WHAT’S THIS? Suzuki Italia hints at MotoGP-esque GSX-R for EICMA 2018.


Suzuki Moto Italia has teased (what looks like) a carbon-fibre clad GSX-R1000 on social media – and it’s heading to EICMA 2018.

A year ago, we brought you a selection of new patents from Suzuki, showing extensive bodywork changes to a motorcycle that’s the spitting image of the firm’s MotoGP machine – and we reckon this is it.

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At the minute, Suzuki has just teased a couple of photos of the bikes front and rear end respectively. Interestingly, the latest photo hints at a link to the iconic Yoshimura brand, with the exhaust company’s logo tucked under the tail section.

Of course, we’re just speculating at this stage – but as far as we can see, there are a few potential options. Either Yoshimura is going to be Suzuki’s MotoGP exhaust partner – and the two have joined forces to create a concept machine for EICMA? Or maybe they’re going to be unveiling a track-only version of the GSX-R1000 superbike?  

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But for us, the most likely scenario – particularly considering it’s kitted out with a headlight and taillight – would be a road-going carbon fibre GSX-R1000. In fact, Suzuki recently unveiled a limited edition BSB replica – and maybe they’re about to do the same for MotoGP?

Here’s Suzuki’s all new Buildbase Suzuki BSB replica – limited edition roadbike

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There’s nothing to say that Suzuki isn’t spending money, time and effort putting in patents on a race-only bike. Maybe that’s what the factory is doing. Maybe what it wants to do is make sure that the likes of Yamaha, Suzuki et al don’t copy the changes to its MotoGP bike’s bellypan.

Either way – it’s likely that Suzuki Moto Italia will keep the teasers coming, so we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop. If not, EICMA’s fast approaching – so we won’t have to wait too much longer.

HERE’S THE FULL SUZUKI PATENT STORY

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Suzuki’s patent shows MotoGP style GSX-RR getting new road-friendly fairing lowers

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