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When the Honda Grom debuted in 2013, the other Japanese manufacturers took note. The first copycat was Kawasaki, which earlier this year debuted the Kawasaki Z125 Pro, but we shouldn’t forget the fact that Suzuki brought out its EXTRIGGER concept at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, as well.

Listening to our calls, the Suzuki EXTRIGGER coming to market seems to be getting more likely now, as Suzuki has filed for patents in the China, Europe, and the United States for the plucky electric machine. Just in time, to battle with the freshly updated Honda Grom.

With the Honda Grom showing great sales success and the Kawasaki Z125 Pro debuting to favorable reviews, there appears to be a demand for small unassuming motorcycles in markets that are normally dominated by big-displacement machines.

Suzuki’s choice of an electric power plant suits the intended uses of the EXTRIGGER, with short in-town trips, pit-bike duties, and general tomfoolery do not require the massive battery packs that most street machines will need in order to be competent machines.

Judging by the timing of the patent applications, we could see the Suzuki EXTRIGGER as a production model as early as this Fall/Winter, as a 2017 model. Stay tuned.

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Source: USPTO