2020 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Suzuki improved its GSX-R1000 ahead of MY2020 in a bid to “reclaim the King of Sportbikes crown” as the factory so succinctly puts it. This rebuild comes close on the heels of the last revamp that landed just a couple short years ago, but it adds some significant features, most of which can be found “under the hood” or in the electronics suite. A couple of tweaks to the frame tune handling characteristics while the cornering ABS feature and variable valve-timing engine carries over from the previous generation. All in all, Suzuki turns in a very streetworthy racebike that’s nothing short of a technological showcase on two wheels.
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000
Engine upgrades joined other improvements in the 2018 model year as Suzuki pushes to keep its sport-standard-sector momentum going with the GSX-S1000. The family tree branched yet again with the new-in-2018, blackout GSX-S1000Z and Suzuki dropped the “F” in favor of the “FZ” for last year. The family now has even more of what it takes to dominate the street with a Gixxer engine in a naked bike chassis.
2015 - 2018 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki keeps improving and expanding its signature supersport series, and the 2020 GSX-R750 carries the torch first ignited by the original Gixxer 750 all the way back in 1984. Granted, the “late model” Gixxers dropped the steel frame in favor of aluminum, and the air-cooled engine has been replaced with a jacketed mill, but the overall mission for the bike remains the same: to provide the general public with the most race-ready production bike available for legal use on the street. Of course, the rest of the market has caught up to Suzuki and the supersport segment is flooded with similarly capable rides — and a good number of more capable sleds — though the most race-tastic of them are far more expensive than the $12K-ish GSX-R750.
2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000X
Suzuki’s GSX-R has long been synonymous with top-tier, street-legal race bikes, and the new-for-2019 GSX-R1000X looks to continue and improve on that reputation. This new “Gixxer” is built around Suzuki’s design trinity that’s succinctly broken down as “run, stop, and turn” to give the “X” more of what most folks look for in a sportbike. A new powerplant rides in an equally new frame to make the GSX-R1000X a unique machine that follows the natural progression of design from the GSX-R1000 model it replaces.
2019 Suzuki GSX-S1000FZ
Suzuki’s GSX-S family has always been about bringing sportbike performance to the commuter and touring market, and the 2019 GSX-S1000FZ looks to be Suzuki’s new flagship model in that particular stable. The “FZ” combines the beating heart from a Gixxer with top-end suspension and brakes in a slightly more relaxed package to put the “sport” back in sport-tourer. Suzuki finishes up with the two most common ride-quality/safety subsystems – TC and ABS – to make the FZ competitive on the world stage all the way around.
2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Suzuki gave its iconic sportbike GSX-R1000 an overhaul in 2017 with a new liquid-cooled engine, a new frame, new ECM, new ride-by-wire throttle bodies and a host of other goodies to keep this ride current and relevant in its sixth generation. The engineers at the factory show their love for the GSX-R1000 by making it the most powerful and hardest accelerating Gixxer-with-a-single-R to date with a boost in horsepower that pushes the claimed figure up to 199 ponies at the shaft. Simultaneously, the engineers made the foundation both lighter and stronger so even more of the available power makes it to pavement. End result: more of what we expect from the Gixxer family.
2018 - 2019 Suzuki GSX250R
All-new in 2018, the GSX250R from Suzuki is set to enter the race to the bottom. Not the bottom of the stack, but the bottom of the displacement range with its 248 cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine. Suzuki jumps on the go-small-or-go-home bandwagon with a sportbike carrying all the genetic markers of the Katana family, and exactly what one would expect from one of the Big Four.
2017 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Coming off a fresh update in 2017, Suzuki carries its GSX-R1000R into MY2019 with a new color palette, but little else in the way of changes. The next-gen “Gixxer” 1000 brings 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 mortal, non-professional riders dirty-side down as we explore our electronically augmented performance envelope. MotoGP tech influences the design to give the rider a little taste of track-day performance, or at the very least, ’performance light.’
2019 Suzuki GSX-S750 / GSX-S750Z
Suzuki shuffled its “standard” selections ahead of MY2019 with a new powerplant based on the proven Gixxer mill. The GSX-S750 lineup includes an ABS model and a custom-flavored, “Z” blackout package that the factory hopes will cover all the bases in the mid-size naked-sport sector. Additionally, it rocks a robust electronics suite with engine-control features as well as safety-related goodies. Power and agility (read: fun) come together with Spartan looks and a modicum of comfort on these bikes, so let’s dive right into the details to see what else Suzuki has in store for us.
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2018 Suzuki GSX-S125
While most eyes are on the battle for supremacy of the upper-displacement brackets, the fight between the flyweights rages on, and Suzuki’s newest weapon is its GSX-S125. Like the rest of the “Gixxess” family, it comes based on the “R” version but is stripped of its body panels to become a proper naked sportbike. The 124 cc powerplant stays within the A1 licensing envelope with 10.8 kW to serve as a true entry-level bike cum indoctrination piece capable of drawing in the very youngest riders, and that’s exactly how it’s set up; to be as rider-friendly as possible with a low curb weight of 133 kg and manageable, 785 mm seat height. Today I’m going to dig in a little deeper to see what all Suzuki has going on with this decidedly important little ride.
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2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 / GSX-S750Z
Suzuki buffs its GSX-S750 for the 2018 model year with a new style, 110-plus horsepower plant and revamped brakes. Its darker sibling, the “Z” variant, adds ABS to the stock equipment package along with its blackout panache. Electronic fandanglery abounds with traction control and an Idle-Speed Control along with a Low-RPM Assist feature to help deliver safe, controllable power even at low speeds. How does it all stack up? Well, I’m going to take a look at these two rides today, and my perspective is that these are important models in a market-significant displacement bracket, and they have some pretty big shoes to fill. Let’s see how they measure up.
Continue reading for my review of the Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z.
2018 Suzuki GSX-R125
Suzuki doubles down in the worldwide race to the bottom with its newly-redesigned GSX-R125. This pocket-rocket carries the undeniable genetic markers and the typical, race-tastic visage associated with the family. Engine output falls just shy of 15 horsepower (11 kW) and displacement is just under the 125 cc mark as well, so British riders can use it on the road with just a CBT certificate. This is no accident, since indoctrination is best when started young, and only good things can come from instilling some brand loyalty right at the entry level. Sure, there are plenty of 125 cc two-wheelers out there, but many are cheap Chinese imports and the rest are scooters, so there’s definitely room in the market for a trainer bike with the name power and reputation of the Suzuki GSX-R family. Personally, I rather like these small-displacement sportbikes. Their simplicity is refreshing, and what they lack in top-end, they make up with handling which is where the fun is, anyway.
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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:
Suzuki launched a legacy when it introduced the world to the GSX-R750 back in 1985, and the factory has added to that family tree with the release of the new-in-2016 GSX-S1000, and built upon it once again in 2017 with the GSX-S1000, the ABS-equipped version of same, and the S1000F. Consider this bike the street-wise cousin to the more race-centric GSX-R range.
The GSX-S1000 does more than bear a passing familial resemblance however, it actually shares parts and technology with its MotoGP relative, including the 999 cc engine used in the GSX-R1000. Set up for street domination, this bike proves that the GSX legacy is alive and well.
Continue reading for the my review of the Suzuki GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000 ABS, and GSX-S1000F.
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.
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The GSX1250FAZ retains all the excellent qualities of the GSX1250FA but adds a fresh look that grabs attention while remaining tasteful and refined. The Z’s special styling is delivered by contrasting wheel stripes and a blue/red/black three colour graphic scheme running from front to rear, ensuring a unique appearance from any angle.
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Suzuki made waves around the world when it released its original GSX-R back in the mid ’80s. Essentially, it was a street-legal race bike built on the proven GSX platform that came out in 1980, and it was a big hit with the motorcycling masses. In 2015, the GSX offspring carried on the family name with the race-centric GSX-R range, and the more street-errific GSX-S models. While the gixxers are true sportbikes, Suzuki bills the GSX-S as a “standard” motorcycle within the Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM) category, and tunes it specifically for dedicated street use.
If you think that makes this a “de-tuned” bike, I invite you to grab a fistful of throttle and get back to me. The engine runs a more street-friendly cam, and has some modifications to the intake and exhaust tracts, but it’s essentially the same mill Suzuki uses to power the GSX-R750 range. Not a bad place to start, if you ask me.
Today I want to take a look at the GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z. Suzuki carried the S750 into 2016 with naught but a difference in paint selection to choose between the years, but the “Z” version won’t see any new units in the coming year.
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A lightweight chassis featuring a compact wheelbase and race-developed suspension. A compact, powerful 4-cylinder engine delivering a real-world demonstration of advanced race-proven technology. The GSX-R600 - designed to be The Top Performer in its class, a total package designed to Own the Racetrack.
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