New 2021 Suzuki GSX-S950 | A2 compliant naked motorcycle unveiled

The wraps have been pulled on the new 2021 Suzuki GSX-S950, heavily based on the newly released GSX-S1000 but de-tuned for A2 motorcycle riders.

2021 Suzuki GSX-S950 A2 motorcycle

SUZUKI has just announced details on the all-new GSX-S950, their naked motorcycle based on the newly released GSX-S1000. Looking to target A2 motorcycle riders when it’s released later on this year, could this be a top option for new riders to the segment?

Set for an August release, this A2 version of the updated GSX-S range has the same silhouette as the GSX-S1000 - yes, that does mean the stacked LED headlights feature here. 

In fact, this new model shares quite a few similarities on the spec sheet to the GSX-S1000.

Most importantly, the engine here is the exact same 999cc power plant as found in its big brother, but has been restricted down to 94 BHP and 92Nm (68 lb-ft) peak torque, thereby allowing it to be further restricted to 47BHP for A2 licence holders.

Sharing the ride-by-wire throttle, slip-and-assist clutch and Suzuki low RPM assist features found on the GSX-S1000, this new A2 version will also be given the same twin-spar aluminium frame, superbike-derived swingarm & rear-shock to give it a distinctly similar road feel to the unrestricted model. Plus there’s still Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 hoops!

Suzuki GSX-S950 2021 A2 motorcycle unveiled!

Key differences here are the cheaper 43mm KYB front forks, Tokico front brakes (as opposed to Brembos) and straight handlebars, which will hopefully bring the yet-to-be-disclosed price down from the £10,999 for the GSX-S1000. 

Due to be available in UK dealers in three colourways: White & Red (not available on the GSX-S1000), Matt Black & Metallic Triton Blue, all will feature visually distinct 950 logo on the radiator shrouds as opposed to the carbon flake job on the bigger unit.

The latest addition to the middleweight naked market will be seeking to compete with the Triumph Trident 660 (£7,195), Yamaha MT range (MT-07: £6,902) and Honda CB650R (£7,299) - amongst others - so will be no doubt seeking to match these prices at the £7k~ mark. 

If Suzuki can get the price down by circa £3k with seemingly few differences to the GSX-S1000, it’ll be quite impressive!

For more information, check the Suzuki website

Suzuki GSX-S1000 review:

New SUZUKI GSX-S1000 2021 Review | GSX-S1000 Road and Track Test | Visordown.com

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