2000 Suzuki Skywave 250 pearl white 2,963kms 1,840 miles £2,600
Competition benefits us all and nowhere is this more true than with the competition between the big four Japanese motorcycle makers. Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki and Kawasaki have been competing for years and we, the riders, have been reaping the benefits.
A new battlefield emerged in the late 90s and early 00s - the BIG scooter. A revolution of sorts and one that did not leave anyone indifferent, lovers and haters alike. Too scooterish for some, too bike-ish for others, but the proof of the pudding was in the riding, if you’ll excuse the mixed metaphor. These things were selling faster than mince pies at Christmas. While Honda had a fast start with the Foresight 250 (hence the name I suppose) Yamaha quickly took the lead with the more aesthetically pleasing Majesty 250, but only briefly as the Suzuki Skywave 250 (Burgman in the U.K) burst onto the scene and settled this debate! Longer than its rivals, more aerodynamic, it came with larger wheels, more storage room under the seat and a more comfortable riding position. The Skywave took the BIG scooter world by storm. In the year 2000 the Skywave was a BEAR among men (more on that later).
The first generation Skywave came with two variations: frame type CJ41A and CJ42A. Our lovely Skywave here in pearl white is the second version with the sought-after back rest, parking brake and chrome mirrors. With only 2,963kms since new you would almost want to store her away as an iconic piece of motorcycling or scootering (depending on your loyalties) history! Not much of a collector? Fear not - this Skywave was made for the road and would not shy away from showing off its good looks. Who said a commuter had to be boring? Dress to impress and ride too. Well, you know what I mean – I’m a motorcycle merchant not a poet!
About that bear comment. When I was growing up I thought the Japanese were all serious and short on jokes - all this formal bowing etc, samurai code of honor talk etc. It never occurred to me that Japanese engineers had much of a sense of humour, or playfulness if you will. Yet, every Skywave comes with a little unique alteration in the shape of a frog or a bear right under the seat there is a bump in the plastic to make room for the carburetor. Ours has been molded into a waving bear! Was he waving goodbye at Honda and Yamaha as the Suzuki SKYWAVE took the race?!
This bike has been UK registered.
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