The chronicle of me learning how to ride a manual transmission motorcycle is far from over. It was just on hold for quite some time because I don’t have the motorcycle yet to practice on, and mostly due to procrastination.
But enough with the procrastination, I’ll deal with that sooner or later (hah!). I want to write today’s post about Suzuki’s newly unveiled commuter bike that has the potential to be a best-seller: the Suzuki GD 110. This bike has a manual transmission and will be one of my potential candidate for the task of learning and riding a manual transmission bike.
See article here from Sun Star Davao dated January 23, 2012 about the event as well
What makes this motorcycle exciting for me: there is a good instrument panel with gear indicator (I don’t like guessing what gear I am in at the moment). I’m a visual person. Although I learned how to ride a motorcycle on a Honda C70 with non-working instrument panel, I want every information easily seen. The other specs are very similar to other bikes that I’m eyeing at the moment (we’ll discuss them in other upcoming post).
From the Suzuki website here is the overview about its other features:
THE ADVANCED COMMUTER BIKE
Ready to meet your daily riding needs efficiently, economically and comfortably.
NEW 4-STROKE 113CM3 SOHC
Efficiency and economy for you. The GD110’s 4-stroke SOHC engine, created with a close attention to delivering high combustion efficiency and low mechanical losses, is a new standard-setter for economical, fuel-efficient performance and user-friendly, low-environmental-impact operation.
FEATURES FOR LOW ENVIRONMETAL IMPACT
Inside the muffler, a metal honeycomb oxidation catalyzer efficiently cuts down on carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbon (HC) emissions. Emissions are also reduced by the Suzuki PAIR (Pulsed-secondary AIR-injection) system that injects air into the exhaust port to ignite unburned gases.
HIGH EFFICIENCY DESIGNS
The new powerplant’s high efficiency designs bring you years of economical use. A digital DC-CDI system delivers highly optimized ignition timing, enhancing fuel efficiency. Efficiency is further heightened by a BS-type carburetor featuring smooth response to throttle action and a large-capacity air cleaner box.
DURABLE AND EASY TO MAINTAIN
The GD110 shares with the rest of the Suzuki lineup the renowned quality ensuring years of dependable service. Equipment that contribute to the ease of maintenance include drum brakes which are note easily affected by water or mud, a cassette-type oil filter, and easy-to-repair, easy-to-replace 17-inch tube tires.
The most important winning feature of this bike is that it is very affordable at P50,000. That’s the same price range as most underbone motorcycles in the market now. But since it is a commuter bike, it is expected to offer a more stable and a more mature riding experience.
At this point, I think I’m ready to graduate from the underbone motorcycle (but I will not let go of Yorick, that’s for sure) and move on to the commuter segment.
So who will win our hard-earned money for the right to be my next motorcycle? Let’s find out after a couple of months. See you in my next posts!