Everyone knows that in Superbike racing, the bikes aren’t stock. But Suzuki’s top-shelf GSX-R1000R bridges the gap between the standard-spec GSX-R1000 and the dedicated race variants. Adding 17 percent to the base GSX-R1000’s MSRP, upgrades for the GSX-R1000R include premium Showa suspension and a pair of racing-oriented electronic rider aids. Up front, the R model has a Balance Free Fork to provide more consistent damping and better feedback, plus a special upper triple clamp. A Balance Free Rear Cushion shock improves control, comfort, and feel, especially on bumpy surfaces and during heavy braking.
The twin rider aids include launch control—essentially a sophisticated power-modulating feature—that helps riders get off the line quicker, along with a quickshifter that enables clutchless riding after the initial launch. A sweet black instrument background and a choice of racing color schemes, including Suzuki Racing Heritage and MotoGP-inspired Team Suzuki Ecstar, complete the latest GSX-R1000R package.
Likes: Uprated suspension, useful rider aids, and race-themed graphics.
Dislikes: Besides costing more, the GSX-R1000R gains 7 pounds over the standard model.
Verdict: Not exactly a full-blown racebike but ideal for street and track.