Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Riding Impression: 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000


King of the litre-bike class in 2007? Quite possibly...

The very lucky people at Motorcycle Daily have ridden the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000, which makes an absolutely mind-boggling 190 horsepower with ram-air-assist. MD’s Jordi Aymamí rode the new bike at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia, and apparently, he was blown away by the experience.

With so much power on tap, the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is rightly fitted with S-MDS (Suzuki Mode Drive Selector), which lets a rider choose between three power levels: full power throughout the rev range, full power at the top end, but reduced power at low and medium revs, and reduced power throughout the rev range. These settings and the S-MDS system – often referred to as a form of traction control – lets riders deal with wet weather and/or slippery road conditions.


With 190bhp available, even expert riders might struggle to cope in full-power mode

Aymamí says that 2007 GSX-R1000’s chassis is lighter and more compact than the one on the older model, though the bike has gained a few kilos overall. “The swingarm is stronger and the fork has been improved a lot by a highly elaborate antifriction treatment, as well as both high and low speed compression damping adjustments. The new brakes feature 310mm discs clamped by four-piston, radial mounted calipers, powered by a radial master cylinder,” says Aymamí.

How’s the bike to ride? Aymamí says, “This new superbike feels much lighter, changes directions far easier and initiates turn-in more quickly than its predecessor, but we noticed that it drifted wide on corner exits. Nonetheless, this improved when we increased fork compression damping.” And how does the full-power-everywhere mode feel? “The new GSX-R1000 puts out so much power in position A that even the excellent Bridgestone BT-015 production tyres cannot maintain grip on aggressive corner exits…,” says Aymamí.

With the 2007 Yamaha R1 and the Ducati 1098 to contend with, we still don’t whether the new Gixxer will be top dog in the litre-class superbike segment this year. But if it turns out to be that way, we wouldn’t be a bit surprised.

Go here for Motorcycle Daily’s full riding impression of the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000.


MCN's 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 test ride video!

Also see:
Twenty years of the GSX-R!
The mid-1980s Suzuki GSX-R 750
The late-1980s/early-1990s GSX-R750
The late-1990s GSX-R750
"GSX-Rs are for moped riders!"

External link:
2001 vs 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000s!

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