SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2003-2004) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Ultra fast, capable track missile that works far better on the road then you'd imagine"

Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle review - Riding

"Ultra fast, capable track missile that works far better on the road then you'd imagine"

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Ultra fast, capable track missile that works far better on the road then you’d imagine. The MK II Suzuki GSX-R1000 (K3-K4) thou is smaller and more compact than the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1-K2 models. It’s easier to flick around race tracks but, bizarrely, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 makes an acceptable one-man sports tourer too.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

This version of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has better suspension than previous Gixxer thous. Fingertip effort is rewarded with millimetre perfect precision – it’s a delight to ride fast. Dedicated track heads may say it doesn’t turn as easily as K5 onwards Suzuki GSX-R1000s or R1s of similar vintage but it’s picking faults in a stunning motorycycle. Besides the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K3 is more stable than the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5 and most of the time that’s more useful. Brakes excellent – better than previous Suzuki GSX-R1000s.

Engine 5 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 was always the king of the 1000cc class – performance is scintillating – obscene, indecent, intoxicating – get the throttle on the stop in any gear except the top two and everything goes backwards. Unlike many sports bikes the Suzuki GSX-R1000 hasplenty of low down urge and it’s got enough rough edge no-one could call it bland.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Like the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K1/K2, gearbox problems are not unheard of but fortunately they’re rare as it’ll be £750+ to fix. The odd electrical gremlin can appear but it’s no worse than any other bike in that respect. Finish is better than early Suzukis but still not perfect so care’s needed if the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is used in winter.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a brilliant motorcycle and a real bargain on the used market. Rivals of the day aren’t quite as capable. Clean examples fly out of dealer showrooms and decent private sale Suzuki GSX-R1000s don’t hang around long either. Avoid machines which have been raced or had heavy track use. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The best tourer of the Suzuki GSX-R1000s. That doesn’t mean it’s the slowest or worst handling – just that this Suzuki GSX-R1000's riding position, seat and screen are the best for covering plenty of miles and long days in the saddle. There’s little extraneous but there’s some room under the pillion seat, the clocks are pretty comprehensive and the mirrors and headlights acceptable.

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2003-2004) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2003-2004)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fast, Comfortable and a Real head turner

12 December 2012 by Anonymous

This is the only 1000cc sports bike I've ever ridden, that is as enjoyable driving across Europe as it is around a race track. Excellent torque though out the whole rev range, can be ridden sensibly or not. Clocks are very clear and stylish,... Read more but lacking Fuel gage and Clock! Storage under the back seat is amazing, I get a full tool kit, Thermals, a fold up rucksack, an Alarmed Disc lock and a large heavy Abus chain and pad lock all in with ease. The bike looks fantastic and drives like a dream. Also Fuel economy is excellent. I went for the K3 as I think its better looking than the K4 but they are the same bike in every other way so I guess its down to personal taste.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

oh my god

22 July 2008 by c750jp

just bought my 1000k3 from my local dealer only went in for a look around as i was getting bored with my tricked up bandit 1200 and boy oh boy is the 1000k3 insane how the hell you are supposed to keep your lience i don`t know but it will be fun... Read more trying

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

much missed

08 February 2008 by gravy1

I owned a K4 before regrettably trading in for a puny K7. Motorcycle manufactering comes in peaks and troughs new bikes are awesome followed by not such good models until they get a big update at the next peak, The K4 was definitely at a peak the... Read more engine is comparable to my busa and having owned an rry blade in between... the k4 made it seem like a 400. it will wheelie from 20 mph or 120 mph and everywhere in between. It revs effortlessly and will lift the rear as easily as the front. It WILL spank every bike made after 2003 (newer doesn't mean better) and with the exception of the 06 blade there isn't a better looking bike. My K7 isn't a trough but it's on the downward slope which means the K4 will rule for many years to come... and should emission laws get tighter it may well be the last REAL sportsbike ever made.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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4 out of 5

MY K4

05 December 2007 by GAZZAS GIXER

I did a straight swap for a K5 750 4 days before a 10 day jaunt to europe! Insane? Possibly, but touring wise it knocks spots off it's smaller brother. Two up through France and into Germany with soft luggage was easy. New front discs required after... Read more 7500 miles was a bit of a shock though! Still love the awesome power and the way it delivers it!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Stunning!

08 March 2007 by Txbone

This was my first litre sports bike, I had always ridden 600's before this and was totally stunned by the difference! A tad naive you may think but honestly, if you have only been used to a 600 with the odd shot of a mates 'thou' nothing can prepare... Read more you for what this bike will do to you!! I bought it off a friend when it was 7 months old, he got the last Ltd Edition 'stealth Black' model in the country but needed cash and I fell in love at first sight and was only too happy to part with said cash! I removed all decals and got a Yosi tri oval carbon exhaust put on, rather than go the power commander route my local dealer (Saltire Suzuki, Edinburgh) suggested I let them set it up on their 'Yoshi Box'. Sure said I, beats paying £400 for the commander!! The difference with just a little setup is amazing, I thought the bike was a rocket ship before, now it is positively lunar!! So smooth right through the range, added some extra ponies, and mores to the point, saved me £400 into the bargin!! I would suggest changing the end can, loses a good bit of weight, and put a Yoshi on and ask your dealer if they have a Yoshi box, it may not have the massive tuning range of a Power Commander, but be honest, do you REALLY need that amount of tuning to ride this on the road and the odd track day?? I personally don't think so, and if you can get the most out of it on the road, then you are a better man than me! What I have on mine is more than enough to keep grinning from ear to ear. I removed the rear pegs and got a black hanger on, a pair of black rearsets and this machine looks amazing! Still not sold on the dold wheels though, no idea who came up with that plan?!?! It handles like my old ZX6R, has twice the power and triple the fun! If you are thinking of 'stepping up' then I would strongly reccommend this bike! The K4 was an excellent year for it, before they brough out the awkward "ducks arse" rear end, but after they had ironed out the niggles from previous models! I love this bike and wouldn't change it for the world!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Stunning!

08 March 2007 by Txbone

This was my first litre sports bike, I had always ridden 600's before this and was totally stunned by the difference! A tad naive you may think but honestly, if you have only been used to a 600 with the odd shot of a mates 'thou' nothing can prepare... Read more you for what this bike will do to you!! I bought it off a friend when it was 7 months old, he got the last Ltd Edition 'stealth Black' model in the country but needed cash and I fell in love at first sight and was only too happy to part with said cash! I removed all decals and got a Yosi tri oval carbon exhaust put on, rather than go the power commander route my local dealer (Saltire Suzuki, Edinburgh) suggested I let them set it up on their 'Yoshi Box'. Sure said I, beats paying £400 for the commander!! The difference with just a little setup is amazing, I thought the bike was a rocket ship before, now it is positively lunar!! So smooth right through the range, added some extra ponies, and mores to the point, saved me £400 into the bargin!! I would suggest changing the end can, loses a good bit of weight, and put a Yoshi on and ask your dealer if they have a Yoshi box, it may not have the massive tuning range of a Power Commander, but be honest, do you REALLY need that amount of tuning to ride this on the road and the odd track day?? I personally don't think so, and if you can get the most out of it on the road, then you are a better man than me! What I have on mine is more than enough to keep grinning from ear to ear. I removed the rear pegs and got a black hanger on, a pair of black rearsets and this machine looks amazing! Still not sold on the dold wheels though, no idea who came up with that plan?!?! It handles like my old ZX6R, has twice the power and triple the fun! If you are thinking of 'stepping up' then I would strongly reccommend this bike! The K4 was an excellent year for it, before they brough out the awkward "ducks arse" rear end, but after they had ironed out the niggles from previous models! I love this bike and wouldn't change it for the world!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2003
Year discontinued 2004
Original price -
Used price £2,300 to £9,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 164 bhp
Max torque 80 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 39 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 988cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 168kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2003: Suzuki GSX-R1000 K2-K3 launched.
2005: Suzuki GSX-R1000 replaced by all-new GSX-R1000 K5.

Other versions

GSX-R1000 K4: Sold in 2004, identical to the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K3 except for colour differences.

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