Nine Knights MTB 2012: By Suzuki

Posted in General, Import Rides, Rides, Stunts, Suzuki, Videos by MrAngry | December 23rd, 2012 | Leave a Reply |

Nine Knights by Suzuki

Two wheels, four wheels, hell, even one wheel is fine by us as long it has the ability to dish out some pleasure to whomever is commanding it. The 2012 Suzuki Nine Knights crew presented by G-SHOCK has just dished out one of the greatest two-wheeled reels we’ve seen to date. The course is amazing, the athletes incredible and the action, well, you’ll have to check that out after the jump.


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2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Reviews, Featured, Import Review, RideLust Review, SUV, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | November 22nd, 2011 | 2 Responses |

2012 Suzuki Grand Vitara

Thumbs Up: A lot of content for the price.

Thumbs Down: Plastic upholstery, marginal fuel economy

Buy This Car If: You need a small SUV on a tight budget

If you’re shopping for a compact SUV or crossover, chances are good you’re looking at the Honda CR-V and the Toyota RAV 4. While both start at a reasonable price, by the time you add in options like a navigation system, they can quickly jump beyond the reach of a family on a tight budget. What if we told you there was another Japanese SUV alternative, with a modest sticker price and a seven-year, 100,000 mile powertrain warranty? Read More…

Suzuki Explains How A CVT Works

Posted in Animation, Educational, Mechanics, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | August 11th, 2011 | 7 Responses |

In the interest of full disclosure, I’ll say this up front: I hate Continuously Variable Transmissions, and can easily equate them to the decline of Western civilization. They require no skill to operate, produce more noise than forward motion, have a higher failure rate than automatics or manuals and actually promote distracted driving. Ever try to text and drive a six-speed manual? It’s damn hard to do, but texting while driving a CVT is a piece of cake, and the same goes for any other distracted-driving chore. Read More…

Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals 2011

Triumph TR4 and TR3

BCW MG TD Replica
Recently, I attended the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals show at the Carlisle Fairgrounds in Pennsylvania. Held every May, this show features a vast array of meticulously maintained classic British, European and Japanese cars, exemplary examples of their more modern kin, as well as a beautiful collection of kit cars.  As far as sheer variety in makes, models and years, hands down, this show can’t be beat.

This has become something of an annual treat for me as I can think of few better ways to spend a weekend than by gazing at a gleaming sea of jaw-droppingly stunning automobiles, many of which I guarantee you won’t find at other shows. Plus, participation is open to anyone with an import or a kit car – all you have to do is register, make your car pretty and show up. It’s a great opportunity to display your cherished ride and meet other aficionados of your favorite marques.

I used to come down to show my Saab and hang out with the Saab contingent that makes it out every year. But even though I have a Subaru now, it’s just so much fun that I continue to make the trip to Carlisle (my WRX was parked over by the lone DeLorean, if you happened to be there). Volvo, BMW and Audi clubs also traditionally have a large showing so the weekend is packed with the cars you love, cars you haven’t seen before, your friends from the forums, barbeques – it’s a good time for everyone.  So, if you’re not too far out from Pennsylvania, I definitely recommend heading out there next May to check out the Carlisle Import and Kit Nationals. To tide you over, provided for your viewing pleasure are some of my favorite cars of the weekend. Enjoy!


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2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, Featured, Import Review, RideLust Review, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | May 23rd, 2011 | 1 Response |

2011 Suzuki SX4 Sportback

Thumbs Up: Reasonable performance, bargain price

Thumbs Down: Fuel economy could be better

Buy This Car If: You need basic transportation that won’t disappoint

Review enough cars, and it’s impossible not to become jaded. After a while, three-hundred-horsepower sport sedans feel “underpowered”, and luxury cars become disappointing if they don’t come equipped with all of the latest gadgetry. No lane departure correction, or heated and cooled massaging seats? Give the car a D-. It’s easy to lose sight that the vast majority of buyers aren’t in the market for a car that will hit sixty from a standstill in under four seconds, or give them more luxury and amenities than the presidential suite in a five-star hotel. Many buyers, especially today, are looking for the best bang for their buck on basic transportation. Read More…

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS: RideLust Review

Posted in Car Buying, Featured, Import Review, RideLust Review, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | May 3rd, 2011 | 1 Response |

2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS

Thumbs Up: The best car you’ve probably never heard of.

Thumbs Down: Heavy flywheel, long shifter throws.

Buy This Car If: You’re looking for a genuine bargain in a sporty midsize sedan.

What a difference a year makes: last July I drove and reviewed the 2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS. Back then, I struggled to find things that I liked about the car, which felt like a Japanese version of the Volkswagen Jetta. I pondered why someone would buy a Kizashi, when for just a bit more money they could buy a Jetta. Nine months later, the roles have been reversed; VW’s new Jetta impresses on price alone, while the updated Kizashi impresses everywhere else. It’s a far better looking car than the new Jetta (which is subjective, I suppose), it feels and looks a lot nicer inside, and I’d be willing to bet that it’s quicker around a racetrack than non-GLI spec Jettas, too. In short, I’m now wondering why anyone would buy a Jetta when they can snap up a Kizashi for just a bit more money. Read More…

Suzuki Motorcycles Recalled

Posted in Motorcycle Rides, Recalls, Safety, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | February 28th, 2011 | 2 Responses |

A 2009 GSX-R750

If you ride a Suzuki scooter or motorcycle built between July 2007 and September 2009, expect to get a recall notice in the mail. At issue is the mounting for the power module circuit board inside the rectifier case, which contains a heat sink. If the circuit board was not mounted properly, excessive heat can build up and warp the circuit board, which causes a spike in electric current output. The net result is insufficient charging and battery drain, which could lead to engine stalling and an increased risk of crashing. A complete list of models involved in the recall is below. Read More…

Suzuki Recall Alert

Posted in News, Recalls, Safety, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | February 16th, 2011 | Leave a Reply |

If you own a 2009 to 2011 Suzuki Grand Vitara or a 2010 to 2011 Suzuki SX4, expect to get a recall notice from the manufacturer in the coming weeks. Suzuki is recalling some 32,300 vehicles, a substantial number for the low-volume automaker, to repair a potentially defective tension adjuster pulley. The pulley keeps the drive belt that runs the alternator, water pump, air conditioner and power steering pump in place; should it fail, drivers will experience a loss of power steering and potential engine overheating. If the battery gets discharged, the car is likely to stall, increasing the risk of an accident. Dealers will replace the pulley with a heavier-duty version when the recall begins later this week. Read More…

Suzuki To Step Up Kizashi Advertising

Posted in auto industry, Car Buying, Cars, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | December 25th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

2010 Suzuki Kizashi GTS

Suzuki’s Kizashi mid-size sedan is the best automobile the Japanese automaker has ever produced. It’s stylish, it’s comfortable and it represents solid value for the money; despite this, sales of the Kizashi to date have been disappointing, and that’s an understatement. Suzuki has sold just under 5,300 Kizashis since the car went on sale earlier this year. That’s not exactly Toyota Camry territory, so Suzuki will roll out a new ad campaign beginning on Christmas day.

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Too Fast For Your Own Good: A Tribute To The Factory Turbo Bikes Of The 1980s

Posted in Café Racers, Cool Stuff, Corner Carvers, General, Honda, Motorcycle, Sportbikes, Suzuki by Kurt Ernst | October 1st, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

In retrospect, the 1980s weren’t entirely bad. Sure, they gave us weird clothing, big hair and some tragically awful music, but they also gave us factory turbocharged motorcycles, at least for a few years. Between 1982 and 1985, you could walk into your local Honda / Suzuki / Yamaha / Kawasaki dealer, plunk down an astonishing amount of cash, and ride out on a factory-built, forced induction bike, complete with a manufacturer’s warranty.

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