June 8 2005.
Suzuki's headline-hitting GSX-R1000 K5 is storming ahead of the pack, dominating the World Superbike Championship and selling faster than any other bike in dealer showrooms.
Latest registration figures for the year to the end of May, issued yesterday by the Motorcycle Industry Association, confirm that the class-leading Suzuki has taken control of the litre-class sales battle. Since going on sale earlier this year, 1446 units have already been registered. Honda's CBR1000RR is next with 1212 sales and proving that it isn't just a superbike market, the Big H aslo come in third with the CBR125R selling 1042 units.
Suzuki appears to be overcoming recent reported stock shortages and dealers are enjoying a brisk period, not only benefiting from the soaring success of the GSX-R1000 but also taking advantage of a 0% finance programme that allows buyers to ride away on any Suzuki 650cc machine for a mere £1 deposit.

The Motorcycle Trader Yellow stats sheet for registrations to the end of May will be posted on in the next couple of days.