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    2021 Suzuki GSX S1000 Teased – To Come With Updated Aesthetics

    2021 Suzuki GSX S1000 Teaser
    2021 Suzuki GSX S1000 is likely to feature updated styling and equipment along with a more powerful engine
    All litre-class motorcycles have one thing in common, their sole aim of delivering top-notch performance. Out of them, the naked ones are a very rare breed with engines as powerful as their faired counterparts and yet lighter and easier to handle than the latter.
    Suzuki has recently teased the updated iteration of GSX S1000 on its YouTube channel. From the sparse glimpse, we can gauge that the Japanese bikemaker has made some serious updates to the upcoming version of the naked litre-class streetfighter. The GSX S1000 has been on sale since 2015 but hasn’t received any major updates as of yet.
    Updated Design
    2021 GSX S1000 is all set to make its global debut on April 26 and the range of updates will not just be limited to aesthetics but also in the performance department as well. Talking of styling changes, the video shares glimpses of a brand new front fascia thanks to a new aggressive headlight along with a muscular fuel tank.
    The most noticeable aspect was the wings extending from the fuel tank that has been incorporated to enhance the aerodynamic quality of the naked bike. Take a look at the teaser video below.
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    Since the current iteration has not seen any major upgrades it has started to look a little outdated and a mid-life refresh would surely enhance its overall appeal. Not just aesthetics, the new GSX S1000 made some serious improvements in its functionality as well. The latest iteration of the litre-class naked streetfighter comes with a host of rider-focused electronic aids too.
    Updated Equipment
    These include a bunch of safety-related features such as cornering ABS, anti-wheelie function and lean-sensitive traction control. Chances are that the motorcycle might also come equipped with an autoblipper as well as a quick-shifter.
    The motor is expected to produce more oomph, however, like the new V-Strom 1050 and Hayabusa we must expect a stronger mid-range while the top-end is likely to remain similar. In any case, 2021 GSX S1000 is likely to pump around 200 ponies in its latest avatar.
    Upon its debut, it will sit at the top-end of Suzuki’s flagship lineup including other litre-class motorcycles. When launched, it will take on the likes of Aprilia Tuono V4, Ducati Streetfighter V4, Triumph Speed Triple, BMW S1000R and KTM 1290 Super Duke. GSX S1000 was also available in India for a while and the new iteration of the naked streetfighter is also set to make its India debut at a later stage. More

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    Suzuki Sales March 2021 – Gixxer, Access, Burgman, Intruder

    Image for referenceSuzuki Motorcycle India reports cumulative sales of about 70k units in March 2021
    Suzuki Motorcycle India reports 69,942 units in wholesales in March 2021. Of this, domestic market sales accounted for 60,222 units, and exports for 9,720 units in March 2021. YoY growth stood at 72.11 percent, up from total sales of 40,636 units at volume gain of 29,306 units.
    Domestic sales stood at 33,930 units at 77.48 percent growth at volume gain of 26,292 units. Performers in the domestic market were Access and Burgman scooters as well as Gixxer and Intruder motorcycles. Exports grew at 44.94 percent, up from 6,706 units at volume gain of about 3k units.
    Suzuki Sales March 2021
    Cumulatively, SMIPL sold 589,997 units from April 2020 – March 2021 (FY2021). Volumes declined by a fourth. Sales decline stood at 25.35 percent, down from 7,90,397 units reported sold through FY20.
    Last year this time, the company had reported sales growth of 5.7 percent over FY19 when cumulative sales stood at 7,47,506 units. It’s fair to say the growth momentum Suzuki was counting on has faced a setback owing to evolved market conditions.
    Suzuki Sales March 2021
    Two wheeler industry
    With Covid-19 pandemic related lockdown dictating business needs, most manufacturers have only just begun seeing increased activity in recent months. The slowdown at the start of the fiscal has been difficult to overcome though some recovery has been possible in the last two quarters.
    In February 2021, Suzuki sold 59,530 units. MoM volume gain stood at 692 units at 1.16 percent growth. Momentum in 2021 is already setting precedence, and bodes well for the year to come. With added focus on need for vehicles for personal commute, and low base sales for two straight quarters in the last fiscal, manufacturers are going to be able to push forward in the next 6 months.
    Financial year FY2021-22 expectations
    Koichiro Hirao, Managing Director, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd. said, “This financial year was challenging for the whole auto industry due to the COVID-19 situation. Having said that we also adapted to the new paradigm shift to fulfil the latent customer expectations. Today we have become more customer–centric.
    In fact, we launched a convenient Doorstep sale and after-sales service platform called Suzuki at your Doorstep. Enabling customers to buy, test-ride and opt for after–sales services with a click of a button. Today Suzuki at your Doorstep has become an important sales avenue for the company.”
    “This year Suzuki Motorcycle India also rolled out its 5 millionth production unit from its manufacturing facility at Kherki Dhaula, Gurugram. The quarter-liter sensation – Suzuki GIXXER SF 250 became the 5 millionth celebratory unit. We are grateful to all of our customers who supported us in achieving this memorable milestone. Additionally, we are hoping to achieve greater heights in the new financial year FY2021-22.” More

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    2021 Suzuki Burgman 400 Maxi Scooter Debuts With New Features

    2021 Suzuki Burgman 400An improved traction control system has helped enhance overall safety in the 2021 Suzuki Burgman 400
    Suzuki has taken the wraps off the new 2021 Burgman 400 which gets a bunch of new updates. These new updates could be found in the feature, styling and powertrain departments. Apart from all these revisions, the Maxi scooter now complies with the latest Euro-5 emission norms.
    First launched in 1998, this is the third major upgrade for the Suzuki Maxi scooter, the first two being in 2006 and 2018. Upon its initial launch, Burgman 400 set the tone for the mid-displacement maxi-style scooters across the world and continues to find a substantial market in European markets.
    Maxi Styling with new colour options
    Starting with its styling, the overall design has been carried forward from the previous iteration and continues to look like a jacked-up version of Burgman 125 currently on sale in India. It is touted to be as comfortable and utilitarian as ever featuring a plush saddle with adjustable lumbar support, cut-away footboards.
    It now delivers improved visibility in the dark thanks to the updated lighting setup comprising LED headlights, taillights and running taillights. It is now available in three colour schemes namely- iron grey, matte silver and matte black, all with blue alloy rims.
    2021 Suzuki Burgman 400
    Updated Powertrain
    There have been plenty of updates made on the engine department. It continues to feature the same 400cc single-cylinder motor but a series of updates has led to improved overall performance.
    2021 Suzuki Burgman 400
    Thanks to a new twin-plug cylinder head, the engine now returns better low and mid-range torque. A change in ignition timing has resulted in stable idling, easier engine startup and increased top speed and yet at the same time reducing fuel consumption.
    The updated motor also has a stronger power delivery and improved throttle control due to revised cam profiles and altered injectors from 16-hole to 10-hole. This has also resulted in increased combustion efficiency. The stricter emission standards have also brought a new catalytic converter that should result in improved refinement.
    2021 Suzuki Burgman 400
    Updated Features on offer
    As far as its equipment is concerned, the major update has been the new traction control system which enhances riding safety in wet and slippery conditions. Moreover, stopping is a lot easier thanks to an ABS setup which is 36g lighter. The new Burgman 400 is also more practical with under-seat storage of 42 litres and in addition to 6.3 litres in the front glove box. The front compartment also houses a 12V charging socket.
    Prices of the 2021 Burgman 400 will be revealed at the time of its launch and it is expected to go on sale in Europe starting with UK in the next few months. It is extremely unlikely to launch in India anytime soon. Internationally it will rival the likes of other Maxi scooters such as Honda Forza 350 and BMW C400 twins. More

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    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Top Speed Run On An Empty Track

    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Top Speed Run. Image – NFS MOTOR SPORTA video by NFS Motor Sports details the engine sound and power of acceleration of the new Hayabusa
    Suzuki Motorcycle is set to bring in the 2021 Hayabusa into India. Scheduled for official launch sometime in April, a YouTube video draws our attention to the changes it will receive over its older counterpart. It is slated to get an enhanced electronics package, improved braking system, and better suspension while engine capacity remains same with power down by around 7 hp.
    Euro 5 compliant engine
    New Hayabusa gets its power via 1,340cc, inline 4 cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC engine that makes 190 hp power at 9,700 rpm and 150 Nm torque at 7,000 rpm. Power figures see a reduction by 7 hp as against 197 hp offered on its earlier counterpart while peak torque is also lower than before.
    However, torque delivery is stronger than that seen on the older engine. The motor is mated to a 6 speed gearbox. As has been revealed in the video, this engine is capable of accelerating the 264 kg heavy weight bike to cross the 200 km/h mark in a few seconds and then on to touch 270 km/h and even further to a top speed 280 km/h, thus claiming to be the “quickest Hayabusa ever”.
    Official figures state that the new Hayabusa can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h in 6.8 seconds to hit a top speed of 299 km/h. Take a look at the top speed run in the video below.
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    It receives advanced electronics in the form of 10 levels of traction control, 10 levels of anti-wheelie control, 3 levels of engine brake control, anti-lift control and a 6 axis IMU with cornering Anti-Lock Braking System. The Hayabusa also gets 3 power modes, launch control and hill hold control.
    New Design Elements
    The 2021 Hayabusa continues to sport the same shape as its earlier counterpart but receives stronger crease lines and new design elements with revised LED head and tail lamps, LED position lamps, an analogue dashboard and a new TFT display.
    It gets seat height of 800mm and ground clearance at 120mm while braking and suspension are via updated Showa suspension and Brembo Stylema calipers at the front brake. The sports tourer rides on Bridgestone Battlax S22 tyres. It will be offered in 3 new colour schemes of B5L (Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Burnt Gold), BS5M (Mat Sword Silver/Candy Daring Red), B5N (Pearl Brilliant White/Metallic Mat Stellar Blue).
    Teased on the brand’s social media channels for India, the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa is up for launch in April. It will be brought in via the CKD route for local assembly and will see an increased price as compared to its older model which was priced at Rs.13.75 lakhs, ex-sh. More

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    Suzuki Sales, Exports Feb 2021 Breakup – Access, Burgman, Gixxer, Intruder

    Image – The Sameer VlogsThe Suzuki Burgman and Gixxer were in high demand both in domestic and export market
    Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt. Ltd. (SMIPL), the two-wheeler subsidiary of Suzuki Motor Corporation, Japan sales analysis (domestic + exports) for February 2021. The company has reported a 1.61 percent YoY increase in sales in domestic markets while exports surged 30.21 percent.
    Total sales of Suzuki scooters and motorcycles sold in the past month stood at 59,529 units, up 1.61 percent over 58,584 units sold in Feb 20. MoM sales increased 4.43 percent as against 57,004 units sold in Jan 21. In domestic markets it was the Suzuki Access scooter that ruled the sales charts.
    Access sales suffered a de-growth in Feb 21 down 3.21 percent to 48,496 units, from 50,101 units sold in Feb 20. MoM sales however increased 6.64 percent as against 45,475 units sold in Jan 21. Sales of the Burgman at No.2 on the list, stood at 8,533 units in Feb 21, up 11.95 percent as against 7,622 units sold in Feb 20 while MoM sales dipped 2.40 percent compared to 8,743 units sold in Jan 21.
    New Suzuki Access 125 and Burgman Street
    The Suzuki Access 125 and the new Burgman Street have just been launched with with Bluetooth enabled digital console. The two scooters now available in brand new colour options and priced at Rs. 81,030 and Rs. 87,050 respectively.
    Suzuki Domestic Sales Breakup Analysis – Model Wise Feb 2021
    Suzuki Gixxer and Gixxer 250 saw increased sales in domestic markets in Feb 21 to 1,823 units and 549 units, up 207.94 percent and 111.97 percent respectively. However, MoM sales of the Gixxer dipped 28.23 percent while sales of the Gixxer 250 increased 232.73 percent as against 165 units sold in Jan 21.
    Intruder also saw positive sales with 128 units sold in Feb 21, over just 8 units sold in Feb 20. It also posted a reasonable 58.02 percent increase in terms of MoM sales, as against 81 units sold in Jan 21.
    The Japanese two wheeler maker is also working on a new Intruder 250cc cruiser motorcycle and patent images get detailed recently. The bike will share styling with the Intruder 150 and share its 249cc single-cylinder BS6 compliant engine with the Gixxer 250 and the Gixxer SF 250.
    Suzuki Exports Breakup Analysis – Model Wise Feb 2021
    Suzuki Two Wheeler Exports
    Suzuki remained the 5th largest exporter of two wheelers in Feb 21 after Bajaj, TVS, Honda and Hero. Exports in the past month increased 30.21 percent to 12,132 units as against 9,317 units exported in Feb 20. MoM exports increased 53.45 percent with 7,906 units exported in Jan 21.
    It was the Suzuki Gixxer that found most buyers in export market. Exports increased 46.36 percent YoY and 136.10 percent MoM with Feb 21 exports at 6,488 units and 2,748 units exported in Jan 21. The Burgman and Gixxer 250 also noted increased exports while Hayate exports dipped YoY and MoM.
    Suzuki Access scooter, Intruder and Lets were lower down the order with the Intruder noting 100 percent increase both in terms of YoY and MoM sales. The Lets also managed good numbers at 480 units exported in Feb 21 as against 210 units in Feb 20 while nil units were exported in Jan 21. More

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    New Suzuki Hayabusa India Launch Teaser Out – Feb 2021 Sales Report

    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa India Launch Teaser
    Unveiled earlier this month, next-gen Hayabusa will be lunched in India soon

    One of the most iconic motorcycle brands of all time, Hayabusa has always been synonymous with speed and advanced engineering. It was the first of its kind to achieve top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph) in 1999. Now in its third generation, Hayabusa continues to draw auto enthusiasts from across the globe.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa design
    Although it carries on with its bulbous proportions, next-gen Hayabusa looks a lot sharper as compared to its predecessor. With the compact fairing and other design updates, the front fascia gets a more aggressive profile. Other key changes include chrome plated twin exhausts, new LED headlight, updated fuel tank design, and two-part LED taillights. Bolder fonts for ‘Hayabusa’ logo further enhance the superbike’s sporty character.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa powertrain
    Powering the beast is a 1340cc inline four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that is capable of generating 187 bhp of max power and 150 Nm of peak torque. This is short by 8 bhp and 4 Nm, as compared to the earlier model. Transmission is a 6-speed gearbox integrated with two-way quick shifter.
    The engine is basically the same as earlier, but it has been updated to comply with Euro-5/BS6 emission standards. This has been achieved via the addition of new intake system, catalytic converter and updated exhaust system. With these changes, fuel efficiency of next-gen Hayabusa has dropped to 18.06 kmpl, as compared to 21.5 kmpl earlier.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa India Launch Teaser
    In terms of features, new Hayabusa offers a new TFT screen that is placed between the analogue speedometer and tachometer. Tech upgrades include traction control, six-axis IMU system, ride-by-wire throttle, ABS cornering package, hill hold control, launch control, active speed limiter and six ride modes.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa India launch
    New-gen Suzuki Hayabusa will be launched in India soon – confirms the social media channels of Suzuki India. It is likely to be imported as CBU at first with CKD assembly starting at a later stage in India. This has been the case with earlier models as well. As for the pricing, the superbike is expected to be launched in the range of Rs 17-18 lakh (ex-showroom).
    Just like its predecessors, third-gen Hayabusa is expected to register strong sales. The Web Edition that was announced exclusively in Italy was sold out within three days. Only 10 units of these were offered. Priced at 21,490 Euros (Rs 18.9 lakh), the Web Edition of Hayabusa was equipped with a range of premium features. These included Akrapovic approved titanium silencers, anodized levers with brand logo, carbon tank pad, carbon mirror covers, rim stripe and seat cover.
    Suzuki India Feb 2021 Sales
    Suzuki India Sales Feb 2021
    Thanks to Gixxer, Intruder and Access, Suzuki India has managed to post growth for Feb 2021. Domestic sales stood at 59,530 units while exports stood at 12,132 units – taking total sales to 71,662 units for Feb 2021. In Feb 2020, SMIPL cumulative sales were at 67961 units. More

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    Suzuki Sales, Exports Break Up Jan 2021 – Access, Burgman, Gixxer, Intruder

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    Suzuki Access scooter continues its dominance as the manufacturer’s bestselling two wheeler

    For January 2021, Suzuki two wheeler wholesales improved marginally at 1.85 percent. Volume gain stood at just over a 1,000 units, up at 57,004 units from just below 56k units. MoM growth was higher at 27.37 percent, up from 44,756 units at volume gain of 12,248 units.
    January 2020 domestic wholesales saw improvement in some segments but that manufacturers reselling scooter Access was reported at significant sales decline. Access sales fell to 45,475 units, down from 54,595 units. Sales decline is reported at 16.70 percent at volume loss of 9,120 units. It leads the sales charge at 79.78 percent of total domestic Suzuki sales. MoM access sales improved 13.25 percent up from 40,154 units at volume gain of over 5.3k units.
    Suzuki Burgman scooter sales
    Suzuki’s next bestseller is also a scooter, it’s premium Burgman. Sales is up at 8,743 units, up from 603 units at volume gain of over 8.1k units. Sales share stood at a sobering 15 percent. MoM volume gain stood at over 6k units, up from 2,666 units.
    Suzuki’s motorcycle sales is dominated by its Gixxer series. Gixxer sales grew to over 2.5k units, up from 51 units at volume gain of 2,489 units. MoM growth stood at 53.85 percent, at volume gain of just under 900 units from 1,651 units. Gixxer 250 sales fell to 165 units from 717 units at over 75 percent decline. MoM decline is pegged at 26 percent, down from 224 units. Intruder sales is reported at 81 units, up 20 units MoM from 61 units.
    Suzuki Sales Jan 2021
    Suzuki exports in January 2021
    On the export front, Gixxer leads the charge at 34.76 percent of total exports. In january 2021, 2,748 Gixxer units were exported. Numbers decline by 60 percent down from 6,898 units at volume loss of over 4,100 units. MoM decline stood at 17.38 percent, down from 3,326 units at volume loss of 578 units.
    Burgman exports grew to 2,424 units, up from 1,264 units at volume gain of 1,160 units. MS swelled to over 30 percent. MoM fain stood at 28.25 percent, up from 1,890 units at volume gain of 534 units.
    Gixxer 250 exports improved significantly, up at 2,286 units. Volume gain stood at 1,793 units, up from 493 units. MoM gain more than doubled, up from over a 1,000 units at volume gain of 1,240 units. Hayate exports fell by half down at 240 units from 490 units MoM decline is similar.
    Suzuki Exports Jan 2021
    Access, despite its profound share in the domestic market, fails to recreate the magic overseas. Exports were reported at 144 units. The month prior, exports were at a mere 12 units. Intruder exports stood at 64 units, up from 16 units. MoM volumes fell by 32 units. No units of Lets were exported last month. Total exports in January 2021 fell by 15.85 percent at volume loss of just below 1.5k units. Volumes fell to under 8k units, down from 9,395 units. More

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    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Akrapovic Exhaust Note – From Idle To Vroom Vroom

    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Web Edition with Akrapovic Exhaust
    The 10 units of Web Edition are sold out in a matter of just 3 days

    The 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa made its world debut exactly a week ago and the introductory Web Edition was sold out in just 3 days. Such is the popularity of the iconic nameplate which is synonymous with speed. A short video capturing the new generation flagship superbike’s exhaust note has surfaced online.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa exhaust note
    Before we talk about the exhaust note, let’s recap the motorcycle’s engine specifications. The 2021 Busa employs a 1,340 cc in-line four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine which is an evolution of the previous model’s mill.
    Thanks to strict emission regulations across the world, the new superbike puts out 8 hp and 4 Nm less than its predecessor at 187 hp and 150 hp. That is still a lot of performance to tap into and the Akrapovic exhaust system manages to extract the best sound character out of the engine.
    Web Edition Special
    Whats special in the web edition of Hayabusa – Priced from 21,490 Euros (Rs 18.9 lakh), it comes with a pair of Akrapovic approved titanium silencers that allow a weight reduction of 4 kg and an increase in power of 1.9 kW / 2.6 PS (at 8,400 rpm), brake and clutch levers machined from solid with the Hayabusa logo, stripes for gold-coloured logoed rims and tank pads, carbon look mirror covers and single-seater cover.
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    The exhaust note is what one would expect from a big displacement four-cylinder motor. It settles into a smooth and hardly audible idling and has a calm demeanour at lower rpms. As the revs build up, the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa voices up an aggressive growl which is sure to command attention. While first ride impressions are yet to come, we think the new Busa will maintain its effortless and smooth character.
    What’s new?
    The new Suzuki Hayabusa is based on an improved version of the previous iteration’s twin-spar aluminium frame which is optimized to have an ideal 50:50 front to rear weight distribution. Suspension system is composed of fully adjustable KYB inverted telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The front wheel is retarded by a pair of larger 320 mm discs fitted with Brembo Stylema calipers while rear wheel is retarded by a single disc with Nissin calipers.
    The styling is evolutionary but the massive front fascia with LED headlights and a redesigned rear cowl with two-part LED taillights are optimized for better aerodynamic efficiency. The new Hayabusa sticks to traditional analog speedo and tachometers but the space between them is filled by a colour TFT screen which incorporates multiple functions.
    2021 Suzuki Hayabusa Web Edition
    As far as electronic systems go, the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa benefits from a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit which facilitates cornering ABS, traction control, anti-life control, launch control, hill hold control and so on. The motorcycle is also equipped with a ride-by-wire throttle which enables 6 riding modes (include 3 user defined modes) and cruise control with active speed limiter. Other noteworthy additions include engine brake control and bi-directional quickshifter.
    Launch in India
    The 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa is likely to be launched in India sometime later this year. Suzuki is likely to import the motorcycle via CKD route and assemble it locally just like the previous model. Expect the price tag to be upwards of INR 17 lakh (ex-showroom). More