LOS ANGELES: To mark its 30th year in production, a championship-winning Suzuki sports bike is getting a limited edition paint job.
The anniversary edition of Suzuki's GSX-R, which will go on sale this November, is finished in the classic blue and white livery that adorned racer Kevin Schwantz's GSX-R when he rode to victory in 1985.
Thirty years on the bike has evolved considerably in terms of technology and power -- it now has a 1000cc engine and ABS but it is still devastating rivals at the track and the celebratory model is just that, a reminder of the bike's achievements.
Other than the unique paint finish, the bike is the same as the current road-going model.
The bike has a 999cc, 4-stroke, 4 cylinder liquid cooled DOHC engine, with a 6-speed, constant mesh transmission.The engine makes 183hp at 12,000rpm and 117Nm at 10,000rpm.
Optimally shaped combustion chambers and a compression ratio of 12.9:1 promote low-range and mid-range performance and help realise a broad torque curve.
Electronically controlled steering damper contributes to handling stability and a more alert and agile feel by increasing the damping force at higher speeds and reducing it at lower speeds.
The front disc brakes are equipped with the top-of-the–line radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers along with a single-piston caliper rear brake.