This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Suzuki GSX-R brand (see our article on the GSX-R750 here) and next year will be the 15th anniversary of Suzuki’s halo bike, the GSX-R1000. It’s almost certain that Suzuki will unveil a much needed update for the bike this year and we’ve collated all the rumors (both likely and perhaps not so likely) together in anticipation.
It’s a big year for the smallest of the Japanese brands. In addition to the above mentioned anniversaries, Suzuki has returned to full-time MotoGP racing and what better way to capitalize on that than to release a new bike from the publicity this brings. One thing that is clear from what we’ve heard is that Suzuki have no intention of competing with the likes of Ducati and Yamaha in the technology stakes. That’s not because Suzuki isn’t capable of doing so, but they’re making a conscious decision to make the next generation GSX-R1000 as pure as possible and leaving the expensive gadgets to the other brands.
That doesn’t mean it won’t have some new bells and whistles. Traction control and engine modes will be included as well as things like wheelie and stoppie control. Just don’t go expecting electronic suspension or sophisticated internal GPS units. This will please the purists but also keep the new GSX-R1000 affordable and only slightly more costly than the current model.
Here’s what we know so far:
- The bike will get a completely new engine featuring variable valve timing and based off the MotoGP machine.
- This engine is rumored to produce just a shade under 200 bhp.
- Weight will be below the 200 kg mark and the aim is that the new GSX-R1000 will have a better power to weight ratio than the new Yamaha R1 (but only just).
- Traction control based on the new MotoGP bike will be included
- Like the Suzuki Recursion concept, the frame will go partially over the engine to make the bike narrower.
- Bosch cornering ABS is likely.
- Styling will also take cues from the MotoGP bike, but expect an appearance more conservative than that of the new R1.
- There is unlikely to be a ‘normal’ version and a ‘premium’ version.
Any announcement is likely at Intermot later this year.