The Japanese company is bringing a long list of upgrades for its flagship model, which has been on the market for more than 30 years.
Hardly seems possible that more than three decades have rolled away since Suzuki introduced the GSX-R, but it’s a true fact. And that they’ve sold more than a million examples. Now they’re out to reclaim the title of top open class sport bike.
“The sixth generation GSX-R1000 is redefining what it means to be The Top Performer. It embodies the life work and professional ambition of Suzuki engineers who are passionate about the GSX-R1000 and its place in motorcycle history. Men who love riding and racing, enthusiasts determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its proper title of The King of Sportbikes.”
For 2017 they present “the most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built. It is also the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000, with smoother throttle response and better combustion efficiency. With a supremely effective electronic engine management system that doesn’t require a degree in engineering to understand - and doesn’t need constant adjustment by a squad of computer technicians to work.”
Suzuki contends that a GSX-R is built to run right and be reliable, and is designed to help make everybody a better rider. It’s engineered using the experience gained during 30 years of domination in production-based Superbike, Superstock, and Endurance races worldwide combined with new proprietary technology developed in the MotoGP World Championship. Both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R versions come fully equipped for the street, ready for licensing. But take off the mirrors and the license plate and tape the lights, and it’s ready for the track. The basic difference with the R-spec is that it comes equipped with ABS, Launch Control, Quick-Shift System, and Showa Balance Free suspension components.
Suzuki engineers have focused on the fundamentals that make a great sportbike. Those elements can be distilled into three simple, yet powerful words: Run. Turn. Stop. The newest GSX-R1000 is built using the latest state-of-the-art technology to embody those fundamentals into the powerful combination of acceleration, cornering and braking.
The new GSX-R1000 continues that tradition, whether set up in relatively stock form for track-day fun or modified for full-on races. These were key elements in the development of the 2017 GSX-R1000. Its mission is to deliver streetbike fun and racetrack potential for every rider.
The new engine is claimed to be cranking out 199 horsepower at 1,000 rpm lower, 13,200 rpm, while retaining a similar torque output of 86 pound-feet at 10,000 rpm, rather than 10,300 rpm on the previous design. It reaches the numbers via a host of changes including a larger bore (76.0 mm vs. 74.5 mm) and shorter stroke (55.1 mm vs. 57.3 mm), combined with higher compression (13.2:1 vs. 12.9:1) and a new finger-follower valve train that replaces the shim under bucket variety. A new variable valve timing system helps improve fuel economy (no claims on that just yet), while ride by wire throttle control replaces the SDTV system. The list of tech upgrades is long so we only hit the highlights.
No word yet on Canadian availability or pricing, though we expect the new king to be not far off from the pricing of the current GSX-R1000 at about $15k.
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