its 2015 calendar year release. There will also be an F version with a fairing for those who like upright seating with wind protection.Photography by Don Williams
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
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Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!