First Look: B.O.S.S. Highlights New Suzukis

Kit Palmer | November 12, 2012

Suzuki took the wraps off a couple of new models today at its annual dealer meeting, this year taking place at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. In what the company says will be just the first of many new models to appear in the upcoming months, the new C90T Boulevard B.O.S.S. (Blacked Out Special Suzuki) cruiser takes front stage for now.

The 2013 B.O.S.S. C90T.

The new B.O.S.S. Boulevard C90T.

The nearly all-black machine uses the same platform as Suzuki’s previous M90 cruiser (which is back in Suzuki’s lineup), including the 1462cc, 54-degree SOHC V-twin fuel-injected motor and chassis, though it has been significantly upgraded across the board. It has more torque and claimed to be the most powerful bike it its class. The B.O.S.S. also comes with integrated hard side bags and windscreen.

The B.O.S.S. will retail for $13,999 and will be available in a few weeks.

Suzuki also introduced the GW250, a standard motorcycle designed for the entry-level rider who wants a look other than your typical sport bike. It’s powered by a liquid-cooled, SOHC, fuel-injected inline two-cylinder motor, with a single-shock KYB rear suspension system with 7-way preload adjustment, disc brakes and modern styling. It holds 3.5 gallons of fuel, has a low seat height and an upright and relaxed seating position.

Suzukis latest entry-level model  the GW250.

Suzuki’s latest entry-level model, the GW250.

Price has yet to be announced for the GW but will hit showroom floors next spring.

Suzuki announced earlier in the year many of its 2013 models but left out such machines as the M90T and M50 Boulevard (standard) cruisers, SFV650 Gladius, DR-Z400 SM and DR200 SE dual sports. We’ll, they’re all back in the lineup for 2013.

Suzuki also revealed a few new interesting model updates, including the rebadged, special edition GSX-R1000. To commemorate the one-millionth GSX-R built in the GSX-R series, 1,985 GSX-R1000s will be offered with special graphics and badges. That number stands for the year the first GSX-R was built.

New special-edition GSX-R1000.

New special-edition GSX-R1000.

Suzuki will also have a special-edition Hyabusa (as well as standard models) painted up in bright yellow. The new Hyabusas feature mostly upgrades to its braking system, which will include new gold-colored Brembo Monobloc calipers, which can also be found on the GSX-R line.

The LE Hyabusa ABS gets upgrated Brembo brakes.

The LE Hyabusa ABS gets upgrated Brembo brakes.

Suzuki said that it will concentrate extra hard on the cruiser, scooter and dual sport markets, as well as motocross, of course. In addition to the new Boulevard B.O.S.S., Suzuki will offer a limited-edition M109, and has revamped its returning Bergman 650 ABS scooter, making it slimmer, more fuel efficient and, thanks to a new clutch design, easier to push when maneuvering the Berg’ in your garage or parking lot. It also has new styling and instrumentation.

Special edition M109 Boulevard.

Special edition M109 Boulevard.

As far as dual sport, Suzuki is, as mentioned, bringing back the DR-Z400 SM (Supermoto) and entry-level DR200 SE. We can only assume that Suzuki will be updating its tried-and-true DR-Z400S dual sport in the near future.

Not long ago, Suzuki revealed an all-new V-Strom 1000 which it said was only going to be offered for the Euro market, but Suzuki today said it will now bring the bike to the U.S. sometime next year.

Even though American Suzuki filed for Chapter 11 last week, eliminating its automobile division, Suzuki made it clear than it plans to go full-speed ahead with its motorcycle, ATV and marine divisions.

“We’re starting a new company in a way,” said American Suzuki Chairman Larry Vandiver. “Other companies – Chrysler, General Motors – have done it and so can we. We’re going to get back to our roots, when it was just a motorcycle company, how it was when it first started, August 16, 1963.”

Suzuki also announced that it intends to expand its lineup. In 2010, the company offered just 10 models, 28 in 2011 and 40 in 2012. As of now, Suzuki offers 47 models for 2013 and promised that that number would go up.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.