Yes, well all know the phrase ‘raising the bar’, but my title isn’t detrimental to anyone, or Zontes to be more precise. Far from it, because this new Chinese cruiser has most certainly ‘lowered’ things regarding a low-slung cruiser in a class that nobody currently has. See where I’m coming from now?
Yes, yes, I know it’s a car but it is a Suzuki and we all adore their motorcycle range, so why not try out one of their new cars? Well, the main reason was my brother Tim came over from the UK with his girlfriend Chrissy, to experience the holiday delights South Africa has to offer. The other reason is that my Seat Cupra is way too small for such touring antics, so enter the new Suzuki Ertiga 1.5 GL kindly lent, for a couple of weeks, from Suzuki SA.
This is an all-new bike from BMW, so I thought it would be the ‘BMs-knees’, right? Well, wrong actually, because my first thoughts after my initial ride were, err, not good, and that’s being kind. But wait, let me finish the article and things might make more sense.
One of the best superbikes to ever to come from Japan is the legendary Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5/K6. Why is that you ask, and so you should? Well, it was always one of the most reliable, if not ‘the’ most reliable superbikes to ever venture onto the track, or road for that matter, seeing as many were indeed seen on the road. No over-complicated electronics, hypersensitive chassis components, or an unnecessarily uncomfortable riding position were its virtues, and still are. They’re still sold and sought after even in 2019 and, due the strong motor, many engine tuners absorbed the infinite tuning possibilities, including the good ol’ turbo conversion.