People these days seemed to be loving nostalgia. From Netflix series, Cobra Kai and Stranger Things, to classic motorcycles, it seems that everybody is paying homage to the past joyful days.
This goes as well for Suzuki. To celebrate Joan Mir’s championship crown, the Hamamatsu-based giant goes retro as they release these limited-edition GSX-R1000R “Legends”.
These bikes will be coming out from the factory complete will the liveries of past winners of the premier motorcycle grand prix, MotoGP.
This legendary British rider is perhaps considered by many as the first “bad boy” of MotoGP. He won back-to-back premier class championships in 1976 and 1977.
In 1981, Italian rider Marco Lucchinelli won the prestigious 500cc title from his former team mate and fellow racing legend, Kenny Roberts. Lucchinelli also took 5 GP victories that year.
Just a year after Marco Lucchinelli took the title, he then left Suzuki to join Honda in 1982. However, another Italian rider in the name of Franco Uncini took the title for Suzuki on that year. Uncini was inducted to the MotoGP Hall of Fame in 2016.
Since 1982, Suzuki wouldn’t be champions again for the next 11 years. In 1993, the title came back to their hands when American rider, Kevin Schwantz, won the title. In this livery, you'll notice Suzuki has replaced Lucky Strike’s logo with Schwantz’ number.
Kenny Roberts, Jr.
Son of legendary Yamaha rider, Kenny Roberts, “Jr.” won the last 500cc GP championship for Suzuki in 2000. At the time, one of Roberts’ rivals was the young Valentino Rossi, who was fresh from the 250cc class. Roberts’ GP win also meant ending Honda’s six-year championship winning streak.
Philippine release and availability
Currently, there is no word yet from Suzuki Philippines about the price and availability of the Legends Edition GSX-R1000R.