Saturday, February 24, 2007

Rizla Suzuki unveil the new XRG0 GSV-R800


John Hopkins' office for 2007...!

Rizla Suzuki recently showed the new GSV-R800 at Jerez, in Spain. Codenamed XRG0, this 2007 MotoGP machine gets what Rizla Suzuki say is a retro inspired paintjob, and Rizla Suzuki riders John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen also get the same theme on their racing suits.

For the GSV-R800, Suzuki have followed the fundamental engine layout of the 2006 990cc machine, but the new engine’s bore, stroke and cylinder pitch have been redesigned and optimised for the 800cc engine displacement. Rizla Suzuki say that the aim was to ‘achieve the best possible horsepower and reliable high rpm operation, and to provide the riders with user friendly power delivery and predictable engine character.’

The GSV-R800 also gets a new Mitsubishi ECU, and is said to produce around 220 horsepower at 17,500rpm. Chassis layout and wheelbase length have remained the same as on the XRE4, the last 990cc MotoGP bike, while the fairing has been redesigned for better high speed stability.

Now let’s see what the bike does on the 10th of March, when the 2007 MotoGP season kicks off in Qatar!

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