Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Riding Impression: Rizla Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP bike

Suzuki's 990cc, 240 horsepower MotoGP bike. It'll wheelie even in sixth gear

Andy Ibbott is a UK-based motorcycle journalist and the author of Performance Riding Techniques, a book on riding skills for the racetrack. He’s also a Director at the very famous California Superbike School.

Ibbott recently got to ride John Hopkins' 2006 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R MotoGP bike at Valencia. And here’s what he had to say about the machine: “I did manage to get the bike to the throttle stop twice in my five laps on the way out of a corner and the sheer acceleration is awesome. I just managed to lift the front wheel along the long straight finish at Valencia. Exiting the final turn it would paw the air in second, third, fourth, fifth and it even felt like it lifted a little in sixth gear, at 280km/h. Excellent!”

Get the full report here.

Also see:
The 2007 Honda RC212V
The 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
The five racing bikes we love
Motorcycle racing in the 1980s and 90s

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