SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2005-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"The third full Suzuki GSX-R1000 update went straight back to the top of the superbike tree"

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"The third full Suzuki GSX-R1000 update went straight back to the top of the superbike tree"

Overall Rating 5 out of 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 5 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

28 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2005-2006) 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 (2005-2006)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Legendary GSXR and Amazing

28 November 2015 by Winox

This is an amazing sportbike with absolutely no weaknesses. I bought my K5 with about 9k miles on it. The mechanical built quality is flawless, and after 6,000 miles (including 6 trackdays and numerous canyon carving rides) during my first year with... Read more this bike, there has not been even a hint of reliability issue. Handling is superb with slight modification to front end height, and with Dunlop Q3 tires. The engine is feathery smooth, linear in power delivery and power is massive upon command without any drop off unless you take it pass redline. The plastics are only less cosmetically pleasing when compared to certain Ducati sportbikes. This is not a negative unless you consider bike "posing" to be a performance measure, which I don't. This bike is a complete package, but if you want extreme performance and wallet size is not an issue, go for Ohlins and Galfers equipment. Several moto magazine journalists have made reference to this bike year and model as a standard to judge the GSXR 1000 of subsequent model years. The title "Legendary" has been mentioned as well.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
This is a track capable bike right out of the showroom after adjusting the OEM suspension for my weight. Stock brakes are more than adequate for the track unless there is a need to buy up for aftermarket equipment for greater feel and confidence. Honestly, unless you plan on achieving near track lap record times, there is no need to spend another nickel except for professional suspension set up. For canyon road and highway riding, just back off from both front and rear compression and rebound settings by 2 to 3 clicks.
Engine
5 out of 5
Could I say 6 out of 5 rating? There is only enough sensation through the clip on bars to let you know the engine is running. At no point in the rpm range is there any hint of intrusive engine vibration. In fact, the engine feels light and feathery smooth, until you decide to turn up the throttle, at which time the power delivered is smooth and massive. Speed is ECU limited to 186 mph, but install a Bazzaz TRE and the mechanical redline is the only limit at which point the bike is +/- 200 mph. This is theoretical for most K5/K6 riders. Any creditable video evidence is welcome on the 200 mph top speed.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Mechanical quality and reliability of all components, including engine, frame, and fairing plastics are flawless. My bike is now more than 10 years since coming off the showroom (I'm the third owner) with 15k miles on the odometer and it still looks new and fresh except for a few minor and negligible scratches on the plastics.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Other than an occasional clutch cable and lever pivot point lubes, frequent drive chain lube, scheduled engine oil changes, occasional tire changes, there has been no other maintenance expenses to this date. Expected service will be for the 15k mile valve check / adjustment which I will be doing, and any possible expense here would be for valve shims. Fork oil change will be next.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Again, the bike in showroom stock is a complete package. However, modifications or accessories I would recommend are: raise front fork tubes up by 8-9 mm's above the upper triple clamps; upgrade to Dunlop Q2/ Q3 tires, or Pirelli Diablo Supercorsca tires if you budget allows it; M4 slip on cannister; Bazzaz TRE module; Dynojet Powercommander III, but verify if better fueling is needed first for any aftermarket mod to the exhaust system.
Buying experience

At this time, the bike can only be bought as used. Whether buying from private party or from a dealer, try for a well maintained bike regardless of odometer reading. Suzuki has this bike on a recall in the U.S. for upper frame add on strengthening bracket and front brake master cylinder replacement. I suspect the first is preemptive measure, and likely in response to feedback from the field in regards to the bikes being put through abusive stunt riding. Check with Suzuki dealership to ensure that these 2 items have been taken care of if you are not able to see the modification.

4 out of 5

Bear

03 August 2015 by Bear

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Ride Quality & Brakes
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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5 out of 5

This one is a keeper

18 June 2015 by pete

superb handling, graph of H.P. is a straight line. Massive mid range. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Good round the block or round the world.
Engine
5 out of 5
massive mid range
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Bulletproof
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Use top quality oil. Use standard pads. Grunt can eat tyres. Nothing breaks or wears out. Checked valves twice from new. All still in spec.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Brilliant straight out of the box. Akrapovic, Ohlins, Harris, Bazzaz all good. Avoid GP Pro tyres - lethal when cold.
Buying experience

Bought new at 2/3 the uk price when I lived in the USA.

5 out of 5

as good as it gets

11 October 2014 by petedj

Bought new in 05. Spent 10k on upgrades since. Top end brutal. Mid range outguns anything. Quick steering. brilliant handling, good brakes. Never misses a beat. Bought another recently for winter near bog standard but still brilliant. Nothing else I... Read more have ridden comes close.

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

she is a quick un //

15 September 2012 by mark999bikes

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... Read more timing lights on the back wheel messing about ..

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
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5 out of 5

A Peach of a bike

31 October 2010 by BeamishBlade

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

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

STILL NUMBER 1

14 October 2009 by gravy1

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... Read more 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!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
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Build Quality & Reliability
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Equipment
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5 out of 5

Tested Trusted and Terrific

16 June 2009 by in2madness

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... Read more 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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2 out of 5

A very good sports bike

05 August 2008 by Mjollnir

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

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

Still the best!!!

20 February 2008 by ishvara

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2006
Original price £8,799
Used price £4,000 to £12,000
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £81
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 176 bhp
Max torque 87 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.8 secs
Average fuel consumption 34 mpg
Tank range 121 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v transverse four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin beam
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 166kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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