Suzuki GW 250; Great Beginner Bike

by: Walt Lumpkin

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or "refresher" for the returning motorcycle rider

The Suzuki GW 250 is a ideal beginner bike or “refresher” for the returning motorcycle rider

The newest bike in the Suzuki line is the GW 250 and it gives them a low cost niche in the starter motorcycle lineup. This lightweight bike is 248cc’s of two wheel fun directed primarily toward the first time rider. With an MSRP of $3999 it is affordable for most wallets and is a good choice for those who have no interest in purchasing a used bike and dealing with the pitfalls that usually come with such a purchase while perfecting the intricacies of learning to ride on two wheels.

The GW250 boasts a side by side liquid cooled twin cylinder engine delivering enough horsepower to the ground to satisfy most beginners. While twenty four horses may not seem to be adequate to those of us who have been riding for years  think back to the first time you straddled a  large displacement bike.  Now think about how daunting it’s power and weight can be to a novice rider.

This bike is not intended to be an long touring interstate highway cruiser but is plenty of motorcycle for those who need practice and transportation on surface streets and rural highways with double nickel speed limits. During our media test rides speeds of eighty plus miles per hour were obtained on I-4. Although the bike is not really in its element at those speeds it is good to know you have the capability if needed.

The GW250 seat height of just over thirty inches and narrow seat makes it ideal for the new female rider and male riders that are vertically challenged. The ability to place both feet flat on the pavement when stopped is one thing that builds confidence in new riders. The stylish GW250 also makes for a great bike for the college set that just needs affordable and fuel efficient transportation around campus. It is easier to park too.

Highway speed is easily accessible via the smooth shifting six speed constant mesh transmission and the hybrid ergonomic seating makes the ride comfortable for most riders. The positioning is somewhere between sport bike and normal mid controls. The seat and suspension is fairly comfortable even for a six foot two hundred thirty pound guy like me. Overall Suzuki engineers have hit the middle ground by focusing on the best of sport bike and cruiser ergonomics.

The chain driven GW250 weighs in at a very light four hundred and three pounds. It is equipped with front and rear discs brakes that are more than adequate to stop this lightweight chain driven looker. The dash contains both analog and digital gauges along with flashy indicator lights. The electric starter brings the 250 to life with an effortless press of the starter button.

The GW250 gives Suzuki an entry level bike that should appeal to a wide range of consumers and the twelve month unlimited warranty should give buyers the confidence in Suzuki to take care of their new offering to the US market.

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You Won’t Believe Which Brand Received The Worst “Reliability” Rating

12-BMW-K1600GTL-0151Consumer Reports surveyed 4680 subscribers who are motorcycle owners about the reliability of their motorcycles.  Out of those who responded to the survey, BMW touring and dual sport owners reported more problems with their motorcycles than owners of other brands.

One in every three BMW owners (33%)  said they’ve had an issue with their motorcycle in the past year.  One in every 4 Harley-Davidson owner (25%) reported an issue with their motorcycle.

Honda CBR, and Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R owners reported the least amount of problems.  The issues that were brought up the most by those who responded to the survey were problems with lights, switches, instrumentation, electrical or fuel systems.

Other brands such as  Kawasaki, Victory, Indian, Suzuki and Triumph were not ranked as the owners did not provide enough information as required by the survey.

Suzuki is recalling 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles for ABS Problems

GSX1300RA_Left_AJNSuzuki Motor Corporation (Suzuki) is recalling certain model year 2013 GSX1300RA Hayabusa motorcycles manufactured January 22, 2013, through April 26, 2013. Due to a manufacturing error, the Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) may malfunction and lose anti-lock functionality. The anti-lock function may not perform properly allowing for wheel lock up and skidding, increasing the risk of a crash. Suzuki will notify owners, and dealers will replace the affected ABS units, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in early August 2013. Owners may contact Suzuki at 1-800-255-2550. Suzuki’s campaign number for this recall is WN. Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.

Stolen Motorcycle Leads to Fatal Mis-Identification

Police in Alberta Canada went to Melody Halls home to tell her that her husband had been killed in a motorcycle wreck.  Hall said at first she was stricken with grief and then confused when Police described the victim having tattoos in places her husband did not have any and then when they put the time of death at 1am the previous night, and she had seen her husband off at 7am that day.  She called her husband at work and he was very much alive.  The mystery was solved when she led police to the garage where his 1992 Suzuki Intruder was discovered stolen. After further investigation it was discovered a neighbor stole the bike and died in the subsequent accident.

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Suzuki Releases Black 2011 Boulevard M109R Model

BREA, Calif. June 16, 2011 –Suzuki is pleased to announce that the 2011 Boulevard M109R will now be available in black for the 2011 model year, in addition to the current Candy Indy Blue and M109R Limited Edition Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Max Orange.

The M109R is Suzuki’s flagship Boulevard cruiser, and the most powerful cruiser Suzuki has ever produced. Boasting a 109-cubic inch (1783cc) Suzuki fuel-injected V-twin powerplant, the M109R pairs unrivaled torque and horsepower with exceptional handling and aggressive styling. The rear wheel wears a huge 240mm Dunlop rear tire – the largest ever used on a Suzuki motorcycle. The Boulevard M109R offers the most complete muscle cruiser package in its class.

The new color option will be available in limited quantities at authorized Suzuki dealers nationwide.

For more information, please visit www.suzukicycles.com

 

 

Suzuki Recalls Over 73,000 Motorcycles

Vehicle Make / Model:     Model Year(s):
     SUZUKI / AN400     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / DL1000     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSF1250     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX-R600     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX-R750     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / GSX1300B     2008
     SUZUKI / GSX1300R     2008-2010
     SUZUKI / GSX650F     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / SFV650     2009-2010
     SUZUKI / VL800     2008-2010
     SUZUKI / VLR1800     2008-2009
     SUZUKI / VZ1500     2009-2010

SUZUKI IS RECALLING CERTAIN MODEL YEAR 2008 THROUGH 2010 MOTORCYCLES MANUFACTURED FROM JULY 2007 THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2009, EQUIPPED WITH REGULATOR/RECTIFIER ASSEMBLIES, SUZUKI PART NUMBERS 32800-41F11, 32800-15H10, 32800-05H11, 32800-41G10, 32800-15H00, 32800-18H00, 32800-05G10, 32800-10G10, 32800-05H20, OR 32800-06G01. SOME REGULATOR/RECTIFIER ASSEMBLIES WERE PRODUCED WITH INSUFFICIENT ADHESION BETWEEN THE POWER MODULE (CIRCUIT BOARD) AND THE RECTIFIER CASE THAT CONTAINS A HEAT SINK TO DISSIPATE HEAT. DUE TO INSUFFICIENT ADHESION, HEAT GENERATED ON THE POWER MODULE CIRCUIT BOARD CAN CAUSE THE CIRCUIT BOARD TO DEFORM, AND LIFT OF THE CASE.

THIS CONDITION CAUSES EXCESSIVE HEAT ON THE CIRCUIT BOARD AND UNCONTROLLED ELECTRIC CURRENT OUTPUT, WHICH CAN RESULT IN INSUFFICIENT CHARGING CURRENT BEING PROVIDED TO THE MOTORCYCLE BATTERY. THIS CAN CAUSE DISCHARGE OF THE BATTERY AND CAN LEAD TO ENGINE STALLING AND/OR A NO-START CONDITION. ENGINE STALLING WHILE RIDING CAN INCREASE THE RISK OF A CRASH.

SUZUKI WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND SUZUKI DISTRIBUTORS WILL REPLACE THE REGULATOR/RECTIFIER WITH AN IMPROVED PART FREE OF CHARGE. THE SAFETY RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN ON OR ABOUT MARCH 2, 2011. OWNERS MAY CONTACT SUZUKI AT 1-714-996-7040.

SUZUKI KICKS OFF 2011 BUSABEATS WITH MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS

2011 BusaBeats MC Battle Announced at New York International Motorcycle Show

BREA, Calif. Jan. 26, 2011 — At the Progressive International Motorcycle Show in New York City  last weekend, Suzuki announced the introduction of the 2011 BusaBeats MC Battle. New this year is a partnership with Michael Jordan Motorsports, who will be building the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle winner – a customized 2011 Suzuki Hayabusa.

At the show, the original BusaBeats MC Battle winner J.PIGG and Michael Jordan Motorsports Technical Manager Richie Alexander made appearances to help announce the beginning of this year’s competition.

“We have a strong seven-year relationship with Michael Jordan Motorsports,” said Suzuki Senior Communications Manager Steve Bortolamedi, “we are honored to partner with them to provide a customized version of Suzuki’s class-leading Hayabusa as the grand prize for this year’s BusaBeats MC Battle.”

BusaBeats was launched as a campaign to spotlight the diverse lifestyle and culture connected to the Suzuki Hayabusa and bridge it with consumers. This interactive, grassroots promotion connects young, urban motorcycle enthusiasts and hip-hop audiences with the iconic style and performance of the Suzuki Hayabusa through extensive social media involvement.

The BusaBeats MC Battle invites amateur MCs from around the country to add personalized lyrics about the Hayabusa to beat tracks created by celebrity record producers, and compete against each other using social media to collect “dope points,” and take their chance at winning one of many top prizes.

For more information on BusaBeats, please visit– www.BusaBeats.com

For more information on Michael Jordan Motorsports, please visit– www.23race.com


AMA Dragbike is gone, but Straightliner magazine lives on


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Straightliner Magazine Continues despite AMA Dragbike Ceasing Operations

Straightliner is sorry to see AMA Dragbike go, but America’s only all-motorcycle drag racing magazine is looking forward to more time with the many thriving series in the sport. In addition to complete coverage of every Mickey Thompson MiRock Superbike Series event, Straightliner has already begun discussions with the ADRL and Hurricane Alley. So even though the icon is gone, the sport and our place in it will continue unabated.

Our July issue covers the May Rockingham and June Maryland races, and what will now stand as AMA Dragbike’s final event in Montgomery. We’ll have opinions from racing veterans and industry insiders about this latest development in the landscape of the sport and find out where the action is growing. This issue will debut in record numbers at the blockbuster Fast By Gast WPGC Bike Fest at Maryland International Raceway in July. Secure a spot for your company in this landmark issue of Straightliner by July 2nd.

America’s only all-motorcycle drag racing magazine thanks you for your continued support and will continue to deliver the best coverage to the best customers in motorsports!   For more information on advertising opportunities in Straightliner, contact  Tim Hailey timhailey@earthlink.net (718) 554-3866 or Sylvia Cochran sylviac@usridernews.com 478-237-3761