No New Suzuki GSX-R Machines for 2016, Unfortunately

They say patience is a virtue, but, like every single thing in the known universe, patience has a limit, too. However, if you're waiting for a new generation of Suzuki Gixxers, you'll have to find resources to extend your patience through 2017, most likely. Recent homologation papers from CARB indicate that the 2016 model year engines are unchanged.
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With the California Air Resources Board (CARB) being one of the most draconic organization as far as the environmental impact of vehicles goes, it can be used as a barometer indicating the trends in the industry. That is because all manufacturers who intend to sell their machines in the Golden State will make sure that getting CARB approval is one of the first things they do ahead of a new sales year.

Optional ABS is the only change in the GSX-R line-up

The only modifications to the bikes as far as technology is concerned is the addition of anti-locking brakes as an option. This is not at all surprising because, in the European Union, all bikes over 125 cc will have to be equipped with ABS brakes, so the move is more of a natural expansion. Even though the US regulations don't require ABS as a compulsory equipment, adding it to the options list is a neat decision, as safety is a thing many riders value quite a lot.

A cheaper superbike for those in search of sporty performance

Now, the truth is that we're only trying to anticipate Suzuki's next move in the field. Most other superbike manufacturers introduced various upgrades for their machines, including massive overhauls, like that of the Yamaha R1.

This, in turn, causes Suzuki enthusiasts to feel a bit neglected and left behind, but only because an upgrade for the Gixxer family is overdue in terms of industrial pace. Until a new generation appears, these machines offer plenty of bang for the buck, and performance that can rival with what the new and more expensive bikes can deliver. If 300 km/h (185 mph) is what you need, you can get your kicks with a liter-class Gixxer and for significantly less than what you'd fork out on an S1000RR or R1.

The bikes are still competitive at street level, and on the race track it is also a fearsome presence, so claiming that the old Gixxers are scrap-worthy is being unnecessary mean. Even in the current trim, the GSX-R1000 packs more power than most of the riders can handle safely, so hearing complaints from the usual Average Joe is rather funny.

Optimistic guys believe we might see an early 2017 model year this fall. Suzuki has a similar precedent with introducing the 2014 V-Strom way ahead of the actual release and some hope it will be the same with the new Gixxers.

Honestly, a new generation of Suzuki GSX-R machines is probably one of the most anticipated moves in the sports bike industry, but time will tell whether we get to see these bikes this fall or not.
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