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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

It’s sport-touring with a GSX-R-derived engine. Yeah, just like that.

Suzuki replaces the GSX-S1000F sport-tourer with an all new “GT” version on the GSX-S1000 platform for the 2022 model year. Long distance comfort and sportbike performance combine on the new GT and its GT+ sibling, along with top-shelf stability and ride-quality electronics to complete the package.

  • 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    999 cc
  • Top Speed:
    164 mph
  • Price:
    13149

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Design

  • LED lighting
  • 6.5-inch color TFT display
  • Suzuki mySPIN connectivity
  • Sportbike styling
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
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Overall, the S1000GT carries itself with a sporty mien that even the saddlebags and optional taller windshield can't diminish.

Both of the GSX-S1000GT siblings carry themselves in a very sport-tastic fashion, but with some calculated adjustments here and there to increase long-distance comfort. An aggressive fairing leads the way with two small-but-potent LED headlights to split the night below an LED marker light. Lick-’em stick-’em standoff turn signals ride down on the edge of the cowling scoop, and I can’t help but wonder if Suzuki missed an opportunity by opting not to incorporate the blinkers with the mirrors, or at least mounted them so they didn’t seem like an afterthought. C’mon guys.

The mirrors are on mid-length standoffs outboard of the windscreen that boasts added protection from the wind pressure for the pilot’s shoulders. The glass is fully vented to create a low-turbulence wind bubble for rider and passenger alike, along with protection for the instrumentation. If you shop in the Big-and-Tall isle, the optional touring screen comes 2.75-inches taller and canted forward just a skosh just for you.

A relaxed rider’s triangle allows for a more upright posture than you might expect from any sort of sport bike, and since the cast handlebar has been stretched by 0.90-inch, you can also expect more leverage over the steering. The rider’s footpegs were also dropped a skosh for more legroom, while the passenger pegs are designed to work in conjunction with the bags that are optional on the base GT but are standard equipment on the GT+ model. These hard-side panniers can hold most full-face buckets, though a large modular helmet probably won’t fit, so check it out if you wear one of the big buckets.

A 6.5-inch TFT screen serves as the instrument display and doubles as the interface for the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.). This pair of bikes carry Suzuki’s new mySPIN feature that brings communication, navigation, weather, and music to stave off boredom on long hauls and help you plan your route. The mySPIN infotainment system app is available as a free download from the Apple App Store or Google Play to manage your road tunes.

Suzuki expanded the fuel capacity by half a gallon up to an even five gallons of gas for greater range and confidence when traversing fuel deserts. The deep swale of the saddle gives way to a tall pillion platform, complete with beefy J.C. rails that double as anchors for a bungee net.

LED lights take care of business out back with a taillight in the tip of the subframe, above more short standoff blinker bars and a short mudguard that’s just big enough to mount the plate. A swingarm-mount hugger completes the fling containment out back. Overall, it carries itself with a sporty mien that even the saddlebags and optional taller windshield can’t diminish.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Chassis

  • Nimble, lightweight chassis
  • Adjustable suspension, front & rear
  • Lean-optimized ABS
  • Ample brakes
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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
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The base GT rolls just a skosh under a quarter-ton at 498 pounds wet, so the dual front brakes are almost overkill.

Aluminum is the material of choice for the twin-spar main frame on the GSX-S1000GT while welded-up tubing makes up the bolt-on subframe structure. Cast-aluminum rims round out the rolling chassis with a lightweight six-spoke design. Dunlop’s new Roadsport 2 radial hoops make the connection to the concrete in a 120/70 ahead of a 190/50, all with a race-tastic “Z” rating that’ll handle anything you and the GT can dish out.

An aluminum-alloy swingarm articulates for the rear wheel with a coil-over monoshock on damping duties that delivers adjustable spring preload and variable rebound-damping effects. Up front, the inverted, 43 mm forks rock the full trinity of tweaks along with 4.7 inches of travel, which is pretty much at the top of the street/sport range and should be ample for civilized roads.

The base GT rolls just a skosh under a quarter-ton at 498 pounds wet, so the dual front brakes are almost overkill. A pair of Brembo, four-bore, opposed-piston binders bite 310 mm discs to provide plenty of braking power up front with a single-pot Nissin caliper and 240 mm disc out back. This is a lot of brakeage, but the GT rolls with lean-optimized ABS that lets you safely get the most out of the anchors, even in the corners. An adjustable brake lever lets you quickly dial in for comfort to suit your hand size.

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, ABS-equipped
Brakes Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Drivetrain

  • Cruise control and 5-mode traction control
  • Liquid-cooled oil cooler
  • GSX-R-derived engine
  • Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System
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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
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The GSX-R-derived engine produces a smooth, broad torque curve with more horsepower.

Suzuki refined its GSX-S1000 powerplant in the GT and GT+ ahead of MY22 with new cams that trade lift and overlap in favor of lower emissions, along with a new chain tensioner and tension adjuster meant to deliver a longer service life. Ventilation between sections of the engine help reduce pumping losses, and friction takes a hit from the electro-plated cylinder walls that replace the old-school inserts.

Suzuki’s proprietary Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber produces positive flame-front propagation for a little extra boost in power and mileage. Oversquare, the mill runs a 73.4 mm bore and 59 mm stroke for a grand total of 999 cc and a compression ratio that, at 12.2-to-1, will demand high-octane pump champagne to prevent knock/ping/run-on.

Ride-by-wire throttle control and individual throttle bodies manage the engine that claims 150 horsepower with 80 pound-feet of torque on tap at 11,000 rpm and 9,250 rpm, respectively. The electronical (sic) yummygoodness doesn’t stop there. Suzuki’s Intelligent Ride System bundles a trio of Drive Modes that allow for quick personality changes on the road. Traction control comes with a total of five levels of intervention, up from three, and it can be turned off altogether if you prefer a full-raw throttle response.

A slipper-type clutch couples engine power to the six-speed transmission, and a duplex Quick Shifter that lets you bang your way both up and down the range with nary a touch of the clutch lever, or even rolling off the throttle. A chain-type final drive carries power to the rear hoop with an overall drive ratio that turns out around 164 mph at the top end.

Engine: 999cc, 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 Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies
Starter: Electric
Ignition: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate SCAS type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH, 525 x 116 links

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Price

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MSRP starts at $13.2k for the base model and $13.8k for the Plus.

The base model 2022 GSX-S1000GT rolls in a choice between Metallic Reflective Blue or Glass Sparkle Black, and starts out at $13,149 MSRP. If you want the GT+ model, expect to pay $13,799 to get it. The “Plus” pushes a taller windscreen and adds clip-on tank bags to the cargo capacity, and for the cold-weather riders out there, heated grips finish out the trim package.

Warranty: 12-month, unlimited mileage limited warranty (Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)
Color: Metallic Reflective Blue, Glass Sparkle Black
Price: $13,149, GT+: $13,799

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Competitors

2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 / 950 S
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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
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Rather than picking a domestic marque for Suzuki’s competition, I went instead to Europe’s Boot for Ducati’s SuperSport 950 model to go against a base GT.

Ducati SuperSport 950

2021 Ducati SuperSport 950 / 950 S
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No doubt about it, the 950 will add some sport to your commute courtesy of the 937 cc, 110-pony, 69 lb-ft powerplant.

It’s worth mentioning that Ducati offers a touring package ex-sale that matches the Suzuki’s heated handgrips, and taller-than-stock touring windscreen to make it comparable to the GT+. As for the stock “950,” its racing roots are evident in its windtunnel-tested bodywork.

Ducati scores with its LED front turn signals that are integrated with the mirrors, well out of harm’s way, though its stock glass leaves something to be desired. No doubt about it, the 950 will add some sport to your commute courtesy of the 937 cc, 110-pony, 69 pound-feet powerplant, even though it falls well short of the 150/80 output of the Suzuki engine.

Ducati rocks a robust electronics suite with even more safety goodies baked in. Wheelie Control and Power Modes add to the cornering ABS, Riding Modes, and traction control that comes on the GT for an overall superior package, in number of features if not the quality thereof.

I reckon it’s this extra fandanglery that has the price up at $13,995 MSRP, since it’s certainly not a superior displacement, even prouder than the Plus-model GT which means you get more bike for your buck from the Suzuki.

Read our full review of the Ducati Supersport 950/ 950S.

He Said

Definitely a good balance of sport and tour, though I use that second term very loosely. That said, the 37 liters of storage add some practicality as a commuter or errand-runner, and a fun one at that with its 160-plus top speed. Or maybe not so much fun having to hold back that much. You tell me.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “I think the new GSX-S1000GT is what we wanted the S1000F to be. The rider triangle is tour-friendly and performance is sportbike-like. The GSX-R-derived engine has a broad torque band with smooth power delivery just about anywhere in the rev range. It’s a nice sport-tourer at a not-so-bad price point.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT 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 Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies
Starter: Electric
Ignition: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate SCAS type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH, 525 x 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, ABS-equipped
Brakes Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length: 84.3 in.(2,140 mm)
Overall Width: 32.5 in.(825 mm)*
Overall Height: 47.8 in.(1,215 mm)
Wheelbase: 57.5 in. (1,460 mm)
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.(140 mm)
Seat Height: 31.9 in.(810 mm)
Curb Weight: 498 lb.(226 kg)*
Fuel Tank Capacity: 5.0 gal.(19.0 L)
Electricals:
Spark Plug: NGK CR9EIA-9 or DENSO IU27D Iridium-style
Headlight: Dual LED
Turn Signals: LED
Tail Light: LED
Details:
Warranty: 12-month, unlimited mileage limited warranty (Longer coverage periods with other benefits available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)
Color: Metallic Reflective Blue, Glass Sparkle Black
Price: $13,149, GT+: $13,799

* Excludes GT+ panniers

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Source: 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT: Soul of a Champion, Ready to go the Distance

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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