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The Mercury Cars Guide : October 17th 2009
Saturday, October 17, 2009 Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au ---11 small torque Suzuki GSX-R1000 Price: $18,990 Engine: 999cc in-line four-cylinder Power: 136kW at 12,000 revs Torque: 117Nm at 10,000 revs Transmission: Six-speed, chain-drive Tank: 17.5 litres Dry weight: 205kg Warranty: Two years, unlimited km www.suzukimotorcycles.com.au Scooters lose traction COMMUTER scooters have dropped out of favour. Sales for motorcycles, all- terrain vehicles and scooters are down 14.4 per cent across the nation, ac- cording to official figures from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries. The biggest drop was re- corded in scooter sales, down 33.9 per cent, followed by road bikes (down 14.5 per cent), off-road bikes (down 12.6 per cent) and ATVs (down 2.3 per cent). FCAI chief executive An- drew McKellar said the motorcycle market had faced a period of challenging economic circumstances after a record year in 2008. ''It is encouraging to see that some brands have man- aged to record increases on last year,'' he said. The biggest winners were BMW, up 16 per cent, and Husqvarna, up 14.4 per cent. ATV company BRP was up 29.3 per cent, while English bike maker Triumph was up 0.4 per cent. ''While these positive achievements provide grounds for optimism, some areas of buyer confidence remain fragile,'' McKellar said. ''The industry would caution against any further interest rate rises and urge those contemplating buying a new motorcycle to take advantage of the current low rates.'' BMW Motorrad Australia general manager Cameron Cuthill said sales had been strong across their range. ''We brought in the new K1300 models and the F800GS, but it's not because we have a bunch of new models,'' he said. ''We just don't have any poor perfor- mers, no real dead models. ''It means our stock levels are quite low because we thought we would suffer like everyone else.'' BMW also has the much- heralded S 1000 RR arriving in February. Cuthill said there were already 60 depos- its on orders. Last year BMW Motorrad bought Husqvarna, but Cut- hill said there was ''no talk at all'' about taking over distribution in Australia from importer Paul Feeney of the Gold Coast. ''The Husqvarna impor- ter here is the best in the world with its relationship with the factory, so there is no reason to change here,'' he said. The biggest drop among the major importers was recorded by Honda (down 20.5 per cent), followed by Ducati (down 15.5), Kawasa- ki (down 12.6), Yamaha (down 12.5), Harley- Davidson (down 10.2), Suzu- ki (down 9.2) and KTM (down 1 per cent). Road bikes were the most popular segment in the mar- ket, recording 30,984 sales (down 14.5 per cent), closely followed by the off-road seg- ment with 29,615 sales (down 12.6 per cent). Scooter sales fell 33.9 per cent in the first three- quarters of the year, record- ing 7800 sales compared with the record 2008 result. Yamaha was the overall market leader with 18,019 sales, followed by Honda with 17,949 and Suzuki with 11,568 sales. Suzuki fuels flames in sportsbike battle IMPRESSIVE: The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000. THE sportsbike battle has always been a pendulum as one maker will launch their latest model and temporarily tip the scales in their favour. Yamaha has the top seller in the litre-bike class, but it is Honda's CBR1000RR that has earned the accolades over the past couple of seasons, both in the magazines and as the Australian Superbike Championship winner. Both facts have rankled Suzuki as it has been forced to use basically the same machi- nery since 2001. Not any more. Enter the 2009-spec Gixxer with a new engine and chassis, wrapped in a wind-tunnel designed fairing. It looks like the previous model, to the point that only trainspotter-types and Gixxer own- ers will pick the revamped headlight and changed styling. Even a glance between the bars shows little change. Some of the switch- gear has moved but the dash is still clear and concise, with a big tachometer, gear position indicator and digital speed read-out. That's all you need to know at a glance, though there's plenty of menus to scroll through while waiting at the lights. Track day fans are catered for with four programmable lights to count down the final revs before the next gearshift --- and there's the three power modes to play with. Suzuki calls it DMS --- Drive Mode Selector --- which is a fancy way of saying there are three pre-set engine programs that progres- sively restrict the amount of grunt on tap. By default you get the burger with the lot, but unfamiliar roads are a good reason to slip back into the B or C modes. A display on the dash alerts you to the mode and the system reverts to full power every start. Fire the Gixxer up and it's obviously a different beast to its 2008 sibling, with a slightly lower exhaust note. The bike feels stronger low in the rev range, though still with that barely restrained buzz resonating through the chassis. Twist the grip and the buzz disappears as the rear wheel gives the power somewhere else to go and the speedo flickers into triple figures. And that's first gear, nowhere near the 7000-rev mark where things start to get interesting and not even close to the peak power point of 12,000 revs. That makes the other five cogs in the slick- shifting gearbox pretty much obsolete on the road. There's enough torque from the 999cc in- line four-cylinder that you could probably use any gear, not just first. Rolling on from 30km/ h in sixth gear is done without any drive-train snatch or hesitation, just a seamless, smile- cranking surge. The power is so continuous that it is deceptive, even for a sportsbike. One result is you find yourself entering --- and exiting --- corners faster than you'd expect, because you're happy to roll the power off late and on early. The Suzuki engineers have shrunk the wheelbase by 10mm, but lengthened the swingarm by 33mm to improve balance under acceleration. It doesn't hurt in the bends, either, with the K9 Gixxer faultless through mid-corner ruts. That may be also partly due to Showa's Big Piston Fork which is handling suspension duties up front. The system is lighter and said to offer improved feedback, It doesn't seem to duck as much around Melbourne's streets, but we'll wait for a trip to Phillip Island before passing judgement. It certainly hasn't hurt Josh Waters in the Australian Superbike Championship, where he's been using the latest Gixxer to set fastest lap records. So confident is Waters in the bike's front end that he scraped his elbow for the first time through turns 11 and 12 at the Island last month. A Showa shock also does duty down back on the GSX-R1000 and has the expected rebound, pre-load and compression adjustment. Slow- ing things down are monoblock front brake calipers on twin, fully-floating 310mm drilled discs with a 220mm rear disc brake. CRAIG DUFF Motor Cycles APRILIA 1,000R 03 SL Mille, 7,500 kms, immac cond, must sell $10,500 ono. Ph 0400 013 984 1 ATTENTION All Off Road Bike Users 4000 pound ATV / BOAT tiger winches, with remote control, full kit $240 inc gst. S & G Distributors 6273 9055 1a/ 481 Main Rd, Glenorchy 0Brand new Pit Bikes 50cc from $1,000 125cc from $1,200 140cc from $1,500 Some bikes half the price. Ph 0428 998 969 1 Draggin Jeans Rossi and Thomas Cook boots, leather jackets, jeans, vests, gloves, - ladies and mens. W/proof jean polar fleece lined. Oilskin jeans, jackets. 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