Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-RS

What You See Is What You Get

WORDS: Aaron Frank

PHOTOS: Yoshimura

Yoshimura-tuned Suzukis have ruled AMA Superbike racing since the late ’70s, starting with Wes Cooley and continuing through the Kevin Schwantz, Jamie James, Mat Mladin, Ben Spies and now Blake Young eras. Yoshimura’s red-rectangle logo has become synonymous with quick Gixxers, a relationship that’s celebrated with this new series of limited-edition, Yoshimura-equipped GSX-Rs. But unlike those storied Superbike racers, these are Yoshimura replicas in appearance only. With the exception of freer-breathing (but still EPA-compliant) R-77 carbon-fiber slip-on exhausts, the engines and drivetrains remain factory-stock. Cosmetic upgrades, on the other hand, are many.

Beginning with a 2011 or 2012 GSX-R600, 750 or 1000, Yoshimura technicians install an assortment of CNC-machined aluminum accessories plucked from the firm’s ample catalog, including a fender eliminator, frame protectors, case savers, axle adjusters, engine plugs and more. The final touch is custom graphics—black-framed bikes get a red color scheme, while blue-framed models get matching blue hues—each finished with an individually numbered badge.

Available through authorized Suzuki dealers, this exclusive Yoshimura pedigree comes at a price: Plan on adding $3500 to the MSRP of a GSX-R600/750 and $3900 to a GSX-R1000. This is one way to clear out unsold inventory!