Suzuki has unveiled the GSX-S950 naked motorcycle for the European market. The bike uses the same design language as the manufacturer’s flagship naked bike, GSX-S1000. However, to keep costs in check, there are a couple of omissions and revisions. The Suzuki GSX-S950 exists because of A2-license regulations.
The biggest difference between the GSX-S950 compared to GSX-S1000 is the power. The former makes a mere 48 BHP against the latter’s 152 BHP. Suzuki says the GSX-S750 will provide new riders with a ‘big-bike’ experience at a restricted power output. The motorcycle uses the same 999cc inline-four engine as the GSX-S1000. In the standard form, the GSX-S750 produces 95 PS. However, it is available with a restrictor kit for the A2 license holders. The restrictor kit limits the power further, but the owner can remove it at a later stage.
The motorcycle also sees a lot of revisions to its components. The fully-adjustable front and rear suspension are gone. Now, the bike is adjustable only for rear preload. As for the brakes, Tokico calipers replace the Brembo calipers seen on the GSX-S1000. The disc brake size for the front and rear remains the same.
The chassis remains the same as its bigger sibling. Thus, it uses the twin-spar aluminium frame and the superbike-derived swingarm. The motorcycle rides on Dunlop Roadsport 2 with a 120-section front and 190-section rear tyre.
Suzuki is not the only manufacturer that makes bikes specifically for Europe’s A2-license regulations. In Europe, you start your motorcycle riding with an A1 license and then move to an A2 license. The A2 license allows motorcycles with up to 35 kW or 48 BHP of power. For an A2 license, the rider needs to be above 18 years of age. However, the minimum age for an A2 license depends on the state’s minimum age for the A1 license. Basically, a rider can get an A2 license two years after obtaining an A1 license.