For some reason Suzuki are often latecomers to popular classes of bike; the reinvented V-Strom in ? Being a recent example; the GSX-S super naked, first arriving only in an obvious second. And while it brings nothing new in either performance or technology, its tempting price, under-cutting all its Japanese rivals, makes it a welcome addition.
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The newly launched Eric Buell Racing SX is a bike worthy to be called what its makers term it as — superfighter! Both these manufacturers are marquees in their own rights and when they will start whipping magic in the country, they sure can give the Japanese monsters a run for their money. But what does both these arch rivals have in their armor?
Once was a time when the most popular first big bikes were sporty, fully-faired, cc supersports with naked, roadsters versions being virtually non-existent. Not any more. Today, one of the most active and competitive motorcycle classes of all is for the middleweight naked.
The recently-introduced model—the evolution of the former model—has already taken a trip back to the brainstorm table and receives for a number of changes. Friction within the cylinders has also been reduced thanks to an anti-friction feature located on the mantle. A semi-dry sump lubrication system helps reduce the loss of power caused by the shaking and also eliminates the need for an oil radiator by keeping the lubricant consumption and temperature in check.
As we established beyond any shadow of a doubt the last time around, the cafe racer may be cool right now but they're not very useful. Which is why we decided that it was time to go do some useful work and ride, ahem, better motorcycles. After much discussion, we all - that's road test editor Halley Prabhakar, compulsive bike cleaner Rishaad Mody, resident Kung Pao Panda, Alan D'cruz and grizzled veteran me - decided that we needed to ride something realistic. This discussion was endless.
Until recently, no one wanted to ride a naked bike. Also called "standard" bikes, they were upright-ish, stripped down, raw, and they were the redheaded stepchildren of the motorcycle industry. Sportbikes, cruisers, ADV bikes—these made up the bulk of production models, and it's easy to see why.
It's the battle of the latest roadsters, or naked bikes, as they are also called. The new Triumph Street Triple S gets a new engine, new suspension and new swingarm. The frame has been carried forward from the outgoing model, but the engine gets a displacement bump and a whole lot more power and torque. The Kawasaki Z is also an all-new model for