The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is one motorcycle which might not have seem to lost in the race of excitement amidst the new brigade of liter class super sport motorcycles. However, make no mistake, for the fact that this Japanese stalwart is considered to be one of the finest and most practical super sport motorcycle to live with. Despite being one of the easiest to ride super sport motorcycles to live with, it doesn’t miss out on the fun quotient which such motorcycles are commonly known for.
Here are the following reasons which explain why the Suzuki GSX-R1000 continues to make sense despite the fact that its competition has moved up in the game
Design – The sleekest GSX-R ever
Compared to all the previous generations of the Suzuki GSX-R1000, the current iteration is easily the most aerodynamic and sleek looking version ever. The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 looks like It has hit the gym and has lost all the unnecessary bulk off its body.
The new version has a minimalist face with a tiny full LED headlamp which is flanked by whiskers-like daytime running LED strips. Even the full fairing with integrated air scoops and slim and high mounted tail piece with vertical LED tail lamp make sure that it looks sporty even at standstill.
Engine – It’s what forms the heart of the GSX-R
Ever since its inception, the strongest forte of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has always been its inline four engine. The latest iteration of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has received the same layout for the engine, but now it has got a number of tweaks, new internal parts and additional technologies. All these changes easily make it the most powerful and refined mill a GSX-R has ever been bestowed with.
The new inline four engine of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been inspired from the Moto-GP spec motorcycle. This engine has an over-square bore-stroke ratio and comes with thinner-wall, hollow camshafts operating lighter, titanium valves and F1-style pivoting finger followers. The Suzuki Racing VVT (SR-VVT), Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems further increase the performance at higher rpms. With all these revisions, the engine makes a maximum power output of 202 bhp and a maximum torque output of 117.6 Nm.
Mechanical Hardware – No compromises made
The overall mechanical setup of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is not as super-premium and overboard as the other liter class super sports from European bike makers. However, the motorcycle has got a completely revised twin-spar aluminium frame, which is compact and narrower as compared to the frame of the previous generation model. This gives the sense of added agility the motorcycle promises.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets upside down telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and link-type monoshock at the rear, both of which are sourced from Showa. The braking setup sourced from Brembo, with twin discs at the front and a single disc at the rear too get the job done finely.
List of Electronic Riding Aids and Features – Gets all the essentials
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 might not be as rich as say Ducati Panigale V4R, Aprilia RSV4 and BMW S1000RR when it comes to electronics on board. However, the motorcycle manages to get all the bits which have become essential in the modern era of liter class super sports.
The motorcycle gets features like bi-directional quick shifter, six-directional IMU, dual channel cornering ABS, 10-level traction control, three riding modes and launch control. The full LCD instrument console might look dated in front of the fancier looking full TFT units on other motorcycles in its category, but it manages to get the job done by offering all the right info on display.
Pricing and Competition – Sits in the middle
Suzuki sold this current iteration of the GSX-R1000 in the Indian two-wheeler market, until the BS6 emission norms kicked in. In all likelihood, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 will return to the Indian shores, once its engine gets updated to the BS6 norms or Euro-5 globally. However, if it comes, it will slot in between the entry level offering in the liter class super sport category – Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the European trio of Ducati Panigale V4R, BMW S1000RR and Aprilia RSV4.