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Jay Leno Honored with 2009 GSX-R1000

Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Jay Leno recieves a new 2009 GSXR1000
Leno adds one more piece of beautiful machinery to his ridiculously large collection.
American Suzuki Motor Corp. (ASMC) announced today that the company presented “Tonight Show” host and long-time motorcycle enthusiast Jay Leno with one of the first 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 models off the production line. The presentation was held on Friday, April 10, 2009, at Leno’s famed Big Dog Garage in Burbank, Calif.

According to ASMC, the presentation is intended as a “thank you” to Leno, for his years of supporting the motorcycle industry and for bringing mainstream awareness to the motorcycle industry.

“Wow, what can I say to a new Suzuki but ‘thanks,’" said Leno, who is retiring from the “Tonight Show” this year. “Not only will this bike make a great addition to my already extensive Suzuki motorcycle collection, it’ll give me something to do with the free time I’m about to have on my hands. I’ve been a motorcycle enthusiast for years and I really appreciate Suzuki’s sentiment in presenting me with this motorcycle.”

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the flagship sportbike for ASMC. For 2009, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 was completely redesigned for ‘09. The new model boasts a brand-new frame, powerful and compact engine, and more aggressive and aerodynamic bodywork. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has won the last six AMA Superbike Championships, it won every AMA Superbike race in 2008 and it’s won the last 51 consecutive AMA Superbike races. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 truly does own the racetrack.

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adio -bout the bike  September 7, 2010 09:18 AM
this is bulls**t.. give a bike to sumone that desrves one... this dude's got more monet than carter has liver pills.. that bike doesnt mean shit 2 him... it would make a good boat anchor...
cloud9 -dust collector  May 13, 2009 09:26 AM
Well I'm sure after this photo he slapped a cover over this bike and wondered when he would be caught riding a stock gsxr.........especially with everything else he has in the garage. Hmmm jet bike or stock gsxr 1000??? Difficult choice.
Burgmitch -Put it with all the rest of them...  April 22, 2009 05:16 PM
Seeing Leno get a FREE bike bothers me as much as it would seeing Bill Gates getting a FREE meal at a soup kitchen. Couldn’t Suzuki have just given him an honorary award like a plaque or something? I guess if they did Leno wouldn’t bother to accept it and pose in front of the bike since he wouldn’t be getting anything of value to him.
Tim B -No Fair!  April 22, 2009 06:32 AM
Why is it that people who are rich and can afford whatever they want are the ones who get stuff for free? Suzuki, I'll take one, PLEASE!
Tom Q -Leno Pic  April 21, 2009 08:59 PM
I want the Indian sign hanging in the background!
Motorguy -Free bike?  April 21, 2009 04:59 PM
GREAT! Give a guy who's a millionaire a free motorcycle! Hello? How about giving Leno a factory race bike instead of a regular bike that he probably has enough change in the cushions of his sofa to buy!
Desmolicious -Nice advertising move!  April 21, 2009 04:41 PM
Nice advertising move by Suzuki! Give Leno a (Suzuki cost) $7000 bike, and watch the story get published on every website and in each monthly moto magazine.