Tuesday, October 02, 2012

2013 Suzuki GSX-R1000 unveiled at the Intermot

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First official pics of the 2013 Suzuki GSX-R1000...

With a million GSX-Rs sold since the bike was launched a quarter of a century ago, Suzuki have announced a 'Commemorative Edition' 2013 GSX-R1000 - the bike you see here - which features a special paint job, black Brembo monobloc calipers with gold lettering, wheel stripes, gold forks, numbered top yoke, red fork tops and a few other minor detail changes. Mechanically, the 2013 GSX-R1000 remains similar to the 2012 model.

Last year, Suzuki had given the GSX-R1000 a new single-side exhaust system, lighter and stronger pistons and other updated engine internals, big piston forks (BPF) and Brembo radial-mount monobloc calipers at the front. The 2013 GSX-R1000 still doesn’t get its rivals’ electro-trickery but remains a fast, capable sportsbike – one we love very, very much indeed.

With its 203kg kerb weight and about 170-180bhp power output, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is no longer the lightest, quickest, fastest superbike out there, but it’s performance is still more than enough for the street and for us, the ‘GSX-R’ tag remains magical even today. Suzuki have sold a million GSX-Rs over the last 25 years, so they must be doing something right...?

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