2005 Suzuki Bandit 650 S ABS – Unconditional Positive Regard

This is special in an odd way nostalgic; the Suzuki Bandit 650 S ABS has guided me down memory lane like reminiscences with old friends.  Every one has a first bike, and then a real first bike.  The Bandit ‘96 600 S was my first real bike and it’s here on the road to Port…

The Maddest Compo – Ducati Multistrada 620 vs Suzuki GSX-R 1000

The engine is thrumming, the throttle is pegged, and I’m in the best areo-tuck 6’2” 200lbs of editorial content can manage.  The windscreen begins to vibe a bit. I bump the rev limiter in the neighborhood of eleven—five.  Upshift, the throttle is light and oil-smooth, I barely blip and keep it pegged.  In the distance…

2005 Suzuki DR-Z400SM – The Whole Dirt Thing Remixed

It’s 6AM and I’m foot down through pre-rush hour traffic in Victoria, B.C., which is to say that I’m alone save for the occasional police cruiser and public transit. It’s the kind of day that I normally dread at the “day job”, a code drop for a major product, and as I do my best…

2005 Suzuki SV-650N – Naked Adulation

“Be a little careful on it, it’s fresh out of the crate.”  Indeed looking at the odometer the SV650N was showing a mere 0.3km on the “dial”. That mileage made the SV650 as it was delivered to us, a newborn naked bike.  Now, despite us carrying the reputation of being Moto-Journalists, we’re giving the engine…

2004 Suzuki V-Strom DL 650 – The Seductive Whiff of Adventure

The smell of pine and mud hangs in the warm late summer evening air, south of Manning Park on Highway 3.  It’s a perfect motorcycling moment… that falters the moment you realize the smell of mud is the result of bridge construction, that the road has veered suddenly, and that the temporary Bailey bridge’s surface…

2004 Suzuki Burgman AN-400: Hello Kitty, Goodbye Dignity

I wind the throttle wide open as I round the corner, leaning my shoulders off for all I’m worth. The bike bucks and wallows a bit under me as I catch a compression bump, but the grip holds. The execution is near perfect, I slingshot around my prey in a questionably legal pass and rejoin…