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Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2005-2006)



Detail Value
New price £8,799
Used price range View Suzuki GSX-R1000 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
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

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.

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)

  • Suzuki k6 a stunning machine

    blade1000rr

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Just part chopped rr5 blade in for gsxr k6. Compared to the blade the gixer is streets ahead, better sound even with the standard can on for now. And even running the thing in gives me more confidence going into corners than the blade ever did. A stunning machine. Strengths: Handling, weight, fuel injection spot on and the sound even from the standard can. Weaknesses: Nothing.

    17 August 2006

  • Get one!!

    Gixxxer1000k4

    Ballymena ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I moved on to one of these from a K4 GSXR1000, I can't believe how much its improved! the K4 was an awesome bike but this is really something else... Strengths: Everything! The engine, the brakes, the handling, the noise, its addictive. Weaknesses: None really, my only gripe would be the tiny screen, needs a double bubble.

    23 July 2006

  • Truly Excellent a completely different machine to my previous K3.

    wombat4

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Tried the blade - boring, tried the R1 too big didn't like the handling. Hate the look of the ZX10R. Got onto the the GSXR straight after the R1 right bike no question. Does slow does fast does everything. Strengths: Can't fault it to ride or to look at.
    Weaknesses: It would be good to have a clock visible at the same time as the trip - the blade does that. Underseat storage not as good as K3.

    26 June 2006

  • Absolutely Awesome. Get one!

    ROADPIRATE

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This bike is soooo quick. Power anywhere in the rev range, instant zap, incredible. The riding position is comfortable. I don't think about brakes or suspension at all when riding it, which means they must be good eh? Very very fast, but easy and controllable too, amazing, no wonder it's been rated top dog for past 3 years. Wish I'd have got one sooner. Strengths: Power, suspension, brakes, riding position, looks, just about the whole thing. Weaknesses: They're not free.

    03 March 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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