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Suzuki Intros First Wave of 2011 Motorcycles

Monday, July 19, 2010
2011 GSX1300R
Suzuki is one of the first manufacturers to announce its initial wave of 2011 motorcycles. Go-fast riders will be happy to see the 2011 Hayabusa on the list.
With motorcycle sales flailing and a surplus of inventory on hand, Suzuki made the difficult decision not to release any 2010 models into the American market. The disparity between Suzuki’s supply and consumer demand dictated the cost-saving measure. Despite sitting a year out, Suzuki announces its first wave of 2011 motorcycles with great aplomb and the excitement of celebrating its 50th anniversary of international racing this summer.

“We are excited to launch a significant number of new units for the 2011 model year, while at the same time we celebrate a half-century of racing,” said Steve Bortolamedi, Senior Communications Manager at American Suzuki. “Our products are truly the result of time spent on racetracks all over the world.”

Suzuki is bringing back its popular adventure touring motorcycle, the 2011 V-Strom 650 ABS, to go along with its dual-sporting options, the 2011 DR650SE and 2011 DR-Z400S.

Cruiser motorcycle fans will be glad to know there are new versions of Suzuki’s vaunted power cruiser, the 2011 Boulevard M109R and Boulevard M109R Limited. The M109R got a few cosmetic touch-ups, like a new instrument cluster with a digital tach and LED indicator light, a gear position indicator, and the relocation of the cluster from the handlebars to the top of the headlight cowl. Joining them on the cruiser-side of things is the commuter-friendly, entry-level offerings of the 2011 Boulevard S40 and 2011 TU250.

2011 M109R
 It's good to see Suzuki back in the game with a full line-up of 2011 motorcycles set to hit dealership floors soon. Two of its most popular street models, the motorcycle that helped define the power cruiser segment, the M109R (above) and its popular adventure touring motorcycle, the V-Strom (below) are among Suzuki's 2011 offerings.
2011 V-Strom 650 ABS
On the street side, Suzuki introduces the latest rendition of its vaunted hyper-bike, the 2011 Hayabusa. Details like the bore/stroke and compression ratio weren’t in the spec list for 2011, but the chassis dimensions remain the same and no upgrades to the ‘Busa were mentioned in the press release beyond new colors, Pearl Mirage White or Pearl Nebular Black.

For the dirt, Suzuki has updated its race-winning motocross bikes, the 2011 RM-Z250 and 2011 RM-Z450. According to Suzuki’s website, the RM-Z450 “now meets a stricter AMA noise limit (94db) while keeping smooth engine output; the compression ratio has been increased from 12.2:1 up to 12.5:1 for higher output; intake and exhaust timing has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise output; and ECU settings have been updated for more linear acceleration and improved over-rev.” Meanwhile, the RM-Z250 “now meets a stricter AMA noise limit (94db) while maintaining smooth engine output; the intake and exhaust timing has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise output; the exhaust pipe length has been changed for better engine feeling with lower noise; ECU settings have been updated for more linear acceleration and improved over-rev; and the radiator hose routing has been changed for more efficient cooling.” Suzuki is also releasing a 2010 RM85. 

The Japanese manufacturer also announced the next wave of 2011 ATV models – the 2011 KingQuad 400ASi, the KingQuad 400FSi and the new 2011 KingQuad 500AXi. The KingQuad 400 models have been revised with a new EFI system and a digital speedometer. The KingQuads will be available in a combination of color schemes like black, white, yellow and is also available in Realtree Hardwoods HD-enhanced camouflage. A non-power-steering version of the KingQuad 500AXi is a completely new offering for 2011.
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Chris Berardi -Suzuki V4  November 5, 2010 05:03 PM
Why don't Suzuki do what Honda has failed to do, and bring out a sport touring V4? I'm an SV1000 rider and I think they could also bring back the SV1000 and dance all over Ducati's Multistrada. Bore it out to an 1100, add traction control, update the front end and rear suspension... Either the SV or a V4 would be very cool indeed.
trigger -rider  October 11, 2010 05:28 PM
pleaase uypdate the drz 400s and get it to compete against the ktm 450 exc
toshibasz -DR Big Adventure  September 17, 2010 03:18 AM
and what about an new Suzuki DR BIG based on DL 1000 Engine? Big trail bike with more offroad capability, as a direct competition of KTM 990? DR BIG ADVENTURE :)
CHRIS -Why no proper naked/streetfighter?  September 14, 2010 12:08 PM
Bring back the SV1000 with proper updates,would have made more sense than the B-King.Dont get me wrong I think the B-King was a great bike performance wise but the looks were way to much of an love/hate thing but an SV1000 with fully adjustable inverted forks and a adjustable rear shock,higher spec brakes,a minor facelift with a more modern swingarm,and maybe 20 more hp and they would have great bike!A sporty,sexy,and fast machine that you can live with for more than an hour or two on the street,and what could the extra R&D really cost suzuki to produce this bike,far less than it cost to produce the B-King im sure.HEY SUZUKI SOME OF US STILL LOVE LITER TWINS SO BRING BACK THE SV1000!!!!
John -what about the S83 or S50 with fuel injection  September 2, 2010 09:38 PM
These two bikes would be the perfect bike for me if only if they are fuel injection. As for the look, foot control, etc... leave them as it is.
B Rider -Burgman 650 ex  September 1, 2010 05:50 PM
What about the 2011 Burgman 650 Ex
WCM -SUZUKI GSX1250FA  August 20, 2010 04:09 AM
zuki -suzuki GSX1250FA  August 18, 2010 08:18 AM
Bring the GSX1250FA in oort silver to the USA this fall or i am buying a Honda. Canada has them. Tired of waiting and i need a bike. BTW , the Hayabusa does need a make over in my view.
GIXERBOY -idk  August 9, 2010 02:07 PM
busa redo!!! yes how bout just a gsxr1300 step up the true superbikes - like say r13 yamaha - we are ready for the next hyperbike -
Jay Mack -Dr. Jay, to you  July 20, 2010 02:23 PM
So where is the Bandit 1250S or GT? Huh? Where is it? Ive been waiting, and waiting patiently. But my patience is at an end. I don't get why Suzuki won't just send one over here, but they send them to Europe.
Tim B -'Busa  July 20, 2010 09:35 AM
I agree that the Busa needs a redo ASAP. I disagree that it's ugly. In fact, I still think it's a nice looking motorcycle, but it is starting to look outdated. It's performance is obviously not outdated.

With all due respect, the Bandit is not in the same class as any other modern ST bike from the other 3 Japanese manufactuers. Suzuki should copy Kawi and turn the Busa into an ST bike like Kawi did with their Ben-busting ZX-14.
Bob -They do have an ST...kind of...  July 20, 2010 08:02 AM
They have a Bandit with hard bags. Not exactly sporty but a very competent long distance steed.
Ralph Couey -No Sport Tourer?  July 20, 2010 05:24 AM
I think Suzuki is the only one of the Big 4 not to offer a sport-touring bike in their lineup.
NW -..........  July 19, 2010 03:38 PM
The Japanese manufacturers ALWAYS release the models that they haven't changed first. Why are people surprised by this every year? If there are new models to be released you won't see them until fall. Quit whining.
will parker -2011  July 19, 2010 03:25 PM
They had a new Gixxer thou every two years: 2001, 03, 05, o7 and 09..the 09 results haven't been quite as good and they are gonna mess with the devlopmental cycle now?
Mark -At least the V-Strom Is Still Being Made  July 19, 2010 02:45 PM
The V-Strom only needs a few updates, maybe they did them, the article didn't say. They V-Strom is the type of design that's very difficult to improve upon. I'm just happy that they are keeping it in their lineup.
FAIL -FAIL  July 19, 2010 02:02 PM
Tran -Sad...  July 19, 2010 01:59 PM
I agree, these 2011 suzuki(s) look boring to me (appearance wise).
R34 -2011 Line  July 19, 2010 01:56 PM
Hayabusa...sorry in advance there go-fast in a straight line riders...but that bike needs a REVAMP! That bike is so fugly it makes blind children cry...
EAB -Yawn...  July 19, 2010 12:09 PM
So basically they introduced their "new for 2011" 2009 line. Not one model listed was new, or even substantially revised.