Suzuki have unveiled their second-generation GSV-R GP bike and they say it’s ‘The most complex and technically advanced racing motorcycle Suzuki have ever produced.’ Codenamed XRG1, the 2008 GSV-R has been developed on the basis of feedback provided by Suzuki’s MotoGP riders, testing and development riders and the company’s experimental technology engineers.
Compared with last year’s machine, Suzuki say the 2008 GSV-R XRG1 has improved acceleration, better aerodynamics, and a better sorted chassis and electronic systems. The bike’s 800cc V4 has been further refined, and with the addition of an updated Mitsubishi ECU, it’s said to provide higher engine performance, increased usability and lower fuel consumption. Power output is now 225bhp at 18,000rpm, and the 148-kilo XRG1 can hit a top speed of 330km/h!
‘The new bike looks great and is already a lot better to ride than last year’s GSV-R. It feels quicker, and I am able to get on the power better out of the corners. The handling is even better than it was, so that is a huge plus – because it was very good already,’ says Chris Vermeulen. ‘I have been with Suzuki a short while but for me they are very switched on and are trying their hardest to make the bike the best it can be for the new season. I still feel like I have a new toy! The bike also looks great with the new design; I love the colour and look forward racing on it,’ adds Loris Capirossi.
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