[dropcap]W[/dropcap]ith this early-release announcement of 2016 motorcycles, Suzuki shifts into a higher gear with a 2016 model lineup that delivers power, style and road-owning comfort. Suzuki kicks off the 2016 model year with the launch of the anticipated GSX-S1000 family of motorcycles, along with return of the Bandit 1250S ABS and the retro single TU250X.
2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 line
Starting with naked versions of the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000 ABS, and continuing with the full fairing GSX-S1000F ABS, all are bold new motorcycles tied directly to the legendary GSX-R heritage of inline-four performance and design. These 2016 sports roadsters take the GSX-R’s family character from the track directly to the street.
All three GSX-S1000 models are powered by a 999cc inline-four-cylinder engine that is based on the long-stroke “K5” generation GSX-R1000 engine; which has long been a favorite with riders for its power and torque delivery that is ideal for street riding performance. Making big power through the low-end and mid-range, this engine uses cams optimized for street domination. The three 2016 bikes also feature the Suzuki Advanced Traction Control System, Brembo monobloc brakes, a six-speed transmission, and a chassis designed for street-riding comfort.
The three-mode traction control system lets the rider control engine performance for more confidence in a variety of street conditions. Using a handlebar-mounted switch, the rider can easily choose among the three modes, or turn off the system completely.
Each bike’s suspension setup consists of 43mm KYB inverted front forks and link-style single-shock rear shock absorber for that balanced sport-performance and road-going comfort. The forks feature adjustable rebound and compression damping plus spring preload, and the shock is completely tunable using a cam-style preload adjuster plus adjustable compression damping.
Renthal Fatbar handlebars add to the comfort, and the rider stays informed through a comprehensive instrument cluster featuring an LCD with adjustable illumination levels.
The naked-style GSX-S1000 sets a striking pose with angular radiator shrouds that enhance its aggressive image and aid cooling performance. It features a single headlight. Sport-Street enthusiasts can also choose the GSX-S1000 ABS featuring Suzuki’s digital Antilock Brake System (ABS) that monitors wheel speed and matches stopping power to available traction.
For riders who desire a full fairing on their street sportbike, Suzuki also offers the 2016 GSX-S1000F ABS, which takes the performance of the GSX-S1000 and adds a fairing, a short windscreen, a dual-headlight face, and Suzuki’s digital Antilock Brake System (ABS) that monitors wheel speed and matches stopping power to available traction.
With the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F ABS, Suzuki changes motorcycling for the better, again. The GSX-S1000 is available in in Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Fibron Gray. The GSX-S1000 carries a suggested retail price of $9,999. The GSX-S1000 ABS and GSX-S1000F ABS are available in Metallic Triton Blue and Sparkle Black / Pearl Mira combination and will retail for $10, 499 and $10,999 respectively. The entire GSX-S1000 family will be available at your local Suzuki dealership in late September/early October.
2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS
The 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS is back to deliver a higher level of sport-touring performance and an even greater level of everyday riding value. The Bandit’s fuel-injected engine is in naked view below a wind-breaking half fairing that boosts the bike’s long-ride capabilities.
Powering the Bandit 1250S ABS is a 1255cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected engine using dual overhead cams to generate peak torque from relatively low in the rev range, plus a long curve of high-rpm power for confident highway cruising. A high-capacity radiator and liquid-cooled oil cooler keep the engine performing at its best. Power is delivered through a 6-speed transmission using gear ratios chosen to suit the broad character of this motorcycle, from city commuting to freeway cruising.
The Bandit’s state-of-the-art Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) technology, a digital closed-loop fuel-injection system, gives superb throttle response feel, extra-smooth power delivery, improved mileage and reduced emissions. Suzuki’s proven Pulsed-AIR (PAIR) system injects fresh air from the airbox into the exhaust ports, igniting unburned hydrocarbons and reducing carbon monoxide emissions. A catalyzer, built into the high-volume exhaust silencer, further cuts down on hydrocarbon, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxide emissions.
The 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS features a refined half-fairing, adding wind protection that improves its aerodynamics and sport-touring capability, while keeping the bike’s eye-catching engine on display. A fairing vent just below the headlight reduces buffeting and improves airflow past rider and passenger.
The Bandit’s chassis is engineered to provide the balanced rigidity that gives it sporty performance along with touring stability. The Bandit 1250S ABS has a single rear shock that works with a progressive, rising-rate link system designed to respond smoothly to road irregularities. Rear shock rebound damping and spring preload are adjustable. Increasing the comfort potential, the Bandit features a seat-height adjustment that allows the contoured seat to be raised or lower 20mm (0.5 in.) with a simple change of mounting spacer positions.
Braking is handled by fully floating 310mm-diameter dual front discs with four-piston calipers, and a 240mm-diameter rear disc with a single-piston caliper. Digital Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)* monitors wheel speed, and matches stopping power to available traction.
The 2016 Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS will be available in Red or Black, for a suggested retail price of $9,899. The Suzuki Bandit 1250S ABS will be available at your local Suzuki dealership in late July/early August.
2016 Suzuki TU250X
The 2016 Suzuki TU250X is a retro single with a classic style mated to modern motorcycle technology and efficiency. Classic styling shows in its chrome-plated front and rear wheels, headlight case, speedometer cover, tail lamp housing, front suspension outer tube and polished crank side case produce a beautiful, high quality look.
Its up-to-date design is delivered in the 249cc, air-cooled four-stroke, single-cylinder, SOHC engine with Suzuki’s industry leading fuel injection system is tuned for strong low-end torque well-suited for city riding. It features the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system like that used on Suzuki’s high-performance motorcycles, plus a digital ignition and emissions systems designed to keep it burning clean.
The ultra-friendly TU250X uses a five-speed manual transmission, and features a 3.2-gallon fuel tank, plus a low seat height of 30.3 inches.
The TU250X is available in a Metallic Orange / Black combination at a retail price of $4,399. The TU250X is not available in California. The Suzuki TU250X will be available at your local Suzuki dealership in late July.
Suzuki is also launching additional 2016 models starting with the new 2016 RM-Z250 and continuing with the entire RM line. Keeping things in the dirt, the DR-Z line features the DualSport capabilities of the DR-Z400S and DR650S. Suzuki’s Adventure class features V Strom 650 line. And when it comes to four-wheeled fun Suzuki’s KingQuad 750 leads the pack.
Tested and developed with the help of Suzuki’s top professional racers, the 2016 RM-Z250 features the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control (S-HAC), a selectable launch mode system that helps riders launch from the starting gate no matter the gate conditions. Riders choose one of three modes with a simple push button on the left handlebar, selecting the best option for their skill level and starting surface conditions.
The system’s “A Mode” is designed for hard surfaces or less-than-ideal conditions at the starting gate, and “B Mode” is used when there is better traction and rider’s desire a more aggressive launch is needed. Riders can also choose the standard power launch mode. Proven on the RM-Z450 and factory race bikes, the S-HAC is a racer’s favorite for holeshots.
Suzuki engineers gave the 2016 RM-Z250 major suspension upgrades, including a new KYB air fork that delivers improved performance, simplified tuning adjustments, and reduced weight compared to the traditional spring fork. The new KYB shock uses improved damping adjusters for tuning rebound, high-speed compression – now adjustable by clicks – and low-speed compression. The adjusters are now positioned on top of the shock for easier adjustments.
The RM-Z250 features a new frame designed to amplify the benefits of the suspension updates. The frame delivers improved control through braking bumps, has a lighter feel, and maintains the RM-Z’s cornering mastery.
The RM-Z250 is powered by a 249cc fuel-injected four-stroke engine with modifications to the fuel mapping that help ease engine starting and improve roll-on power feel. Suzuki’s fuel-injection system is made even better with the additional fuel couplers that give riders fuel-delivery customization that requires no tools.
Even with these updates, the 2016 Suzuki RM-Z250’s retail price is $7,699, and the bike is available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body.
The 249cc, 4-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC engine is designed to be compact, lightweight and powerful.
The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 is powered by a 449cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine featuring Suzuki fuel injection designed especially for motocross-use. The lightweight, battery-less, electronic fuel-injection system with progressive throttle linkage makes for efficient power delivery. A 12-hole fuel injector delivers a fine fuel/air mist for efficient operation. Racers can choose from different fuel couplers included with the bike to easily tune the system’s fuel mapping trackside, no tools needed.
Refined for 2016, the Suzuki Holeshot Assist Control system (S-HAC) lets the rider choose one of three modes to help launch from the starting gate and earn the holeshot. The unique modes deliver specific performance depending on the rider’s skill and the gate conditions.
The RM-Z450 uses the Showa SFF-Air suspension to deliver reduced weight, increased inner tube diameter, and increased damper rod/piston size. The SFF-Air is made of 3 chambers, and riders easily change the spring rate with an air pump instead of changing out the coil springs.
This proven race winner is packed with features that help novice riders improve, and pro riders stay on top. The 2016 Suzuki RM-Z450 retails for $8,749, and comes in Champion Yellow / Solid Black bodywork.
The 2016 Suzuki RM85, just like its larger siblings, delivers class-leading handling for both experienced racers and rookie riders. The bike’s 84.7cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine produces smooth power at any rpm, with an emphasis on low to mid-range performance. Power is delivered through a six-speed manual transmission.
The RM85’s Showa 37mm inverted front forks are completely adjustable for rider weight, style and ability, and offers 10.8-inches of travel. The Showa rear shock absorber, with large diameter shock body, is designed with valving tuned to produce a plush feel and increased resistance to bottoming, and provides 10.9-inches of wheel travel.
With its smooth power delivery and lightweight handling, the 2016 RM85 is the perfect motocross bike for anyone learning to race and eager to win. The 2016 Suzuki RM85 is available in Champion Yellow for a suggested retail price of $4.099.
For 2016, the Suzuki DR-Z125L is ready for a wide range of off-road excitement. Its compact, air-cooled four-stroke engine produces ample power that is easy to access. This off-roader’s 19-inch front tire and 16-inch rear tire contribute to agile handling on a variety of terrain, and work well with the bike’s smooth front forks and preload-adjustable rear shock. The DR-Z’s front disk brake provides sure stopping performance.
Styled like the RM-Z models, the DR-Z125L serves up a more race-oriented look while the sharp handling and strong low-to-mid end power provide the get-up-and-go that defines off-road bikes. It’s available in a Champion Yellow / Solid Black body, at a retail price of $3,199.
The Suzuki DR-Z70 returns to the off-road lineup in 2016 and its ready to perform for off-roading youth, from first-time dirt bikers to young riders moving up the performance curve. The DR-Z70 features 67cc air-cooled four-stroke engine with twin valves and a three-speed auto clutch transmission. The bike’s 10-inch front and rear wheels are sized right for young riders. This DR-Z’s chassis is designed with child-friendly dimensions, with emphasis on weight savings, and a 22-inch seat height.
Available Champion Yellow, the DR-Z70 retails for $1,799.
The 2016 Suzuki DR650S is a reliable and versatile performer that’s ready for all road conditions, from potholed city streets to dense wooded trails. This DualSport is powered by a reliable, air-cooled 645cc single-cylinder four-stroke with the Suzuki Advanced Cooling System that helps maintain consistent engine performance. With specialized modular front forks, plus a rear shock with piggyback style reservoir and adjustable compression damping, the DR650S provides a comfortable and confident ride. Disc brakes front and rear add to the performance features. The DR650S’ seat height can be lowered by more than 1.5 inches, helping riders tailor the bike to their preference (using a Suzuki Accessory side-stand kit).
The 2016 Suzuki DR650S, available in Black, carries a retail price of $6,499.
The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400S masters all riding interests, from adventure-seeking trail rides to trips through town and back. A liquid-cooled 398cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine produces a respected mix of torque along with commuter-friendly fuel economy. The suspension is tuned to deliver a comfortable ride over rocks, roots and roughed-up roads. Long-travel cartridge forks allow adjustment for compression/rebound damping and preload. The rear shock uses progressive linkage and adjustable compression/rebound damping for superior comfort and control. The DR-Z400S features a multi-function instrument gauge that DualSport riders will treasure, with easy dual trip meters plus a tire circumference adjustment feature. This DualSport runs on an 18-inch rear wheel and 21-inch front with DOT-approved tires ready for light off-roading.
The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400S features Black bodywork, and it carries a retail price of $6,599.
The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400SM merges dirt bike style with street legal credentials that make it perform on the pavement like nothing else. This SuperMoto machine handles tight city contours and twisty canyon corners with powerful ease. A 398cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine pumps out strong low-rpm torque and crisp throttle response all the way up to a healthy top-end speed. The key difference between the DR-Z400SM and the DR-Z400S are the SuperMoto’s inverted forks, contributing to less unsprung weight and improved overall handling. The SuperMoto also comes with 17-inch rims front and rear mounted with wide, sticky radial tires ideal for carving up pavement.
The 2016 Suzuki DR-Z400SM in styled in Black bodywork, and it carries a retail price of $7,199.
V-Strom 650 ABS and XT
The 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS is a proven package made for riders interested seeking a diverse riding experience. The bike’s 645cc four-stroke produces unmatched V-Twin power characterized by broad torque delivery and a quick-revving high rpm surge for serious performance on any street. Featuring the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel-injection system, plus twin iridium spark plugs for each cylinder, the engine produces surprising power, linear throttle response, easy engine start-up and a more stable idle. Plus, it delivers high-mileage touring range.
The V-Strom’s light and rigid twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame and swingarm contribute to smooth handling performance and excellent stability at freeway speeds. Up front, 43mm stanchion-tube front forks are spring preload adjustable, and the rear features a link-type suspension with rebound damping adjustment as well as a hand-operated spring preload adjuster. It runs on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear radial tires mounted to light and strong three-spoke cast wheels. Disc brakes front and rear deliver smooth, controllable stopping power, and expansion-resistant high-pressure brake hoses enhance the responsive brake feel.
The 2016 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT ABS delivers more adventurous styling plus features like reverse-spoke aluminum wheels for better shock absorption and a comfortable ride, and a distinctive front beak with integrated air ducts that lead air to the wind directing plates. These features combine with the proven V-Strom engine and chassis package to make the 650XT ready for motorcycle adventures on a wide variety of roads.
The V-Strom 650 ABS is available in both Red and Silver colors, and retails for $8,399. The V-Strom 650XT ABS is available in Black at a suggested retail price of $8,499.
2016 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi
The 2016 Suzuki KingQuad 750AXi returns with the hard-working utility-sport features that make it a class leader, plus enhancements including a new front grill design, a redesigned speedometer cover, new tires, and an updated side cover that eases access to the oil-level check. Available in standard and Power Steering models, the KingQuad 750AXi comes in Red, Black, and True Timber XD3 Camouflage finish. A Special Edition model for 2016 features Matte Black body work along with Power Steering and the rest of the KingQuad’s top-grade features.
The KingQuad 750AXi’s single-cylinder four-valve fuel-injected engine is big on torque and delivers the right balance of low-end grunt and top-end power. The engine’s twin-spark-plug cylinder head improves combustion, eases cold engine starts and allows for consistent performance.
The 750AXi features a 722cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine with fuel injection and dual overhead cams that produces mighty low-to-mid range torque along with strong high-rpm output. Retail price ranges from $8,599 to $9,599.
2016 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi
The Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi ATVs are equipped with many of the same high-quality features as the KingQuad 750AXi. These full-size ATVs run the same chassis, suspension and brakes as the 750AXi KingQuad models, and are powered by a 493cc fuel-injected four-valve engine, delivering highly capable utility-sport ATVs at a lower price.
The 500AXi family includes standard and Power Steering models, and all are available in Red, Green, and True Timber XD3 Camouflage finish. A Special Edition 500AXi model for 2016 features Matte Black body work along with Power Steering and the rest of the KingQuad’s top-grade features.
The KingQuad 500AXi ATVs and their engines are assembled with pride in America at the Suzuki manufacturing facility in Rome, Georgia.
The 2016 KingQuad 500AXi Power Steering and 500AXi ATVs feature a 493cc liquid-cooled, 4-valve engine features fuel injection and an overhead camshaft to produce mighty low-to-mid range torque along with strong high-rpm output. Retail price ranges from $7,399 to $8,599.
2016 Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi and KingQuad 400FSi
Both these KingQuad ATVs feature fuel-injected 376cc four-stroke, four-valve engines tuned to produce the right blend of hard-working power and trail-response fun. Suzuki’s class-leading fuel injection contributes to smooth power output, especially in the mid-to-high range, as well as more consistent cold starts. The fuel-injection system uses 3-D ignition maps for optimum ignition for crisp throttle response and a clean burn that produces low emissions.
The KingQuad 400ASi uses Suzuki’s technically advanced QuadMatic transmission. This fully automatic CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) features high- and low-range settings and reverse. Its advanced engine-braking system minimizes free-wheeling with the throttle off and helps control the vehicle during steep descents.
The KingQuad 400FSi gives riders a five-speed manual transmission with automatic clutch, making it the ideal performer for riders who prefer the control of a foot-shift transmission. The Suzuki KingQuad 400ASi and 400FSi models come in several colors: Terra Green, Flame Red, and True Timber XD3 camouflage. A Special Edition King Quad 400ASi model for 2016 features Matte Black body work along with rest of the KingQuad’s top-grade features. The KingQuad 400ASi retails for $6,499 to $6,899, and the KingQuad 400FSi retails for $6,499.
2016 Suzuki QuadSport Z90
The Suzuki QuadSport Z90 is the ideal machine for a young rider to learn how to properly enjoy ATV riding. The QuadSport Z90 is powered by a compact 90cc four-stroke, air-cooled engine designed for consistent performance, durability and low maintenance. It features electric starting plus a backup recoil starter. A smooth-running CVT automatic transmission provides easy operation and allows the rider to focus on riding instead of shifting.
Adult supervisors can use the speed-limiter feature to control the ATV’s performance while the rider gains skill and experience. Controls and the seat height are the proper scale for young riders.
QuadSport Z90 is designed for adult-supervised riders age 12 and older, and is available in white with Suzuki blue accents and retails for $2,899.