First, a few words from Suzuki's tech boffins about the new hard parts. In the engine department, combustion efficiency has been improved inside this more compact version of the 988cc four. Faster, smarter engine-control electronics intensify power and cut exhaust emissions. The whole package is a bit more compact than before. Wheelbase stands pat at 1410mm (55.5 inches). Steering geometry is steeper, 23.5 degrees of rake and 91mm of trail (vs. 24.0 degrees and 96mm on the 2002 bike). Moreover, weighing in at a claimed 425 pounds (wet, Suzuki's numbers there) the '03 edition is 4.4 pounds lighter than its predecessor. All that should add up to a more agile, more responsive beast.