Lighter, smoother and faster, this latest evolution is the best GSX-R1000 yet. But in a superbike category that has seen several revolutions recently, evolution may not be enough. Suzuki wants us to think of this as the last hairy-chested, non-electronic superbike, but by modern standards, the Gixxer doesn’t feel especially hairy. Compared to the nosebleed-fast BMW S1000RR or knifefighter-agile Aprilia RSV4 and Ducati 1199 Panigale, the once-mighty GSX-R1000 feels almost tame. At $13,799, it does tie Honda’s (non-ABS) CBR1000RR as the least expensive literbike on the market. You could argue that leaves money for shorter gearing, toothier brake pads, suspension adjustments and maybe even aftermarket traction control to put it on par with the class leaders. The potential is certainly there—the GSX-R1000’s racing success shows that—but off the showroom floor, that potential isn’t quite realized.