Yamaha R25 Concept

Will the Ninja 300 and CBR300R steal all the entry-level-sportbike thunder in the US forever? We hope not because the R25 Concept is a killer riff on YZR-M1 styling that dresses up an all-new 249cc parallel twin. Says the press material: “It boasts a powerful and sporty ride in the high rpm range while being easy to handle. The R25 is positioned and offered as an entry-model in the sportbike category for developed markets like Japan and Europe and as a top performance sportbike for emerging markets, primarily throughout Asia.” You’ll notice it didn’t say “America.” Yamaha US said “no comment,” but we’re fairly certain a street version is on the way to our shores. —Mark Hoyer

Suzuki Recursion

We saw it happen in cars and then in bikes. More power needs a bigger engine, which needs bigger brakes, a stronger chassis, and a bigger gas tank. Finally, you can hardly steer the monster; it’s a power station on wheels. Can we please have the handling of a middleweight but with real power?

Revealed at the Tokyo Motor Show, this turbocharged 588cc parallel twin is called “Recursion,” which means “flowing back, repeating.” Recursion makes 100 hp at 8,000 rpm, but peak torque is a whopping 74 pound-feet way down at 4,500 rpm. Instead of the never-ending upshifting of a 600, Recursion delivers the grunt of a literbike, given across a three-times-wider band and packaged into a light middleweight. —Kevin Cameron

Husqvarna 701

Scandanavian design is way overrated. 250cc bikes are too small for the US roads. The Suzuki is very intriguing if they can make it work well.

Riding on the interstate on a 250 isn’t very fun. I know, I’ve tried it.


Ducati Kid

Turbocharging – I invite ALL to join in this rarefied ‘Aire’ for motorcycles!

SUZUKI should not be alone releasing worthy Forced Induction (Turbocharged) motorcycles.

Consider that HONDA has decades of Turbocharging expertise (auto, motorcycle) and appropriate funding.

America’s ‘Cruiser’ marketplace suggests LIGHTWEIGHT variants of H-D’s forthcoming 500 and 750cc V-Twin ‘Street’ titled cycles in ‘Screaming Eagle’ livery sporting a revised Chassis (Backbone, Downtube) fitted with Vance Hines Exhaust-Induction expertise retailing $8,000-9,000 (U.S.).

Time IS wasting for ALL motorcycle manufacturers, Globally …

Scott Silvers

“Recursion delivers the grunt of a literbike, given across a three-times-wider band and packaged into a light middleweight.” Seems I’ve heard this banner before….Echoes of the turbo 80′s. The big-four tried this once before, and except for the oddly-wonderful GPz750 Turbo, the turbo bikes were dismal failures – heavy, poor off-boost power, annoyingly complicated, and all wrapped in plastic covers – yuk. Sure, the NX650 turbo that Suzuki made sure was nice looking, but do they really think that history won’t repeat itself once more?


Turbos in cars were tried in the 80s and abandoned by most manufacturers due to cost/complexity/reliability issues. Turbos became a reason for buyers to avoid a car.

Now, with better designs, materials, ECUs better engine designs, turbos are better integrated and perform better with much less lag.

Suzuki FB 80
Suzuki FB 80
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