The 500th issue of Bike magazine is out in the shops at the moment and I've been working my way through it over the last few days, usually over coffee or lunch and when I got to the letter page I was pleases to see my name back in print...okay, not exactly in the the way I would really like, but its always nice to get a letter published. The basic gist of my correspondence was an open letter to Suzuki asking them to take a good hard look around the Intermot bike show, take notes and pull their finger out. I've never owned a Suzuki, in fact, I've only ever actually ridden one, a GS500, but that doesn't mean I want the company to stagnate. My biggest concern as a fan of bikes, is that effectively they're at least five, possibly ten years behind the times. In an era when BMW keep making their S1000RR even better and Kawasaki showcase a mental machine in the form of the H2R, what do Suzuki do? They give us ABS and a new paint scheme for their flagship bike. One that hasn't really changed, in fact, has probably got worse since the K4s and K5s. My fear is that by 2016 Suzuki wont be part of the big four in Japan. In fact, my fear is they will just become a badge stuck on cheap shoddy machine in a vain attempt to make them seem cool. MG anybody?
My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.