Things have been a little sleepy over at Suzuki, and their car division going the way of the dinosaur has only put further pressure on their bike division to boost sales.
For 2013, Suzuki aims to expand their motorcycle footprint by introducing a blacked-out, custom-style, touring-friendly C90T BOSS (<-- short for Blacked Out Suzuki Special... get it?) The saddlebag and tall windshield-clad cruiser packs a liquid-cooled, 1,462cc v-twin, and is priced at $13,999. And while incremental tweaks to the Burgman 650 ABS, GSX-R1000, and Hayabusa are certainly better than no change at all, I'm personally more excited about the 2013 Suzuki GW250, a naked starter bike that's powered by a liquid-cooled, 248cc parallel-twin engine.
Suzuki has been coy (or negligent, depending on your perspective) about pricing for the muscular looking newbie ride, but perhaps the trepidation is comprehensible. After all, it's fair to assume the GW250's success will depend almost entirely on how it stacks dollar-wise against the $4,199 Honda CBR250R and the $4,799 Kawasaki Ninja 300-- two potent competitors that have seriously raised the stakes in the market for great beginner bikes.
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