The 2021 Suzuki Motorcycle Lineup + Our Take On Each Model
Get Excited About the 2021 Suzuki Lineup
Suzuki has some new models for the 2021 model year and that should get you pretty excited. This comes after a big year last year with the return of the Katana nameplate and the addition of some real winners on the adventure bike side of things.
This year is the company celebrates its 100th anniversary, and that means there are some special edition sportbikes to choose from. If those don’t suit your fancy, there should be something else in the company’s lineup that will pique your interest. Let’s dive in.
2021 Suzuki Sportbikes
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa
Badged up as a 2022 model, Suzuki has pulled the covers off a new Hayabusa model. The latest generation of Suzuki’s flagship heavyweight sportbike is unmistakeably Hayabusa: it’s bold, muscular, and fast, and it now features no less than 550 new or redesigned parts.
The most notable of these is the ‘Busa’s newly updated 1,340 cc inline-four engine. For 2022, the Hayabusa claims to produce an impressive 188 horsepower and 111 lb-ft of torque. It’s less than the previous generation boasts, but Suzuki claims that the new engine tweaks actually result in faster acceleration and a more responsive ride experience. We can’t wait to find out more.
Though 2020 was Suzuki’s 100th anniversary year, the Japanese marque has decided to give the 2021 GSX-R1000R the 100th Anniversary Edition moniker. Like all “extra R” models, the GSX-R1000R 100th Anniversary Edition models is a celebration of the brand’s racing history, with a few choice upgrades over the standard GSX-R1000.
However, the two most notable features are the 100th Anniversary Edition’s engine and color scheme. The first of these is a 999.8 cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine that produces the same 199 horses and 87 lb-ft of torque as before. The second is a race replica-inspired livery with retro-inspired blue and slate color options.
To help honor the 100th anniversary of the company with some special new models, and we’ll start with the GSX-R1000R 100th Anniversary Edition. The motorcycle features a new, special livery and all that you would expect from a GSX-R at the pinnacle of Suzuki’s lineup.
The motorcycle features a 999cc four-cylinder fuel-injected liquid-cooled engine that’s mated to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox. There’s Brembo brakes, some modern sport suspension, LED lighting, and the bike makes about 200 hp. It’s as ready for the racetrack as Suzuki motorcycles come.
The world-famous GSX-R1000 gets a few updates for 2021. Not many, but some! Suzuki’s enduring sports machine boasts its usual 999.8 cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine with an impressive 199 horses and 87 lb-ft of peak torque on tap, making it one of the most powerful sports machines on the market. It also boasts Showa Big Piston forks, Brembo brakes, and a nice selection of top-notch riding aids.
The most significant update for 2021 is the addition of a new Metallic Matte Pain scheme. If you like your sports bikes looking blacked-out and dangerous, then the 2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the machine for you.
The GSX-R750 has long been celebrated as one of the most versatile and rideable sports bikes on the market. It offers the lightweight maneuvering of a 600, but with the power and pull away of a larger-displacement machine.
The bike is built around Suzuki’s tried and tested 750 cc liquid-cooled, four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 64 lb-ft of torque—carefully managed by Suzuki’s impressive Drive Mode Selector system. Aside from the engine, the 750 also features Showa Big Piston Forks, Brembo brakes, and more.
For the new year, the only notable update is the addition of new color schemes. The 2021 GSX-R750 is available in two stylish new color options: the unique Metallic Oort Gray No. 3 or Pearl Brilliant White.
Love the 100th Anniversary vibe, but don’t want the literbike? Don’t worry, Suzuki made a 100th Anniversary GSX-R750, too. This bike harkens back to the sportbike that changed the landscape of motorcycling about 35 years ago—the original 1985 GSX-R750.
This new bike features all that you want to see on the middle-range GSX-R, including a 750cc liquid-cooled fuel-injected four-cylinder engine. That engine mates to a six-speed constant mesh transmission and the bike also gets Brembo brake calipers at the front, a Nissin brake caliper in the rear, an LED taillight, and sports suspension.
The GSX-R600 is a sports motorcycle that was developed to deliver class-leading performance but in a more mild-mannered package than its larger siblings. But don’t be fooled: it might have a smaller displacement, but it’s a very fast and capable motorcycle. Powered by a compact 599 cc four-cylinder engine—with an output of 104 horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque—the GSX-R600 is a thoroughbred racer.
2021 doesn’t bring much in the way of updates to the middleweight sports machine, but it does get a new color scheme, Pearl Brilliant White, complete with updated graphics. Given the specifications, performance, and price, the GSX-R600 is an excellent motorcycle for a wide range of abilities.
If you’re more of a 600 kind of rider, then guess what? Suzuki has you covered, too. The 100th Anniversary edition of the GSX-R is here for 2021. The GSX-R600 features a very similar 100th Anniversary livery.
The motorcycle comes equipped with a 599cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder engine that’s fuel-injected. That engine connects to a six-speed constant mesh transmission. At the front you’ll find the same Brembo stoppers as is on the GSX-R750, and at the rear, you find the same Nissan caliper. The motorcycle may have a slightly smaller engine, but it’s just as much of a thrill.
Suzuki’s GSX250R is a fully faired sports motorcycle designed to bring the thrill and excitement of the GSX-R family to a wider audience. For those looking for a smart and economical entry-level GSX-R model, the GSX250R is the model for you. For 2021, the smallest member of the GSX-R family features ABS as standard and a new color option.
Under the fairings, the GSX250R ABS features a capable 248 cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine with an accessible and usable 25 horsepower and 17 lb-ft of torque on tap. That power is transferred to the wheel via a smooth six-speed manual gearbox and complemented with aluminum wheels, KYB suspension, and other goodies.
For 2021, the GSX250R features ABS as standard, and a two-tone Pearl Glacier White No. 2 and Pearl Nebular Black color option.
The 2021 Suzuki GSX-S750Z is a muscular naked sportbike with a performance-focused attitude. Developed from GSX-R DNA, the GSX-S750Z features aggressive engine performance but in a chassis that promotes versatility and rider comfort.
Powered by a 749 cc liquid-cooled inline-four engine, with 113 horsepower and 60 lb-ft of torque on tap, and governed by an advanced engine control module and traction control system, the Suzuki GSX-S750Z packs a powerful punch but in an accessible and affordable package.
For 2021, the GSX-S750Z is available with or without ABS, and in a new Metallic Oort Gray and Glass Sparkle Black color option, with bright blue wheels.
The Suzuki SV650 is one of the most revered mid-sized roadsters on the market. Since it rolled onto the scene in 1999, the SV650 quickly became known as a versatile and practical do-all motorcycle. While it’s known as a sensible and reliable commuter, it’s deceptively sporty with a lively personality and plenty of performance.
The secret to its success is its potent 645 cc V-twin engine that produces a usable 75 horsepower and 47 lb-ft of torque, with a bulletproof six-speed gearbox, and choice of budget-focused but high-quality components. Chief among these include Tokico brakes, cast-aluminum wheels, and stainless steel features.
For 2021, the SV650 is available with ABS as standard, with a Pearl Brilliant White and Glass Sparkle Black livery, over a red trellis frame.
The Suzuki Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S is Suzuki’s top-of-the-line performance cruiser. It features a commanding and muscular aesthetic, a powerful V-twin engine, blacked-out components, and a full complement of high-quality parts.
The heart of the Boulevard M109R B.O.S.S is its giant 1,783 cc liquid-cooled, 54-degree V-twin engine that makes 128 hp and 118 lb-ft of torque. Ideal for cruising around the city or for long stints on the highway, the Suzuki M109R B.O.S.S is a comfortable cruiser that can suit a wide range of riders.
For 2021, the M109R B.O.S.S is available in two new color styles. The first is a combination of Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black, and the second is a two-tone Candy Daring Red and Glass Sparkle Black option.
The Suzuki Boulevard C50 is a classically-styled metric cruiser. As far as cruisers go, it ticks all of the right boxes: it’s has kicked-out forks, a bold chrome exhaust system, a low saddle height, and a powerful V-twin engine.
The 805 cc engine produces plenty of power and torque—to the tune of 53 horsepower and 52 lb-ft of torque—delivered to the wheel via a smooth and easy give-speed manual transmission. It’s an ideal entry-level cruiser. For 2021, the standard Boulevard C50 is available in two color options: Candy Daring Red or Solid Iron Gray.
2021 also brings an updated C50T model, which is the same as the C50 but with tour-ready features, such as a windshield, studded leather-look saddlebags, and a comfortable passenger backrest. The C50T is available with a Pearl Brilliant White color scheme.
The Suzuki V-Strom 650 is Suzuki’s middle-weight half-adventure, half-sports touring offering. It straddles the line between adventure and sports touring, but to great effect. The combination of themes has led the V-Strom 650 to become known as a versatile and reliable motorcycle that’s just as comfortable clocking miles on long journeys, or for short stints as a capable tourer.
The secret to the V-Strom 650’s success is its well-known, tried and tested, 645 cc DOHC V-twin engine, offering 70 horsepower and 46 lb-ft of torque. It offers relaxed power delivery that offers plenty of thrills for experienced riders, but in an unintimidating way that makes it ideal for new riders too. For 2021, the V-Strom 650 is available in a new color: Candy Daring Red.
The 2021 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT is a more adventure-focused version of the much-celebrated V-Strom 650 model. It features the same powertrain and chassis as the regular 650, with a 645 cc DOHC V-twin engine that produces 70 horsepower and 46 lb-ft of torque, but it features some extra gear that elevates it from a stalwart commuter to a more earnest adventure machine.
The 650XT features tubeless-spoke aluminum wheels, an ADV-inspired front screen, stacked headlights, handguards, a protective engine cowl, and other adventure-focused goods,
While there isn’t much in the way of a significant update to the cool V-Strom 650XT, it does get a new color option: Candy Daring Red with Glass Sparkle Black. The new colors come with new graphics too.
The last model in the V-Strom 650 stable is the relatively new Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure. It was only introduced last year, but it’s already getting a small update for 2021—in the form of a new color option.
Mechanically, the 650XT Adventure is identical to the V-Strom 650 and 650XT models, featuring a 645 cc DOHC V-twin engine, with 70 horsepower and 46 lb-ft of peak torque, but it does have some notable differences. Like the 650XT, the Adventure model features a host of adventure-focused accessories, from handguards to headlights, but it goes a step further.
It also features aluminum panniers, an accessory bar, mirror extensions, and a handlebar cross-brace as standard, among other things. And the new color option for 2021? That’s a cool Champion Yellow No. 2 finish.
The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 isn’t a new model for 2021 in the USA, but it is in Canada. The V-Strom has been a steadfast pillar of the Suzuki range, and now that it’s available in a 1050 package, it’s more versatile than ever before.
The 1050 is geared towards adventure travel and comes complete with Dakar-inspired bodywork, and travel ergonomics. It’s powered by a strong 1,037 cc V-twin engine that produces a hearty 106 horsepower and 74 lb-ft of torque. For Suzuki fans looking for a solid alternative to the Kawasaki Versys 1000 or Honda Africa Twin, the V-Strom is a reliable mount that won’t let you down.
It’s a similar story for the V-Strom 1050XT: nothing new for the US, but listed as a new model for the Canadian market. Like the base model, it’s a Dakar-inspired adventure machine built around a solid 1,037 cc V-twin engine. However, unlike the base model, the 1050Xt boasts a few more adventure-focused surprises.
The most obvious of these are the off-road-focused handguards and spoked rims, but there’s more to the 1050XT than that. It also comes equipped with an impressive inertial measurement unit (IMU) that governs a number of features in the V-Strom’s electronics suite, including the ABS. If you want a more rugged V-Storm, then the 1050XT is the bike for you.
Again, the 2021-designation is exclusive to Canada. For American riders, the 2021 V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is exactly the same as the 2020 one, for all intents and purposes. For those wondering, the 1050XT Adventure is the top-of-the-range V-Strom machine, boasting adventure styling, a powerful 1,037 cc V-twin engine, and plenty of practicalities for long-distance riding.
It’s very similar to the V-Strom 1050XT, and it features the same accessories, powertrain, and electronics (including the fancy new IMU). However, it also comes with Suzuki’s very own aluminum hard luggage as standard, which should make it a more attractive choice for serious adventure tourers. But of course, you do pay extra for the benefit of those boxes. Even so, the Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Adventure is a solid option for those looking to clock up some serious mileage on their next adventure.
There are few dual-sport motorcycles as well-loved as the Suzuki DR-Z400S. This bike is a fantastic middleweight dual-sport that can take you practically anywhere in the world. It’s the simplicity and can-do attitude of this motorcycle that makes it such a popular choice. Suzuki made some minor updates for the 2021 model year include new colors and graphics.
The motorcycle features a 398cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that still uses an old-school carburetor. It gets a five-speed transmission. The bike may be a bit of a dinosaur when it comes to its powertrain, but it’s a proven system and one that few people are calling for an upgrade for.
Ah, the supermoto version of the venerable DR-Z400SM. This bike takes what everyone loves about the standard DR-Z400S and turns it into a supermoto. This street-focused motorcycle is every bit as capable as the regular dual-sport but outfitted for the concrete jungle.
The motorcycle features the same 398cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine that’s carburetted. The five-speed transmission is also the same. The final drive, however, is a bit different (the chain is 110 links instead of 112), and the bike is a little shorter and trimmer with street tires and a don’t mess with me attitude.
For 2021, the Suzuki DR650S dual-sport receives minor upgrades. The DR650S is often highly-regarded as one of the most formidable all-around dual-purpose motorcycles on the market. It offers reliable performance, easy ergonomics, and the ability to perform well both on and off-road, in a tidy and economically priced package.
It’s not the highest-spec motorcycle in the world, but that’s no bad thing. It’s a tough and rugged motorcycle that gets you where you need to go, whether you’re crossing a river out in the wilderness or weaving through traffic on your way to work. Equipped with a reliable 644 cc single-cylinder 44 horsepower engine, spoke-style aluminum rims, and dual sport accessories, and a new color for 2021—Solid Special White No. 2—the DR650S is a willing partner for almost any kind of ride.
Much of the lineup from the 2020 model year should reappear for the 2021 model year. This means you’ll have some killer V-Stroms, Boulevards, the Katana, etc. Suzuki has a fantastic lineup at the moment.
However, Suzuki hasn’t updated its website, so beyond the five motorcycles listed above, things are a bit up in the air at the movement. The company could drop a few of its models at the end of 2020. That said, most of the 2020 bikes should return, and that means you can read our 2020 Suzuki lineup article to see that full lineup and get all the info you need.