Aggressively Riding Two Worlds - Suzuki's GSX-S1000F

Calling it ‘Machina Non-Nudus’ Suzuki’s turn of a Latin phrase points to its aggressive new direction in the GSX series with its S1000F.

Promising a sophisticated chassis, refined for exceptional rider control and comfort along with the latest state-of-the-art technology, Suzuki is proud of this powerful, little motorcycle.

Using the phrase ‘born on the racetrack and raised on the street’ Suzuki presents this model for consideration among those motorcycles that handle as well on the daily commute as they would at ‘Track Day’.

Case in point, the 2016 GSX-S1000F ABS is derived from the legendary, championship-winning 2005-2008 generation GSX-R1000. The new GSX-S lineup carries the spirit of the Suzuki GSX-R to the street, with shared technology and components packaged into a chassis designed specifically for street riding comfort.


The GSX-S1000F ABS is powered by a 999cc inline four-cylinder powerplant that’s based on the long-stroke GSX-R1000 engine, which makes for ideal street-riding power and torque curve. Focused on making big power through the low and mid-range, this engine also uses cams optimized to deliver street-dominating power.

Aside from an obviously powerful engine, Suzuki’s Advanced Traction Control System and Brembo brakes with Antilock Brake System, the 2016 GSX-S1000F ABS is a street bike promising some serious performance. Add to this what’s being called ‘wild, rugged, and aggressive styling’ and you have a motorcycle that can tap into the term of roadster as much as the sportsbike category its filed under on Suzuki’s website.

This style comes partly from the model’s full fairing and upper windshield. Styled to complement the rest of the chassis and to house an expanded lighting capability, this fairing adds the proper amount of benefits without detracting from the motorcycles other assets.

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The Powerhouse

This powerplant boasts a finely tuned fuel injection system that use Suzuki’s innovative SDTV-equipped (Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve) 44mm throttle bodies. The 73.4mm x 59.0mm long-stroke engine design helps create a broad spread of power throughout the entire rpm range. To this end, new camshaft profiles were designed to optimize street performance while maintaining peak, racetrack level performance.

The engine isn’t only designed for power, but to also give the rider more miles for less. The 10-hole, long-nosed fuel injectors on each throttle body help create better combustion efficiency while reducing fuel consumption.

Iridium spark plugs increase the spark strength and combustion efficiency, contributing to higher power, more linear throttle response, easier engine start-up, and a more stable idle compared to conventional type. These quality components also last longer than conventional spark plugs.

Details for the gearheads out there, new pistons, engineered with use of FEM (Finite Element Method) analysis, are cast with optimal rigidity and weight. Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)-plated cylinders integrated into the upper crankcase reduce friction and improve heat transfer and durability.

The engine may appear smaller with the proven six-speed close-ratio transmission features vertically staggered shafts to reduce overall engine length.

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The GSX-S1000F ABS features Suzuki’s advanced Traction Control System to let the rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions. It continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, throttle opening, engine speed, and the selected transmission gear to adjust engine output if wheel spin is detected.

There are four traction control modes (1, 2, 3, and OFF) and the difference between the modes are their sensitivity to road conditions. Mode 1 is lowest sensitivity level most suitable for skilled riders or in conditions that have good road surface grip, sport riding on good and smooth roads. Mode 2 is next sensitivity level suitable for most riders and road conditions which would include most riding conditions and urban riding. Mode 3 is highest sensitivity level suitable for road conditions where the grip may be limited such as wet or cold surfaces.

Finally, ‘OFF’ disengages all traction control features.

Rack and pinion clutch release and refined shift linkage helps the rider easily and quickly select the best gear for the riding conditions.

The GSX-S1000F ABS will get noticed for more than the bike's looks, its 4-2-1 exhaust system not only contributes to a strong low-to-mid range output but offers exciting exhaust notes and adrenaline-rushing performance when the engine speed is increased. The Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) system-equipped mid-muffler design enhances style and aids in mass centralization for great chassis balance.

Mixing looks, performance and handling, angular radiator shrouds efficiently guide cooling air to the new high-capacity curved radiator. Additional heat is removed from the engine via the use of a lightweight and compact liquid-cooled oil cooler.


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Suzuki style       

Lightweight and compact chassis is engineered to be agile and fun-to-ride for a wide range of riders. This ability starts with the low-mass rigid aluminum main frame coupled with the strong aluminum-alloy swingarm.

To iron out the bumps in any road, new 43mm inverted KYB forks have adjustable compression and rebound damping, and spring pre-load with a generous 120mm (4.7 in) of front wheel travel. The rear link-type suspension has a single Showa rear shock that features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.

A feature which is quickly becoming a motorcycle standard, Antilock Brake System (ABS) enjoys some Suzuki love. The ABS-equipped brakes feature 310mm floating-mount dual discs mated to Brembo mono-block front calipers with 4 opposite 32mm pistons provide strong and consistent stopping power.   

Add to this the ABS monitors wheel speed 50 times per wheel rotation and matches stopping power to available traction.             

TRP 6-spoke lightweight cast aluminum wheels are furnished with Dunlop radial tires, 120/70ZR17 front and 180/50ZR17 rear to be precise. The wheel size along with the frame delivers a low seat height of 32 inches promising a sporty, yet upright riding position. To further the riding position, matte black aluminum Rental Fatbar handlebar features great vibration damping and is standard equipment.

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The finishing touches to the 2016 GSX-S1000F ABS include ease of use. The lightweight and compact LCD display includes speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position, coolant temperatures, driving range, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, traction control, ABS, and a clock modes. The display also features a white backlight gives great nighttime visibility and is flanked by LED indicators for the turn signals, high beam, malfunction, traction control, ABS, coolant temperature, and oil pressure.

An interesting feature is the new easy-start system which only requires a simple push of the starter button without pulling the clutch lever if the transmission is in neutral.

Riding in with a starting price of $10,999, Suzuki is offering a lot of motorcycle for the money. As with many of the newer models, the lines between in the motorcycle used for daily commutes and one that feels at home on the local track day are continuing to blur. The 2016 GSX-S1000F ABS seems to be at the front of the pack of this popular direction.

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