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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) - £4,770 (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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£4,995

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£8,795

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£4,895

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£7,750

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(24 reviews)

  • she is a quick un //

    mark999bikes

    Average rating rating is 5

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    well i paid £3600 for my k5 20000 on the clock ,ran it at the 2012 bulldog bash totaly stock no mods running a old road tire and she ran a 9.93@144 with my 12,2 lump now thats a rapid bike well happy ? she even did a 10.6 @137 going through the timing lights on the back wheel messing about ..

    15 September 2012

  • A Peach of a bike

    BeamishBlade

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A true great, the best road/track bike available for under 12K. Buy a well cared for example and wheely your way to happiness.

    31 October 2010

  • STILL NUMBER 1

    david gray

    Great Yarmouth ,

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own a k7 (my review can be found on this site marked wtf!) and previously a k4 I have just had a day out on a k9 which handles very similar to the k5/k6 with maybe just a bit more feedback from the front... that said I jumped straight onto my mates k6 phantom and was instantly rewarded with how a real sportsbike engine should accelerate... god how I hate the eu3 regulations and how they have sanitized, sterilized and stifled all the fun out of new bikes. That feeling was blown apart within 50 yards... power starts from tickover (wheelies from 20 mph) and fear and excitement comes with huge equal measurements af adrenaline. power after 80 mph on the road is of limited use and this thing has it from 0 mph all the way through... ok it fades a little at top speeds but how often do we go past 150 mph ? honestly! I was a little disturbed by the dunlop tyres on it but it didn't stop me having the best days riding in my life. The current fireblade has the best current engine (almost scary how it takes off after 6500 rpm) and the previous model fireblade (preferably in repsol colours) was probably the best looking bike (since the 916) in my humble opinion. BUT as a fun filled every ride every day bike this is still number 1 the daddy!!!

    14 October 2009

  • Tested Trusted and Terrific

    in2madness

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought new in 2006. Since then I have covered 16000 miles visited 16 countries done approx 25 track days including Nurburgring and 500 miles on the Isle of Man TT course. It has never used a drop of oil and let me down only once after an 1800 mile ride undertaken on 3 consecutive days in torrential rain when water got into the ECU (fine once dried out). I am 6'3" and find it perfectly comfortable for touring and during a 4000 mile ride in Europe never once wished I was on any other bike. On the track it corners with the 600's and stays with the latest 1000's on the straights (new Blade can pull out a few meters though). Its ability to adjust its line mid corner is excellent and the chassis is beautifully neutral. Currently running on Diablo Corsa iii's which suit it on the road and track although rear is completely worn on RHS after only 1000 miles (but 5 trackdays). BT014s were fine on road but would move around on track but very preditably when pushed hard. Can't honestly think what I would replace this bike with but if I had to I am sure I would find something...there are a lot of very good bikes out there and this is one of the very best. Not really too worried about frame cracking mine has been tested and brace fitted and has a 5 year warranty.

    16 June 2009

  • A very good sports bike

    Mjollnir

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    but it was simply too small for me. Why do they insist on making these things smaller and smaller. :(

    05 August 2008

  • Still the best!!!

    ishvara

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Honestly, I don't see the point of traiding it for any other new bike. It's perfect!

    20 February 2008

  • What a bike!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I have had a few modern jap bikes in the last few years. They were all reliable and had good and bad points, as would be expected. This gixxer is the most complete package I have ever ridden! It have a slick quality feel with every input and control movement. It actually pulls well in 6th showing just a couple of thousand revs, I've tried it! Its devastatingly fast, too fast in fact. I always thought you can't have too much power, but power corrupts, and this bike can make you do some silly things. But then that just demonstrates its quality I guess, although its a super litre bike, I feel happier chucking it about, than my old 04 zx6rr. The riding position (I'm 6'1"), clocks, engine, brakes (only ever need one finger!) and the incredible sound it makes with the standard exhaust is nothing short of amazing. It may be a surprize then to read I am selling it... It's just too good, I have cornered quicker on this than on anything else I have ridden, and have gone faster, WAY faster, just because the bike makes it possible. I need to slow down! I would recommend this bike to those who have self control, there is no upgrade from one of these!

    13 November 2007

  • The big dogg

    partysloth

    nr ulverston , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    This is what real men ride. Had it for about three weeks and would not say a bad thing about it. It cornes so stable yet so fast. Really easy to turn in and feels really planted out of the corners. I ride in the lake district and all of the bumps in the roads are like take off ramps for my little gixxer. Love it!!! Any of you R1 rider want a race to sort it all out just get in touch.

    22 October 2007

  • This Bike Rocks

    stacka-uk

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Simply the fastest, sharpest, and sexiest bike on the market. No other bike makes you feel like this one does. Why buy anything else? Stacka

    17 September 2007

  • Average rating rating is 5

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    i have been riding this since november 2006.. totally cool to ride.. amazing power delivery.. power band starts from the moment you open the throttle.. sharp handling and no flexing when pushed are its best qualities.. Just love the way it goes.. sure will give tough competition for all 2007 bikes.. is either ways the KING in 2006..

    06 September 2007

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