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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

This Suzuki GSX-R1000 is the original ‘Gixxer-thou’ – THE top dog sports bike of its day. Later Suzuki GSX-R1000s became smaller and more revvy as well as faster round circuits and arguably easier to handle. The original Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 and K2 models are still supremely competent sports bikes and pretty decent all round machines too.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has always had the strongest engine in the 1000cc sport class – that makes it king of the gods. The Suzuki GSX-R1000's huge power on tap just above tickover, a walloping midrange and a top end rush to make you laugh all the way to the magistrates court. Lower ratios means it outperforms the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K3-K6 models in top gear too. Pleasantly raw with enough gruff edge to excite as well.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is capable of leading the fast group at track days or winning races but useable and stable on the road. It’s not super fast steering but it’s still a nimble bike. Really hard use can show up weaknesses in the Suzuki GSX-R1000's front brakes. Try fresh fluid and pads but if they doesn’t work, a Brembo 1920 master cylinder should help.


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Amazingly for a class leading (borderline class redefining) hardcore sports bike, the Suzuki GSX-R1000's pretty comfy too. A sensible riding position (ok, the pegs are a tad high for all-day riding) plus soft gel filled seats and a decent fairing mean you can tour on the Suzuki GSX-R1000. There’s some under seat storage and reasonable mirrors and headlights too.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2001-2002)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£2,850 (2001) - £3,390 (2002)
Private used prices
£2,500 (2002) - £2,920 (2002)
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Engine size 988 cc
Power 160 bhp
Top speed 180 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Generally pretty robust. The gold coloured Titanium Nitride coating flakes off the Suzuki GSX-R1000's front forks but it’s only a cosmetic problem. Gearbox problems are not unknown if the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is ridden really hard – which probably means track use. The odd engine problem occurs but they’re easy to work on for a big, potentially complex engine.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

You can get a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for £3000 if you look hard and buy privately. That’s a stunning deal. But the 2002 R1 and Fireblade also make superb buys on the used market – and the Blade’s a little better put together than the Suzuki. It’s still a great deal especially as most people want the later, prettier versions of the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale.


Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2001: Original Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1 model launched.
2002: Suzuki GSX-R1000 K2 model has different graphics and stainless exhaust front/mid section.

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Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.6 secs
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 81 ft-lb
Weight 170 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 32 mpg
Tank range 125 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 988 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(11 reviews)

  • My Review


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    As far as a play thing... guarenteed to give you a stiffy. As far as a road bike... previous bike was a lot better.. Hayabusa. But I did buy it for intended use at track days..

    04 July 2001


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I love it ,it does every thing i want it to do ,its quick and easy to ride ,carry,s pillions with ease and wheel,s its head off ,one of the best may it be a bit old now ,mines rizaled up painted by dream machine !

03 January 2009 17:43

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