Suzuki pairs classic sport-touring performance and value with its GSX-S1000GT+ sport-touring bike. (Joseph Agustin/)
Fresh for the 2022 model year is Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT+. Positioned as a classic sport-touring motorcycle, Suzuki stays true to its sportbike roots with a competitive, yet value-conscious touring bike that favors sporty handling versus other new motorcycles in this segment.
The GSX-S1000GT+ is based on the overhauled 2022 GSX-S1000 naked bike which we tested earlier during the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 Review. This particular model is designed for sport-touring. Think touring two-up, with a passenger and limited luggage space. This motorcycle is powered by Suzuki’s tried-and-true 999cc inline-four. The architecture of this engine configuration is based on the 2005 and ‘06 GSX-R1000. The actual cases, the pistons, and all of the internals have been tweaked and benefit from new manufacturing techniques. So it’s not like Suzuki just went back 17 years and pulled engines out of those models and put them in this one.
The engines benefit from enhanced durability engineering that manufacturers learn after having built something for nearly two decades. The thing we like about this engine is just how much character it has. It’s a hoot to ride. It employs a pleasing air induction howl when you’re giving it a heavy dose of throttle. The exhaust note is nice and crisp, sounding pleasant, yet it’s not overly loud where it’s going to annoy your neighbors or other people in vehicles next to you.
This GSX-S continues to use Suzuki’s SDM-S combined engine power and throttle response maps, with ride-by-wire. A is the most aggressive, B is a little bit less than that, and C is the lowest power setting. Each letter represents a different throttle and/or engine power character.
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If you were a new rider and this was your first bike and you wanted to get it up to speed on this bike, you’d ride it in power mode C and the thing isn’t going to get away from you. Conversely, if you’re a seasoned pro and you desire maximum power, A mode is the best. Paired with the ride-by-wire throttle is Suzuki’s traction control. Suzuki offers five levels of traction control adjustment, plus “off.” One gripe is it’s older in terms of its engineering profile. This vehicle nor does any Suzuki vehicle benefit from an IMU when it comes to powering both traction control and ABS programming.
Speaking of brakes, this thing features a potent set of triple disc hydraulic brakes. The brakes do a really nice job of keeping speed in check. Even though it doesn’t employ a modern radial-type master cylinder, the braking package on this motorcycle works well. Again, it doesn’t include cornering ABS (you need an IMU chip; it’s the same type of chip inside your Apple smartphone that gives it positional awareness). Still, it does include fixed always-on ABS and it works well. We wouldn’t see a need for having cornering ABS just because this motorcycle works so well with its conventional ABS.
One of the hallmark features of Suzuki sportbikes is how comfortable they are. We really like how we fit on this streetbike. The windscreen is nice and tall and the front fairing is broad and does a good job of pushing air up and around us. It would have been nice if the windscreen offered height adjustment, but it’s really not a big deal. If you’re a really tall rider, you can always opt for Suzuki’s optional touring windscreen ($170 upcharge). Another accessory we would fit are the $450 heated grips. Yes, we wish it came equipped already with heated grips but that’s just going to push up the MSRP. We would definitely spend the $450 on that accessory.
Styling on this motorcycle looks very similar to a certain Japanese manufacturer’s supercharged motorcycles. We value the angular bodywork and LED headlights. These headlamps function better during night rides than the stacked light setup on the GSX-S1000 naked.
Suzuki finally stepped up to the big leagues and is running a 6.5-inch color TFT screen. It looks sharp and is easy to use. The switch gear is simple and we appreciate “dark mode” which features white numbers on a black background.
Suzuki also introduces its My Spin app which gives turn-by-turn navigation on display. It’s very similar to what BMW Motorrad offers with its Connected app, which is fantastic. We also like this USB charging port located inside the front fairing. Some motorcycles still come with 12-volt charging ports which is cool, but realistically, we’re in the USB age now, so everything should be USB
By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2022 Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT+ Review
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/suzuki-gsx-s1000gt-plus-review-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 31 Jan 2023 11:00:04 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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