The 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000 looks damn good to us. After a long time, here's a rocking motorcycle from Suzuki!
Suzuki have finally built the naked GSX-R1000 that so many were clamouring for, and it’s called the GSX-S1000. “Inheriting the engine and main components of the GSX-R1000, this thrilling machine puts the feel of world-beating performance in your hands. Take it to the streets, take it on the open road and get comfortable stretching every ride into a journey,” says an enthusiastic press note from Suzuki.
Suzuki have not provided details of the GSX-S1000’s weight or engine’s power output, which makes us suspect that these numbers might not be very impressive. “The GSX-S1000 is powered by a street-tuned version of the four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 999cc, inline-four engine that became a legend in the GSX-R1000. The engine delivers smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration,” is all that the company is prepared to say. If we had to guess, we’d say the GSX-S1000’s engine probably makes around 125-140 horsepower, which should actually be alright, if not as raw and exciting as, say, the KTM 1290 Super Duke.
The GSX-S1000 gets a three-mode traction control system, and it seems to be a fairly advanced system. “The system checks the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position sensor, crank position sensor, and the gear position sensor 250 times a second. The rider can set the system to any of three modes or turn it off,” says Suzuki. The bike also gets ABS, which monitors wheel speeds 50 times per second.
With its brutish, muscular styling, aluminium beam chassis, aluminium alloy swingarm, fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted forks, twin 310mm brake discs at front with radial-mount 4-piston Brembo calipers, LED position lights and LCD instrument panel, the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 looks like a worthy alternative to the Kawasaki Z1000. It’s a bit sportier, more aggressive than the Yamaha FZ1 Fazer and Honda CB1000R, which is how it should be.
The bike is expected to reach Suzuki showrooms early next year and if you’re in the market for a litre-class Japanese streetfighter, you’d better wait until then.The bike is priced at £8,999 in the UK.