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Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Suzuki GSX-R1000R

Suzuki GSX-R1000R

 

Suzuki GSX-R1000R:

Handling was never a Suzuki GSX-R1000R weak point, but Suzuki has gifted their new machine a compact new aluminium beam frame and longer swingarm to sharpen things up.

New Showa ‘Balance Free’ forks and ‘Balance Free Cushion lite’ rear shock give a plush ride and lots of feeling for grip. But the standard set-up is road-soft and needs tweaking for the circuit.

Suzuki GSX-R1000R

Engine size 999cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension 43mm Showa Big Piston forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Showa rear shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17
 

Low speed agility is superb, but it takes effort to make quick direction changes at speed and hold a line in faster corners. It’s here where the stiffer-set, pointier superbikes, like are crisper on track.

With revised Brembo caliper settings and bigger discs (up 10mm to 320mm) the stopping power is strong, but there’s a little bit of feel missing and some fade after a handful of hard laps, which seems to be the hallmark of the latest Japanese braking systems. But the GSX-R’s brakes have more bite than those on the R1 and ZX-10R.

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