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Old 07-22-2011, 12:06 PM   #436
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Guzzi Got Me

I had a brief encounter with this Beauty/BEAST yesterday....a '91 Moto Guzzi 1000S. Limited to 200 total production worldwide, this one is #10. Factory equipped with 40mm DellOrto's and Lafranconi pipes.

HOLY CRAP does this bike sound good!

Now I get the whole Guzzi thing.
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Old 07-22-2011, 12:36 PM   #437
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Kinda partial to the new Kawasaki Z1000 myself. Even found some 2010 models BRAND NEW for 7,500. Too bad it is not to be (right now anyway).
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:18 PM   #438
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Suzuki Stratosphere concept bike
shown at Tokyo Motor Show 2005

















There's something about exhaust pipes and shining chrome. Motorcycles with inline-six engines (Honda, Benelli, kawasaki) have always fascinated people. You just can't walk past one, you have to admire the engine.

It was the massive six was the first thing that caught my interest in the Suzuki's concept bike, Stratosphere as well. Yes, the rest of bike looks good as well, futuristic but not too far-out. It actually looks like it could be a new, revisited version of the classic GSX-R1100S Katana. With a liquid-cooled 1100cc inline-six. The concept bike was first shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, October 2005.



There are always rumors weather Suzuki's concept bikes will be put in production or not, and this time it couldn't be such a bad idea. The bike looks "normal" enough to be created a mass-production in mind and would find its buyers, no doubt about it. I know everyone doesn't like the style. Not everyone liked the original Katana either. You can't please everyone, no matter what you do.

Most of the bike-loving people would agree at least that the 1100cc, inline six-cylinder engine is beautiful. The raw figures are 1100cc, 24 valves, 180 horses and a motor reportedly turbine-like smooth, an engineering masterpiece compared to the miniaturized sophistication of a Swiss watch.

I'd bet that there's plenty of Suzuki riders that would buy the bike just for its engine, no matter how it looked. As I mentioned before, there's something special with an inline-six motorbike engine. Suzuki has never produced one, is the time right for it now?

What else has it got? Nothing really special; aluminum fairing, electrically adjustable windscreen, four LED headlights, adjustable handlebars, built-in GPS navigation, that sort of things. Hi-tech, but not science fiction. Attachable saddle-bags with normally invisible attachments, that's a really cool option! Suzuki wants to tell that the bike is meant for riding, not just for showing off...

It could be mass-produced. It could be a really cool bike.








Suzuki Stratosphere
Overall Length: 2,100 mm (82.7 in)
Overall Width: 720 mm (28.3 in)
Overall Height: 1,150 mm (45.3 in)
Engine type: Liquid-cooled 1,100 cc inline-six, DOHC, 24 valves. 180 bhp.

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Very much reminds me of one of my favorites, the first Katana!
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Old 07-23-2011, 06:55 AM   #439
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Oops, no pic. It was the 990SMT anyway.
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:15 AM   #440
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Old 07-23-2011, 03:13 PM   #441
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Had a go on a Yam Super Ten today - nice bike but too slow; then had a go on a Aprilia Tuono RV4 - nice bike but too fast.

No pleasing some people !

Back to obsessing about Trumpet 800XC & Speed-Trip & Multistrada 12 - ho hum At least I am narrowing it down

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Old 07-23-2011, 08:19 PM   #442
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While I like lots of the new bikes, my soul bleeds for 80's bikes.
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Old 07-24-2011, 06:18 PM   #443
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Old 07-24-2011, 07:25 PM   #444
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While I like lots of the new bikes, my soul bleeds for 80's bikes.
Mine does too. Then I ride one, and realize how much better current bikes are.

Only good compromise are the bikes they won't sell us here. Yamaha XJR1300, etc.
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Old 07-24-2011, 08:23 PM   #445
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Mine does too. Then I ride one, and realize how much better current bikes are.

Only good compromise are the bikes they won't sell us here. Yamaha XJR1300, etc.
Ride a first gen 748 and you'll have that same sentiment.

Beautiful sculpture. Chiropractor required.
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Old 07-24-2011, 10:50 PM   #446
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Ride a first gen 748 and you'll have that same sentiment.

Beautiful sculpture. Chiropractor required.
I had the first year 916. My body actually did get used to it after a few weeks, but that first couple of rides were pretty bad. I was also ~15 years younger which helped some...

I so loved/hated that bike. Still do.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:14 AM   #447
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very cool Honda. why? looks like an 86 Yamaha srx600 which is a good thing
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Old 07-25-2011, 06:25 AM   #448
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Will BIG RED release the new CB in the states as a 2012 model and bring back sales and loyalty?

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Old 07-25-2011, 06:40 AM   #449
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Doubt it, but hopeful. How many cruisers does the US need? Not looking for an answer. It's a rhetorical question
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Old 07-25-2011, 08:00 AM   #450
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While I like lots of the new bikes, my soul bleeds for 80's bikes.
I hear/feel ya..

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