Suzuki motorbike insurance

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Reviewed 01 September 2021

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Suzuki motorbike insurance

Suzuki has won kudos both on and off the racetrack for its motorbikes over the years.

Competition and the will to win has inspired Suzuki to constantly innovate and refine its offerings.

Suzuki offers a wide spectrum of sports, street and adventure motorbikes, along with a small selection of scooters, to cater for varying budgets and needs.

Suzuki motorcycles history and facts

Suzuki was founded by Michio Suzuki in 1909 in Hamamatsu, Japan, to make weaving looms for Japan’s silk industry. The company began producing small cars in the 1930s, but didn’t enter the two-wheeler market until after the Second World War.

Suzuki responded to the huge demand in post-war Japan for cheap transport with the launch of a bicycle fitted with a motor. Introduced in 1952, the Power Free had only a 36cc engine, but it didn’t take long for Suzuki to move up a gear or two.

In 1953, Suzuki introduced the 60cc Diamond Free, which soon went on to win the Mt. Fuji Hill Climb. The following year, Suzuki launched the Colleda COX 125cc.

It was during the 1960s when Suzuki began to attract attention on the world’s motorbike stage. Suzuki entered its first motorcycle race teams in the Grand Prix and Isle of Man TT races at the beginning of the decade.

Suzuki’s team registered its first Grand Prix victory in 1962, with various other racing accolades soon to follow. Suzuki also turned heads with the launch of more powerful motorbikes during the sixties, including the Suzuki T20 250cc and the T500, with its 500cc engine.

The seventies followed much the same trend for Suzuki – more racing wins and the introduction of even bigger bikes. Barry Sheene came first in the 500cc World Championship for Suzuki in 1976 and 1977.

Suzuki launched its first 1-litre motorcycle in 1978, the GS1000E, with Californians Mike Baldwin and Wes Cooley winning the first Suzuki 8 Hours Endurance Road Race on the GS1000 the same year.

In 1976, Suzuki began releasing its GS series motorcycles, the company’s first four-stroke machines in 20 years, with a 400cc and 750cc version. More powerful versions were to follow in the 1980s, with the launch of its GSX-R 750cc and 1100cc sports bikes.

Over the years, both Suzuki’s motorcycle and car manufacturing activities continued to flourish. By 1999, cumulative motorbike production had reached 40 million units. Today, Suzuki Motor is one of Japan’s largest listed companies, best known for its motorbikes, small cars, SUVs and 4WD/all-terrain vehicles.

Suzuki motorbike models

Suzuki packs a powerful punch, with various sports, street and adventure machines offering engines of 1000cc or above. But the Japanese marque also makes some great bikes with 125cc engines and has a variety of offerings in the middle as well.

More expensive motorbikes with bigger engines are costlier to insure than the less powerful, cheaper models. Suzuki also makes scooters – the Address with its 113cc engine is likely to be the cheapest Suzuki to insure.

At the other end of the spectrum, you should expect to pay a lot more for insuring an awe-inspiring GSX-R1000R or Hayabusa. The cost of motorbike insurance also depends on your individual circumstances, with younger riders tending to pay more for their motorcycle cover.

Hayabusa

Suzuki first launched the Hayabusa in 1999, when it was recognised as the world’s fastest production motorbike with its top speed of 194mph.

According to Suzuki, the new model achieves even better overall performance than the original, though the company has limited top speeds to 186mph since 2001, in agreement with other Japanese bike manufacturers.

The latest Hayabusa has a 1340cc engine and is one of the priciest models in Suzuki’s current line-up.

GSX-R1000R

This model remains one of the most powerful motorbikes in production, remaining true to the sports bike heritage defined by the first Suzuki GSX-R bike that was launched more than 30 years ago.

The latest GSX-R1000R benefits from advanced rider technology, including a new motion track brake system and traction control system. The GSX-R1000R is currently the most expensive of Suzuki’s offerings, at £16,999.

GSX-R125

The GSX-R125 certainly looks and feels like a true GSX-R, though this is the cheapest bike in Suzuki’s sports range, at £4,449.

The 125cc engine makes it much less powerful than the other bikes in the Suzuki sports line-up.

Katana

Boasting a 999cc engine, this is one of the fastest bikes in the Suzuki street range.

While it’s the priciest street model, at £11,499, the Katana is considerably cheaper than both the Hayabusa and GSX-R1000R, which sit at the top of Suzuki’s sports line-up.

The latest Katana continues to draw on the iconic design of the 1981 GSX1100S Katana.

GSX-S

There are four offerings in Suzuki’s GSX-S street range, with engine power varying from 125cc to 999cc. At the top is the GSX-S1000, with its high performance, four-stroke engine – and a £10,999 price tag.

The GSX-750 lies around the middle of the street range in terms of power and price, offering a 749cc four-cylinder fuel-injected engine.

Suzuki lauds the GSX-S125 as the “Lightweight king of the streets,” the cheapest bike in the GSX-S street range, at £4,199.

SV650

The SV650 sits in the middle of Suzuki’s street offering, a good value bike with a 645cc engine.

It offers a lightweight chassis and a measure of versatility, with a V-Twin engine.

V-Strom

Originally launched in 2002, the V-Strom was conceived with those long road trips in mind.

Suzuki currently offers three different versions of the V-Strom, one with a 1037cc engine and two bikes with a 645cc.

At the top end, the V-Strom 1050XT Tour costs £12,899, and comes with black aluminium top case and side cases so you have somewhere to store your things on those biking adventures.

The bike can be used on more rugged terrain as well as the open road. It also comes with Suzuki’s intelligent ride system, include the motion track brake set up.

The V-Strom 650 is the cheapest bike in the range, at £7,999.

Burgman and Address

Suzuki has been selling scooters under the Burgman namesake for over two decades.

Over the years, Suzuki has released Burgmans with a variety of engine sizes, from 125cc to 650cc.

Suzuki subsequently decided to simplify the Burgman offering, to focus on the 125cc version.

Recognising demand for more powerful scooters to travel between cities and different urban areas, Suzuki is launching a new 400cc version in September 2021.

Suzuki also offers a 113cc scooter, known as the Address – the cheapest bike in the Suzuki range, at £2,399.

The Address has a top speed of 65mph, which could be enough if you’re just looking to zip through traffic in your local area.

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