Suzuki’s Gixxer is arguably the top sportbike line available today. And, as of today, it got just a little bit better.
Yoshimura Race Shop USA and Suzuki announced that a new limited-edition racer version of the Gixxer literbike will be available to the public. And unlike the Buell 1125RR, this one will be available to the general public, and be totally street legal.
Dubbed the GSX-R1000RR, the new bike will have al sorts of Yoshimura racing goodies on it, including Type R Cams, Quick Shifter, and suspension. And Galfer stainless steel brake lines and brake pads.
Suzuki didn’t however, mention what the price might be, or when you might be able to pick one up. I can’t give you any help with the delivery date, but as far as the price goes, I can tell you that it will be…um…slightly north of a stock Gixxer.
Trying to design and build “green”, zero-emissions motorcycles is becoming sort of a big deal. There’s even an eGrandPrix going on at Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid-Ohio this year. I don’t particularly have anything against the idea of zero-emissions, environmentally friendly motorcycles. Sooner or later, that’ll be the only type of vehicle–of any type–you can buy.
But, if you’re a motorcycle designer, do us all a favor. when you hit the drawing board, try and come up with a design that at least looks like a real motorcycle, and not some odd concept creation that not only looks ugly, but as this Luca bar design shows, is actively dangerous.
Granted, this design is for a racing bike, so maybe having the rider drawn up into a fetal position isn’t a show-stopper. But, I’m pretty sure that even professional motorcycle racers don’t want to have a foot ripped off by the rear wheel if they make a little mistake in their foot placement.
Oh, and, granted, nice Buell front wheel, but are mismatched wheel sizes really the direction you want to go in in terms of precise handling? Or should we just ride directly into the hay bales now, and save everyone a lot of time?
Yes, you designers are no doubt a talented lot, and are just chock full of neat ideas for how cool stuff can look. But it’d be nice if the final product was one that wouldn’t actively try to, you know, kill you.
Let’s concentrate on getting a few simple things right first, especially for motorcycles that people micht actually want to ride somewhere other than a race circuit. A 250 mile range might be nice. Some sort of wind protection would be appreciated, too. Oh, and let’s just ditch the idea of rechargeable electrics as a valid platform for…well…anything. If I have to go see my family in Albuquerque, it’d be nice not to have to stop and recharge for eight hours every 200 miles.
The eight day round trip would be kind of inconvenient.