Suzuki is poised for a good year with a handful of new motorcycles heading our way in 2017. The big news is the ever-expanding GSX line-up that now features a GSX250R, GSX-S750 and a pair of all-new GSX-R1000 models. There’s also the new and improved versions of the V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000 set to hit the ADV market. You will notice that a few models are going to be sold as 2017 while others will be sold as 2018 versions.
Even though the small displacement bikes seem to be small beans in the grand scheme of things, the fact is they are often the biggest sellers in their respective categories. As a result, the arrival of the baby Gixxer or 2018 GSX250R is really big news. It is set to be released in April with an MSRP of $4499. Unfortunately, it will only be offered in red or black, rather than the cool GP blue version we saw at EICMA.
Next up is the 2018 GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z middleweight streetbikes. The GSX-S750 will be available in April and it will come in blue/black or red with an MSRP of $8299 while the ABS-equipped GSX-S750Z will be offered in matte-black only and will be released in May with a price tag of $8899.
If you’re more interested in racing or at least some degree of race track performance, then the flagship GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will cost you a little more, but you know this is what you really crave. The 2017 GSX-R1000 will be offered in an ABS and non-ABS option. The non-ABS will come out in April and will be available in blue, red or matte black for $14,599. The 2018 GSX-R1000 ABS will show up at the same time in red or black with an MSRP of $14,999.
But if you’re really serious about your sportbike there will be only one choice: The 2017 Suzuki GSX-1000R. This technologically advanced superbike features more high tech hardware than any mere mortal will ever use, but who cares right? What’s wrong with bringing your Hattori Hanzo to the knife fight? The point is this bike is the ultimate GSX-R. It will be available in May with an MSRP of $16,999. It will be offered in the blue MotoGP scheme or gloss black.
We gave you a peek at the new 2017 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 650 XT at the end of last year too and now we know that the standard white V-Strom 650 will be released in February with an MSRP of $8799 while the off-road 650 XT version will come out in March with an MSRP of $9299. It will be offered in either yellow or black. The larger V-Strom 1000 and V-Strom 1000 XT will be sold as 2018 models with the base model being offered only in white and hitting showrooms in April with a price of $12,699. The 1000 XT will be offered in both yellow and black with a $12,999 MSRP. It will show up in May, 2017.
Of all these motorcycles, which one is most appealing to you? We had a great response to the GSX-R1000 but the new and improved V-Strom 650 drew a lot of attention as well. The question is: Which of these makes you want to check your credit score or tap into your kids college fund the most?