Suzuki Motor Corporation will be displaying a concept motorcycle at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show on November 23 – December 1, 2013, that utilizes a liquid-cooled 588cc vertical twin fed by an intercooled turbocharger hidden inside its body. Dubbed the “Recursion”, the Suzuki concept bike is described as, “a compact roadster with sophisticated features of adults packed into a middle-class motorcycle... striking a balance between the running performance of a large displacement motorcycle...(with) an exhilarating and torquey ride on winding roads...and the easy handling and economy of a middle displacement motorcycle on city streets.” The half-faired bike has a single-sided swingarm out back, the now common under-engine exhaust system, and a single large disc brake up front. The styling has definite MotoGP overtones reminiscent of Suzuki’s current MotoGP prototype that is undergoing testing in preparation for a return to the series in 2015.
While usually masquerading as conceptual design exercises for the creative minds of company engineers, many concept machines go on to become actual production bikes, the latest Suzuki example being the B-King naked machine based on the Hayabusa that was displayed at the 2001 Tokyo Motor Show. The concept bike was powered by a supercharged version of the Hayabusa, and it was written off by most as too audacious an idea to make it to the street. Granted, the supercharger never did, but the actual motorcycle made it to production in 2007. While the bike garnered positive reviews from the press, it never really caught on with the public’s wallets, and the B-King was discontinued several years later.
Could a turbocharged middleweight twin make it to production? Hard to say, as there are numerous hurdles to overcome...but it can be done, especially with the advent of sophisticated electronics that can control numerous engine functions to enable such a machine to pass various government standards.