Suzuki Unveils Two New Bikes

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Suzuki today unveiled an all-new GSX-R1000 K9 model and a bike called the Gladius 650 during the OEM's European launch in Paris.

The GSX-R1000 boasts an all-new compact engine, shorter wheelbase and new styling.

The big GSX-R¹s engine features a more over-square bore and stroke (74.5mm x 57.3mm), larger, titanium valves, a higher compression ratio (now 12.8:1 as opposed to the K8's 12.5:1), and 12 hole fuel injectors, to deliver a finer fuel mist for more complete combustion. All this with a powerplant that is 59mm shorter from front to rear.

And it's not just the engine that's seen the significant changes either: The lump is placed in an all-new chassis featuring a shorter, twin-spar cast cradle frame and a new longer, arched swing-arm made of three castings. The result: a wheelbase shortened by 10mm.

Suspension duties come via Showa's new Big Piston Forks (BPF) and a new rear shock absorber that features high and low-speed compression damping. The new lightweight, race-proven mono-block forged radial calipers, mated to fully-floating 310mm discs offer stopping power.

Other amenities: A Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System, featuring low-slung MotoGP inspired titanium exhausts; a lighter, sculptured fuel tank; on-board lap timer; and revised Suzuki Drive Mode Selector controls.

Also unveiled in Paris was Suzuki's all-new Gladius 650, a new naked middleweight model featuring the company's fuel-injected 650cc V-twin engine. No word on whether Suzuki plans to replace the SV650 with the Gladius or market both.

Look for more from Suzuki early next week, following the OEM¹s U.S. dealer meeting in Las Vegas.