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  1. Suzuki SV650X revealed at Eicma

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    Suzuki has revealed its new SV650X for 2018, pulling the wraps off the café racer-inspired V-twin middleweight today at Eicma, in Milan, Italy. Suzuki SV650X revealed at Eicma

    Taking design cues from the SV650 Rally Concept – which the Japanese firm showcased at the Osaka Motor Show in 2016 – the SV650X follows the same concept with a design that pays homage to the tarmac rally cars of the 1970s. The ‘neo-retro’ styling sees the SV650X get a new bikini fairing and tinted screen, clip-on handlebars, and a tuck-roll seat.
    The SV650X utilises the same punchy V-twin engine as the standard SV650, and gets Suzuki’s low-rpm assist and easy-start system. There are also new, preload adjustable front forks, which will feature across the SV range for 2018.

    Suzuki GB marketing manager, Rob Cooper, said, “The SV650 is a hugely popular machine in the middleweight sector of the market, and it has been ever since the launch of the original in 1999. Thanks to its characterful and punchy V-twin engine and capable chassis, it combines a fun, sporty ride with affordability and practicality. The SV650X builds on that proven platform and brings retro styling to the range, with clip-on handlebars that not only add to the look, but create an even sportier feel. Preload adjustable forks will further enhance performance, with riders able to adjust to suit their own riding style and use, and that will apply across the SV range for 2018.”

    The new SV650X will be on display at Motorcycle Live, which takes place from 18-26 November at the NEC in Birmingham, alongside the rest of Suzuki’s 2018 model range, including the award-winning GSX-R1000R and new GSX-S125 and GSX-R125 machines.


  2. Kevin Schwantz RGV500 to be restored at Motorcycle Live

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    Kevin Schwantz’s 1989 Pepsi Suzuki RGV500 is to be restored to full working order at this year’s Motorcycle Live – which takes place from 18-26 November at the NEC in Birmingham – as part of the Japanese manufacturer’s presence at the annual event.

    The iconic Grand Prix machine will be completely stripped, before being carefully and meticulously restored by Team Classic Suzuki chief mechanic Nathan Colombi. The restoration will be supported by Suzuki’s Vintage Parts Programme.

    1989 was arguably Schwantz’s best season for results, with only crashes preventing him from lifting the world title. He finished either first or second in every race he completed that season, taking six wins and a further three runner-up finishes. He would eventually lift the world title for Suzuki in 1993. The Texan was named a Grand Prix legend in 2000.

    Suzuki restoration projects or builds have become a mainstay of the Motorcycle Live features list in recent years, and after the Vintage Parts Programme was launched at the 2013 event, Suzuki has gone on to build a brand new TL1000S, restore an original GSX-R750F, and build Team Classic Suzuki’s Katana endurance racer at the last three shows.

    Suzuki GB aftersales marketing co-ordinator, Tim Davies, said of the project, “Kevin Schwantz is still, undoubtedly, a legend among motorcyclists in the UK; we saw that with his presence at British Grand Prix at Silverstone earlier this year. For us at Suzuki, it’s no different, either, and his 1989 RGV500 is an iconic machine that we’re looking forward to restoring. We’ve built or restored a number of bikes at Motorcycle Live in recent years but this is the first time we’ve restored a legendary racing machine like this. It’s a new challenge, and also something different for visitors to the show, while still allowing us to highlight just how many genuine Suzuki parts can be ordered through the Vintage Parts Programme.”

    The restoration of Schwantz’s RGV500 won’t be the only feature on the Suzuki stand at Motorcycle Live, with the popular ‘elbow down’ feature making a return.

    Suzuki’s extensive 2018 model range will be available for show-goers to explore and try for size, along with a display of race bikes that will include Michael Dunlop’s Isle of Man TT-winning GSX-R1000, while free teas and coffees will be served from on the stand for visitors who want to take a break from walking the halls. The Suzuki Shop will stock the latest lines in Suzuki merchandise and clothing.

    Suzuki can be found on stand 3A20 at this year’s Motorcycle Live when doors open on November 18. For show information and tickets, visit

  3. Suzuki offers Sports Pack for new GSX-R125

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    Following the launch of Suzuki’s class-leading GSX-R125, the Japanese firm has released a new range of accessories for the entry-level sportsbike, and are offering a sports pack that promises to save customers £72 over the cost of the individual items.

    Retailing for £239 – including fitting – the sports pack includes a double bubble screen and pillion seat cowl, further enhancing the race bike looks. There’s also a fuel tank protector and heel plate protection set.

    Available now, the pack can be fitted at the time of purchase or as a retro-fit, and offers a significant saving of £72.

    Other accessories available include graphics kits, wheel tape, and tank bag.

    For more information on the GSX-R125, click here.

  4. Three Essential Items You Need for Motocross

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    If you are thinking of getting into the sport of motocross, there are some things that you will need before hitting the track.  This is a very exciting sport that can be physically challenging.  But if you have the right equipment and have taken the time to practice, you can succeed in this fast-paced sport!  Today, we are going to learn more about three essential items that you will need before getting on your bike.  

    A High-Quality Helmet 

    Before you even think about getting on a motocross bike, you will need to purchase a good helmet. A motocross helmet is specifically designed for the sport and will keep you safe while you are on the track. So, when helmet shopping, make sure that you are buying one that is rated for motocross. There are a lot of good helmet makers in the market today, one of the most popular being Fox Racing. These companies produce high-quality helmets that you can trust to protect you while you are enjoying a day of racing. While there’s other safety gear that you will need, a helmet is vital and required. So, make sure you get one before you get on the back of that bike.  

    The Right Bike for Your Size 

    If you are new to motocross racing, you might think that bikes are one size fits all.  But that is simply not the case. Choosing the right bike for your size is very important and can have a positive effect on your performance. First, you will need to consider your height.  A great way to find a bike that fits your height is to sit on it. When you get on the bike, make sure to sit forward to see if your feet can touch the ground.  But you don’t want your feet to be flat footed on the ground. Instead, choose a bike that will let half your feet touch the ground while sitting forward. Next, you will need to consider your weight.  If you are under 150 pounds, you should choose a bike that is under 250cc. This will give you greater control over the bike.  On the other hand, if you weigh 200 pounds or more, a 450cc bike will probably serve you better.  

    A Pair of Motocross Approved Boots 

    Another essential item that you will need to get before hitting the track is a pair of motocross approved boots. These stylish boots will not only keep you safe while on the track but will also make you look great!  Motocross boots come in a wide-range of colours so finding ones to fit your style won’t be an issue. These boots will help you stay on your bike and control those hard to navigate turns.  

    These are just a few of the essentials that you will need before you get on the back of a bike. While there are other items that you will need, these are highly important and you can’t ride without them. Make sure that you purchase these items so that you can take part in this very exciting sport. 

  5. Triumph wins at MCN Awards

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    As MCN’s Manufacturer of the Year for the 2nd year running, this award is testament to our range of bikes and the passion and expertise our engineers put into delivering #WinningDNA.

    Our new Street Triple RS has won both the Overall Machine of the Year and the Best Naked awards, and our Bonneville Bobber the Best Cruiser/Custom.


    Triumph wins at MCN Awards