The GSX-S1000F has a GSX-R-derived engine for Gixxer thrills in a comfortable ride

Suzuki rolls its GSX-S1000F into MY2020 with a new Glass Sparkle Black colorway that is sure to turn heads, day or night. A GSX-R-based engine design delivers the goods with advanced rider-aid technology along with adjustable suspension and ABS protection to finish the package. This model makes an “all-new” return in 2020 after a hiatus last year.

  • 2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
  • Year:
    2017- 2020
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    999 cc
  • Top Speed:
    164 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    11599
  • Price:

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Design

  • Full fairing
  • Dual headlights
  • LCD display
  • Comfortable ergonomics
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2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
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The GSX-S1000F toes the GSX family line and leads the way with an aerodynamic front fairing that delivers low-resistance penetration and houses the dual headlights in relative safety. The fairing opens up in its usual scoop that funnels cooling air through the radiator and forces waste heat out of the mostly-enclosed engine compartment.

Up top, a mostly-clear windscreen forms the wind pocket, but since it’s vented, it pulls double duty as a head buffet-mitigation device that’ll smooth out the upper slipstream for ya’. A short-rise handlebar mounts atop the upper tripleclamp with dead-short risers, and this adds up to more of an upright, standard-type rider’s triangle that takes some pressure off your wrists and shoulders, plus it leaves room to tuck in for speed if you prefer.

The waist area where tank, seat, and body converge is just about as narrow as it comes for confidence at stops and plenty of room to throw around some body English. The pillion perches atop the up-swept tail section to form a butt-stop to go with the curved front saddle so it cradles and contains the pilot, even under, shall we say, the most enthusiastic acceleration.

A swingarm-mount hugger joins a subframe-mount mudguard to contain the fling from the rear wheel, and as usual, the upper member also mounts the plate, taglight, and rear turn signals to keep the tail looking slim and clean. Suzuki didn’t stray far from its established look, so the new GSX-S1000F sports the usual curvaceous panache and aggressive posture.

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Chassis

  • Agile handling
  • fully adjustable KYB suspension
  • Suzuki Advanced Traction Control
  • ABS
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2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
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Suzuki revisited its previous GSX-S1000F frame with low weight, low bulk, and agility in mind, and the new frame has all of the above in spades. Inverted, 43 mm KYB forks float the front end on the full trinity of adjustments and 4.7 inches of travel for a plush and tunable ride.

Out back, a link-type rear shock takes care of business with adjustable preload and rebound damping, so you can count on a fairly high degree of ride-quality adjustment all the way around. Symmetrical, 17-inch cast-aluminum wheels round out the rolling chassis with Dunlop radial hoops in a 120/70 up front followed by a 180/50 for the generous, sticky contact patches they provide.

Dual, 310 mm front brake discs work with four-piston, Brembo Monobloc calipers to deliver the bulk of the braking power, and out back, a 240 mm disc and single-pot Nissin anchor does its bit to keep your rear end where it belongs; behind you. A standard ABS feature calculates the available traction and modulates its levels of intervention accordingly, plus this year’s model rocks new brake lines that transmit more pressure to the binders for any given amount of effort at the lever due to hose-expansion mitigation. Overall, the factory sought to make this a fun and responsive riding experience; seems safe to say “job done.”

Suspension, Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front: Brembo, 4-piston, twin disc
Brakes, Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, single disc
Tires, Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires, Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Drivetrain

  • Fuel-injected, 999 cc, GSX-R-based engine
  • Delivers broad low- to mid-range power and torque
  • GSX-R1000R derived Suzuki Clutch Assist System (SCAS) drive
  • Race-proven six-speed close-ratio transmission
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2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
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The Gixxer-based engine rocks an inline-four configuration in the GSX-S1000F with a 73.4 mm bore and 59 mm stroke that gives the mill a spicy, 12.2-to-1 compression ratio and 999 cc total displacement. As for the mechanical bits, the FEM-analyzed, cast-aluminum pistons ride in low-friction bores that eliminate the need for a heavy cylinder insert through the use of Suzuki’s Composite Electro-chemical Material process. Not only does the SCEM toughen the aluminum bores, but it offers excellent heat transfer from each cylinder to the water jacket of this liquid-cooled engine.

Each of the four 44 mm throttle bodies carries an elongated ten-hole injector tip and a pair of throttle plates. One set is controlled by the rider and the other by the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve feature that balances rider demand and power potential for smooth transitions throughout the range. The factory adds its Exhaust Tuning Valve that broadens the powerband through variable exhaust backpressure and its Easy Start feature that automatically operates the starter until the engine catches, all with a single momentary stroke of the starter switch. An advanced traction controls system finishes the electronics suite with three levels of intervention plus an “Off” setting for a full-raw ride.

The transmission runs with a vertically-stacked mainshaft and countershaft within the gearbox in a move that shortened the overall drivetrain and helped to centralize the weight. A slip-and-assist clutch couples engine power to the six-speed transmixxer for a final measure to prevent loss of traction at the rear wheel and a tough chain drive carries the power to the rear wheel. The GSX-S1000 platform is limited by electronic governor at 164 mph, which is plenty enough to get yourself in a whole heap of trouble with the folks down at the department, know what I mean?

Engine: 999 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm (2.890 in. x 2.323 in.)
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Fuel System: Fuel injection with SDTV
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH, 116 links

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Price

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Base MSRP on the 2020 GSX-S1000F is a cool $11,599, just three bills more than the outgoing 2018. Not a bad deal for a workover like the “F” received ahead of this year and the powerplant that drives it.

Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).
Color:
└ 2017: Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray
└ 2018: Metallic Triton Blue / Glass Sparkle Black or Pearl Glacier White
└ 2020: Glass Sparkle Black
Price:
└ 2017: $10,999
└ 2018: $11,299
└ 2020: $11,599

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Competitors

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX
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With such a populated field, I didn’t have to go far to find a worthy opponent from another of the Japanese Big Four in Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000SX.

Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX

2020 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX
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Like a brother-from-another-mother, the Ninja 1000SX leads the way with an aggressive front fairing complete with a vented windshield, and Kawi takes the extra step of recessing the front turn signals in the fairing rather than using standoffs like the Suzuki.

Short-rise bars shorten the upper rider’s triangle for a more upright riding posture to make the Ninja as commuter-friendly as Suzuki’s GSX-S. Kawasaki pack in more cubeage with its 1,043 cc, inline-four engine, and its electronics suite is more extensive by far as it adds KIBS, Riding Modes, Power Modes, KCMF, and bi-directional KQS to the mix.

Slipper clutches and electronic throttle-valve control are constants across the board, but Kawi seals the deal with an Inertial Measurement Unit that adds corner-sensitive functionality to its on-board safety systems.

So far, the Ninja has shown itself to have a slight edge in most categories, but that changes at the checkout; Kawi looks to get $12,399 for its 2020 Ninja 1000SX, and that’s almost a grand more cheddar.

Read our full review of the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX.

He Said

“Bikes like this are a great alternative to sportier models in that while you can ride tucked in for speed, you don’t have to, so it’s more comfortable to ride for longer periods of time. I’m not wild about the bird-beak front end, but form follows function and aerodynamics comes before aesthetics, so it is what it is. Personally, if I had to pick between the two, the Ninja’s electronics would be the deciding factor.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “It’s very comfortable. I like the ergonomics. The power delivery is smooth and the bike is very responsive. It’s a sporty ride even though it’s a standard with an upright position. It is a little tall for me, but I’m such a shorty so I’m a bit tippy-toe on it. Average-height folks tell me they are comfortable and taller folks say they have plenty of room and don’t feel cramped at all. It really is a nice bike for commuting or weekend fun. It’s not aggressive, but I can get a little aggressive if I want to.”

Suzuki GSX-S1000F Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 999 cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm (2.890 in. x 2.323 in.)
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Fuel System: Fuel injection with SDTV
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch : Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH, 116 links
Chassis:
Suspension, Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front: Brembo, 4-piston, twin disc
Brakes, Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, single disc
Tires, Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires, Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length: 83.3 in.(2,115 mm)
Overall Width: 31.3 in.(795 mm)
Overall Width: 46.5 in.(1,180 mm)
Wheelbase: 57.6 in.(1,460 mm)
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.(140 mm)
Seat Height: 31.9 in.(810 mm)
Curb Weight: 474 lb.(215 kg)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.0 L (4.5 US gal.)
Electrics:
Ignition: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Spark Plugs: NGK CR9EIA-9 or DENSO IU27D
Headlight: 12V 55W (H7) x 2
Tail Light: LED
Details:
Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty. Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).
Color:
└ 2017: Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray
└ 2018: Metallic Triton Blue / Glass Sparkle Black or Pearl Glacier White
└ 2020: Glass Sparkle Black
Price:
└ 2017: $10,999
└ 2018: $11,299
└ 2020: $11,599

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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 More
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