Wednesday, September 16, 2009

New Suzuki GSX650F Review

New Suzuki GSX650F Review

Suzuki has announced exciting plans to introduce the brand new, fully-faired GSX650F sports motorcycle later this year. A modern incarnation of the classic middleweight motorcycle, the GSX650F strikes the ideal balance of sportsbike excitement and all-around versatile performance.

The all-new GSX650F features a compact, 656cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine built for strong, easily accessible power and torque, fewer emissions and better fuel economy. Utilising a bore and stroke of 65.5 x 48.7mm, the GSX650F powerplant features Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) cylinder plating for better heat transfer and ring seal while reducing mechanical losses.

In addition, a hard, smooth chrome-nitride Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating on the upper compression and oil control piston rings reduces friction and wear and improves sealing. Equipped with the renowned Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) digital fuel injection system, the GSX650F enjoys outstanding power delivery and smooth acceleration. Using engine-computer-operated secondary valves to maintain optimum intake-air velocity, plus compact, four-hole injectors in each throttle body to improve fuel atomisation, the SDTV system delivers maximum combustion efficiency.An advanced, comprehensive ignition-timing control system incorporates separate maps for each cylinder using feedback from multiple sensors.

The new GSX650F incorporates a number of systems to meet strict Euro 3 and Tier 2 emissions requirements, including the Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection (PAIR) system and the Automatic Idle Speed Control (ISC) system, which also improves cold starting. In addition, the Suzuki exhaust system utilises a high capacity catalyser and an oxygen sensor to further reduce emissions and provide more efficient, cleaner running, while still providing strong performance throughout the rpm range. Suzuki’s new six speed transmission works smoothly with the hydraulic clutch which incorporates carefully selected clutch cylinder piston ratios for easier clutch-lever pull and crisp shifting.

The chassis of the GSX650F is a double-cradle, tubular steel frame designed with optimum torsional rigidity well-matched to the engine’s power and torque output.The 41mm-stanchion-tube KYB front forks with adjustable spring preload offer 130mm of wheel travel, while the KYB single-shock rear suspension features adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. Engineered for a finely balanced mix of sportiness and all-round comfort, the GSX650F geometry comprises a 1,470mm wheelbase, 26 degrees of rake and 108mm of trail, with a relatively low 770mm seat height for maximum rider comfort.

Integrated with the fairing and tail section to enhance the distinct sporty look, the compact, 19-litre fuel tank is designed with a narrow mid-section for an easy reach to the handlebar. Three-spoke, cast aluminium-alloy wheels shod with 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) and 160/60ZR17 M/C (69W) radial tyres transfer the power to the road, while the dual 310mm, floating-disc front brakes with four-piston calipers and 240mm disc rear brake provide the GSX650F ample stopping power.A GSX-R-style full fairing and vertically stacked, multi-reflector headlights display Suzuki’s sportsbike DNA, while the GSX650F’s one-piece integrated seat is designed for comfort with or without a passenger. The GSX650F features an analogue tachometer, LCD speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, clock, dual trip meters, reserve trip meter and gear position indicator, plus a GSX-R racing-inspired programmable shift light to remind riders to up-shift.