New products from Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM

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New products from Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM
Retouching: Guerin


Super athlete

New products from Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM

New products from Suzuki, Kawasaki and KTM
Phantom image

Draw a phantom image in a different way: Instead of darker hair, headlights lower, cladding more open, and so on. Witnesses who were already able to see the preforms of the new GSX-R 1000 and other projects helped with this detective work.

Ralf Schneider


Some may no longer hear it, but the topic will remain topical and of the utmost importance for a long time: the Euro 3 emissions standard as a reason for changes, innovations and far-reaching interventions in long-cultivated development lines. The successor to the Suzuki GSX-R 1000, which will be presented in September, does not remain unaffected. As we have already learned, the super athlete gains about the same amount of weight as the current one Kawasaki ZX-10R, so about six kilograms. Furthermore, it can happen that the elaborate exhaust gas cleaning, presumably with two catalytic converters, and the re-tuning of the engine even require a departure from the Suzuki-typical side muffler. The Euro 3 homologation for the 600 and 750 GSX-R also has the
original lateral exhaust stubs worked, but a 1000 with around 170 hp has a much higher throughput and needs more damper and kata-
analyzer volume. In addition, to put it simply, long exhaust pipes benefit the torque. All of this is easiest to accommodate on compact super sports bikes if the silencers are pulled under the rear.
The key witness in matters of Suzuki GSX-R 1000 has drawings or models
seen that still un at this point-
consequently none could have been decided
Provide information on the exhaust configuration. But he is convinced that the
Suzuki engineers will defend themselves with claws and teeth against the abandonment of the concept they have cultivated. The editors of MOTORRAD also agree, but computer draftsman Jean-Marie Guerin and his “french connection” fear that the developers would not be spared the underseat exhausts.
Either way, the GSX-R 1000 remains a homogeneously designed motorcycle in typical style
Suzuki look. However, the shape and arrangement of the headlight and its secondary lights change, which means that the flagship differs from them in one striking area, despite all the similarity to its smaller sisters.
Facing a similar task, albeit in a different segment
the design department of Kawasaki in the design of the new Z 1000. It is important to modernize a successful motorcycle and still be spontaneously recognizable as Z 1000 to obtain. It goes without saying that under such conditions the four tailpipes of the exhaust system will remain.
For several years now, front indicators that are integrated into full or small radiator covers have been very fashionable at Kawasaki. This trend will be followed by the new
Do not withdraw Z 1000; it is also given a side masking of the cooler, which may even be larger than in the computer shown here-
retouching. As a Japanese journalist colleague knew how to tell, the tubular steel frame of the Z 1000 is largely retained, but similar to the ER-6 models, it has two side pulls that go from the cylinder head to the
Area of ​​the swing arm mounting. Incidentally, the same source comes from
Information that with the Z 1000 also the
Z 750 is modernized.
To the engine of the next big Z
there was still no sure information. Because of its attractive exterior, the four-cylinder used so far is recommended, of course with increased performance, improved in terms of power delivery and ?? there it was again ?? after Euro 3
homologated. On the other hand, Honda with the CBF 1000 and Yamaha with the FZ1 have revealed that it saves production costs, a super sports engine of the latest design moderately throttled in one
to use another type of motorcycle because the development and parts costs can be allocated to a higher number of units. In the case of the ZX-10R engine, it could also reduce costs, as it already meets the required emissions standard, which saves a lot of measurement and tuning work. Computer draftsman Hugo van Waaijen therefore built this four-cylinder into the Z 1000. Let’s see which solution Kawasaki prefers.
With which this story leaves the area of ​​criminological combining and collecting clues and turns to very specific innovations. The model maintenance work on the Suzuki
V-Strom 650 namely and two pixelated, yet fascinating photos that reveal a lot about the new single-cylinder from KTM. First to the small V-Strom. She is gearing up for the following model year, the
starts immediately, with ABS, and therefore the wheels, brake discs, brake calipers and the handlebar fittings had to be revised. It also got a longer swing arm. Another package of measures includes the modification of the engine because of ?? logical ?? Euro 3. The cultivated and powerful V2 got double ignition, air filter box and silencer were changed and the ignition / injection system was adapted. The engine modifications should soon also be given to the SV 650, speculation about an SV 700 like them
were to be found on various Internet sites are therefore unfounded. The price of the 650 V-Strom with ABS has increased by 210 euros compared to the previous model. A more than fair offer.
Although it is still a long way from being ready for series production, a brand new single-cylinder from KTM is already speaking in a powerful voice. at
the prototype thundered along with the Sardinia rally, hidden under a sweeping panel during the day without suspicion. The only strange thing was the drive chain on the left instead of on the right, as in the LC4 engine. In the evening at the service, a tubular space frame was revealed, in which a dainty single with an upright cylinder, possibly even slightly tilted backwards, hung ?? this cannot be seen exactly. The cylinder head, which seems to be built in the manner of the V2 heads, has not been turned upside down; the inlet is at the rear in the direction of travel, the airbox under the bench A KTM spokesman did not want to provide any information on these details, but at least confirmed that this motorcycle is actually the prototype of a new single-cylinder range that will be opened with a supermoto. The engine is said to draw more than 60 hp from a displacement of almost 700 cm3, which means that the Supermoto can reach speeds of over 200 km / h. With BMW and, according to the latest rumors, Husqvarna working on similar projects, a glorious single-cylinder renaissance seems to be imminent.

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