M1800R gets a friend - the R2

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Joining the standard M1800R in Suzuki’s 2008 range is the M1800R2.

The R2 is based closely on the standard M1800R – the mechanical specifications are exactly the same.

That means the same 1783cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled v-twin (the radiator is neatly faired in at the front), in basic tubular frame with a single shock absorber and upside-down forks.

Radial four-piston brakes from the original 1800R are used, which in turn were taken from the GSX-R series.

The aluminium dish wheels with small teardrop cut-outs are also carried over.

The M1800R2 differs in only in styling, getting a sculpted headlight (apparently inspired by jet-aircrafts intakes) instead of a larger unit with a cowling.

The tank, seat (with a cowl over the pillion seat), mudguard, radiator shroud, split instrument display, handlebars and foot controls are unchanged.

Colour options are metallic black or metallic grey. It has not yet been confirmed as a UK model – but Suzuki says it is likely to.

Price would be close or identical to the current M1800R’s recommended retail price of £9,149, and Suzuki is unable to indicate when the bike may become available.

Chris Newbigging

By Chris Newbigging