Citing significant influence from Suzuki’s MotoGP racing program, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer says its new GSX-R1000 is ready to set a higher performance level for racers and for street riders. Enjoying a complete makeover such as a new engine, new chassis and a spectrum of advanced electronics features Suzuki hopes the GSX-R1000 will claim the crown of the king of sportbikes.
Before moving onto the different models that make up the GSX-R1000 offerings, a quick look at the Suzuki sportbike family ‘other’ trio of top performers. The GSX-R750, the original racer-replica sportbike returns for 2017 with a reputation for delivering an ideal combination of power and lightweight handling performance. The GSX-R600 continues to prove itself on the street and on the racetrack as a middleweight sportbike leader. With an attitude and character like no other sportbike, the Suzuki Hayabusa returns to deliver unmatched power and endless rider satisfaction.
Suzuki feels the 2017 GSX-R1000 models effectively blend the company’s design philosophies with advanced electronics to deliver motorcycles that can adjust themselves to their environment and fine tune performance to suit a rider’s intentions.
For a certain segment of the riding community, owning a GSX of this size brings certain bragging rights. To offer said rights to more bikers, Suzuki has developed three models with graduated levels of performance features and of course, prices. These start with a base GSX-R1000, a GSX-R1000 ABS, or the consummate GSX-R1000R ABS.
Starting with the basics
The GSX-R1000 renaissance begins with an all-new 999.8cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline-four cylinder engine that produces exceptionally high top-end power without sacrificing low to mid-range power thanks to innovations such as Suzuki’s exclusive Variable Valve Train (VVT) system. Proven in MotoGP competition, VVT uses centrifugal forces to rotate the intake camshaft’s drive sprocket so valve timing is optimal at any engine’s speed. Complementing the VVT are Suzuki’s Racing Finger Followers which increase valve response at higher engine speeds that can reach up to 14,500 RPM.
This GSX-R1000 debuts Suzuki’s Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies which are precisely controlled by the new, 32-bit dual-processor ECM to match the throttle grip rotation of the rider’s hand. The result is a strong, seamless engine power delivery from idle to redline. Complementing the four, primary fuel injectors mounted in the new throttle bodies are four Suzuki Top Feed Injectors (S-TFI) that spray fuel from the top of the air box directly into the intake funnels for higher peak power, more efficient combustion, and a higher level of fueling control.
Using race-winning MotoGP knowledge, Suzuki has fitted an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) on the new GSX-R1000. The BOSCH, six-axis IMU lets the GSX-R1000 recognize its position on the street or race track to help the rider achieve an extraordinary level of riding performance via instantaneous adjustments made electronically to the engine and chassis components.
Depending upon which GSX-R1000 a rider chooses, the IMU supports a wide menu of new performance features. These features include the ten-mode Motion Track Traction Control System (MT-TCS), three mode Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), the Motion Track Anti-Lock Braking System, the Suzuki Launch Control System and the Suzuki Bi-directional Quick-shift System. Other electronic features new to the GSX-R1000 include the Suzuki Easy Start System and the Low RPM Assist feature.
The new aluminum, twin-spar frame is narrower and positions the engine angle backwards 6-degrees to help increased chassis stability and improve aerodynamics. The new swingarm has equalized bracing to the main beams to provide balanced support and movement to the shock absorber to improve racetrack handling while conveying a consistent suspension feel to the rider. The GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000 ABS models employ SHOWA’s renowned Big Piston Fork (BPF) and complementary remote-reservoir rear shock for superb handling. The GSX-R1000R ABS uses race-level technology to bring a new standard of damping force responsiveness to a SuperSport motorcycle with the SHOWA’s Balance Free Fork (BFF) and Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) shock.
The innovation of the GSX-R1000 extends further into its chassis with the 320mm front BREMBO T-drive Brake Rotors that have five conventional floating rotor spools and five new-design T-drive fasteners that enable the rotor to absorb more braking energy than a disc with conventional spools alone. Combined with the BREMBO Radial Mount Brake Calipers the new GSX-R1000 has more braking force available to the rider than ever before.
It looks fast
As race-worthy bodywork has always been a trademark of the GSX-R line, new aerodynamic bodywork was created by Suzuki styling designers and engineers using numerous wind tunnel tests to achieve a slippery shape with a compelling appearance. Narrower than ever before, the GSX-R1000’s shape directly aids performance by improved handling and top speed on the racetrack.
The new Suzuki Ram Air Direct (SRAD) intake ducts are positioned closer to the center of the fairing nose, where air pressure is highest to boost top speed performance. These intake ducts are also larger, thanks to the compact LED headlight and are accented by arching LED position lights on the GSX-R1000R ABS model.
All this information will excite riders who look for pure performance in their motorcycles. Unfortunately for them, some of the more crucial information is yet to be released. No exact date has been given for when the available colors and the all-important pricing for the GSX-R1000, GSX-R1000 ABS and GSX-R1000R will be released. We do know the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R hitting dealership floors on May 2017 and the GSX-R1000 ABS hitting dealership floors on June 2017.