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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The now old GSX-R was an exceptional bike, winning AMA and world endurance titles and narrowly missing out on a BSB title. Suzuki have simply improved the weak points, namely better brakes, more midrange, lighter handling with a few cosmetic tweaks, which in the end produces an exceptional road bike with real world manners. It may lack sophisticated traction control and ABS, and isn’t as race-focussed as BMW’s S1000R or Kawasaki’s ZX-10R but it won’t be far behind in terms of lap times and is much more forgiving on the road.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 3

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has always had an exceptional engine and the new motor follows that tradition with class leading torque. Pistons have been redesigned to be 11% lighter with different crowns which has increased compression from 12.8:1 to 12.9:1. Torque is up to a quoted 86ftlb with peak power of 182bhp. Peak power may be slightly down compared to the sporty ZX-10 and S1000R but it’s far more usable through the midrange.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 was one of the first bikes to have big piston Showa front forks. For 2012 the forks remain but have been revised with a shorter fork length and softer spring as the bike is lighter. The rear suspension remains unchanged. Suspension feel is excellent and it’s easy to transform the Suzuki from a mild mannered road bike into a cutting edge race bike with a few clicks of the suspension.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Unfortunately there’s no optional ABS and there’s no traction control which may put a few potential owners off. However, the GSX-R does have a three-way power mode switch which restricts the power, which can be done easily and whilst on the move from an easy-to-use paddle switch on the left bar. There’s also fully adjustable foot-pegs as standard and now the addition of Brembo radial brakes as standard on the new model.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,999
Dealer used prices
£8,060 (2012) - £9,890 (2014)
Private used prices
£7,360 (2012) - £8,900 (2014)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 182 bhp
Top speed 186 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Our MCN long-term GSX-R 1000 has completed more than 16,000 trouble-free miles and after a quick clean comes up looking like new. GSX-R reliability is legendary and there’s no reason to question the new bike, the motor should be bullet proof even after a mild tune. The quality of components used on the bike is high, like Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. Compared to the old GSX-R’s Suzuki have pulled their socks up in terms of build quality and it shows.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

At just under £11,000 the GSX-R is one of the the cheapest superbikes on the market. It’s a few hundred cheaper than the standard Honda Fireblade, a grand less than Yamaha’s R1 and over a grand cheaper than Kawasaki’s new ZX-10. Yes it’s the only 1000cc bike not to have traction control but it’s the cheapest.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2012: model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.3 secs
Max power 182 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Weight 203 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v (74.5 x 57.3), 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 43mm fully adjust
Rear suspension adjustment Single fully adjust
Front brakes 2x310mm four piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

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£3,000

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£6,699

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£8,795

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£6,100

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4624 miles

£7,600

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3.5(2 reviews)

  • Almost great

    tman39a

    Average rating rating is 3

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    test rode an L2 demo and the bar vibe was unbearable...goes great but got a K5 instead and its in a different league but hard work. The K7/8 model I had for 3 yrs combines the best of both once de-cat'd and for me felt more complete

    25 January 2014

  • still a bridesmaid

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4

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    owned since mid summer 2012 (was there a summer in 2012 ?) several rusty parts already but that's normal for Suzukis I've owned loads over the last 40 years so usual 4 stars for quality, Reliability has been perfect (aided by not installing an alarm which makes all suzuki F1 lights come on at some point). Engine feels more potent but strangled to death by the catalytic converter.... which is welded in to the pipe which goes from the engine to the end can so to get to the power require a complete exhaust system which is a shame. The previous model L1 is virtually the same bike but you only need a link pipe to remove the cat and a can to free enough power for 3rd gear wheelies, the cost of changing the whole system puts it too close the the price of a BMW s1000rr which makes it pointless to spend as much for a lot less bike. The L2 is vastly overpriced for what it is.... great bike but I paid under 10,000 and if you pay more you've failed to haggle a fair price. Suspension is incredibly hard at first but beds in and softens within 1500 miles. handling is great high speed long sweepers to hairpin bends all easy and confidence inspiring. Adjustable height footrest is the only thing that made me buy this over the repsol blade they make the difference between being able to ride 100 miles or 250 in one go. equipment is enough for what you need, no more, no less... no electrical toys to rely on, just you and a throttle and brakes (how I like it). If you've owned a GSXR you know what to expect in terms of quality issues but you also know what to expect from the power, fun and handling, Great bike, worth around £10,000 no more. More comfortable than other sportsbikes which makes it the better bike for the road.

    11 May 2013

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