The original 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750 brought an unparalleled level of racing technology and performance to the street and helped create the modern sportbike category. In the three decades since, Suzuki has improved, expanded and refined the GSX-R concept and its sportbikes–available in 600cc, 750cc and 1,000cc displacements–have been favorites among road racers and enthusiasts alike.
Suzuki says the 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 continues to deliver the power, performance and style that has made it the most successful literbike in American Superbike racing. Its 999cc inline four-cylinder powerplant features Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection and lightweight, forged pistons engineered using Finite Element Method analysis. Pentagonal ventilation holes in the sides of each cylinder bore reduce pumping losses and increase engine efficiency. Engineers developed the camshaft profiles using proven MotoGP racing engine technology to acheive race-winning levels of power delivery. Eight 12-hole fuel injectors produce a fine fuel spray for more complete combustion, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. Iridium spark plugs produce more complete combustion and last longer than conventional plugs. The GSX-R1000 is equipped with the unique S-DMS system, which uses three separate engine maps to let a rider adjust power delivery to suit personal preferences and riding conditions.
This GSX-R’s lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum-alloy frame is constructed of five cast sections to produce a balance of lightweight and strength. The frame is mated with an arched swingarm made of three castings, and a one-piece die-cast rear sub-frame. A Showa Big Piston front fork (BPF) uses an endurance-race-proven lightweight design that delivers superb feedback and response. Spring preload, rebound and compression damping are all fully adjustable. At the rear, a single, link-style shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping. Three-spoke cast-aluminum-alloy wheels front and rear hold light, high-grip tires for sharp handling. The dual front disc brakes are equipped with radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers and 310mm floating brake rotors. The rear brake system with single-piston caliper contributes low unsprung weight. An electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds. Rider comfort and control is enhanced by three-way adjustable footpegs, and an adjustable shift lever. Instruments include a silver-ringed analog tachometer with LCD speedometer. LCD readouts include odometer, dual trip meter, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure warning indicator, gear position indicator, lap timer/stopwatch, S-DMS setting indicator and bar-graph indicating the instrument lighting level or brightness.
The 2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in Metallic Triton Blue at a suggested retail price of $13,899. A pair of Commemorative Edition 2016 GSX-R1000 models celebrate the revolutionary 1985 introduction of the GSX-R. A Blue-White model pays homage to the original GSX-R, which featured classic blue-on-white stripes. A Red-Black model honors the Yoshimura Suzuki riders who excelled at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance races in the 1980s. Both have an exclusive “30 Years of Performance” badge and special wheel striping to signify their limited production status. Suggested retail price is $13,899.