Thursday, October 31, 2013

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 unveiled, gets high-grip leather seat, adjustable footpegs!

The 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 soldiers on unchanged...

Suzuki have released the first official photographs and tech specs of the 2014 GSX-R1000 and mechanically, the bike remains unchanged compared to its predecessor. The new GSX-R1000 is still powered by the same 999cc inline-four that produces about 175bhp, and with a kerb weight of 203 kilos, we suppose that would be pretty much sufficient excitement for most riders.

The 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets new paint schemes – yet another variation of the age-old blue-black-white Gixxer theme, and a new black-gray option – though neither of the two new colur schemes looks anywhere near as good as the 'Commemorative Edition' 2013 GSX-R1000, which is one of our most favourite GSX-Rs of recent times.

The really amazing bit is, the 2014 GSX-R1000 still doesn’t any electronic rider aids – there’s still no ABS or traction control here, though Suzuki do claim that the bike’s forged pistons are designed with the “Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology” and that its “optimized camshaft profiles was developed using proven MotoGP racing technology.” They also say that the new GSX-R1000’s 4-2-1 exhaust system, carrying a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve, maximizes torque and improves throttle response and that its large, efficient, trapezoidal-shaped radiator and a trapezoidal engine oil cooler, developed on factory team racebikes, help reduce drag.

As with GSX-R1000s from the last couple of years, the 2014 model also has a drive mode selector which allows riders to choose between three different fuel injection and ignition maps. Also, all the other basics are there – close-ratio 6-speed gearbox, slipper clutch, aluminium twin-spar chassis, 43mm Showa big-piston forks, fully adjustable rear monoshock, electronically controlled steering damper, Brembo brakes with monobloc calipers at the front, adjustable footpegs and even a “high grip leather seat” that, according to Suzuki, “features outstanding holding properties, providing the rider with a greater sense of stability when accelerating.”

So there you have it – while BMW, Aprilia and Ducati are mucking around with electronic stability systems on their superbikes, it’s actually Suzuki who’ve really nailed it. A high grip leather seat that provides stability during hard acceleration, eh? Who would’ve thought…

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