Archive for the ‘Suzuki’ Category

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Sep

2017

Master Motorcycle Technician Dave Ball, one of Fowlers of Bristol’s many highly skilled technicians, secured a very respectable second place in the European Championship held in Germany this September. Having already won the UK champoinship, Dave was sent to Germany to represent our fair isle against stiff competition from other top class mechanics from across Europe.

Dave has been with Fowlers for 20 years and his talent has frequently been recognised; he scooped the Yamaha UK Tech Grand Prix last year, won the Suzuki UK Motorcycle Technician of the Year in 2013 and another UK Technician of the Year award from Yamaha UK in 2007 as well.

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Nov

2016

EICMA (Esposizione Mondiale del Motociclismo) in Milan this week has been busy as ever! With lots of new bikes announced, we bring you a round-up of the new models and updates from the “big three” manufacturers.

 

Suzuki

Suzuki have introduced two new bikes based on their 250cc engine – a V-Strom and a GSX.

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Both bikes will run an engine producing just under 25bhp horsepower, and share many component parts. ABS will also be standard, and both models are estimated to weigh in under 190kgs. The V-Strom joins a new line-up of smaller-cc adventure bikes coming out next year, while the GSX-250R joins the existing Inazuma line-up as a more stylish and enjoyable commuter.

Suzuki have also released an updated version of the Burgman 400, featuring an updated bodywork design (sleeker than the previous version, with foot cutouts for a more stable feel and a newer windshield design), and the usual creature comforts such as a comfy seat and 12v socket.

A naked version of their just-announced GSX-R125, the GSX125, has also been announced. At just 133kgs, it’s super-light and ideally placed as a rival to Yamaha’s YBR and Honda’s CB.

 

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Honda

Honda have released quite a few new updates at EICMA, following on from a host at Intermot just a few weeks ago. The most noted being the street version of their Fireblade, the CBR1000RR.

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The entry-level Fireblade sports 9-level traction control, non-semi active suspension, three rider modes and a full colour TFT dash. The CBR1000RR is slightly lighter, at 196kg. 90% of the new model is redesigned and improved for 2017 – we can’t wait to get one in the showroom!

The CBR650F and CB650F have received a handful of upgrades each, including a slight improvement to their power output, now at just under 90bhp each. A larger exhaust helps them both breathe a little easier, and the front fairings have been made more aerodynamic.

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Honda have also released more details about the X-ADV off-road scooter – a fantastic mix of scooter convenience, now with the added capability of large spoked tyres, an upright riding position and large adjustable screen. 21L of space under the seat and enough power from the NC-derived 750cc engine make this a curious machine, but one that has a lot of potential!

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For fans of off-road style while riding on tarmac, two new treats are in store: the CRF250L and CRF250 Rally. The L is a lightly-updated version of the current model, but the Rally is a new beast, inspired by Dakar machines and taking a few cues from the HRC CRF450, such as the screen and exhaust shield. Both bikes achieve just over 24bhp, and feature ABS and a digital dash, while coming in-line with Euro4 emissions standards.

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Honda’s scooter range hasn’t been neglected either – the Forza 125 and SH 125 have both received upgrades. The SH 125 can now fit a full-face helmet under its seat, and Combined Braking has been added to its long list of features for the commuter. The Forza 125 benefits from a styling upgrade to its bodywork, as well as new LED running lights. New Idling Stop technology has been added, as well as Honda’s Smart Key features. The ever-popular and stylish MXS125 has also received minor upgrades, in the form of ABS and Euro4 compliance.

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Yamaha

 

Yamaha have been busy this year already, releasing a variety of new machines into its stable at Intermot earlier in the year. At EICMA they have added to two favourites, at either end of the spectrum!

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The XSR900 is already a favourite with the retro crowd, but a new Abarth edition is sure to get heads turning. This 113bhp beast features drop handlebars and a front half-cowl, making it a sure contender for one of this year’s best-looking models. A full Akrapovic exhaust system, in addition to a custom suede seat, ABS and an Assist & Slipper clutch tick all the boxes too.

Yamaha has lead the way in sports scooting for years with the T-Max, and now the 530 receives a few upgrades for 2017 to bring it up-to-date with the most advanced motorbikes too. Three models will be released, the SX and DX adding to the standard scoot. The bodywork is sharper, sleeker, and the T-Max’s technology has also been updated, with an inbuilt tracker and traction control being offered.

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Oct

2016

Suzuki have announced a glut of new bikes at today’s Intermot event, including a brand-new and long awaited GSX-R125 for the learner market.

New GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000

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Designed using expertise from Suzuki’s Moto GP history, the brand new GSX-R1000 and 1000R models utilise an all-new 999.8cc inline four-cylinder engine, which uses Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT). Suzuki have also introduced three rider modes in these models, and their Motion Track Brake System.

Setting the GSX-R1000R apart from the GSX-R1000 is the addition of a bi-directional quick-shifter and a launch control system that allows riders to make smoother, faster starts. Both models utilise Suzuki’s Motion Track Brake System, but only the GSX-R1000R benefits from its cornering ABS function.

The GSX-R1000 is scheduled for arrival in spring 2017, with the GSX-R1000R set for a launch later in the season.

 

New GSX-S750

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Following the launch of the GSX-S1000 last year, which is powered by the revered GSX-R1000 K5 engine, Suzuki has added a new GSX-S750 to its naked street bike lineup, this time using the same engine architecture as the K5 power-plant from the iconic GSX-R750. Also included is a three-mode traction control and easy-start system, as seen on Suzuki’s larger-capacity bikes.

The new GSX-S750 is expected to launch in early spring 2017.

 

V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000XT

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Suzuki’s touring powerhouses have been updated this year, with the 1000 receiving a host of improvements, and the introduction of a brand-new XT version too. In addition to some styling changes, both models now utilise Suzuki’s Motion Track Brake System. The styling changes extend to a new screen for both models, as a result of extensive wind-tunnel testing to improve aerodynamics and rider comfort. A new champion Yellow colourway is also introduced, with gold anodised rims reminiscent of the 1980’s Dakar racers.

Both models are expected for spring 2017.

 

V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650XT

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The V-Strom 650 has been a strong contender in the adventure market since its introduction in 20045, and it continues to be a favourite, with some fantastic improvements this year. The intorduction of an XT model in the 650 class as well as the 1000 gives riders more choice, and the new Champion Yellow colourway is available too. Suzuki’s proven 645cc V-twin engine has been given more power and torque in the 2017 upgrade, increasing its output to 70bhp at 8,800rpm and 62Nm or torque at 6,500rpm.

The XT models comes with more accessories as standard, including wire-spoke wheels, lower cowling and hand guards.

Both models are expected to be available from spring 2017.

 

Brand new GSX-R125

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Suzuki are also introducing a brand-new 125cc sportsbike, for younger fans of the iconic GSX series. Competing with sportsbikes from Honda and Yamaha, Suzuki have introduced some unique features, such as a keyless start, present on the GSX-R1000 currently. With the styling and presence of Suzuki’s larger sportsbikes, it’s sure to be a popular choice. A light, slim chassis and low seat height will make this a sure favourite. LCD instrumentation and running lights complete the new GSX-R125’s modern styling.

This much-awaited model will be available at dealerships in summer 2017.

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May

2016

Suzuki SV650 Test Ride

The SV650 makes every ride feel like a Sunday blast!

Book a test ride to experience the punchy V-TWIN ENGINE, LIGHTWEIGHT CHASSIS and POWERFUL BRAKES for yourself. Whether you’re new to bikes or a seasoned rider, the SV650 has the power, precision and poise to get you away from it all, no matter what day it is.

Visit the Suzuki website for the full specification or book your test ride NOW with Fowlers on 0117 9770466…..spaces are limited, book your place TODAY!

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Jan

2016

Bristol Evening Post January 14th 2016:

Sales of commuter bikes in 2015 highest for more than 30 years

FIGURES released by the Motorcycle Industry Association show that more commuter sized motorcycles and scooters were sold during 2015 than for any other year since comparative records began in 1983. During 2015 a total of 43,759 new motorcycles and scooters between 101-125cc were sold, an increase of 15% on the previous year.

Machines of this engine capacity are particularly popular for commuting. Total registrations for 2015 for all sized motorcycles and mopeds exceeded 114,000 – the highest annual total since 2008.

Steve Kenward, CEO of the MCIA, says news about sales of new motorcycles between 101-125cc is consistent with anecdotal evidence that commuting via motorcycle is becoming more popular.

“We’re seeing an increase in sales of new motorcycles of all sizes, but our records show that we’ve never seen as many bikes of this size sold before,” he said. “We think it is likely that they are being used for commuting, as they are economical to run and easy to park.”

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Motorcycle dealers have been reporting an increase in families swapping a second car for a motorcycle, to beat the misery of sitting in traffic during rush hour. Motorcycles and scooters can filter through slow moving traffic and are tremendous fun, with riders tending to rate their commute more enjoyable than other transport users.

“We opened a Scooter/Commuter department specifically to cope with demand from local people looking for an alternative to sitting in traffic in their car or on the bus.”

Fowlers showroom manager Rod Veck

The Office for National Statistics conducted a one-off survey examining the impact of commuting patterns on peoples levels of anxiety, happiness and satisfaction. In contrast to those who walk, cycle, drive a car or take the bus, who all experience an adverse effect on levels of happiness or anxiety for journeys between 15 and 30 minutes, motorcyclists and scooter riders arrive unaffected.

This trend towards commuter bikes and scooters is apparent in Bristol, according Fowlers, the city’s longest-established dealer. Showroom manager Rod Veck said:

“Department for Transport research shows that commuters move more slowly at peak times in Bristol than in any other city, including London. We opened a Scooter/Commuter department specifically to cope with demand from local people looking for an alternative to sitting in traffic in their car or on the bus.

“Our Honda showroom is doing really well with the PCX-125, a scooter that is capable of doing 133mpg and it is the UK’s best-selling motorcycle. Meanwhile, our Suzuki department sold more Address 110 scooters than anyone else in the country. So you can see what type of machine people in the city are choosing.”

● Fowlers Motorcycles is located on Bristol’s A38 inner ring road and within a 5-minute walk from Temple Meads mainline railway station – www.fowlers.co.uk.

 

Article reproduced with the kind permission of Bristol Evening Post

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Dec

2015

Suzuki-Small-Bike-Dealer-of-the-Year-2015Hot on the heels of being named the ‘Best Multi-Franchise Dealer in South West England’ by Motorcycle News, Fowlers has now won the Suzuki Small Bike Dealer of the Year award 2015, too.

Sales of motorcycles and scooters between 51 – 125cc have risen by 14.5% this year, as more and more commuters look for congestion-busting solutions to the UK’s gridlocked towns and cities. Smaller capacity machines now account for almost two out of every five new bike registrations and Fowlers has been particularly successful with the new Suzuki Address 110 scooter, selling more than any other dealer in the UK by quite some margin.

Suzuki-Small-Bike-Dealer-Award-WebThe judges identified that the dedicated Scooter/Commuter department at Fowlers made a significant contribution to its success, providing customers with a unique space to browse the wide choice of practical machines available.

Bristol commuters move more slowly at peak times than in any other city, including London, according to the Department for Transport. Suzuki’s light and compact Address 110 scooter is ideally suited to weaving through congested streets and parking in the tightest of spaces. And with 145 mpg, it’s as easy on your wallet as it is to the environment.Suzuki-Banner

Fowlers stocks the full range of Suzuki motorcycles, from the 110cc Address to the 1800cc Intruder, and low cost finance is available on many models, including the Address, until 31st March 2016. For full details and a representative example, visit www.fowlerssuzuki.co.uk or come in and talk to us – we’re open seven days a week and situated conveniently on Bristol’s A38 inner ring road and within a 5-minute walk from Temple Meads mainline railway station.

 

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Aug

2015

Suzuki Demo Day

Suzuki’s  National Test Ride Road Show rolls into Fowlers on Saturday 15th August, giving you an opportunity to try their diverse and exciting variety of bikes. You could test the new GSX-S1000, described by MCN as “the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be”. If you have a taste for adventure, there is the “brilliant value for money” V-Strom 650, as well as the bigger 1000cc versions, with ABS and traction control as standard!

 From scooters to superbikes and commuters to cruisers, the Test Ride Road Show gives you a chance to experience what Suzuki has to offer this year. Bikes available to test ride include:
•    Intruder M1800R
•    Hayabusa and Hayabusa Z
•    GSX1250FA and FAZ
•    GSX-S1000ABS
•    GSX-R1000
•    GSR750
•    V-Strom 650, 1000, Desert and Sport
•    GSX650F
•    Burgman 650 Executive
•    Inazuma 250 F and Z
Interested? Call Rob NOW on 0117 977 0466 to book your place or send us an email sales@fowlers.co.uk. See the complete range of Suzuki motorcycles and scooters available at Fowlers at http://www.fowlerssuzuki.co.uk/

Suzuki – Test Ride Terms & Conditions
Bike availability may differ at each event, so please contact your local dealer for more information. Demonstration rides require an agreed booking and are solely at the discretion of the dealer. With the paper counterpart for UK driving licences now redundant, those willing to take a test ride at any of the events must show a photo-card driving licence, their national insurance number and a print-out of their licence details so licence checks can be carried out. Click Here to obtain your licence details for printing. Please note this printed copy must be no older than 30 days. You may be asked for a deposit and further dealer terms and conditions may also apply. Please confirm your request with the dealer before travelling.