The new Suzuki GSX-S1000 has a new look, more power and electronics, a bigger tank and wider bars.
The first thing you notice about the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 is the updated looks. The redesign is bold, and it’s sure to divide opinion, but at least Suzuki has taken firm step away from the previous model. The bodywork, stacked LED lighting and MotoGP-insipired winglets are all new, with a focus on sharp, angular, aggressive lines.
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The bike is available in blue, grey or black, with textured radiator shrouds and side panels that feature an urban camo-inspired design.
The inline four-cylinder engine produces more power and a broader spread of torque in the lower rev ranges to deliver ideal naked sports bike performance. Changes include a new intake and exhaust camshaft, valve springs, clutch, and exhaust. Peak power 150bhp at 11,000rpm.
The power increase comes despite the new model meeting the Euro 5 emissions requirements with an additional catalytic converter and reduced valve overlap thanks to new a camshaft and revised cam profiles. There is a new slipper clutch and a lighter clutch lever operation.
The new GSX-S1000 has a ride-by-wire throttle enabling ride modes. There are three engine maps. Modes A-C all deliver the same peak power, but vary the sharpness and immediacy of the delivery, with A mode the sportiest, and C mode delivering the softest power delivery.
There’ also an up and down quickshifter, which reduces the need to operate the clutch during gear changes or close the throttle on upshifts, or blip it on downshifts. A new traction control system comprises five modes, while it can also be switched off. The LCD dash has been lifted from the GSX-R1000R superbike. And the bike also features the handy easy start system, which requires only one prod of the starter button to fire the engine, as well as the low RPM assist, which raises engine speed as the clutch lever is fed out, to aid slow speed control and prevent stalling.
The twin-spar aluminium chassis is mated to a 2016 GSX-R1000 swingarm for agile, sporty performance and handling. New, 23mm wider, tapered ‘bars help with greater leverage. They are also set 20mm closer to the rider to improve comfort without compromising handling.
Suspension comes in the form of fully-adjustable KYB front forks and a preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock, with revised settings from the previous iteration. 310mm front discs are paired with Brembo monobloc calipers.
A larger, 19-litre fuel tank and claimed 46.26mpg (16.4km/l) equates to a theoretical tank range of nearly 200 miles.
The new GSX-S1000 will be available in Suzuki dealerships from the end of June, with an RRP of £10,999.Enjoy more MSL reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.