The last time Suzuki turned a forced-induction concept motorcycle into a production model it took six years to reach showrooms and lost its boost along the way. The firm isn't about to make the same mistake again and there's now a large dossier of evidence to suggest that the turbocharged Suzuki Recursion is set to reach showrooms in the near future – despite denial from Suzuki.
In case you missed it, the Suzuki Recursion was Suzuki's show-stopper from the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Revealed in December of that year, it's a 588cc parallel twin sportsbike with a radical turbocharged engine intended to offer an unbeatable combination of economy and performance. And in the 19 months since its unveiling there's been a steady flow of evidence from Suzuki that the Suzuki Recursion is much more than a mere trinket intended to draw crowds to its show stands.
The latest evidence is perhaps the most important of all. On September 2th, this year, Suzuki filed an application for a trademark on the name Recursion for use on 'motorcycles and the parts and fittings thereof'. In other words, it wants to make sure it can use the name on a commercial basis; no firm would trademark a name it used two years earlier on a concept motorcycle unless it has intent to use that same name again, on a production machine. There's no cast-iron guarantee that the production Suzuki Recursion will be the same as the concept motorcycle show in Tokyo, but allied to the large number of patents that Suzuki has filed around the Suzuki Recursion's turbo technology, it seems highly likely that the production version will be at least a close relative.
Those patents have already revealed a host of details that would never be seen if the concept was merely a mock-up.
The timing of Suzuki's trademark application hints that the motorcycle could be launched before the end of this year. There is now a three-month period during which any objections to the trademark can be raised and considered, and if there are none the mark is expected to be granted in December of this year.