SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2007-2008) Review

Published: 16 February 2007

"Now thanks to a three-way power switch you can choose how much power you need"

Suzuki GSX-R1000 motorcycle review - Riding

"Now thanks to a three-way power switch you can choose how much power you need"

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  185 bhp
  • 38 mpg  -  146 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Suzuki has never made a bad GSX-R1000, and they still haven’t. Their flagship superbike always leads the class, never follows, and the new GSX-R1000K7 is no different. Not only does it have more power than ever before – up 7bhp to 185bhp - it’s now even to handle than ever. The user-friendly nature of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 was always its best asset, and now thanks to a three way power switch you can choose how much power you need depending on the conditions.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

A longer wheelbase makes for fewer wheelies coming out of slow corners on track, which will please the racers. Forks are a huge improvement on the under-damped units on the Suzuki GSX-R1000K5/K6, and like the rear shock has high and low speed compression damping. But with the extra adjustment on offer there’s more scope for mucking up the handling, making the GSX-R1000K7 slow steering and twitchy on the bumps. Dial in the right settings and it’s pure stable, confidence-inspiring Suzuki GSX-R1000.

Engine 5 out of 5

On full-power ‘default mode’ the low rpm power on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been softened to allow for more absolute power at top revs (maximum power is now made 1000rpm higher in the revs at 12,000rpm), which means the GSX-R1000K7 is missing some of the instant, neck snapping power it was able to dish out at walking speeds. No mater because this makes the Suzuki GSX-R1000K7 more docile when squeezing on the gas exiting corners, which is good. There’s still an ocean of mid-range torque ready for you when you open the taps, enough to seriously embarrass its revvy rivals – and of course a whole heap of howling power at high rpm. The power delivery and throttle response of the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000 is smooth and polished beyond belief.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Although Suzuki GSX-R1000s tend to be bullet-proof mechanically and can stand tens of thousands of miles of hard use, the finish isn’t quite as good as the competition. The paintwork on the panels and engine casings is thin and the GSX-R1000K7’s new twin pipes look particularly cheap – although Suzuki is probably assuming people will get rid of them anyway in favour of replacement cans.

Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5

To be able to get this much technology and easy to use performance for less than nine grand is staggering. If it’s anything like the GSX-R1000K5/K6 model you’ll be ale to use it for commuting, touring, track days and with very little modification even go racing (and be competitive) on it too – quite a feat. Find a Suzuki GSX-R1000 for sale.

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Equipment 5 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R1000K7 has every toy in the superbike book: electronically-controlled steering damper, slipper clutch, fully adjustable suspension, radial brakes and master cylinder and adjustable pegs. The ‘piece de resistance’ is the three-way power switch. Mode ‘A’ is full power, ‘B’ softens the power up to the 9000rpm-mark, then ‘releases’ to give full power at full throttle. ‘C’ cuts power at low revs and practically cuts power completely after 8000rpm, turning the Suzuki GSX-R1000 into a Suzuki SV650.

Owners' Reviews

16 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2007-2008) 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 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.6 out of 5
Engine 4.6 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Forgot To Say

20 April 2014 by darron66

I had John from alpha-suspension in Leeds set my suspension up to match me on the bike and this with new tyres transformed the handling. Before it was twitchy in cornering and my confidence was low where chucking the bike around was concerned, post... Read more suspension set-up and it handles any corner I chuck her into. Google alpha-suspension , he goes to bike meets, various venues or will meet you somewhere near Leeds for a few quid extra, charged me £45 to set up my suspension, took him around 45 mins. He is well known up north for his quality work. Highly recommended unless you know what you are doing yourself.

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

K7 Beauty

20 April 2014 by darron66

Got back into biking after a 25 yr break, you know, marriage, kids, divorce, all the usual. Started back on a Yammy 600 thundercat, got bored of that in less a month, next was Triumph Daytona 955i, great bike but was starting to cost me being a T... Read more reg, p/x'd the Triumph for a new Yammy FZ8,crackin bike for a few months but again, soon bored me, had seen a few gixxers around my area and thought, wow, gotta find one, luckily a local dealer had a K7 for sale, test rode in September 2012, had a massive grin on my chops, p/x'd the FZ8 at a great loss and bought the K7, still got it now ( Apr14) and it still excites me every time I ride it. Power on tap, very comfy for a sports bike, great looks and if you don't ride it like a loon you get 50+mpg, superunleaded gave me 170miles before the fuel light came on recently, usually comes on around the 135 mark and I refuel at around 150-160 mark. My only criticism is no fuel gauge, have to switch between clock and trip meter if out and about and need to watch the time. Overall, fantastic bike, not bored of it after nearly 2 years of ownership plus they hold their price if looked after.

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

k8 gixer

28 October 2010 by incognito96

Came from a r1 05 and thought that was good but the k7/8 is a much better bike and just has more power everywhere the only negative is the paint is shockingly thin.I Havn,t ridden the k5/6 but this is the best so far for me. 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 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

One last thing...

08 October 2010 by ROADPIRATE

The suspension settings have to be changed way from standard to get the best out of this bike. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 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

k8 thou

21 July 2010 by markmorris70

Bought mine last year with 2k on the clock, now nearing 6k. My first thou, last bike was a k7 750, the thou isnt as nimble as the 750 but gives a big grin all the time Read more

Overall Rating 5 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
4 out of 5

A Year On

12 April 2010 by wacca1

My first Suzuki. I purchased my K8 just over a year ago. I've had a few problems which Suzuki cant seem to rectify and it's in with the dealer for a 3rd time. An intermittent problem occurs where the bike will not go over 8000 revs. As I accelerate... Read more 'firmly' as soon as it gets to around 7k the engine chokes itself. When you're in 2nd gear at around 80 it almost throws you out of the seat. Lets hope it finally gets sorted or I'll be trading her in for a Honda. I still love the looks, and when it works the engine is awesome. I've changed the tyres to roadsmarts which I certainly prefer.

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

gsxr1000

11 January 2010 by gsxr1000white

had the 750 k5 before what a difference,was so surprized how good it was on the handling just so smooth into and out off corners and a nice smooth ride did,nt really know what to expect after the 750 but i was pleased lov the bike,i have the ltd... Read more edition white one and its great, a1 bike

Overall Rating 4 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

K7 Gixxer Thou

19 December 2009 by Pharaoh41282

Love this bike! Rides like a dream. You can ride it as a commuter or take it to the twisties and it works perfectly. Once I set the suspension up, it became part of me. Great looks, great feel, great handling, great bike. No mechanical problems as of... Read more yet. Previous rides were K7 GSX-R750 and '05 R6.

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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

k7 gixer thou...

18 June 2009 by enforcer

after owning a wide variety of 1000cc sports bikes, fast riding and track, i thought i would upgrade from a k1 to a k7, so i bought one for £6,200 with 3,000 miles on the clock, verdict absolutely stunning,handling and brakes and throttle response,... Read more engine is good and have now done, 6,000 miles in total and have only owned it for 4 months..only down side is suzuki paint job!!! thin, chips easy, and suzuki stickers not laqeured on...otherwise stonking good bike.....come on suzuki sort the paint out!!! (best idea's for stone chips, is fit a moto graffix number board and also headlight cover as these are expensive)..adjustable footpegs, a blessing..sorted now with a pair of beowulf warrior cans.....lovely jubbly

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
4 out of 5

GSX-R 1000K8

01 March 2009 by wacca1

I purchased my K8 in late December 2008 having previously owned two CBR 600Fs and a Triumph Daytona 650. I made the decision to move up to 1000cc due being ofered such a good deal - £7780 OTR, inc 12 months tax, R&G crash bungs & Meta 357T alarm.... Read more I've now covered just over 2000 miles and I absolutely love it, although I am a little concerned in regards to the finish. I'm a little over 6ft2 & 16st and find it very comfy on my 65 mile daily commute. I'm off to Italy in the summer and I don't think i'll have any problems. The engine is strong, smooth & doesn't miss a beat. I'm still waiting for a decent dry road, but i'm not overly confident with the front end in the wet. The suspension is still on the factory settings so i'll seek advice on that from the dealer. Riding through winter I've used the 3 way power switch on the C mode cold icy mornings until I'm awake & comfortable with the conditions - very useful & helps build my confidence in the bike.

Overall Rating 4 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 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2007
Year discontinued 2008
Original price £8,949
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 185 bhp
Max torque 112 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.5 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 172kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable
Rear suspension Fully adjustable
Front brake Twin 310mm discs, four-piston radial calipers.
Rear brake 220mm disc, twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2001: Original K1  Suzuki GSX-R1000 released.
2002: Suzuki GSX-R1000K2 model – no significant changes.
2003: GSX-R1000K3 model released. New chassis, bodywork, more power, less weight.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R1000K4 model – no significant changes.
2005: New Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5 model released. New chassis, bodywork, more power, less weight.
2006: Suzuki GSX-R1000K6 model – no significant changes.

Other versions

None.

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