SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2012-on) Review

Published: 11 January 2013

"An exceptional road bike with real world manners"

SUZUKI GSX-R1000  (2012-on)

"An exceptional road bike with real world manners"

  • At a glance
  • 999cc  -  182 bhp
  • 50 mpg  -  180 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (810mm)
  • £10,999

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The now old GSX-R was an exceptional bike, winning AMA and world endurance titles and narrowly missing out on a BSB title. Suzuki have simply improved the weak points, namely better brakes, more midrange, lighter handling with a few cosmetic tweaks, which in the end produces an exceptional road bike with real world manners. It may lack sophisticated traction control and ABS, and isn’t as race-focussed as BMW’s S1000R or Kawasaki’s ZX-10R but it won’t be far behind in terms of lap times and is much more forgiving on the road.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 was one of the first bikes to have big piston Showa front forks. For 2012 the forks remain but have been revised with a shorter fork length and softer spring as the bike is lighter. The rear suspension remains unchanged. Suspension feel is excellent and it’s easy to transform the Suzuki from a mild mannered road bike into a cutting edge race bike with a few clicks of the suspension.

Engine 5 out of 5

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 has always had an exceptional engine and the new motor follows that tradition with class leading torque. Pistons have been redesigned to be 11% lighter with different crowns which has increased compression from 12.8:1 to 12.9:1. Torque is up to a quoted 86ftlb with peak power of 182bhp. Peak power may be slightly down compared to the sporty ZX-10 and S1000R but it’s far more usable through the midrange.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Our MCN long-term GSX-R 1000 has completed more than 16,000 trouble-free miles and after a quick clean comes up looking like new. GSX-R reliability is legendary and there’s no reason to question the new bike, the motor should be bullet proof even after a mild tune. The quality of components used on the bike is high, like Showa suspension and Brembo brakes. Compared to the old GSX-R’s Suzuki have pulled their socks up in terms of build quality and it shows.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At just under £11,000 the GSX-R is one of the the cheapest superbikes on the market. It’s a few hundred cheaper than the standard Honda Fireblade, a grand less than Yamaha’s R1 and over a grand cheaper than Kawasaki’s new ZX-10. Yes it’s the only 1000cc bike not to have traction control but it’s the cheapest.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

Unfortunately there’s no optional ABS and there’s no traction control which may put a few potential owners off. However, the GSX-R does have a three-way power mode switch which restricts the power, which can be done easily and whilst on the move from an easy-to-use paddle switch on the left bar. There’s also fully adjustable foot-pegs as standard and now the addition of Brembo radial brakes as standard on the new model.

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2012-on) 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 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 3.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Fantastic Bike

15 November 2014 by Preadator

Had the L4 for about 3 months now having riden the GSXR 750 for 4 years. Love the power and torque of the 1000 and having Big piston forks and Brembo brakes it has the front end the 750 always needed. Doesn't have traction control or ABS etc. but I... Read more feel it really desen't need it, amazing value for money, recommended.

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 3 out of 5
3 out of 5

Almost great

25 January 2014 by tman39a

test rode an L2 demo and the bar vibe was unbearable...goes great but got a K5 instead and its in a different league but hard work. The K7/8 model I had for 3 yrs combines the best of both once de-cat'd and for me felt more complete Read more

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

still a bridesmaid

11 May 2013 by Anonymous

owned since mid summer 2012 (was there a summer in 2012 ?) several rusty parts already but that's normal for Suzukis I've owned loads over the last 40 years so usual 4 stars for quality, Reliability has been perfect (aided by not installing an alarm... Read more which makes all suzuki F1 lights come on at some point). Engine feels more potent but strangled to death by the catalytic converter.... which is welded in to the pipe which goes from the engine to the end can so to get to the power require a complete exhaust system which is a shame. The previous model L1 is virtually the same bike but you only need a link pipe to remove the cat and a can to free enough power for 3rd gear wheelies, the cost of changing the whole system puts it too close the the price of a BMW s1000rr which makes it pointless to spend as much for a lot less bike. The L2 is vastly overpriced for what it is.... great bike but I paid under 10,000 and if you pay more you've failed to haggle a fair price. Suspension is incredibly hard at first but beds in and softens within 1500 miles. handling is great high speed long sweepers to hairpin bends all easy and confidence inspiring. Adjustable height footrest is the only thing that made me buy this over the repsol blade they make the difference between being able to ride 100 miles or 250 in one go. equipment is enough for what you need, no more, no less... no electrical toys to rely on, just you and a throttle and brakes (how I like it). If you've owned a GSXR you know what to expect in terms of quality issues but you also know what to expect from the power, fun and handling, Great bike, worth around £10,000 no more. More comfortable than other sportsbikes which makes it the better bike for the road.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 3 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £10,999
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Max power 182 bhp
Max torque 86 ft-lb
Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 50 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v (74.5 x 57.3), 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension 43mm fully adjust
Rear suspension Single fully adjust
Front brake 2x310mm four piston caliper
Rear brake 220mm disc single piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

History & Versions

Model history

2012: model introduced

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