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Suzuki's 100th birthday present is a limited edition sports bike
Suzuki is 100... with some caveats. But when the present's this good, who cares?
Suzuki is 100 years old. Hurrah! And this is its birthday present to itself. Not a Swift with some token stickers on it, but a riotous sports bike with 200bhp. And a price tag that’s equivalent to a Swift with stickers on it…
This is the GSX-R1000R Limited Edition, priced at £16,999 – a mere £400 more than its base bike – and sporting a livery that apes Suzuki’s current Moto GP contender, the GSX-RR. Only in the world of two wheels can such a look be carried off so classily. Imagine covering your Mercedes C63 in the same livery as Lewis Hamilton’s F1 car…
As well as its motorsport styling, it comes with a wealth of tech, including a ten-stage traction control system, launch control, a gearbox with quick-shifting and auto-blipping and ABS that reacts with the lean angle of the bike.
Also, for those at the back still pondering Suzuki being nearly as old as Morgan: its first cars and bikes didn’t come along until the 1950s, but 2020 marks 100 years since the founding of Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Co. Something of a caveat, but if it excuses us eating cake (and bestows us with a glorious sports bike) we’re all in.