Thursday, March 10, 2011
MotoGP: 2011 Rizla Suzuki GSV-R unveiled
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)
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
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
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