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Suzuki GSV-R

Motorcyclist’s fastestroving reporter us the inside line on Hamamatsu’s MotoGP weapon

What’s it to pull the trigger on Suzuki’s GSV-R MotoGP V-four? You chat up one of the goggle-eyed correspondents to have survived a handful of during the bike’s retirement at Valencia. We asked Kevin With 25 Grand Prix in seven seasons of racing, has more time at the top of Suzuki’s chain. Besides, he’d the 200-horse MK1 version in Malaysia years ago.

And before a leg over the ’06 GSV-R, he all the major players: the Honda Kawasaki ZX-RR, Ducati Yamaha YZR-M1 and Ilmor X3, a few turns on the KTM 250. We interrupted 34 during a skiing expedition in and had him boil it all down for you.

the GSV-R like? You could go shopping on it, and I never felt way about the RGV500. Sure, the makes amazing power and way up the rev range, but the spread of power is so that, with sensible ratios, you could just use the 990 for daily transportation. There’s that hit when you turn the but the power is softened with in the first three gears so you can use it the bike is leaned over on the of the tire.

These days, unless the package is right, consider beaten. Any reasonably talented could ride it around a Kenny Roberts Senior his KR211V felt like an motocrosser.

Remember the first you swung a leg over one of those? of grunt.

Honda’s World racer James Toseland done any MotoGP racing, but he got Valencia in 1:34.9 on the RC211V at the tests (pole for Sunday’s GP was Four-strokes make it easier to go Is it easy to race with guys week-in and week-out? No. just as tough to be consistent.

But with a ton of torque, a wide and a chassis that’s a whole lot forgiving, this Suzuki is everything my two-… never

I rode Suzuki’s ’02 bike in Malaysia and hated it. you closed the throttle and tipped it in, the was beautiful. But as soon as you touched the again-I don’t know if it was the of the V-four or crankshaft mass or thing wanted to quit and go straight. The basics were and they were still all kinds of electronic gadgetry at it. You make a bike finish a with electronics.

That’s why struggled with that for so long. The Suzuki guys Roberts Junior and John could go like raped for the first 10 laps of a race in because the only way they make that thing was to hammer the rear tire. get to the front, but after six or eight the bike went to the back it’d popped a parachute.

It’s taken a while, but come a long way since The ’06 bike was really to ride. It felt a little bit transitioning from a hard back over to the right.

It as nice as the Honda or the Yamaha direction with the gas on, but it was a whole lot than the Ducati and about par the Kawasaki. Otherwise, I didn’t any bad traits going 3 to 3.5 seconds a lap than the boys did on race

Do you ride these bikes and say one has more power than the No. On a track as tight as Valencia all have way too much. Not having a 286-pound RGV500 in a while, I didn’t notice the extra 33 on this thing so much, but the KTM 250 was the enjoyable bike at Valencia.

Suzuki GSV-R

It’s 100 lbs. lighter the big bikes, so when you turn thing you’d better be where you want to go because already there. All the little of hitting your marks on a really came back to me. The challenge with the 185-horse 500 was around a track with a that was only 2500 or rpm wide at best. The hardest for me was learning how to get the gearbox set up.

With 12 or 14 corners to get around and a different for most corners, picking the ones was do or …. It had to be perfect, so telemetry came along, really helped me. When on a four-… with 5000 or rpm to work with, if you’ve got a that’s a little bit short, not the power delivery that’s you, it’s the rpm where you coming into that

You still need all the right on the four-…, just for different

But the GSV-R still suits my hustle in hard on the brakes, turn and fire it back You’ve got to pick it up off the side of the as quickly as possible. At a place Valencia where you can’t big gains on the brakes except in a of spots, the struggle on a four-… is the as it was on the two-…: traction.

If the electronics working off the corner, helping you put all power down, you’re smokin’ the tire.

People say, It’s all the electronics now, and if you would had that stuff, your would have been 10 longer. Yeah, it probably have been. Would I to race these things if I 15 or 20 years younger?

Sure. But I had fun GP bikes when I rode

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