Amidst all of the uncertainty with the future of Aprilia’s racing plans, Roberto Colaninno, chairman of the Piaggio Group, which owns Aprilia, confirmed Tuesday at EICMA that the brand was in fact making a full-fledged return to MotoGP in 2016 as a factory team. Colaninno was quoted as saying, “In 2016 Aprilia will return to MotoGP […]
2012 Suzuki Boulevard C50T Classic Announced
During Suzuki’s annual dealer meeting the company reported that cruiser sales at large are down 6.2% YTD. However, Suzuki says its cruiser sales are up 12.5%, and in an effort to keep riding this wave that’s handily outpacing the rest of the cruiser market, the company announced the addition of the Boulevard C50T Classic.
While the Classic is a carbon copy of the C50T, it does away with the C50T’s standard windshield, passenger backrest and saddlebags. By shedding the T’s touring-oriented trim package, Suzuki can offer the Classic with a class-competitive MSRP of $7999.
The C50T Classic splits the difference, so-to-speak, in current offerings in the middleweight cruiser category. The 50T models are powered by an 805cc, fuel injected, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valve-per-cylinder, 45-degree V-Twin, while Honda’s Shadow Aero ($8240) runs with a liquid-cooled, SOHC, three-valves-per-cylinder, 745cc 52-degree Vee.
Star Motorcycle’s $8490 V Star 950 doesn’t quite cover the retro-classic styling, but it does offer a larger, albeit air-cooled, engine in the form of a 942cc 60-degree V-Twin with four-valves-per-cylinder. Kawasaki has a “classic” contender in this class with the Vulcan 900 Classic. The Vulcan uses a 903cc liquid-cooled, SOHC, four-valver V-Twin, and retails for $8299, with the white wall version costing an additional $200.