Thursday, March 10, 2011

MotoGP: 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R unveiled

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The 2011 Suzuki GSV-R packs more than 225 horsepower and can hit a top speed of 330+km/h
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Suzuki have released official pics of the 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R, which Álvaro Bautista will ride in this year’s MotoGP World Championship. This is last and final generation of the 800cc GSV-R grand prix bike, with MotoGP moving to 1,000cc engines from 2012.

According to Suzuki, the 2011 GSV-R is the most technologically advanced racebike the company has ever made and features improvements to the bike’s power output, driveability, acceleration and durability. To go with its revised engine, the new GSV-R also gets an updated chassis, with significant developments to the stiffness balance of the frame and swingarm and optimised weight balance and steering geometry. Finally, the bike also gets a more advanced ECU for traction and wheelie control, which makes the GSV-R more rideable in wet weather conditions.

Apart from improvements to its engine and chassis, the 2011 Suzuki GSV-R also features a revised livery, created by Troy Lee Designs. The new livery incorporates a new and more dynamic Rizla logo, which will be launched by the Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team during this weekend’s final pre-season test at Qatar.

Much as we like the 2011 racebike, it isn't the hottest looking GSV-R we've seen. That honour goes to this GSV-R, which was raced by Chris Vermeulen in the 2007 Australian MotoGP. More pics here

2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R: Tech specs

Engine: 800cc, four-stroke, fuel-injected, water-cooled V4
Engine Control System: Mitsubishi ECM
Valve Control and Type: Pneumatic (air control), DOHC four-valve-per-cylinder
Max Power: 225+ horsepower at 18,000rpm
Clutch: Dry multi-plates (back torque reduction type)
Transmission: Six-speed, low-friction, constant mesh
Frame Type: Twin-spar aluminium alloy
Suspension: Ohlins USD telescopic fork (front), Ohlins link type (rear)
Tyres: Bridgestone
Wheels: 16.5 inches, Marchesini
Brakes: Brembo, double carbon disc (front), Brembo, single steel disc (rear)
Weight: 150+ kilos
Fuel Tank: 21 litres
Top speed: 330+km/h

Álvaro Bautista: The essentials

Place of Birth: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Date of Birth: 21st November 1984
Nationality: Spanish
Hometown: Talavera de la Reina, Spain
Marital Status: Single
Car: Suzuki Vitara (Favourite car is an Audi R8)
Motorcycle: Suzuki GSV-R
Favourite Food: Pasta
Favourite Drink: Lemon Fanta
Favourite Film: All action films
Favourite Music: All music except Hip-Hop
Ideal Holiday: Beach, sun and relaxation
First Race: Mini-bikes in 1993, first GP race was at Jerez, Spain, in 2002
Racing hero: Mick Doohan
Favourite Sports: Cycling and Skiing


Mike said...

With Loris having moved to Pramac Ducati, it's doubtful if Suzuki will be able to do well in MotoGP this year. Alvaro doesn't have any proven development skills yet - he's too inexperienced to be able to develop the GSV-R on his own. Things look bleak for Suzuki :(

Anonymous said...

Yes, things will probably be bleak for Suzuki this year, in MotoGP. Next year, however, Suz should do well once again in World Superbikes as well as MotoGP, what with MotoGP moving to 1000cc engines. A MotoGP-inspired GSX-R1000 in 2012? BRING IT ON!!! :-D

Anonymous said...

An easy way to recognise the Suzuki MotoGP bike wil be to just look for the bike that is in last place. That will be it.

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