2017 Suzuki GSX-R 1000/R
In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold centre stage, this Japanese brand’s Superbikes have always been the epitome of a reputation for being the most practical superbikes in all of its class respectively. There is no doubt regarding the fact that Suzuki has one of the most expansive and versatile lineups of superbikes and high capacity motorcycles in the country and have become a serious conscience for sportbikes in the country.
Of all that we have, the 2001 entry kid GSX-R1000 is regarded as one of the most usable supersport bikes on sale in the two-wheeler market, which is tamable effectively by both the amateur as well as seasonal bikers. Launched to the world almost three decades ago, the GSX-R 1000 has humbled more than a million customers and has single-handedly transformed the open sportbike class constantly. People soon called it The King of Sportbikes. Then competition happened and it soon lost the throne to the other European and Japanese lords.
Suzuki has regularly managed to update the GSX-R1000 time and again with a series of minimal cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. For this 6th generation, however, the folks at Suzuki are determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its throne and become the top performing motorcycle to the world to see. Built by engineers with years of experience and dominations in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, and most importantly the WSBK MotoGP technology, the 2017 GSX-R 1000 is touted to become the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R 1000 ever. Let’s have a look at this new King:
The GSX-R1000 has been around for a minute, since it replaced the GSX-R1100 back in ’01 in fact, and 2016 sees the release of a total of three Gixxer 1000s with the GSX-R1000, the ABS version and the Commemorative model up for grabs. I’ve had an appreciation for Gixxers ever since I scared myself on one back in ’94, and the fact that Suzuki has managed to keep the family relevant for so long makes me appreciate it even more.
Buyer enthusiasm for race bikes is starting to wane a bit in favor of some of the more naked, streetwise machines, but Suzuki doesn’t let that dissuade them as they push right ahead with their flagship production racebike. Join me while I take a look at what Suzuki has going on with this latest effort to keep things going with the venerable Gixxer line.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-R1000.
The Suzuki GSX-R750 is a sporty motorcycle designed for those who love to mix speed with two wheels.
The motorcycle’s center piece is a 750 cc, four cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC engine that comes with forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes.
The engine is paired with a six-speed close-ratio transmission with “race-proven” back-torque-limiting clutch.
The bike’s backbone is represented by a lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame which is made of five cast sections and comes with a cast swingarm.
The 2014 Suzuki GSX-R750 rides on a lightweight 41 mm Showa Big Piston front-Fork (BPF) and a single Showa rear shock that features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, as well as adjustable ride height.
You also get a pair of racy 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) front and 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) rear tubeless tires.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Suzuki GSX-R750.
The Suzuki GSX-R600 has already proven its value and in at the moment is considered one of the best models in its class.
At the heart of the motorcycle lies a 599 cc, four cylinder engine which breaths through a 4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system. The engine is kept in leash by a six-speed close-ratio transmission that features vertically staggered shafts to reduce overall engine length.
The motorcycle is built on a lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame which is made of five cast sections and features a cast swingarm.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include 3-way adjustable footpegs, an adjustable shift lever, a modern instrument cluster that features an analog tachometer with LCD readouts of the speedometer, odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure indicator, S-DMS and gear position indicators.
Hit the jump for more information on the 2014 Suzuki GSX-R600.
Suzuki carries on producing the GSX-R600 with little design tweaks and presents a new color range aimed at upgrading the bike’s exterior. This is the main 2010 strategy for the middleweight class (and not only) as manufacturers reunite with their drawing boards for future generation models.
By presenting the 2010 GSX-R 750, Suzuki gives a big slap on the necks of those who expected them to stop making this superbike. A motorcycle that was successfully produced for decades and has even inspired the introduction of the GSX-R 600 back in the early 1990s carries on as a unique presence on a continuously growing market, but, apparently, one in which competitors can’t see the effectiveness of the 750cc sport bike.
While the last Suzuki GSX-R 1000 model didn’t just feature some new color schemes and that was it – as Suzuki’s liter class model turned into a more compact, lighter, as well as a more powerful package in 2009 – the 2010 one carries on being produced without any technical or visual changes apart from the new color schemes. Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer offers a 25th anniversary limited edition model to celebrate the fact that the Gixxer has been around for a quarter of a century and this might just be enough to keep it on the buyer’s map in 2010.
Last week we helped spread out the word that Suzuki was going to unveil a 25th anniversary GSX-R1000 limited edition model at the NEC Show in Birmingham to celebrate a quarter of a century since the first GSX-R model of the series was produced back in 1985. Meanwhile, Suzuki did more than keeping their promise. They have also revealed a limited edition version of the extremely popular GSX-R750 model with the same excuse in the back of their minds.
While the liter bike will sell in a number of 1000 units, its smaller sibling, the GSX-R750 (which is available only in Great Britain), will be even more exclusive as only 25 such motorcycles will be produced. But what will those who miss the chance to buy one lose? Technically nothing apart from the awesome-looking Yoshimura exhaust, but those who like the special color scheme replicating the 1996 blue/white one most likely don’t care about that. Each of the very special 25 Suzukis comes with a commemorative number on the top yoke and certificate.
In 2010, Suzuki will celebrate 25 years of producing the GSX-R series and have created a limited edition GSX-R1000 for the occasion. Called the Suzuki GSX-R1000Z, the anniversary edition will only feature cosmetic differences compared to a standard GSX-R1000 K9 or K10 model (there’s no mechanical difference between the two model years anyway).
Only 1000 such bikes will be made and feature a gold or beige frame, swingarm and parts of the fairing combined with the dominant pearl white color on the fairing. Also, the Gixxer will feature 25th anniversary graphics on the fairing, mufflers, wheel rims and ignition key, as well as a serial number plate.
Suzuki plans to take the wraps off the GSX-R1000Z 25th anniversary edition this week at the NEC Show in Birmingham.
Update: Video is attached after the break.
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