Suzuki superbike V-twin

There is a new Suzuki superbike V-twin engine and exhaust system that has been revealed in patent plans.

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The Japanese factory is working on a new, slimmer version of it’s V-twin engine. The drawings show the latest arm in the development of the bike, which focuses on the newly-designed extremely narrow exhaust tubing with built-in, tiny catalytic converter.

At first glance the patents look to be just the current V-twin lump used in the Suzuki V-strom 1000 but it’s clear that the cylinder heads and overall width of the motor combine for a more compact version of the current engine.

 

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Suzuki superbike V-twin

These patents have been published and approved so whatever motorcycle Suzuki is looking to get wrapped around the motor is going to appear. Things however like timescale and exactly what bike this is for are still unclear.

Suzuki superbike V-twin

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There has been no mention of a new V-twin from Suzuki, but the factory has told MoreBikes in the past that this motor is a clear favourite for the road because of its linear power delivery and large torque output at low to mid-range revs.

Months ago, we told you about the patents surrounding the – then – concept bike, the Recursion. That bike is a 588cc supercharged modern cafe racer-cum semi-faired roadster that Suzuki originally showed in concept form at the Tokyo Motor Show but is now putting into production. It does seem entirely plausible that the factory could be refining the current V-strom engine for use elsewhere in the range – and Suzuki certainly doesn’t have anything like that classic-bad boy superbike, the TL1000 that it made from 1997 to 2001.

Suzuki superbike V-twin

This is the Suzuki Recursion, the 588cc supercharged motorcycle that the factory is working on

Evolution-wise, the TL1000 motor was the engine that was tweaked and put in the current V-strom 1000  so for the engine to be worked on further to then go back into a new version of a TL1000 would have a certain symmetry to it.  There is a possibility that this new bike could be called a different name, sitting in the range as a bigger brother to the Recursion, although there is no mention of a supercharger on the patent files for the 1000cc engine whilst there are on the 588cc so this may be fanciful thinking.

 

Suzuki superbike V-twin

The TL1000S, an epic road-going V-twin built in the late 1990s

We’ll bring you more about this engine work as we get it. So far there’s nothing official, but the patents are being filled so expect to see more in the not too distant future.

 

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