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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The first Suzuki GSX-R1000 set new superbike standards in 2001, the second one did it again in 2003 and this, the third full Suzuki GSX-R1000 update, went straight back to the top of the superbike tree in 2005 and stayed there, pretty much ever since. The reasons for the Suzuki GSX-R1000's dominance are simple. Sublime, lithe ergonomics and handling, radical styling and full-on usable power.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Under pressure from its rivals, the Suzuki GSX-R1000's capacity was raised from 989cc to a full 999cc. The result is a claimed 175bhp at the crank – putting the Suzuki GSX-R1000 on a par with the competition on paper but in truth giving the bike an advantage as Suzuki horses are often more muscular than those of other manufacturers when it comes to a dyno shoot-out. If you want the boss, the Suzuki GSX-R1000, pretty much, is it.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The all-new chassis was designed to bring as much weight as possible together in the middle of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 but Suzuki also decided to move the weight down, making the centre of gravity as low as possible. The result is that the Suzuki GSX-R1000 boasts fantastically sharp steering and ‘flickability’ without any significant trade off in stability.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The K5/K6 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is standard fare, early 21st century kick-ass superbike. Neat alloy controls (pegs, bars, levers) dainty but comprehensive instrumentation and, er, not a lot else. When it comes to cutting-edge speed, less is always more… as the Suzuki GSX-R1000 demonstrates.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2005-2006)

Detail Value
New price £8,799
Dealer used prices
£4,620 (2005) - £5,170 (2006)
Private used prices
£4,180 (2005) - £4,680 (2006)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 176 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 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 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

Fair enough. Suzuki’s top end bikes are better than most if looked after (although you have to fastidiously clean them through winter) and there have been no major reliability issues with the Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is cheaper than a Fireblade and still, arguably, the best superbike most of the time. Due a replacement in 2007 so plenty of discounts are currently available. The Suzuki GSX-R1000 costa a lot of money, but you get an awful lot of bike for that money. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

2005: Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5 launched available in black/grey, blue/white or yellow/black colourschemes.
2006: Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6. Colour changes only, now in black or red/black.

Other Versions

Limited Edition all-black Suzuki GSX-R1000 launched in 2005.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 Phantom. Road legal Yoshimura silencer and special black/silver paintscheme launched in 2006.

Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.8 secs
Max power 176 bhp
Max torque 87 ft-lb
Weight 166 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 121 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin beam
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 310mm 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(24 reviews)

  • Does what it says!!!

    p.bro

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Had my K6 for two weeks and done 1200 miles, even with this crap weather! Power and speed are addictive, as is the sound from a Racefit Mega can.Buy one or miss out on an amazing experience.

    31 August 2007

  • The Best By a Mile

    TheGodDelusion

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Tootling around town, Storming the autobahn, or Ripping through the N260 in Spain this bike is superb. Faster and better handling than the latest version and all the other 07 litre bikes, this bike will be an icon.

    10 August 2007

  • ace bike

    rstuner

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    what a bike love it to bits. needs to be taken on a track to get the full effect.

    30 July 2007

  • its not right surely

    Rubber-rings

    swindon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    had my k6 thou since december,i was lucky to get one fitted with a yoshi when they was doing the offer. so with a piper cross filter in as well it has a bit more grunt not that it needs it. i had a k5 750 before and although i would say the 750 made me smile more (im too busy scaring myself at the moment) this thou just seems to handle quicker and is bloody easy to drop into bends. i had 600rr and a zx6r try on some twisties and i just pulled away whilst going in banked over i think the rule of 600's being quicker on the twisties has been thrown in the bin at suzuki. amazing bike and i think the k6 will be the last of the real gsxr's.i wont be in a rush to get rid of this bike, i normally buy a new one every year and half but i cant see me wanting to get rid of this.does need looking after but lets face it thats why we love our bikes its the ownership and nothing wd40 and autoglym cant fix. i hear NASA want the engine as starter motor for the next shuttle.

    10 June 2007

  • Average rating rating is 4.5

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    mindblowingly awesome! after 3 and a bit years paying my dues on a suzuki gsxf750 (which i'm sad to see go- looks aside, it was an alright bike!) i wanted my second bike to be special and, just today, i picked up one of the last k6 phantoms in the uk. blimey! the grin is gonna have to be surgically removed from my face! speed, acceleration- in any gear, brakes, ride, handling, sound, everyone should have a go on one of these. have i mentioned the noise from the yoshi pipe? it is sooo rude! forget the swollen baseball-bats for pipes k7 1000, go out now- right now- and snap up any remaining k6 versions. you will have the best bike on the road today.

    18 May 2007

  • Came in me pants

    Grassbagc

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Once mounted you have a perminent grin under your helmet. Try one.

    16 May 2007

  • bigger than it looks

    KWAK6ftRider

    Cambridge , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    In an age where sports bikes keep getting smaller, and on the surface this bike is the same. yet I am 6'6" and I can still ride this bike comfortably, all be it with a little wrist pressure. it handles well, and the power, oh the power :) It is a great bike and very fun to ride.

    13 April 2007

  • Arse puckeringly fast, rocksteady handling and sounds unbeatable. Simply No 1

    edgey999

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I have the Gixxer Thou Phantom K6. The Ltd Edition Phantom comes in a very classy grey and black colour scheme and a dedicated Suzuki, Yoshi exhaust that sounds and looks quite simply awesome. I had the 06 ZX10R previously and this thing quite simply blows it away. Lighter, more tourqe throughout the rev range and more stable but just as exciting. Corners like its on rails and seems to find itself doing 130mph all on its own (honestly officer). A magnificent piece of kit thats a credit to Suzuki and having seen next years Gixxer thou with its twin trumpet exhausts and "i cant ride a litre bike in the wet" switch the K6 is destined to become a must have classic. Buy one NOW before the Eurocrats legislate these things away.
    Strengths: It aint the 2007 model, seriously all you Suzuki fans who mocked the 06 ZX10's "Wheelbarrow" exhausts I suggest you have a good look at the 2007 model and go and find a K6 as quick as you can. Weaknesses: With a bike this fast it would be nice to see if the Police are behind you as opposed to seeing my arms!!

    04 November 2006

  • Further to my "anon" 15/07/05. Still awesome.

    kinnell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Discovered the first batch of K5's had a clutch judder problem. Suzuki have an upgrade fitted under warranty. Now it blasts off the line as well as doing everything else superbly. Strengths: Bags of torque makes effortless performance, can pull from 18 mph - 180+ mph in top gear. ( and I,m a heavy git) Or over 100 mph in first gear, amazing, Sweet handling. Finish still good after 10 months, better than previous Suzukis. Weaknesses: Dont listen to the mags.. that seat hurts after a couple of hours, 2 up less than 1 hour. Watch the wheelspin on cold tyres

    03 November 2006

  • First service is done, the dealer said I can now nail it...if I dare

    Azzdapazz

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is truly fantastic. Theres not much more to be said about the speed than has already been said. You just have to think about going fast and the bike engages warp speed. The brakes are very good, and they need to be! Not at all grabby, but sometimes you do have to pull quite hard on them. I`m always being told that a good rider on a decent 750 would kick the ass of an average 1000 rider, `cos its makes you lazy. Well in a way thats true in my experience. My last bike was a K2 750 and for a flat out blat round windy A and B roads, I think I was maybe a tiny bit quicker on the 750. Nothing to do with the handling, just that I`m a lot more cautious with the throttle on the 1000. However, day to day riding, like to work and back, I`m loads quicker on the 1000 just `cos of the shere flexibility of the engine. I `spose it does make you a bit lazy, but for consistent "fastness" its unbeatable.
    Strengths: Easy to ride. Great confidence with OE tyres. Rocketship fast Sounds fantastic. Weaknesses: Seats a bit hard Walking speed manouverability isn`t great Very bad for the health of your driving licence.

    24 September 2006

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k6

i have had two now both k6 its the only bike i would have

25 July 2009 14:34

waynep66

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wooohoooo

bought a k6 new last year..still puts a big grin on my face..go buy one before they all go,best litre bike around for the cash..bit lumpy low down with the yoshi trc but can live with that.

12 April 2007 19:18

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