Suzuki GSX-R1000 For Sale
The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a dedicated sports bike and is powered by a 1,000cc inline four engine which puts out 199bhp. It was launched in 2001 with updates in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2012.
What Is It?
It's powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 999.8cc inline four cylinder engine, producing 199.2bhp at 13,200rpm and maximum torque at 10,800rpm.
- New Aluminium frame
- Dual Brembo 320mm discs up front (+10mm) with Brembo 2 piston monobloc calipers
- 220mm disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
- Adjustable Showa 40mm Big Piston Fork (BPF)
- Adjustable Showa rear shock
- Assist and slipper clutch
- Traction control with 10 levels (changeable when throttle closed)
- Cornering ABS with Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)
- Anti-stoppie system
- Electronic steering damper
- Three ride modes
- One click easy start system and low RPM assist
- 4->2->1 exhaust system with Titanium muffler
- New LED lighting all round (indicators no longer in the mirrors)
- LED position lights flanking the new compact headlight
- Adjustable levers and 6 speed gearbox
Compared to the outgoing 2012-2016 model this one is more compact, aerodynamic, powerful, cleaner running and boasts over 600 new parts. It's a proper re-design for 2017 and while the exhaust is, erm, chunky it does include the cat.
The new engine increases power at the top end without sacrificing anything lower down over the old model, has a red line 1,000rpm higher at 14,500rpm and makes 16bhp more almost 2,000rpm higher up the range. New parts include electronic throttle bodies, ride by wire, MotoGP derived 6g lighter DLC coated finger follower tappets rather than bucket tappets and Variable Valve Timing (VVT) to increase high end power without sacrificing the low end.
Suzuki's implementation of VVT is simple but effective, using 12 Steel balls in slanted grooves within the intake cam sprocket and centrifugal force to shift them at high rpms - check the pics above. It's quite different to the more complex VTEC system found in the Honda VFR series.
Suzuki have also now removed the balancer shaft, but added new Titanium exhaust valves, high-rpm operated top feed injectors and dual stage intakes into the new design; basically as you near the top end the engine re-configures for maximum power and goes a bit nuts. To keep everything cool there's an extra fan behind the curved radiator.
To help make the bike more compact the new engine is almost 7mm narrower and 22mm shorter, partly because the cylinder head angle is now angled 6° more backwards. Being shorter it can sit nearer the front wheel, helping front end feel and the 16mm narrower fairing obviously helps on the aerodynamics front. The fuel tank is even 21mm lower at the top so you can tuck in more.
Elsewhere the dash is now mostly LCD, with 6 brightness levels and the shift light centred at the top. The new 6-spoke 17" cast Aluminium wheels take a 120/70 Bridgestone Battlax Street RS10 tyre at the front and 190/55 at the rear.
- 2017: Blue/yellow/black, red, black/red (red wheels)
- 2018: Black/blue, black/red, white/blue, MotoGP Race Rep Blue
- 2019: White/black added
2019: Quickshifter from the R now standard, exhaust features a better looking black heat shield and tyres upgraded to Bridgestone RS11s.
The £2,850 more expensive GSX-R1000R is a 1kg heavier limited production run which adds a bi-directional quickshifter, launch control system (from the left handlebar), Showa racing Balance Free Front (BFF) fork, Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) shock, lightweight upper triple clamp and light weight battery. There are also some cosmetic details such as the LCD dash being inverted with a cool black face (check the pics) and LED position lights.
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The gixxer thou launched in 2001 with a 988cc inline four, producing 160bhp at 9,500rpm, effectively replacing the GSX-R1100. It was renowned for marrying that much power with a class leading super light Aluminium chassis.
2003 saw the power bumped up to 164bhp at 10,800rpm and the seat height lowered 10mm to 820mm. There was also a steering damper and black painted frame to enhance the looks.
2005 bumped up the power to 178bhp at 11,000rpm and again lowered the seat height to 810mm. The 998.6cc engine is new and contains lighter internals while the discs grew to 310mm from 300mm. Weight is down from 168kg to 166kg dry.
2007 saw the weight actually increased to 172kg dry, mostly due to a new exhaust system to meet the new regs while power increased to 185bhp at 12,000rpm to compensate.
2009 introduced a new look 4-2 exhaust system and focused on saving 5kg weight. There is also a slipper clutch and new dashboard.
2012 brings the exhaust system back to a 4-2-1 configuration. Weight is down slightly due to a lighter engine and there are now three riding modes to choose from.
2017 is a brand new design with over 600 new parts. It's more compact, revs higher, has more power, Variable Valve Timing, a new electronics package and new dash. There is also a race ready limited edition GSX-R1000R version with advanced suspension, quickshifter, launch control and lighter battery.