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    2015 Suzuki KingQuad 500AXi Red

    Suzuki has been eerily quiet on the ATV front since the 2009 model year, pretty much leaving the lineup untouched. We’ve seen the first signs that things may be progressing this week as Suzuki unveiled an updated KingQuad 500AXi for 2015.

    According to Suzuki, the KingQuad 500AXi receives a few new changes designed to provide smoother acceleration, quicker throttle response, and a stronger feel in the mid-high RPM range. The front end of the ATV receives a newer aggressive stance, while a side panel change allows you to more easily check your oil level without removing any body parts.

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      Suzuki KingQuad AIMExpo

      Suzuki, one of the cornerstone OEM exhibitors at the American International Motorcycle Expo, will return again this year. Suzuki will showcase its new 2015 models to the public for the first time as AIMExpo returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. October 16-19, 2014.

      Suzuki utilized both indoor exhibit space and an innovative demo area at AIMExpo Outdoors! at last year’s event in order to take full advantage of the unique AIMExpo platform. This allowed the manufacturer to interact with dealers, consumers and media by exposing them to a multi-faceted brand experience. Suzuki will return to the event this year with even more demo and showcase presentations for AIMExpo attendees.

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        Suzuki KingQuad 400

        Buried in the news about the updated 2015 Suzuki KingQuad lineup was that Suzuki is moving its ATV engine assembly to the United States.

        Suzuki says it will begin assembling engines for all KingQuad ATVs in its Rome, Ga. facility beginning in June. Suzuki Motor Corporation in Japan is transferring the Suzuki ATV engine assembly work to Suzuki Manufacturing of America Corporation (SMAC) to better serve the growing global market, including Suzuki dealers in America and 52 countries around the world.

        2015 Suzuki KingQuad Lineup Unveiled

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          Hot Rods Cranks and Rods

          If your Kawasaki 700 V-Twin based ATV or UTV is ready for a full rebuild, Hot Rods offers a new line of heavy duty OE replacement crankshafts, connecting rods, main bearings and seal kits that fit the Kawasaki Brute Force 750, KFX 700, Prairie 700, Teryx 750, and Suzuki LT-V 700 Twin Peaks V-Twin engines.

          Hot Rods claims that its crankshaft is both stronger and more affordable than the OEM crankshaft. Depending on customer needs, the crankshaft can be purchased with or without Hot Rods’ replacement connecting rods, which can be ordered separately. Hot Rods’ bearing and seal kits use the plain-style main bearings that are only available through Kawasaki if the customer buys the engine case, thus the Hot Rods kit is one way to save some money if a rebuild is necessary.

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            Suzuki Z400These certainly are tumultuous times for Suzuki. After filing for bankruptcy in November, Suzuki said it was discontinuing its automobile sales in the United States to focus on its Motorcycle, ATV and Marine divisions. The news that Suzuki is trimming down its U.S. powersports dealer network, then, comes as something of a surprise.

            According to DealerNews, dealerships received letters this week from Suzuki notifying them whether their franchise agreements would be renewed with the newly formed Suzuki Motor America. Some dealerships received letters telling them their agreements would not be picked up and they would no longer be authorized Suzuki dealers as of March 31.

            “ASMC is assuming certain dealer agreements and other contracts and assigning them to Purchaser, while the majority of ASMC’s remaining contracts will be rejected,” reads a copy of the letter obtained by DealerNews.

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