The digital ink is still wet on news of American Suzuki declaring bankruptcy and shutting down its car business to focus on powersports and marine products, and now there’s more bad news for the Japanese manufacturer. Suzuki announced it will close its motorcycle factory in Gijón, Spain, in March, 2013, shutting the company’s sole European […]
2012 Suzuki GSR750 Gets ABS; Still Not Coming Stateside
Suzuki announced the 2012 edition of its GSR750 naked middleweight will get ABS as an optional add-on. What it still doesn’t have? U.S. homologation.
Introduced to Europe in 2011, the Suzuki GSR750 is the naked GSX-R750, using the 2010 edition of the Gixxer’s inline-Four engine re-tuned for low- and mid-range power. According to Suzuki, the GSR750 has been a popular model in Europe and the U.K., winning awards from MCN and Zoo Magazine.
Suzuki Great Britain is selling the ABS-equipped GSR750 for £7,349 (U$S11,256), while the non-ABS version is listed at £6,999 (US$10,720).
European tastes have long preferred the naked standard genre better than American palates. Perhaps that’s why Suzuki seems to have given up on that segment for the U.S., with the entry-level TU250X the only standard in its 2012 offerings.
The other members of the Japanese Big Four have at least one model in this segment, such as the Honda CB1000R, the Kawasaki Z1000 and the Yamaha FZ8.
Meanwhile, Suzuki has quietly erased the Gladius and its predecessor, the SV650 from its U.S. website. Longtime readers will know how much we at Motorcycle.com liked the V-Twin engine used in those two models, so their absence is felt in this corner, but we’ll have to settle for its presence in the V-Strom.
Suzuki made a bold business decision in 2010, opting not to import any new streetbikes to the U.S., and it has a long way to go to recover despite the introduction of a new V-Strom and updated GSX-R750 and GSX-R600.
But there still remains a void in the naked standard segment. Other markets meanwhile get offerings such as the Gladius or the Bandit 650. At the moment, U.S. customers will have to look elsewhere.
INTERMOT 2010: Suzuki GSR750