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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.

Engine

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.

Equipment

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) - £3,530 (2002)
Private used prices
£2,570 (2001) - £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.

Value

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

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.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

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)

  • gsxr1000k1

    hawkslayers

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have a gixxer1000k1 with a yoshi,k@n power is 152bhp which is pretty decent. mid range is awesome top end power,lets just say good enough to get up in trouble with the boys in blue.running michelin 2ct tryes seems to do a great job on handling,road holding,what suprises me most is how comfy the bike is im 6,1 and seat,bar fit me like a glove fuel,reliability has been top rate ,if you can pick up a decent one trust me you cant go far wrong for the money you will be hard pressed to get better.

    19 May 2011

  • The one

    sandmacker

    Average rating rating is 5

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    The Gixer k2 is as good a bike for most of us as we're ever gong to want. With a pipe and power comander the old girl is still packing over 145 hp at the wheeldespite over 50 thou on the clock .Put some quality rubber on those rims and it will deliver for the most. The motor is as reliable as a rock , it handles as good as any other within given bounds, and can be got for a song. If you buy a bike such as one of these , you will give that throttle a healthy handful . That I can assure you. I have spend many an hour pondering over this bike and that as the best to get . There's no denying some of them are brilliant , but does an extra 10 > 20 (AUS)thoasand dollars warrant it ? I have mixed it with 1098's and held my own , to be given a lesson in riding by an R1 rider the next day. For the street,the K2 has it all. From that brilliant reliable long stroke torquey motor ,great stable handling,good comfort, and a brilliant purchase price , the K2 would have to rate arguably as the best value hyper bike on the market. There are many that rate it above the K9/10, and a modded k2 actually beat the K9 by a second around the race track according to a bike mag.We can hum and ha all we like, think this and that , but what really matters is bang for your buck .You'll be very hard pressed to find anything that will deliver for the price of a K2. Simply ; the best valued sports bike on the market ATM .

    12 February 2011

  • Just short of one thing.........

    shineydave

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Chopped in a 1993 rrp blade for this, what a culture shock, no oversteer, masses of power everywhere, just short of one thing, a packet of disposable underpants in a dispenser small enough to fit in the underseat storage. Fitting a timing retard eliminator cured the snatchy low rev throttle response, some goodridge hoses bought from ebay firmed up the front brakes. Only other gripe is the paintwork on the fairing lowers is suffering from stone chips far too readily. Apart from that it's the dogs. Check out www.shineydave.co.uk for some pics of my nitrous install, lol. Strengths: Outright sheer power, handling. Weaknesses: Brakes, finish.

    12 June 2004

  • My Review

    john connell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Very fast but comfortable. It should have a hugger as standard though, and the brakes are no-whee near as good as my old GSZ-R750WW. There is a stumble just off idle than can nearly have you off during U-turns, but once rolling the pick-up is very smooth. But my God is it Banzai fast - I have a feeling jail may be my end destination!

    12 June 2002

  • My Review

    arialane

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Been amazing. so much fun. since I have a address in Italy I bought it there, insured it there, ride it here. Hence the price which was total cost to ride away. Don't like the wheel spins when you don't need them. And it seems to lose power after 45 min of riding?? 3rd gear wheelies stops?? Fuel injection needs setting up, jerky.

    15 January 2002

  • My Review

    DeathCannon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Before this, had a year-2000 CBR929RR (Fireblade). Compared to that: slightly stiffer but much more stable confident handling. Higher speeds don't seem as fast, because so smooth and easy (the Blade's front end gets uneasy when you push it very hard). Very easy to lean far over, confidently... the bike likes it. Brakes are slightly stronger than the godlike brakes on the 'Blade, but with less feedback and a bit mushy (in comparison), but still excellent and just a hair more powerful. I just took it on a 500 mile trip and it wasn't so bad, comfortwise... IF you find the right way to sit, weight on the wrists is no worse than the Blade. If not, you do notice more weight on the wrists, but it's liveable. Pillion will lean against you more, transferring more weight to wrists, unlike a CBR. Seat is cushier. Engine is much smoother and solid-feeling. Does not rev quite as fast/hard as the Blade (which was really fun about the Blade), but the 12500 redline, which is 1000 higher, is very nice... that last 1000 is just enough to make the bike feel more... extreme and thrashable. All in all, best bike I've ever ridden... it makes crazy speed easy. Stable smooth obedient handling with smooth controllable loads of power. The stock exhaust is so quiet, that along with the smooth power delivery, it adds to the illusion you aren't going fast, when in fact you are rocketing like a missile. The throttle demands respect, and in the first two gears, even in third gear, it always has more power than you can use, just waiting to lift the front wheel on you.

    13 January 2002

  • My Review

    Brutus

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is the best bike I have ever owned. In fact it is the best I have ever ridden! Power is intoxicating. Handling is a dream. Comfort is liveable. WOW factor every time I ride it. It has that holy shit ability to keep you interested and on your toes at all times.

    11 January 2002

  • My Review

    Beanz GSXR1000

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Best bike I've owned .... No real dislikes except those thieving rip-off merchants insurance companiesys. Oh, and the feds aren't too keen on them either...

    10 January 2002

  • My Review

    Weirdosmate

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Very good at everything (much better than me). You don't need to work hard to keep up with anything. The engine has a v/good midrange (my last 2 bikes have been gsx-r 750's). Build quality could be better - some of the castings are very rough. Paint on the wheels is very thin as well. Gearbox was bad but has got better since 600 miles.

    08 August 2001

  • My Review

    markS

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great bike, very fast, but the handling is excellent - makes every other bike I've owned feel rubbish and under powered. great feedback from the front end. Its a tall bike... which does take some getting used to, and feels a bit snatchy on the throttle.... definately not a novice bike.... but there again I'm not a novice. Got an oil leak within 300 miles from the engine which made life interesting at the rear end.

    13 July 2001

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hi got a bike  lock on the front disc lost the keys. whats the best way to get it off

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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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