Sorry. I wouldn't buy it. Not for any technical reason but because dealing with Suzuki as a company is a bizatch. I had the worst experience with them and their dealers and have vowed never to buy another zuk.
The story? I know I repeat myself, but I told them I would tell every biker I met this story and I keep my word.
Remember your first bike? Almost everyone does. It doesn't matter if it's a pile of bolts or a new machine, it always lights up your eyes and is a memory forever. In my case, it was a brand new Suzuki GS500 - a beautiful machine in my rookie eyes. I set out to learn how to ride and picked it up in a matter of minutes/hours (I rode home from the dealership and I had never ridden a bike before). Anyway, less than a month later, I was zipping down the highway at 120km/h and I hear *tick*tick*tick*. I thought it was the truck next to me... uh... I checked my guages, no lights, then suddenly *SCREEEEEEEEeeCH* The engine locked up, rendering the clutch useless and locking the back tire... I skidded across 3 lanes of morning rushhour traffic and onto the shoulder - upright. My dad picks me up and we go to the local suzuki shop (I was 150km from home). The mechanic proceeds to size us up and then tells my dad that I never put oil in it and it was dry! Ok, it was one month old and he's right... I didn't. So I think that I killed my beautiful bike. My dad, not being as naive as I, says, 'Well, lets pull the plug and take a look.' Which the mechanic does and out pours 3.x quarts of oil! I'm like WTF? Anyway... caught in a lie, he was upset with us and wouldn't sign off on the warrantee work. I called the suzuki dealership where I bought it - they told me to take a flying leap because they don't care what happens after it leaves their lot and I called a mom&pop zuk shop near my home who told me they couldn't help me out. Straight to Suzuki Canada... Nope, they wouldn't help me out if the dealer wouldn't put in a claim! Like WTF?? A friend mechanic type checked it out and found that the oil pump had quit without warning. No oil light, nothing. Finally, we convinced the dealer to put in a warrantee claim. 4 weeks later, after a million phone calls to HQ and the dealer... they called me to tell me that they couldn't get all new parts (Looking back, I'm sorry I believed them). They replaced some parts with used parts... ok, well that would have been fine. 6 weeks later, I finally picked up my bike! 6-weeks! No apologies, nothing. They put my bike in the lot with the key in the ignition and left a message on my voice mail, 'You can pick up your bike, it's in the lot.' That's it. After that, my bike needed the engine rebuilt 3 times in the next 2 years because of compression problems and leaking oil. Why was the oil leaking?? Well... it turns out each time I had the engine rebuilt they REUSED the main gasket!! They didn't tell me that until I found an honest service manager in Toronto.
I traded it in on my first Honda and now I can't be happier. Honda's may not be as powerful as the gsx-r, not as sexy as the R1 not as ... uh... old as the Ninja but the 'whole package' of service, quality, performance etc. makes up for it.
Moral of the story? If you buy a Zuk, you better not have any problems because they'll tell you to go hump a tree.
The three most feared words in racing, "Powered by Honda".