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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Suzuki has never made a bad GSX-R1000, and they still haven’t. Their flagship superbike always leads the class, never follows, and the new GSX-R1000K7 is no different. Not only does it have more power than ever before – up 7bhp to 185bhp - it’s now even to handle than ever. The user-friendly nature of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 was always its best asset, and now thanks to a three way power switch you can choose how much power you need depending on the conditions.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

On full-power ‘default mode’ the low rpm power on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been softened to allow for more absolute power at top revs (maximum power is now made 1000rpm higher in the revs at 12,000rpm), which means the GSX-R1000K7 is missing some of the instant, neck snapping power it was able to dish out at walking speeds. No mater because this makes the Suzuki GSX-R1000K7 more docile when squeezing on the gas exiting corners, which is good. There’s still an ocean of mid-range torque ready for you when you open the taps, enough to seriously embarrass its revvy rivals – and of course a whole heap of howling power at high rpm. The power delivery and throttle response of the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000 is smooth and polished beyond belief.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

A longer wheelbase makes for fewer wheelies coming out of slow corners on track, which will please the racers. Forks are a huge improvement on the under-damped units on the Suzuki GSX-R1000K5/K6, and like the rear shock has high and low speed compression damping. But with the extra adjustment on offer there’s more scope for mucking up the handling, making the GSX-R1000K7 slow steering and twitchy on the bumps. Dial in the right settings and it’s pure stable, confidence-inspiring Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX-R1000K7 has every toy in the superbike book: electronically-controlled steering damper, slipper clutch, fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes and master cylinder and adjustable pegs. The ‘piece de resistance’ is the three-way power switch. Mode ‘A’ is full power, ‘B’ softens the power up to the 9000rpm-mark, then ‘releases’ to give full power at full throttle. ‘C’ cuts power at low revs and practically cuts power completely after 8000rpm, turning the Suzuki GSX-R1000 into a Suzuki SV650.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2007-2008)

Detail Value
New price £8,949
Dealer used prices
£5,030 (2007) - £6,180 (2008)
Private used prices
£4,980 (2007) - £5,620 (2008)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 185 bhp
Top speed 186 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Although Suzuki GSX-R1000s tend to be bullet-proof mechanically and can stand tens of thousands of miles of hard use, the finish isn’t quite as good as the competition. The paintwork on the panels and engine casings is thin and the GSX-R1000K7’s new twin pipes look particularly cheap – although Suzuki is probably assuming people will get rid of them anyway in favour of replacement cans.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

To be able to get this much technology and easy to use performance for less than nine grand is staggering. If it’s anything like the GSX-R1000K5/K6 model you’ll be ale to use it for commuting, touring, track days and with very little modification even go racing (and be competitive) on it too – quite a feat. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2001: Original K1  Suzuki GSX-R1000 released.
2002: Suzuki GSX-R1000K2 model – no significant changes.
2003: GSX-R1000K3 model released. New chassis, bodywork, more power, less weight.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R1000K4 model – no significant changes.
2005: New Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5 model released. New chassis, bodywork, more power, less weight.
2006: Suzuki GSX-R1000K6 model – no significant changes.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.5 secs
Max power 185 bhp
Max torque 112 ft-lb
Weight 172 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs, four-piston radial calipers.
Rear brake 220mm disc, twin piston caliper
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(16 reviews)

  • gsxr1000k7

    paul evans

    Newcastle Emlyn

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've only had the bike a short while, and everything about it is right, the performance is phenominal, the seating position spot on, only thing i would say is suspension is set up for an elephant, has taken quiet awhile to get settings right for me, apart from that A+

    13 February 2009

  • the king.

    hondagixer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have a yoshimura gsxr 1000 k7 and it makes people stop and look everywhere i go.Parked it up at newlands corner and because it has barry sheenes number on it people are attracted to it.The roar from the titanium yoshimura system makes the hairs on your neck stand up and everyone hears you coming. Break neck speed and all the time the bike tells you it wants to go faster.120mph in first,150 up in a blink and it is still pulling hard at 190.So light and quick in the wrong hands you will die, but cruise around and enjoy the feel of one of the best sports bikes every made.the way the whole package makes you feel on the road changes the way you ride.You know the power is there and i have found myself going slower than i do on my other bikes because it attracts so much attention from the police.But if you can live with that and the riding position you will never need another superbike again.

    28 January 2008

  • top dog

    blade1000rr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    picked up my new k7 yesterday and after putting some miles on the clock think i will enjoy it more than my k6. wasnt really lookin to trade mine in untill i dropped in to a dealer who had put some rather nice bits on. zero gravity screen/wavy discs front and rear/gilles chain adjusters and lifters with locking nut/lighter rear sprocket/gilles rear sets/and a pair of akropovic race cans with hangers so when i saw it wow and the price was a steal. cant wait till its run in when ill get rid of the cat with some connector pipes and fit a power commander. i had had a go on a k7 prior to buying and thought it was probably a bit better all round package except for the midrange of the k6. the suspension seems a lot nicer on the road and the cans even with the baffles still in sound awesome. recomend this bike to anyone

    02 September 2007

  • Top Bike

    harrisons

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I got one of the IOM centenary limited edition GSXRs a couple of weeks back and have covered about 600 miles on it so far and I love it. It handles brilliantly, and goes really well so far although I haven't been above 10k yet as am still running in. The YoshimurA Evo cans sound awesome and I would recommend the bike to anyone. Only downside is the finish could be improved.

    10 August 2007

  • WTF ?

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Wow As a DIE HARD SUZUKI FAN this is hard.... Slice me in half and I have Suzuki written through me like a stick of rock. Don't get me wrong.... this is a great bike, Hiroshi Iio had the hardest job in the world: how to design a bike to follow the Daddy of all superbikes... the previous GSXR 1000's. An impossible and thankless task because the previous incarnations were power with a side order of power and a large helping of power for dessert. That made every model from the K1 to K6 enormous fun to ride even at low speeds where it is needed most on the road!! (forget pub bragging, the majority of time is spent between 30mph and 90 mph). With ever increasing EU emission restrictions the power has been NEUTERED (the warning words in magazine reviews are... the power has been "refined" or "matured") at low to low/mid revs. (the red line has been raised to make it lower than mid range). Suzuki has added the mode switch, this gadget is designed to make you forget the missing low end power by....erm lowering the power again on an already very docile machine??? A cheap pipe that removes the catalytic converters and disconnecting the SET valve restores some pride but the lengthened swinging arm means that to get any fun from this bike you'll need speeds that will get you a longer custodial holiday at her majestys pleasure than the average mass murderer receives. (Every chief constable must be overjoyed). Interestingly, the bike is great at low speed cornering and high speed cornering but is reluctant at mid speed line changing although that might be down to the OE tyres. Bike journalists can be forgiven for heaping so much praise on the K7 because as they have so much experience they have developed acquired tastes... (somewhat like a top chef telling you that lemon goat embryo on a bed of lizard genitals is tastier because they've eaten so much steak and chips it's lost its appeal for them... but not me, just pass the ketchup... that is all the K6 needed, a tiny dash of sauce to spice it up a bit more) what makes fun for people at the nurbergring has little to do with fun for Joe public commuting to work and sprinting between lights with the (totally unintentional) front wheel getting light (Ahem). When a guy has left you at the lights and slowed for the next set, pulling alongside and shouting "my bike is faster than yours above 120mph" will not save your face or stop his smug grin, Suzuki beating was never on the menu before! I have a dreadful feeling that this is the tip of the iceberg and subsequent models from all manufacturers are set to have the fun squeezed out of them by governmental and enviromental restrictions. This bike has great potential and power (every expert will tell you it has more power everywhere than other GSXR's) but unfortunately not where it is needed the most, the magic has been diluted abd the fun is harder to get at... Fantastic commuter, awesome at race tracks but although this bikes ability has been lowered to make sure it's still (only just) ahead of the other manufacturers...it simply cannot live with other Suzuki GSXR 1000's on the road.

    08 June 2007

  • Put a smile on your face

    pecksa

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just had first service completed, and staring to explore the performance. Engine and handling are a huge step forwards from the '03 R1 I had before this. The mode button actually makes a difference, and have used the "C" setting once in a rain storm, otherwise it ia the default "A" mode all the way

    22 March 2007

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ROADPIRATE

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K8 V previous models..

I agree with Hondagixer,

The K8's softer, which is why I bought one. It's fast enough for me on shite British roads, with shite British car drivers. However, the older models are more hardcore.

I had a K6 and got rid because my self control is crap, so I was doing 120 odd everywhere, when I thought I was doing 80/90ish. Half of me wants a K6 again, half of me wants to keep my license.

08 October 2010 13:53

funkymonk7

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Import GSXR1000 2008

Hi All

Im very close to putting in an offer for a 2008 version of this bike. What i would like to know is how to spot an import ? the bike i am looking at has all black farings and logo but some other 2008 models have a red/black GSXR logo..  also some other variations. \would be simple enough to ask the seller but would be reassuring if anyone has any tips on what to look out for.

thanks

08 January 2010 22:19

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hondagixer

120 mph in first? well I admire your optimism, but removing the rose tinted glasses for a moment.... I guess it would be possible but probably around 17,000 revs shortly before it threw a valve through the head. that aside yes it is "ONE" of the best sportsbikes around..... unfortunately after gorging myself on a never ending supply of POWER on my previous k4 I assumed my k7 was going to be "THE" best sportsbike around and it isn't and that's what hurts me so bad. I've recently had it dynoed and although the gulf (where the bottom end should be) isn't quite the grand canyon... it's still big enough to drive 3 double deckers through. It explains why the guy who bought my old k4 spanks me away from the lights every muvvafu**in' time (oh and he's on one wheel within 25 yards just to and insult to injury). Also after the severe thrashing this has to endure (The k4 intimidated me, as sportsbikes should whereas the k7 cowers in the corner when it sees me) it has developed a false neutral between neutral and second gear and sounds like the tappets need adjusting after only 5000 miles (probably caused by having to bury the needle deep into the red for 3rd gear wheelies). It's an okay bike but if (like me) you crave REAL POWER find an earlier model gsxr 1000.

12 April 2008 02:50

pecksa

pecksasays

WTF

Sounds like we both agree the K7 is a great bike!! And yes to power upto 6500rpm feels slightly tame compaired to the previous generation of superbikes (makes for good 2nd gear off the throttle wheelies though!), we have EU3 regs to thanks for that. I guess I am happy to dance on the gear lever to keep in the power, must be my two stoke powered distant youth!! Enjoy your K7 happy in the knowlegde that the 07 R1 still a mile behind the gixxer. Cheers Pecksa

22 June 2007 21:33

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me

actually I wrote that but because of the time it took to be brutally honest it logged me out and although I asked admin to put my name to the review they haven't done so yet. As for riding the K7 I've owned it since march 29th and it has 2700 miles on it. I ride every day of the year (not rich enough to afford 2 modes of transport) 5 times per week to work in sun, rain and ice and snow (no! I won't be using the chicken switch). I've ridden for 35 years with a gap of only 25 months in 1999/ 2001 between my busa and a blade. I've owned a superbike every year since 1978 and always use them to the max. So my qualifications for judging this bike are at least 300,000 miles on 2 wheels. the 2 stars for equipment is because the mode switch is redundant it's a "whistle and bell" added to be a talking point and direct peoples attention away from the missing bottom end. If I wanted to use a lower gear and spend all day tap dancing on the gear lever I'd buy a 600. as for opening the throttle more.... I suggest you try a K4 I wouldn't be alive today if I wrenched the throttle back on that as hard as I do on my K7. I love suzukis... I should do I've owned 19 of them but as my review says it is a great bike but is bettered by previous models. If you have not ridden many superbikes than this is an awesome bike... if you have ridden many others then it's not so awesome.... As much as it pains me I wrote with my head not my heart, nobody (least of all me) likes to admit their shiny new bike is not the best but wanting it to be doesn't make it so.....

19 June 2007 13:34

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