FREE CITY PACK KIT WITH NEW V-STROM 1050

Suzuki is offering a free City Pack accessory kit with the new V-Strom 1050.

The pack – which usually retails for £549 – includes a spacious 55-litre top box, all the necessary mounting kit and a centre stand.

It means the V-Strom 1050, already lauded as one of the best-value adventure bikes on the market thanks to its RRP of just £9,999, now offers even more practicality. The free City Pack makes the true all-rounder an ideal tool for both weekend getaways and the daily commute, with plenty of space to keep your clothes and laptop for work while avoiding crowded public transport.

Launched this year the V-Strom 1050 uses Suzuki’s 1037cc V-twin engine which has been upgraded for Euro5, making 7% more power (107PS) whilst delivering strong liner torque from tick over to red line and 57.65mpg, giving an impressive 250mile range from its 20L tank. There are three power modes and three traction control settings to keep everything in check, plus the ability to turn the traction control off. It also gets Suzuki’s easy start and low RPM assist, which aids setting off and makes light work of town riding.

SUZUKI TO HOST SUPER 70 TEST RIDE WEEKEND

With the impending release of the ‘70’ registration plate in September Suzuki has announced a Suzuki Super 70 Test Ride weekend on 11-13 September, plus the chance to win one of three V-Strom 1050-themed Arai Tour-X4 helmets worth £649.

With almost all of Suzuki’s on-road dealer network taking part there will be no shortage of models to demo, including the new-for-2020 V-Strom 1050 – which currently comes with a free City Pack – and V-Strom 1050XT. Both bikes have the latest Euro 5 version of Suzuki’s fabled 1037cc V-twin, which now puts out 107PS. They also get a three-stage traction control system and three engine power modes. The XT adds cruise control, hill hold assist, load and slope-dependent control linked brakes, two ABS modes plus lean angle-sensitive ABS.

Those that take a test ride can enter a prize to draw to win one of the Arai adventure helmets by posting a picture of themselves with the new V-Strom to the SuzukiBikesUK Facebook page or by tagging @SuzukiBikesUK on Instagram or Twitter, and using the hashtag #SuzukiSuper70.

With a host of other offers running across the range there is also something for everyone. Suzuki’s ‘2-3-4’ offer – which allows customers to choose from either a two, three, of four-year PCP or HP deal with an APR to match – is available on the range-topping GSX-R1000R and the GSX-R1000, the GSX-S1000 super-naked and the faired GSX-S1000F, plus the middleweight GSX-S750, V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT, and the Katana.

Many models are also eligible for a £500 discount when taken for a test ride, including the GSX-R1000R, GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000F, Katana, V-Strom 650, SV650, and SV650X. Those looking for a 125cc solution can also enjoy £500 off the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 machines.

HAYABUSA LEGEND RE-LIVED ON LATEST INSIDE LINE PODCAST

The legend of the Suzuki Hayabusa is the latest topic to be discussed on the Inside Line podcast, as host Chris Moss talks to two other journalists that were on the launch of the original, a tuner, a race car builder, and a long distance traveller.

Martin Child talks to Moss about his attendance on the world launch for Bike Magazine, while Mark Hoyer dials in from the USA to talk about his experiences, plus the US Busa culture.

Sean Mills from Big CC reveals just what's possible from the Hayabusa's engine, and tells us about his 1000bhp Busa that's good for nearly 300mph, before Radical Sportscars Will Brown explains just why the Hayabusa engine is a perfect fit for their racing exploits.

Sushanth Shetty then showcases how the Busa is not just good at going fast, but good at going far, too, by recounting his trip from London to India.

SUZUKI OFFERS ADDITIONAL £500 OFF ON TOP OF EXISTING 0% APR FINANCE CAMPAIGN

Suzuki GB is offering customers an extra £500 off the RRP of selected models this spring, in addition to its current four-year 0% APR Hire Purchase finance deal that is currently available.

The money-saving offer follows the most recent government announcement, allowing dealerships to take orders online or over the phone and deliver new bikes and parts to customers, in line with social distancing measures. It means those looking for a new bike this spring can still take delivery and start planning those post-lockdown rides.

Available with both an additional £500 off and included in the 0% APR offer is Suzuki’s championship-winning GSX-R1000R and the GSX-R1000, along with the Katana and V-Strom 650 and 650XT. The GSX-S range – the 750, 1000, and 1000F – is also included.

Suzuki is also offering £500 off its SV650X and S650, taking their RRPs to £6099 and £5499, while extending its current £500 off campaign on the entry-level GSX-R and GSX-S125 machines, bringing the cash prices down to £3899 and £3599 respectively.

Suzuki GB head of motorcycles, Jonathan Martin, commented, “This is obviously a unique time for everyone. However, we’re also acutely aware that people want to look beyond the current situation, plan for the future and look forward to riding motorcycles again. By extending our offer into the start of summer we’re giving more people a chance to take advantage, put a new bike in the garage for less, and get ready to ride when the current restrictions are lifted.”

Terms & Conditions: 0% APR Finance available on Hire Purchase with £500 minimum deposit. £500 customer saving is available with or without finance.Credit is subject to status and is only available to UK residents aged 18 and over. Suzuki Finance, a trading style of Suzuki Financial Services Ltd, St. William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH.

SUZUKI DEALERSHIPS TO OPEN ON JUNE 1

Suzuki's dealer network is set to re-open on June 1, and with the new V-Strom 1050XT in showrooms and a host of offers available across the range, it's the perfect time to head in.

Of course, despite the country's lockdown rules relaxing to a degree, Suzuki's dealerships will be following strict guidelines and practices around cleanliness and social distancing, plus the adoption of PPE where required, to ensure the safety and wellbeing of both customers and staff alike.

Yet with the new V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050 beginning to arrive in showrooms just prior to the lockdown coming to force, the re-opening will give many potential suitors their first chance to try one for size and take a test ride.

Suzuki is also currently offering 0% APR HP finance across much of its big bike range, as well as knocking £500 off the RRP to help customers get on a new Suzuki this summer.

Terms and Conditions:

0% APR offer applies to purchases of all variants of the GSX-R1000R, GSX-R1000, GSX-S1000F, KATANA, GSX-S1000, GSX-S750, and V-Strom 650/XT purchased from a participating Suzuki Dealership. HP finance only. Minimum deposit required: £500. Credit is available to UK residents aged 18 and over, subject to status. Suzuki Finance is a trading style of Suzuki Financial Services Limited. St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. The purchase and registration of the motorcycle must take place between 01/02/2020 and 30/06/2020. This offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time.

 †To qualify for the £500 purchase contribution, simply contact your preferred Suzuki Dealer directly. Purchase and registration of your chosen motorcycle must take place between 27/04/2020 and 30/06/2020. £500 purchase contribution is available to both finance and non-finance customers. Offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time.

SUZUKI ANNOUNCES WINTER OFFERS INCLUDING 0% APR FINANCE ON GSX-R1000R AND KATANA

Suzuki has announced its winter offers, which run until the end of March 2020 and include 0% APR finance on a number of key models in its current on-road range, plus £500 off its 125cc motorcycles.

Suzuki’s headline offer of 0% APR HP finance over 48 months is available on the range-topping GSX-R1000R and GSX-R1000, the new-for-2019 Katana, the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F, GSX-S750 as well as the standard and XT variants of the V-Strom 650 – all with a minimum deposit of just £500 required.

As a result, some of Suzuki’s most popular models are now available with even more affordable monthly repayments, plus there’s the added benefit that you’ll be the owner of the bike once you’ve paid all the monthly repayments.

Those looking for a learner or A1 licence-friendly machine can benefit from £500 off Suzuki’s GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 models, which lowers prices to £3,899 and £3,599 respectively until the end of March. Both bikes use a free-revving DOHC single-cylinder engine, with styling that echoes their larger GSX-R and GSX-S siblings.

For more information on the latest Suzuki promotions, visit our promotions page. 

Terms & Conditions: £500 minimum deposit. HP finance only. Credit is available to UK residents aged 18 and over, subject to status. Suzuki Financial Services Limited, St William House, Tresillian Terrace, Cardiff, CF10 5BH. This offer may be extended or withdrawn at any time.

THREE V-STROM 1050 ACCESSORY PACKS ANNOUNCED AHEAD OF SPRING ARRIVAL

Suzuki has announced three accessory packs for its hotly anticipated V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050XT ahead of their arrival in March, and knowing everyone’s idea of adventure varies, Suzuki has tailored its new kits to suit.

A fully-loaded Explore pack equips the DR-Z-inspired V-Strom 1050XT with full aluminium luggage, engine bars, LED fog lamps, aluminium bash plate, and heated grips. Ideal for those looking to cover big mileage and conquer rougher terrain, the Explore pack comes with an RRP* of £2,499 and represents a saving of £626 over the cost of the individual items.

For customers plotting weekends away the Tour pack comprises full aluminium luggage and costs £1,299, meaning a saving of £316.  Those looking to exploit the V-Strom 1050s capabilities as a city tool can opt for the City pack which includes a spacious 55-litre top box and centre stand for £549, saving £115 in the process

Suzuki GB’s national motorcycle marketing manager, Ian Bland, commented, “We know a lot of owners want to add a personal touch or tailor their V-Strom to their specific needs, and by offering three different accessory packs that is now not only easier but also more affordable, too. The packs can also be fitted at the point of sale, and benefit from the same three-year warranty we offer across our range.”

The new V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050XT use an updated version of Suzuki’s 1037cc V-Twin engine, the Euro5 version of the popular power plant producing 7% more power than the previous iteration. Both machines also get a three-mode traction control system and three selectable engine power modes.

An enhanced electronics package on the V-Strom 1050XT boasts Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (SIRS), which, with a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) at its heart, includes lean angle-sensitive ABS with two settings, linked brakes that can detect and adapt to load and inclines, plus hill hold control and cruise control.

*RRP excludes fitting.

Explore and Tour packs available on both V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050. City pack available on V-Strom 1050 only.

Benefit from 50% off delivery and collection charges when you book any pre season service from the 1st March – 31st March 2020 at Tillston Honda. 

Offer valid within 20 mile radius of our Stockton showroom – TS18 1ER

Call our service department today on 01642 611138

NEW V-STROM 1050 AND 1050 XT AVAILABLE TO ORDER NOW – PRICES START FROM £9,999.

Suzuki has announced pricing for its new DR-Z inspired adventure machine, with the V-Strom 1050 available for £9,999, while the flagship V-Strom 1050XT comes with an RRP of £11,299.

Both machines use an updated version of Suzuki’s proven 1037cc V-Twin engine, which produces 7% more power than the outgoing V-Strom 1000 while meeting Euro5 regulations. Peak power is now 107PS. They also get a three-mode traction control system, that can be turned off, and three selectable engine maps.

The V-Strom 1050XT’s electronics package is enhanced thanks to Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System (SIRS), which features an inertial measurement unit (IMU), lean-angle sensitive ABS with two settings, linked brakes that can detect and adapt to load and inclines, plus hill hold control and cruise control.

The XT also swaps the V-Strom 1050’s cast aluminium wheels for spoked items, and boasts hand guards, engine bars, and a centre stand as standard.

Announcing the pricing, Suzuki GB’s head of motorcycles, Jonathan Martin said, “Suzuki’s V-Strom range has always delivered exciting and dependable performance you can enjoy every day and everywhere while offering great value, and the new V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050XT continue to do that.

“Available from just £9,999, it means it is the most competitively priced adventure bike over 1000cc, and means customers can enjoy all the benefits of the new V-Strom 1050s plus still afford to take off on some adventures on their new bikes.”

The new V-Strom 1050 and V-Strom 1050XT are currently on display at Motorcycle Live, which is taking place at Birmingham’s NEC until Sunday 24 November.

SUZUKI STAY WARMER WITH SUZUKI WITH 25% OFF HEATED GRIPS

Suzuki is helping riders stay warmer this winter, by offering 25% off all heated grips from 1 November 2019 until the end of February 2020.

Genuine Suzuki heated grips are available for the firm’s V-Strom range, as well as the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F, plus the entire scooter lineup, from Burgman 400 to Address 110.

The offer can mean a saving of over £80, depending on the model.

Suzuki’s genuine accessory range also includes items such as centre stands, hand guards, top boxes and panniers, and taller screens.

SUZUKI DISPLAYS NEW COLOURS FOR 2020 AT MOTORCYCLE LIVE

Suzuki has displayed new colours for its 2020 model range at Motorcycle Live, which is currently taking place at Birmingham’s NEC.

The GSX-S1000 super-naked – which uses the legendary GSX-R1000 K5-derived engine packed with grunt and character, housed in a lightweight twin-spar aluminium chassis and kept in check by a three-mode traction control system – comes in a new grey and matt black for 2020, set off by dark red accents and matching wheels, alongside a white version with blue detailing, and a MotoGP-inspired blue.

The same white and blue colour schemes are also available on the GSX-S750 and leaner-friendly GSX-S125. The 750 can also be had in a striking white, black, and dark red option, while the 125 is available in a standout matt grey and black. Both get red wheels.

An all black version of the GSX-S1000F – which adds a wind-cheating fairing and screen to the GSX-S1000 package to create the comfy sports bike – will be available in 2020, along with a blue and black variant and white version with subtle blue graphics.

Three MotoGP-inspired liveries on the GSX-R125 – the race replica blue with white SUZUKI lettering, an inverted white with blue lettering, and a black with red lettering – match the liveries of the 2020 GSX-R1000R.

The GSX-R1000 also comes in the MotoGP blue, but is joined by a white and black version and an all-black edition.

Off the back of launching its new V-Strom 1050XT and V-Strom 1050 at Eicma earlier this month, Suzuki has updated the colour options on the V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 650 middleweight.

The more off-road focussed XT gets a revised version of the firm’s motocross yellow with gold spoke wheels. A black model gets the same rims, while a blue version uses black wheels.

Three colour schemes for the V-Strom 650 include a white, black, and solid grey.

Suzuki’s scooter range – which includes the Burgman 400, the original maxi-scooter – also gets new paint. The Burgman 400 can be had in white or black with classy dark blue wheels, or dark blue with black wheels.

White and silver are the options available for the Burgman 125 and Burgman 200, while the congestion-busting Address comes in a royal blue or dark blue, or gloss white.

2020 colours for Suzuki’s SV650 include a metallic silver and blue trellis frame, a matt black version uses a similarly striking red frame and wheels, while those looking for a more understated SV650 can opt for a gloss black model with black frame and wheels.

The café racer-inspired SV650X comes in black with a brown ribbed seat.

SUZUKI TO RESTORE MORE SHEENE BIKES AT MOTORCYCLE LIVE

Three more of Barry Sheene’s race bikes have arrived at Suzuki GB from the family home in Australia, and two of them will be restored at this year’s Motorcycle Live, which takes place at Birmingham’s NEC from 16-24 November.

Watch the arrival and uncrating of the bikes in the video below:

Sheene’s last Grand Prix bike – a DAF Trucks-sponsored 1984 Harris-framed XR45 RG500 – arrived alongside a 1978 XR27 RG500 and a special XR23A 652cc big bore RG500, raced in the Trans Atlantic series and F1 Championship in 1979.

In conjunction with Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme, both the XR45 and XR23A will be refurbished and fired into life once again at Motorcycle Live, while the XR27 will be displayed alongside Sheene’s 1976 and 1977 world championship-winning XR14s, both of which were also restored thanks to the Vintage Parts Programme in 2017.

Suzuki GB aftersales marketing coordinator, Tim Davies, said, “This is another special moment for us. These bikes haven’t been back in the UK since Barry and his family emigrated to Australia, so it’s quite something to get them out of the crates and see them here again. But it’s going to be even more of a special occasion when they live again, thanks to the restoration process which will be carried out by former ‘70s and ‘80s Grand Prix technician Nigel Everett and former mechanic for Barry Sheene, Martyn Ogborne. And it’s a great opportunity for fans to again see, hear, and smell them as they would have existed at the time. We can’t wait.”

Launched in 2013, Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme exists to help owners of older Suzukis keep their machines maintained or help with restoration projects, with a host of parts available from cylinders, pistons, and conrods, to a range of bearings and seals, and everything in between.

For more information visit https://bikes.suzuki.co.uk/vintage-parts-programme/

SUZUKI GSX-R1000 WINS NATIONAL SUPERSTOCK 1000 CHAMPIONSHIP

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has won the 2019 National Superstock 1000 Championship at the hands of Richard Cooper and the Buildbase Suzuki team.

With two rounds to spare, a double victory at Oulton Park last weekend [6-8 September] gave Cooper an unassailable series lead in a championship where he has finished on the podium at every round apart from one, including 11 wins.

Cooper said after his title win, “It was ours to lose at Oulton but we approached the weekend in the same way we always do and in the way that’s seen us on the podium at every round bar one. Honestly, we’ve hardly touched the bike from round to round because it’s so rider-friendly. So then you’re riding the same bike each time you go out and just get more and more comfortable and more and more confident and can go out and enjoy yourself.

“In my opinion we’ve got the best all-round package on the grid. Other bikes have their own strong points, but when you look at every element, every aspect, I think it’s hard to argue otherwise, just because of how consistent and how strong it’s been at so many different types of circuit.”

Suzuki GB head of motorcycles, Jonathan Martin, said, “The GSX-R1000 has proven itself as a competitive package since its launch, winning races and titles not only in the UK, but also across the world including MotoAmerica, Australian Superbikes, and around the Isle of Man TT course. The Buildbase Suzuki team turned it into a race-winner here at the first time of asking in 2017, and have now delivered an incredible title, for which we are incredibly thankful and proud.”

The GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R – both of which are currently available on 0% APR finance – inherit a host of technology developed on Suzuki’s GSX-RR MotoGP racer, including the inline four-cylinder engine’s variable valve timing, chassis design, and suite of electronics that features a bidirectional quickshifter, 10-mode traction control system, and launch control on the R. The R It also gets cornering ABS, adjustable swingarm pivot and Showa’s Balance Free suspension.

For more information on the GSX-R1000R, click here.

NEW COLOURS FOR 2020 SV650AND ADDRESS SCOOTER.

Suzuki has shown its new colour options for the 2020 SV650 and Address scooter, which are available from UK dealerships this month.

The ever-popular SV650 comes in a new metallic silver with an eye-catching blue trellis wrapped around its punchy 645cc V-twin engine and blue wheels. A matt black version uses a similarly striking red frame and wheels, while those looking for a more understated SV650 can opt for a gloss black model with black frame and wheels.

Boasting 135mpg, the frugal and congestion-busting Address scooter also comes in a trio of colours for 2020. A simple pearl white is joined by a bright Suzuki blue, plus a classy, dark, matt stellar blue option.

The 2020 SV650 comes with an RRP of £5,999, the Address is available for £2,199.

A STROKE OF GENIUS

Over 40 years ago Suzuki changed the face of 500cc GP racing with the release of the two-stroke square four XR14. This, and subsequently the legendary customer RG500 went on to win seven consecutive 500GP championships, four rider world titles, and allowed privateers to compete for GP glory on an equal footing with factory teams for the first time. One of the men responsible for this machine was Makoto ‘Big Mac’ Suzuki who, alongside Makoto Hase, developed and built the RG500 that in 1976, with Barry Sheene onboard, delivered Suzuki its first 500GP world title.

In the early 1970s, the thought of entering 500GPs with a two-stroke motor was laughable. ‘Smokers’ were confined to the tiddler classes. However despite all this, in 1974 Suzuki went against convention and entered the championship using a 500cc two-stroke that would go on to dominate the world.

“People thought we were crazy as two-stroke engines were only used on small bikes, but that was all Suzuki knew, we didn’t build four-strokes,” remembers Makoto Suzuki. “The decision was made for us, we had no option so we looked at our small capacity bikes. We had already built square four and V4 125cc and 250cc race bikes, so we upsized them. We started the project in 1973 with the target of being ready for the 1974 season and only had four people were working on it – two for the engine and two for the chassis.”

Although nowadays GP racing has reverted to four-stroke, the bike that Suzuki built demonstrated that two-strokes are very good at producing power. While this was good news for the engine’s development team, the chassis engineers were faced with some tough challenges.

“With the bike we aimed for over 100bhp, but it made 110bhp in the end,” said Makoto Suzuki, “which would have been an issue for the chassis had we not been racing the XR11 in America. The XR11 was a 750cc triple with lots of power so we had all the chassis issues with this bike. In America we suffered torn tyres, snapped drive chains, overwhelmed suspension, it was terrible, the chassis development was so far behind the engine.

“For the RG500 we used the knowledge from the XR11 to build a good chassis, however the engine was very hard to ride and peaky. The power was produced from 8,000 – 10,500rpm, that was it, but the GP mechanics at the circuit could alter these characteristics with exhausts and jets at the circuits. At that time there was a lot of experimentation and development happening, we were looking for inspiration from everywhere, even household items.

“The original exhaust end cans on the RG500 were modified green tea cans, they looked the correct size so I introduced this technology into the GP bike.”

Success was quick to arrive for the RG500 and in its debut year Barry Sheene rode the XR14 to its, and Suzuki’s, first 500GP win at the Assen. Two years later he brought Suzuki its first 500GP world title, however for the RG’s development team, it was the constructor’s title that came alongside the rider’s title that meant the most.

“For Suzuki the most important thing was the constructor’s championship, not the rider’s one. If your rider wins you can only say the rider is a world champion, if you win the constructor’s championship you can say ‘Suzuki is world champion’. This drove Barry mad, he would get very upset because the privateer bikes were identical to the factory ones! For Suzuki it was excellent, we won seven constructor’s championships in a row,” laughs Makoto Suzuki.

With the RG500 Suzuki made a radical decision – they would release a privateer bike at a cost of £12,000 each that were identical in specification to the factory machines. With a grid full of RGs, the constructor’s title was all but assured.

“The only difference was the fact the factory bikes had titanium or magnesium fasteners where the production bike had steel or aluminium ones. The engine was 100% identical, we just changed the name from prototype to production. You could buy a production RG500 and win a GP, as Jack Middleburg did in 1981. That was the last time a privateer won a 500GP, however he rode an RG500 Mk VIII based on the XR22. You can imagine Barry Sheene’s frustrations.”

With the 1976 and 1977 titles in the bag thanks to Barry Sheene, 1978 saw Suzuki face tough competition, and upgraded the XR14 to the XR22 with its ‘step motor’. This engine used the first ‘cassette gearbox’ on a motorcycle, a feature that is common to most engine designs nowadays but was radical technology in 1978, designed following input from the McLaren F1 racing team. However, it was developed back in 1976, but it didn’t see the light of day until 1978.

“Barry won the 1976 title on the XR14 but we held the XR22 back in 1977 in case other manufacturers came out with something special,” explains Makoto Suzuki. “Yamaha in particular were a concern, but only unveiled exhaust valves and so we kept it hidden until 1978. Also, our customer RG500 was proving very popular and we didn’t want to detract from it, although we also needed to beat it as privateer riders were starting to challenge the factory ones.

“People had developed their XR14s so well they were incredibly fast and more than capable of matching the XR22. The power was not so different with the XR22 when compared to the XR14, they both made around 124bhp, however the engine was lighter which made the bikes handle better. Weight was a big factor in GPs in the 1970s and 1980s as despite there being a minimum weight of 100kg the bikes would never match this, the best we got was 108kg. With 124bhp and 108kg, the XR22 was quite a beast!”

After developing the XR14 and subsequently the XR22, Makoto Suzuki was eventually able experience the power first hand.

“I rode the XR22 for half a lap in Japan and only once – that was enough for me. I pulled out of the pits and rode around a 200-degree corner and the rev counter wasn’t even registering as it started at 5,000rpm. On the straight I opened the throttle, the revs suddenly appeared, the bike wheelied and I pulled in. It was terrifying. I really appreciated the skill riders such as Barry Sheene had”

The square four design went on to dominate 500GP racing, taking two more world titles (1981 with Marco Lucchinelli and 1982 with Franco Uncini) and winning a total of 50 races alongside the seven consecutive constructor’s championships. But everything has to come to an end and in 1987 the square four RG500 was replaced by the V4 RGV500, something that was inevitable due to the fact the competition were all now using two-stroke motors.

“The square four had very good weight distribution and a lot of power. It is a simple engine but one that was reliable and worked very well, however it was limited in its power output, which is why it was replaced by the V4,” explains Makoto Suzuki. “The inlet port was limited in space, however on a V4 it is not. The more fuel and air you can get into an engine the more power you get out, which is why the introduction of the V4 boosted power from 133bhp to over 145bhp instantly.”

Suzuki GB recently restored Barry Sheene's world championship-winning XR14s to their former glory. Watch the two-part video documentary below.