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"

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  176 bhp
  • 34 mpg  -  121 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

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.

Value & Running Costs 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

25 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.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.9 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5.0 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 4.3 out of 5
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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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 ..

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

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

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

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

Overall Rating 2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
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

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

What a bike!

13 November 2007 by tamlin23

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... Read more 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!

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

The big dogg

22 October 2007 by partysloth

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... Read more 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.

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

This Bike Rocks

17 September 2007 by stacka-uk

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 Read more

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

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2006
Original price £8,799
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
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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