• 2017 - 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000R - Performance, Price, and Photos

GSX-R1000R: Fiery-Eyed Pegdraggers Rejoice!

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Coming off a fresh update in 2017, Suzuki carries its GSX-R1000R into MY2022 with little else in the way of changes. The next-gen “Gixxer” 1000 brought an all-new 999.8 cc powerplant to the table with a claimed 199 horsepower at the shaft and a whole passel of electronic goodies to help manage all those ponies. Traction control, lean-sensitive ABS, launch control and more, Suzuki’s flagship literbike comes equipped with overlapping safety nets to help keep us non-professional riders dirty-side down as we explore our envelope. MotoGP tech influences the design to give you a little taste of track-day performance, or at the very least, ’performance light.’

  • 2017 - 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000R - Performance, Price, and Photos
  • Year:
    2017- 2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    1000 cc
  • Top Speed:
    190 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    17699
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Suzuki GSX-R1000R Performance and Capability

  • New liquid-cooled 1000 cc engine
  • 199 hp & 87 lb-ft of torque
  • Bi-Directional Quick Shift
  • 10-mode traction control
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The engine has a smooth, predictable power delivery that stays mild up until around 10k rpm, then kicks it up a notch.

The new powerplant on the Suzuki GSX-R1000R steals the show with a power increase of 17 ponies over the 2016 GSX-R1000R for a total of 199 horsepower at the shaft and 87 pound-feet of torque. Sounds intimidating, right?

The factory tuned it with its user-base in mind, and gave the engine a smooth, predictable power delivery that stays mild up until around 10 grand, then kicks it up a notch. This shift in power comes courtesy of the variable cam-timing system that uses something like a centrifugal ball-and-ramp system to adjust the intake cam’s position relative to the drive sprocket’s position to expand the powerband upwards without trading off mid-range performance.

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The valves are all lightweight titanium — four per cylinder — with DOHC actuation and Suzuki Racing Finger Follower technology that combine forces to help the mill achieve its 14,500 rpm redline. Short-skirt pistons ride in Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material bores with a 76 mm bore, 55 mm stroke and a sizzling-hot, 13.2-to-1 compression ratio.

Induction control falls to the RbW throttle bodies that draw ram-compressed air from the scoops up front to increase volumetric efficiency beyond normal aspiration, even if it falls short of the roughly 300-percent VE a turbocharger can deliver. Staggered intake-funnel lengths help spread the love throughout the rev range with Suzuki’s Idle Speed Control system that gets the fire lit in cold conditions and stabilizes the idle to keep it from dying at a light.

To further improve the powerband, the exhaust runs the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning system that delivers variable backpressure to further deepen the powerband. All this power generates some considerable waste heat, so in addition to the ultra-efficient water-cooling system, it also uses an oil cooler to protect the engine’s lifeblood for double thermal protection.

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While there are literbikes out there with more power and a more aggressive personality, the Gixxer 1000R tempers the delivery for a user-friendly ride that is easy to manage, even when you unleash the top-end performance. In keeping with the race-style theme of the bike, the six-speed tranny comes in the cassette style that allows for quick gear-set changes, just like the circuit bikes.

First gear is shorter now, so you can come out of the hole with more authority than ever before, and the Clutch Assist System works like a slipper clutch for an easy lever pull when you want to shift, and an up/down quickshifter feature that shifts for you when you want to shift really fast sans clutch action.

Engine: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Displacement: 999.8 cc
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.1 mm
Compression Ratio: 13.2: 1
Fuel System: Suzuki Fuel Injection with Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate type
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH

Design

  • Improved aerodynamics
  • LED lighting
  • GSX-RR MotoGP-inspired LCD display
  • Removable pillion
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I know you fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there are positively giddy at the prospect of dragging a knee (or elbow?).

Built for low-resistance air penetration, the GSX-R1000R leads off with a cyclops headlight that forms the entry for the front fairing. Intake ducts on either side of the light come with small scoops that shunt air pressure away from the front end along with a bubble windscreen up top punching a hole for the rider.

Air flows into the gaping maw at the front of the cowling to flush the waste heat through a number of vents and channels where it then smoothly reintegrates with the slipstream to minimize power-sapping drag. The full belly fairing channels cooling air over the exhaust pipe and does its bit to minimize turbulence and drag as well.

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Lookin’ at the tapered bottom, upswept exhaust, and jockey-mount foot controls, it’s pretty clear that this bike is built to take corners much more aggressively than my courage will allow, but I know you fiery-eyed pegdraggers out there are positively giddy at the prospect of dragging a knee (or elbow?) around a track corner.

Clip-on bars pronate the rider over the 4.2-gallon, fuel-tank hump and a flange atop the tank forms a pocket for the knee ahead of the narrow union of the pilot’s seat and trailing edge of the tank. Not only does the skinny waist give your legs a break when you put your feet down, but it also leaves plenty of room to throw around some body English.

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The rise to the pillion pad creates a butt-retainer for the pilot, and the pad itself comes with a grabstrap and flip-up footpegs for the passenger but little in the way of comfort, I’m afraid. No biggie; it ain’t that kind of bike, is it now.

An LED taillight forms the terminus of the body, and it does its bit to keep to keep the rear-end clean as it integrates the turn signals and taillight into one display. A hangy-downy mudguard/plateholder finishes off the gear-in-the-rear.

Chassis

  • Advanced Showa Balance Free Front Fork
  • MotoGP-derived specs
  • Increased chassis stability
  • GSX-R1000R-specific Motion Track ABS
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First gear is shorter now, so you can come out of the hole with more authority than ever before.

The aluminum, twin-spar frame dropped 10-percent of its overall weight for this latest generation of GSX-R1000R with a slimmer build that protects the gains afforded by the low-resistance entry. Engine position within the frame was tipped with a six-degree cant to the rear to tune the center-of-gravity and extend the aluminum, “superbike-braced” swingarm by 1.57 inches (40 mm).

At the steering head, a race-ready tripletree mounts the inverted Showa Balance Free Forks (BFF) that are meant to inject yet another dose of racetrack performance into the mix with a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion lite out back and full adjustability all around. This is top-shelf stuff folks, and it will get even better before we’re done.

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The brakes roll with dual 320 mm discs and four-piston Brembo calipers up front and a 240 mm disc and Nissin caliper out back, and the anchors come with a very special sort of ABS on board, the Motion Track Brake System. It reads the bike’s motion and attitude as recorded by the Inertial Meaurement Unit, calculates the available traction and tailors the intervention levels to match. If you overbrake up front and start to lift the rear end, the system feathers the front brake to maintain even traction and keep the bike stable, and I have it on good authority that it works well with trail-braking, too.

Suspension, Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front: Brembo 4-piston, Disc, twin, ABS-equipped
Brakes, Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, Disc single, ABS-equipped
Tire, Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tire, Rear: 190/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless

Suzuki GSX-R1000R Price

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Considering what you get, the $17.9k price tag isn't so bad.

You can pick up a new GSX-R1000R for $17,899 base MSRP. For 2022, you can choose between the sinister Metallic Matte Black or go for the two-tone Metallic Matte Black / Glass Matte Mechanical Gray. This price gets you a 12-month, unlimited-mileage warranty.

Warranty: 12 month unlimited mileage limited warranty
Color:
└ 2017: Glass Sparkle Black, Metallic Triton Blue
└ 2018: Metallic Triton Blue, Pearl Glacier White or Metallic Mat Black No. 2
└ 2019, 2020: Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black/Pearl Mira Red
└ 2021: Metallic Matte Black No. 2
└ 2022: Metallic Matte Black No. 2, Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Matte Mechanical Gray
Price:
└ 2017, 2018: $17,199
└ 2019: $17,499
└ 2020: $17,699
└ 2021: $17,749
└ 2022: $17,899

Competitors

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2017 - 2022 Honda CBR1000RR
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The electronic fandanglery is strong with the CBR, but each have their own charms, and it will come down to personal taste on that point.

It’s hard to think about Japanese literbikes without Honda’s CBR1000RR also coming to mind, so I’m going to hit up the Red Riders for their flagship liter for my head-to-head.

Honda CBR1000RR

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Right off, the Honda’s Honda-ness makes itself apparent in the somewhat boxy visage typical of the brand. The front fairing comes with a similar shape that shunts air pressure aside for better penetration and a bubble fairing for the rider’s pocket. Other than that somewhat-angular quality I mentioned before, the two share a very similar shape. Let’s face it; there’s only so many ways to build an efficient bike.

Honda runs Showa components front and rear, but opts for the BPF system rather than the BFF on the Gixxer. Brakes are similar though, and Honda even manages a cornering-ABS feature to match Suzuki’s MTB system that also prevents rear-end lift. Samey-same. Engine size clocks in a tad smaller at 998 cc, but the power difference is quite disproportional to that size offset with 189 horsepower and 84 pounds o’ grunt. The electronic fandanglery is strong with the CBR, but each have their own charms, and it will come down to personal taste on that point.

Regardless of taste, I think everyone can agree that paying less is better, and the CBR’s $16,499 sticker will certainly win it some friends at the end of the day.

Read our full review of the Honda CBR1000RR.

He Said

“Loving the revamp. I’ve always had a soft spot for the Gixxers ever since I nearly scared the water out of myself on an 1100 back in the day, and it’s nice to see the family is still around after three decades of production.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “You know, as a street bike, this GSX-R1000R really isn’t a bad ride. The seat is surprisingly comfortable for a sportbike and I could see myself putting state lines behind me on it, though the foot position is a bit higher than I’d like for long-distance. The new engine gives plenty of torque at low revs and the new electronic aids really make the bike more street-friendly. Comparing this to the plain GSX-R1000, I think the steering is a bit more on point on the R1000, but you get a much better overall ride on the R1000R.”

Source: Introducing the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R | Suzuki Cycles

TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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