If the Hayabusa is Suzuki's hands-down speed champion, then the 2009 Suzuki GSX-R bikes are the handling champions. Suzuki offers several different models in the GSX-R line. The Suzuki GSX-R600 appeals to those who are looking for performance on a budget, while the GSX-R750 clearly stands out among 750-800cc bikes. However, it is the GSX-R1000 that serves as Suzuki’s flagship sport bike, and embodies everything that Suzuki seeks to achieve. The flagship Suzuki GSX-R1000 was completely re-designed from the ground up in 2009, re-invigorating Suzuki’s popular sport bike line.
Styling on the Suzuki GSX-R models is what you would expect from one of the leading manufacturers of sport bikes. Sleek lines emphasize the bike's focus on performance. The fairing is clean and smooth, contributing to the bike's aerodynamics, and wind protection. Lightweight cast aluminum wheels emphasize the bikes performance character, and complement the fairing. A crafted exhaust pipe completes the aggressive look of the bike.
The Suzuki GSX-R line now uses three engines, but they are all of the inline, four-cylinder type. A 599cc motor powers the GSX-R600, which is the smallest of the GSX-R bikes, though it still generates a healthy 100.6 horsepower. This is more than enough for most riders, and gives the GSX-R600 good acceleration. The Suzuki GSX-R750 uses a potent, efficient, and clean 750cc inline four. Producing 134 horsepower, this could be the most powerful 750cc engine ever mass-produced on a motorcycle. An advanced engine management system using Suzuki's Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS), and high efficiency fuel injection, which incorporates Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV), allows adjustable engine settings that can be made while riding.
The true star of the Suzuki GSX-R line, though, is the flagship model's completely re-designed engine. The new 999cc inline four incorporates all of the advanced technology of the other GSX-R models, and adds features like titanium exhaust cans to further upgrade its performance. The engine generates around 170 horsepower, giving the GSX-R1000 more than enough thrust to satisfy even the most daring superbike rider. Several innovations on the exhaust were implemented as well. Suzuki's Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) uses light titanium parts to achieve a compact yet stylish design. The Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) helps to maximize the torque output, especially at the low-range of rpm.
The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 uses an all-new chassis design, which maximizes its handling ability. A more compact twin spar aluminum frame reduces the wheelbase. A new aluminum alloy swingarm lightens the bike's curb weight, but it's also 33mm longer, to improve the bike's handling. A new Showa Big Piston Front (BPF) fork provides more efficient suspension design, as it eliminates the cartridge assembly on previous bikes. The BPF design also has the advantage of being lighter. Even the fairing is modified to provide for smoother airflow through the body of the bike. All of these updates means that a bike that was a great-handling bike before, is now even better at everything from side-to-side cornering, to avoiding wanton semi-trucks on the highway. With great response to rider input and excellent stability, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 truly deserves the title of Suzuki's handling champion. The GSX-R1000 won the World Superbike Championships, which gives it credentials to go with its spec sheet.
For stopping power, floating 310mm discs are used on the Suzuki GSX-R1000, with radial mounted, racing derived monobloc aluminum alloy brake calipers on the front. On the rear, a single piston disc caliper proves more than sufficient. These are fully adjustable, and capable of excellent stopping power. This braking configuration is also lighter.
When looking at these upgrades, a theme emerges for the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Lighter, more compact, and improved power. All of this adds up to a superbike that is deserving of the title World Champion. If you are looking for a true superbike, the GSX-R is waiting for you.