Suzuki GSX-R1000 Overview
There are a few different models of this superbike on the market with the more recent being released in 2012. Earlier versions of the GSX-R were award-winners and with the GSX-R1000 Suzuki have simply ironed out common issues to create a bike which is sleek and speedy.
The great thing about the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is that it is comfortable both out on the road and down at the track. The four-stroke, liquid cooled engine has been redesigned fully for this bike giving it an impressive level of torque, a smooth ride even in low gear and peak power which is perfect when you need to hit that high speed on race days.
Build quality is also exceptional and owners report that they can ride for thousands of miles and the bike still feels like new. With braking and suspension being improved on the new GSX-R1000 too, this is really a bike which offers a whole lot especially when you consider that at £11,000 it is one of the cheapest superbikes on the market.
It might seem like a wonder bike but where the GSX-R1000 does fall down is when it comes to some of the technology you might expect to find as standard. It remains a mystery as to why Suzuki didn’t decide to offer ABS and traction control on the GSX-R1000 and why it can’t even be purchased as an optional feature but considering that this bike comes in almost a grand cheaper than its main competitors this may well be something you are willing to overlook.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 Spec
- Top speed173mph
- Average fuel consumption51mpg
- Seat height810mm
- EngineFour stroke, liquid cooled, DOHC, 4v
Suzuki GSX-R1000 Insurance
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Forks are really good, rear shock was a little bouncy through fast corners so it's been replaced with a K-Tech shock.
Very fast, can keep up with BMWS1000rr, RSV4 factory Aprilla, R1s anything really although at the top end the difference between 200bhp bikes is noticable
Wish it had 200bhp to keep up with S1000rr, ZX10rs etc in the fast bits. Midrange is a little lacking compared to the awesome K5 model
Overall good but some tarnishing to bolts, typical Suzuki
Good overall, SBS pads in the front sort the brake fade out from heavy braking, rear brake has corroded slightly and eventually loses pressure over time
The bike is really smooth to ride. A bit on the heavy side but feels sturdy. It is great round bends.
My bike on the dyno will read 145 bhp. Its performance for an old bike is amazing.
Insurance is good, fuel economy is good.
Build quality is great. I've had the bike for 13 years and in that time I've only had to replace the ECU once.
The brakes are as expected, nothing out of the ordinary.
For a 13 year old bike, it is smooth, handles quite well but it is a little heavy. It is still great fun though, and having done a few track days on it, I can honestly say cornering is fine.
Plenty of power for a 13 year old sports bike. Mine has a dynoed 170 bhp at the rear wheel, with only after market ait filter and exhaust as upgrades.
With any motor vehicle, it's all in how you ride or drive. But it is only marginally worse on fuel than a 1250 Bandit I owned previously. Insurance is a fair bit more though, but that is no surprise.
Build quality is average, but the fairing panels could line up better. Stock fasteners don't age well, I have replaced many for stainless steel.
Stock brakes are average only, but they have decent feel. The rotors are fine, but stock lines and master cylinder let them down. With simple upgrades, these are soon improved though - braided lines and decent pads will make a difference.
Very easy to manoeuvre
Very good performance
Good on fuel Running costs £100 servicing Very good compared to other bikes I've own
Good build quality
Very good brakes