Thursday, September 25, 2008

Specs and first official pics: 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000


The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9, with its MotoGP-inspired Titanium mufflers. Hmmm...
In the sportsbike world, the unveiling of a new Suzuki GSX-R1000, every year, is a fairly momentous occasion. Reduced weight, more power, more electronics (to safely harness all that power…), bigger/uglier exhausts and new colours (some of which can actually be quite bad). Those few things more or less sum up what we expect from new GSX-R1000s every year. And the 2009 model doesn’t disappoint.

The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets a lighter, more compact 999cc inline-four, which delivers more power and torque and offers enhanced throttle response across the engine’s entire rpm range. The K9 GSX-R1000 engine is now more oversquare than before, and the compression ratio has also gone up from 12.5:1 to 12.8:1.

For those who may be interested, here’s a ton of technical details: The new GSX-R1000 engine employs bigger titanium valves, forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, Iridium spark plugs (for a stronger spark, for better combustion) and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) plated cylinders integrated into the crankcase, reducing friction and improving heat transfer, durability and ring seal.

New, 12-hole fuel-injectors produce a finer fuel mist for more complete combustion, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. And as before, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of three performance settings to suit riding conditions and personal tastes. However, the switch has now been relocated on the left handlebar control module.

The cable-operated back-torque-limiting clutch makes for efficient clutch operation with superb feel, claim Suzuki. And the new Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) uses an under-engine chamber and low-slung, large-volume MotoGP-inspired titanium mufflers.

To ride, we're sure the K9 GSX-R1000 is brilliant as ever. But styling-wise, we wish Suzuki were doing something radically new...
The 2009 GSX-R1000’s wheelbase is 10mm shorter, the swingarm is 33mm longer, for improved high speed handling. The bike’s twin-spar frame is made of five cast sections, mated with an arched swingarm made of three castings and one-piece die-cast rear subframe. Big Piston Front (BPF) forks, with an endurance-race-proven design, deliver superb feedback and responsive, stable operation, and are very lightweight.

The rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping. Twin 310mm brake discs at the front, with monoblock radial-mount four-piston calipers, handle the stopping duties. And the bike rides on 17-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) ZR-rated rubber.

The 2009 GSX-R1000’s kerb weight is 203 kilos. And while there is no official word on the power output, we’d say there should be at least 170 rear wheel horsepower available, so you know what the performance is going to be like…! Details on pricing and availability coming soon…

The official 2009 GSX-R1000 promo video...
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The Suzuki Relentless by TAS team were victorious in almost every solo category at this year's Isle of Man TT races, taking Superbike, Superstock and Supersport wins. To celebrate, Suzuki GB have launched the GSX-R600 Bruce Anstey (left) and GSX-R1000 (right) Cameron Donald limited edition replicas. More information available on the official Suzuki GB website here

10 comments:

Scott said...

Looks a bit like...well, like every other GSX-R in recent memory.

I'm jus' sayin'.

Anonymous said...

the new gix doesn't look too bad. and it doesn't look too good. ho hum. yamaha did the motogp big bang engine thing on the R1. honda did the C-ABS on the CBR1000RR. the big suzi is gonna struggle this year i think...

Anonymous said...

looks pretty ordinary to me. the exhausts again look too big. ugly if you ask me. and what's with that brown-black color scheme?

suzuki need to do something radical to the GSX-R. adding new colors and uglier exhausts won't help.

Jason said...

Yeah, I agree, it looks like the R1 is going to stomp all over the Gixxer this year. I'm a Suzuki fan and have owned GSX-Rs for the last 8 years, but the 2008 and now the 2009 GSX-R1000 models have not been doing anything new. Wassup, Suzu?

Anonymous said...

anyone who suggests the GSX-R needs to be radically redesigned has to be a wanker. period.

Mark W said...

ok, so maybe i am a wanker but i do think the gsx-r series needs to start looking different. suz needs to see what honda did with the 2008 fireblade. sure, the blade may be a bit controversial but at least it looks radically new and different to everything else on the market. THAT is what suzuki needs to do

Anonymous said...

Jason, are you on drugs? Nothing new? What about the new frame, new wheels, new brakes and new engine? There's nothing I can see on that bike that carrys over from my K7. I think it's also a huge improvement asthetically on the K7/8. Well done Suzuki, can't wait to ride it.

Anonymous said...

I ride a black K7 and it is awesome (engine of the year '07,etc.etc.)The K8 is not worth mentioning, however the K9 should blast away any competition this new year. Suzuki has been proving it since 2001 with the K1 and all the others have been playing catch-up. I think the new cans are nice and surely an improvement from my K7. A filter and new pipes with a power commander could see 185bhp at see level using a load dyno. Can't wait to ride it in South Africa. Luan Jacobs, Durban.

Anonymous said...

This new Gixxer kicks ass. They did a comparo of this with a 1198, zx-10r, cbr1000rr, and a r1. The Gixxer had 6 out of the 11 best performance specs can do close to 200 (but is limited to 299kmh or 186mph) and finished second to the Honda in track time by 1/10 of sec. on a track that takes 1min 56sec to lap. So, overall it was the best performing bike and was said very nice to plant and good ergonomics. All for $10K and some change...

Also, has won 9 out of the last 10 AMA titles, including 6 straight, and 2009 8 hours of Suzuka, not bad...

Anonymous said...

i ride a k4 gsxr1000 brilliant bike to ride im a big gixxer fan gotta to be the best looking and performance bike out there can't wait till febuary cos im buying a k9 for the new year ahead. so were see how good it really is .

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