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Meta-Review: The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R is ‘a big leap forward’



The general consensus is online and on social media if you’re willing to look for it.

And if you’re not, let us here at Motofire do all of the hard work for you.

So here it is. The motorcycle that many people believed wouldn’t ever, actually arrive – The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000.

Or rather the GSX-R 1000 R, because Suzuki flew out some of the world’s top bike testers and riders to Philip Island in Australia for the world’s first test of the new machine.

Oh and some bloke called Kevin Schwantz was there too.

And the verdict?

Well, results were already looking favourable after a few tweets from people began to trickle through,

And over night, the first video and written reviews have started to arrive.

MCN’s Michael Neeves was already out in Australia, bombing around tracks with Carl Cox on a classic Suzuki, so what did he think of the new 2017 model,

“The gearbox is superb and wazzing up and down the gears is a piece of cake”

“The brakes are very good”, he continues, although on track “a little bit soft'”.

“Overall it’s a big leap forward for Suzuki and it should be up their in the sharp end for Suzuki!” – Michael Neeves, MCN

Don’t take our quotes from Neevesy as read though, you can watch the first review for yourself.


It’s not all perfect though. As mentioned by MCN’s Michael Neeves, the ABS isn’t configurable – or able to be turned off – which counts as a negative we suppose.

So who else is out and around?

Well, it’s been quite tricky to locate exactly what english speaking riders are out there, but the French guys from have been quick with their written review.

They raise the issue of the ABS not being ‘turn-0ff’able’ too, and list that as one of their issues in the ‘against’ column.

But when you combine that with their ‘for’ listings of ‘Raging Motor’, ‘swift, fast transmission’ and the bizarre-but-epic Google translation of ‘Party-cycle at the top’, we can probably forgive it that little something.

MotoMag’s praise goes further into the superlatives,

“The GSX-R 1000 Suzuki spun the banana all day long, like the Phillip Island circuit, the most terrible ride we’ve ever driven!

Efficient, precise and agile as a Yamaha R1, powerful as a BMW S 1000 RR, it brings together the best of the hypersportive while remaining technically simple.”

This is a summary pretty much echoed by Spanish publication Motociclismo too,

“In general the bike offers a very complete package. This first contact has left us with an excellent taste as to how it will compare with its rivals.”

So it’s all looking rather good.


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Custom of the Week: Ducati Leggero by Walt Siegl




FOR WALT SIEGL, performance and beauty go hand-in-hand. The bikes in his Ducati Leggero series are drop dead gorgeous, but they’re also light, quick and handle well. And that puts them in high demand.

This newest build was commissioned by Jamie Waters, one of the leading lights behind the REV’IT! and Rizoma brands in the USA. Jamie owns a significant collection of race bikes, European sports cars and American muscle cars, but they’re more than just show pieces: he regularly pilots his rare factory racers at AHRMA events.

That makes him the perfect client for Walt. “I’m thrilled that I could build this bike for Jamie,” says Walt from his New Hampshire workshop, “because I know he will ride it and enjoy it.”

Each Leggero is hand made to order with room for customization, but the building blocks are always the same. It starts with a Walt Siegl Motorcycles 4130 chromoly steel frame, created in-house and weighing just 15 pounds.

Walt slots in a two-valve Ducati motor, rebuilt and blueprinted by Bruce Meyers Performance. It’s then finished with top-shelf components, and custom Kevlar bodywork.

On this build, the donor motor came from a Monster 1100. It’s been blueprinted and bumped to 1125 cc with Mahle pistons, warmer cams, ported and flowed heads, and titanium valves. The carbs have been ditched in favour of the fuel injection system from a Hypermotard, and the bottom end has been lightened too.

Since Jamie’s pretty serious about actually riding the Leggero, he wanted top spec chassis and suspension components too. The lightweight chromoly Leggero frame is matched up to an aluminum subframe, and a Ducati S2R swing arm.

It would take days of careful study to spot all the details on this Ducati, so we’ll just run through the highlights. The custom-built, ceramic-coated stainless steel exhaust is stunning, right down to its carefully placed heat shields.

The cockpit’s pretty slick too, and includes a racy Motogadget tacho bearing the WSM logo. And there’s a sprinkling of carbon fiber and Rizoma bits, to drive the performance ethos home.

When it came to the final livery, Jamie’s hobby provided all the inspiration needed. “Jamie wanted to incorporate elements from the early muscle car era in my Leggero design,” says Walt, “which is decidedly European, if you will.”

So the white ceramic coating on the exhaust system references early Shelby Cobras, and the frame’s been nickel plated, as a nod to the 1960s and 70s.

The primary paint color was sampled from a car in Jamie’s collection. “Jamie has a 1968 Corvette in Laguna Blue,” says Walt. “For that series Corvette, it was a one-year color only—painted by Peach Pit Racing.”

Now we’re really jealous.

This is an edited version of an article that first appeared on Bike Exif. It is republished here with permission.

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Idiot thieves steal electric manufacturers’ bike whilst they were on ‘theft tracking’ test!



Motorcycle manufacturer Zero had their own bikes, actually stolen – for real – during security testing.

Bike thieves are the worst.

Not literally – we’re pretty certain that there are some certain individuals on the world stage that could put a petty motorcycle thief into perspective – but they’re ‘up there’ on our list alongside people who use their mobile phones on speaker whilst sat on public transport and most of the contestants from TV’s Love Island.

Bike thieves are also pretty stupid. None more so than the ones who tried to make off with a couple of Zero electric motorcycles recently in London.

What made these thieves particularly stupid we here you cry? Well, how about trying to nick a couple of electric bike maker Zero’s actual bikes whilst they were undergoing actual theft-tracking device testing with British bike security firm Datatool?

“I have been testing the product for several months now”, said Zero UK’s manager Dale Robinson, “but the ultimate test came last week, when two of our bikes were stolen from the back of a van in the London area.

Ironically we had just been introducing the partnership with Datatool to our dealers at a conference the day before, but I hadn’t expected that we would have to put it to the test when I got up the next morning.”

Yep, you read that right. Literally the same night that Zero and Datatool had introduced their partnership at a dealer shindig, somebody thought it would be a good idea to take the battery-driven machines.

But did the freshly installed system actually work?

“I reported the theft at 8.00am and the data confirmed that the bike was stolen at 3.37am. Datatool collaborated with the Met Police’s stolen vehicle squad, and the bikes were tracked to within a metre of their actual location, under a tarpaulin in a timber yard.

The police extraction team commented that the information given to them, in the form of a pinpointed Google map and exact coordinates, was the most accurate they had received and I got a call to come and pick the bikes up a few hours later.”

Some people pay thousands for that kind of PR. All Zero and Datatool had to do was get drunk and leave a couple of bikes in a van on a London street overnight.


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