Suzuki GSX-R1000 | First Ride

One step forward, two steps back

By Aaron Frank, Photography by Andrea Wilson

tech SPEC

EVOLUTION
The fifth-generation GSX-R1000 gets Brembo brakes and minor engine and suspension updates.
RIVALS
Aprilia RSV4R, Ducati 1199 Panigale, Honda CBR1000RR, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R, Yamaha YZF-R1.

Price $13,799
Engine type l-c inline-four
Valve train DOHC, 16v
Displacement 999cc
Bore x stroke 74.5 x 57.3mm
Compression 12.9:1
Fuel system EFI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate slipper
Transmission 6-speed
Claimed horsepower 182 bhp @ 11,500 rpm
Claimed torque 86 lb.-ft. @ 10,000 rpm
Frame Aluminum twin-spar
Front suspension 41mm Showa Big Piston inverted fork with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Showa shock with adjustable spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front brake Dual Brembo Monobloc four-piston radial calipers, 310mm discs
Rear brake Nissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire 120/70ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20F
Rear tire 190/50ZR-17 Bridgestone Hypersport S20R
Rake/trail 23.5º/3.9 in.
Seat height 31.9 in.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel capacity 4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight 448 lbs.
Color White/Blue, Black/Silver
Available Now
Warranty 12 mo., unlimited mi.
Contact American Suzuki Motor Co.
P.O. Box 1100
Brea, CA 92822
714.996.7040
www.suzukicycles.com

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars.

Still the best platform for racing, but it lags behind other superbikes in technology.

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