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News: SUZUKI OFFERS POUND-SAVING PRACTICAL SCOOTERING

Here’s the latest commuter news regarding Suzuki’s congestion-busting and fuel efficient Address scooter as it’s now available with low rate 3% finance over three years, with a minimum £300 deposit.

Suzuki have shared the following regarding their Address scooter with MotorMartin recently: Achieving over 130mpg is easy on the 113cc A1 licence-friendly machine, meaning over 150 miles between fill-ups with its 5.2 litre fuel tank. Zipping around town is also easy thanks to a slim design and light weight, yet there is over 20 litres of storage for excellent practicality. A full-face helmet can be conveniently accommodated under the seat, while two pockets up front provide additional storage. Security is also bolstered with a magnetic ignition cover.

In addition, the Address also comes with one year’s free road side assistance, Datatag MASTER security system and 3 year warranty as standard from Suzuki, and can also be ridden on L-plate with a valid CBT certificate.

The low rate 3% finance offer, available until 31 March 2019, means you can save time, spend less and smile more with the Address for £54.44 per month with the minimum £300 deposit and no end of term final payment.

For more information on Suzuki’s current offers click here.

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News: UNBEATABLE 0% FINANCE NOW AVAILABLE ON SUZUKI GSX-R1000R

With sunshine and dry roads just around the corner, no honestly… Suzuki have shared with MotorMartin how they are helping to banish the winter blues this January with an unbeatable package of power, performance, and affordability, with their award-winning GSX-R1000R now available on 0% finance until the end of March 2019. And to give customers even more choice, Suzuki say that they can enjoy the offer on both PCP and hire purchase deals.

Details then. Requiring a minimum £1,000 deposit, the British Superbike and Superstock 1000 race-winner can be had for just £212.83 per month over 37 months on a PCP agreement – the first time this acclaimed model has been available with the increasingly popular PCP scheme at 0% APR. Or, with a deposit or trade-in of £3,298, it can be ridden for just £149, with an annual mileage allowance of 6,000.

For those who have spent the last few years away from all media and are unaware of the advances in Sports-bike advances, the GSX-R1000R uses technology developed through competition in MotoGP – where Suzuki enjoyed a successful 2018 and concluded the season with four consecutive podium finishes – including a mechanical variable valve timing system that boosts bottom-end, midrange, and peak power. It also boasts a comprehensive suite of electronics that includes a 10-stage, lean angle-sensitive traction control system, quickshifter and auto-blipper, cornering ABS and launch control. Race-proven tech also comes from Showa’s Balance front forks and rear shock.

For more information about the GSX-R1000R and this unbeatable offer, MotorMartin can happily recommend you visit bikes.suzuki.co.uk.

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News: THE 2019 MISSION WINNOW DUCATI TEAM PRESENTED AT NEUCHÂTEL

The Mission Winnow Ducati team, which will compete in the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, was presented recently at the iconic Cube, Philip Morris International’s Research and Development centre in the lakeside Swiss town.

Riders Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci unveiled the brand-new Desmosedici GP19 machine – in its stunning red livery – in front of an audience of international media, guests, sponsors and partners and those new look bikes look superb in MotorMartin’s opinion.

With the first of 19 races scheduled for March 10 in Qatar, in two weeks’ time, Dovizioso and Petrucci will resume testing action with the Desmosedici GP19 at Sepang (Malaysia) intent on being ready to take the fight to Honda once again.

#MotorMartinRacing can’t wait.

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News: SUZUKI UNVEILS KATANA AT INTERMOT AND ANNOUNCES UPDATES FOR GSX-R1000

It’s certainly been a long time coming but at last, the #MotorMartinMotorbikes desk can finally announce the news that many of you out there have been waiting for. News that Suzuki have finally unveiled a new Katana for 2019, pulling the wraps off the latest machine to bear the iconic name at Intermot in Cologne, Germany, as well as announcing a host of updates to the GSX-R1000.

The following is direct from Suzuki themselves and shared in full.

Katana

The original Katana has maintained a legendary status since its launch in 1981, with a design that remains as impactful now as it did then. It influenced the styling of the 2005 Stratosphere concept and more recently the Katana 3.0 concept, which debuted at Eicma in 2017.

Designed by famed motorcycle designer Rodolfo Frascoli and built by Engines Engineering, the Katana 3.0 stoked a fire that had never gone out in the heart of Suzuki, and after listening keenly to feedback, development began and a new Katana was forged.

Taking styling cues from the original machine and the latest concept, the new Katana moves the design into the modern era. The immediately recognisable rectangular headlight is updated with stacked LED lights, as new LED running lights are adopted to accentuate the bike’s sharp face.

At the back LED tail lights sit in an angular seat unit, immediately eye-catching thanks to the repositioning of the number plate hanger, which now extends from the swingarm and hugs the rear tyre. It also houses the indicators, with the whole design further highlighting the clean look of the tail section, atop which sits a one-piece seat that further pays homage to the original Katana in its design. Seat height is 825mm.

The positive riding position, enhanced by one-piece ‘bars, sees riders perch behind a fuel tank and top fairing that are also immediately recognisable as Katana, boasting retro appeal but with a modern twist. Classic red Suzuki lettering adorns the tank and mimics the original but follows aggressive new lines, while the fairing, too, takes the ‘80s bike’s angles and exaggerates them for a purposeful-looking front end. The bike is finished in the classic silver.

Despite drawing inspiration from an ‘80s legend, the new Katana is underpinned by thoroughly modern engineering. The frame is the same lightweight, twin-spar aluminium frame that is specific to the GSX-S1000 series, designed for nimble handling and superior road-holding performance. The frame is as light as the frame used in the current GSX-R1000.

Fully-adjustable 43mm USD front forks and a rear shock adjustable for rebound damping and spring pre-load come courtesy of KYB, and Brembo monobloc front brake calipers are shared with the current GSX-R1000, biting 310mm floating discs. ABS is provided by Bosch.

Power comes from the famed inline four-cylinder engine that began life in another legendary Suzuki – the GSX-R1000 K5, but heavily revised and modernised for street-based performance. Renowned for its torque and midrange as well as top-end power, the 999cc engine uses a long-stroke design (73.4mm x 59.0mm) for a broad spread of power across the rev range, with peak power output 150hp at 10,000rpm, and peak torque 108Nm at 9,500rpm.

A three-mode traction control system – that can also be turned off – allows riders to exploit the bike’s performance in various road and weather conditions. The system continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position, crank position, and gear position sensor. It quickly reduces engine output when wheelspin is detected by adjusting ignition timing and air delivery. This helps ensure smoother traction control operation and less-noticeable intervention.

Riders can quickly and easily identify their current traction control setting on a new LCD dash, which also shows tacho, odo, trip meters, gear position, water temperature, fuel range, average fuel consumption, instant fuel consumption, fuel gauge, clock, lap time, and battery voltage.

A range of genuine Suzuki accessories will include a tinted screen and coloured seat, plus carbon engine covers and coloured brake calipers.

The new Katana is expected to arrive in spring 2019.

GSX-R1000

Suzuki has also announced a number of updates to its GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R to further improve the performance of the award-winning flagship sportsbike.

For 2019 the GSX-R1000R gets an adjustable swingarm pivot, designed to give racers and track day riders more variation and options when it comes to bike setup for the race track. Stopping power is also improved on the more track-focused GSX-R1000R, with the addition of new stainless steel braided hoses.

The bi-directional quickshifter and auto-blipper that forms part of the GSX-R1000R’s comprehensive electronics package is now a standard item on the 2019 GSX-R1000. The race-proven item allows riders to hold the throttle wide open for clutchless upshifts and also negates the use of the clutch on downshifts, automatically blipping to match engine speed.

Both machines come on the latest Bridgestone RS11 tyres, replacing the RS10s fitted to the previous version, while the exhaust silencer is now finished in black with a new heat shield.

The 2019 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will be available in Suzuki dealerships in spring 2019.

The new Katana and the 2019 GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will also be on display at Motorcycle Live at Birmingham’s NEC in November.

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News: DUCATI PERFORMANCE TRIOPTIONS CUP RETURNS FOR 2019

For fans of those rather enigmatic, red, twin cylinder works of art, Ducati UK have confirmed to MotorMartin that the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup will once again feature as part of the British Superbike Championship in 2019.

For those that don’t know, Ducati have shared the following, enjoy:

This one-make series featuring the 959 Panigale, has become an important and popular support series to the British Superbike championship. The enduring popularity of the Cup has never been more evident in the last two years with record entries. The championship has been admired within the paddock for its competitiveness and high level of riders. This has been highlighted by the performance of the 2017 champion Joe Collier who will achieve a minimum of a top three place in this year’s British Superstock championship in his rookie year.

The Cup will see some subtle changes to the format for 2019. Ducati UK will look to support and encourage riders throughout the field by introducing a new two-tier championship format which will allow a greater spread of prizes throughout the field including prizes at each round.

In recognition of the importance and profile of the Ducati Cup, MSVR will seek to increase track time during the 2019 season. Ducati UK will also show their commitment to the series by providing increased technical and parts support at each round. Steve Plater will continue as series ambassador passing on his experience and circuit knowledge to the championship contenders.

The 2019 Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup calendar featuring 8 rounds and 16 races will be announced in due course along with more details of the support packages available to riders.

For further information on the Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup visit: https://www.ducatitrioptionscup.com/ and www.ducatiukracing.com

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News: THE DUCATI PANIGALE V4 S SCOOPS PRESTIGIOUS AUTOTRADER BIKE OF THE YEAR AWARD

It’s been explained to MotorMartin recently that the rather incredible Ducati Panigale V4 S has scooped the Bike of the Year award in this year’s Auto Trader Best Bike Awards, congratulations.

Auto Trader have commented to MotorMartin that, now in its fifth year, the awards are bigger than ever, with Ducati beating off more contenders than previous years. Before continuing to say that, The Ducati Panigale V4 S was the undeniable favourite with judges unanimously voting for the Ducati. The V4 also secured the title of ‘Best Sports Bike’.  Ducati was also nominated for best retro with the Scrambler 1100 and best middleweight with the Monster 821.

Tim Maccabee, Managing Director of Ducati UK commented on the award: “We are delighted to receive this distinguished award from Auto Trader, the Panigale V4 is a phenomenal bike and we are proud to see it get the recognition it deserves.”

So there we go then, the Ducati Panigale V4 S is officially Bike Of The Year 2018 and we all want one.

For further information on the Ducati Panigale V4 and the 2018 Ducati model range visit: www.ducati.com

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News: GEAR FOCUS: JAMES HILLIER’S AGV PISTA GP R

For those that don’t know, the incredible James Hillier, riding for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, achieved two podium finishes at this years Isle of Man TT – a third place in the RST Superbike TT and another third in race two of the Supersport TT, despite challenging points throughout practice and race week. Not a bad return in MotorMartin’s opinion.

Impressive enough, especially when you consider that the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy is one of the most infamous road races on the calendar – a 37.73 mile circuit with 265 corners and speeds of 190mph+. The fastest riders will lap the course in under 17 minutes with average speeds of around 134mph. It’s a dangerous event which requires the highest quality protection.

All of which brings us to a close look at James’ choice of protective gear as he races wearing AGV and Dainese for the very best in protective headwear and clothing.

This year James wore an updated version of his custom AGV Pista GP R helmet, sporting an all new design and this years updated features.

“It was a last minute change, and whilst the general design remains the same, Starline – infamous for their distinct and strong designs – implemented the JH feature on the top which was something different and really stands out. I knew it was going to be good. I really love the helmet – the paint scheme and colours work really well with the bike and sponsors we have. I’m pleased with it.”

“It’s quite a privilege for me to represent a brand like AGV and wear their iconic logo – they choose me to represent them and I do that to the best of my ability. Their products are proven with a great track record used by then best riders in the world. There is certainly no doubt in my mind whether to use them or not.”

“For me, what helps is the consistency – I’ve never had any problems with them and they are worn by some of the best racers in the world. AGV are one of the best manufacturers making helmets today.”

So there we have it, the Pista GP R from AGV and the D-Air race suit from Dainese. Recommended by James Hillier. Good enough for him, definitely good enough for us.

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News: RED BULL HONDA WORLD SUPERBIKE TEAM COMPLETES MID-SEASON TESTING AT PORTIMÃO

Some news now for those, much like us here on the #MotorMartinRacing desk, that can’t wait for the World Superbike stars to return to the track after their long summer break. That’s certainly not to say that the teams have been standing still as testing has been continuing behind the scenes, subtle changes giving small improvements in lap time allowing the team to bridge the gap to the front of the field.

Indeed, The Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team have shared with MotorMartin the following news after completing their mid-season testing programme in a private two-day test and the official WorldSBK group test at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portugal, which we have printed in full below. Enjoy:

The team had exclusive use of the 4.6 kilometre Portimão circuit from August 20-21, before regrouping at the circuit for the WorldSBK group test on August 23-25, using the four days of track time to evaluate new development components.

Among the items tested by riders Leon Camier and Jake Gagne were a new engine specification with enhanced driveability, a revised chassis to improve bike balance and a new electronics package.

Camier, still feeling the effects of the injury which forced him out of the Suzuka 8 Hour was still able to set a competitive pace on race tyres and finished eighth quickest at the official WorldSBK test with a best time of 1’42.718, 1.5 seconds off the fastest time. Gagne’s best time was a 1’43.361, placing him 13th overall on the timesheet.

In addition to Camier and Gagne testing for their team, Triple M Honda World Superbike Team rider PJ Jacobsen was drafted in to ride the Red Bull Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 on the final day of the two-day group test, the American rider finishing with a best time of 1’44.247.

Over the four days of testing, the riders cumulatively completed hundreds of laps of the Portimão circuit in a wide range of track conditions, not only completing the test programme but also acquiring valuable setting data ahead of the upcoming WorldSBK round at the Portuguese circuit from September 14-16.

Leon Camier 2

With our private test and the two day test at Portimão we definitely made a step forward with the bike. I was still struggling physically at the test following the crash at the Suzuka 8 Hour testing, but we managed to get through everything we planned. The new engine spec worked well, as did the new electronics and chassis and overall, I think our pace on race tyres was quite competitive. We’ve made some progress and have a good direction to follow and I’m looking forward to the Portimão round and the rest of the season.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Jake Gagne 45

We had a long week of testing at Portimão and completed plenty of laps and collected a lot of data in some really hot conditions. We haven’t had a chance to test since the start of the year due to injuries, so it was good to do try out some new engine, chassis and electronics and there’s a lot of positives to take from all the new developments the team introduced. We’re ready to go for Portimão next month and should have a good base setup for the track, so I hope we can finish the year strong.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

There was a lot to do at Portimão after all our development work over the summer break, so this test gave us the opportunity to try many new components. The three main items we tested were a new engine specification which was made to improve driveability with more low-down torque, a new chassis version to improve the balance of the bike, and a new electronics package to improve the connection between the riders right hand and the rear wheel. With the amount of testing to do, we had a private two-day test as well as the group test at the circuit to ensure our programme could be completed. The test was a success, with Leon and Jake able to test all the components, although Leon still wasn’t fully fit following his crash at Suzuka. On the final day of the group test, PJ Jacobsen also rode the bike to help with the test programme. The test showed us that we’ve made good progress with the CBR1000RR to help us be more competitive for the rest of the season, and the data we collected for this circuit gives us a strong starting point for the next round of the championship which isn’t far away now.

– Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team

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News: THE SCIENCE OF A WORLDSBK CBR1000RR

There’s still not a day goes by without AutoTrader being opened and the legendary Fireblade moniker being typed in, after all, every garage needs a Fireblade doesn’t it?

And for those that already have a Honda in the shed then the following news will surely be of use.

Modifying a production Fireblade into a WorldSBK racer, Honda say, is a complicated venture and in this video ‘Science of a WorldSBK CBR1000RR’ Honda WorldSBK Operations Manager Chris Pike and Chassis Development lead Dino Acocella explain some of the processes involved.

Following on the previous video from the Red Bull Honda World Superbike Team that lifts the veil on WorldSBK technology, the ‘Science of WorldSBK electronics’, this video details some of the myriad engine and chassis modifications made to the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2 ridden by Leon Camier and Jake Gagne to allow maximum performance within the FIM World Superbike regulations and is well worth viewing.

It’s been shared with MotorMartin that you can view the latest videos from Honda’s motorsport exploits on two and four wheels on the Honda Pro Racing YouTube channel.

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News: FIRST DETAILS ANNOUNCED OF 2019 RM-Z250

Suzuki has shared the first details of its 2019 RM-Z250 with #MotorMartinMotorbikes recently with the new MX2 machine boasting a brand new chassis and heavily revised engine.

Taking cues from the bigger RM-Z450 – which itself was new for 2018 – the 2019 RM-Z250 gets an all-new frame and swingarm, which further optimises rigidity and improves handling characteristics, along with a new rear shock and updated front forks.

Stopping power is improved with a new front brake setup, that includes a bigger disk, and grip is enhanced with new Dunlop tyres.

The new chassis, Suzuki say – complete with newly designed plastics that sharpen up the styling of the MX2 racer – is wrapped around a heavily updated engine. The 2019 RM-Z250 makes more power and torque while remaining manageable and easy to ride with improved throttle response.

It also gets the newest version of Suzuki’s Holeshot Assist Control and improved traction management system, changes to the exhaust, and revised gear ratio.

All the changes come together to make the the 2019 RM-Z250 the more complete package for racers while making it easier to ride and exploit for less experienced riders.

It is expected to arrive early next year. Further details will be announced in due course and #MotorMartinMotorbikes can’t wait.

For further information and downloads, please visit: www.suzukipress.co.uk

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