SUZUKI GSX-S1000 (2015-on) Review

Published: 30 March 2015

It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be

SUZUKI GSX-S1000  (2015-on)

It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It’s the naked GSX-R1000 K5 we all hoped it would be. The GSX-S1000 is fast, fun, agile and cheaper than its rivals. That iconic long-stroke engine has the K5’s distinctive growl and wide spread of power. For 2017, there’s more power and torque: 148bhp (up from 143) 79.6ftlb (up from 78.2ftlb). They have also added a slipper clutch and other small aesthetic changes.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

The cast aluminium frame is actually lighter than Suzuki’s road-going superbike, but it has a longer wheelbase and lazier steering geometry for stability on the road. The aluminium swingarm is lifted straight from the GSX-R1000. Kerb weight is 207kg and 209kg with ABS. The GSX-S1000 is agile, confidence-inspiring, stable and the Dunlop D214s offers good grip for fast road riding. Forks are 43mm fully adjustable KYB items, but the single shock is adjustable for rebound and preload only.

There are no problems with ride quality, but it doesn’t offer the plush, sophisticated ride of more expensive suspension set-ups. Brembos are lifted from the GSX-R1000 and provide ample stopping power, but lack bite. 

Engine 4 out of 5

Powered by the now almost mythical long-stroke GSX-R1000 K5-K8 motor, Suzuki has made a host of detail changes to make it even smoother and more tractable, including 3% lighter pistons and rings than the original, re-profiled inlet and exhaust cams, a new airbox, 4-2-1 exhaust, curved radiator and long-nose 10-hole injector nozzles. The motor gurgles and growls through its rev-range, and has a long spread of power and a decent top end hit. But the power delivery is snatchy from form a closed throttle at low speeds.

This was the second Suzuki road bike to be fitted with traction control – the V-Strom being the first. TC has three stages and can be switched of completely. Analysing data from wheel-speed, throttle, crank and gear position sensors, the ECU makes 250 calculations a second. It retards the ignition and closes the secondary butterflies to control wheel slip. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There are lots of nice touches, like the chassis and brakes from the GSX-R1000, traction control and the full LCD dash. The mechanicals are all tried-and-tested so won’t give you a problem, but Suzuki paint finishes can be notoriously thin. You’ll need to pamper it if you plan to ride through winter. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The GSX-S1000 is cheaper than its Japanese rivals, like the Honda CB1000R and Kawasaki Z1000 and much more affordable than the likes of the BMW S1000R, Aprilia Tuono V4R and KTM 1290 Super Duke R. 

Insurance group: 15 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 3 out of 5

It’s the first full LED dash fitted to a Suzuki. It features all the information you need for the road, including rpm, speed, TC information, a gear position, clock, fuel gauge and trips. A comfy riding position is topped off by a set of tapered aluminium Renthal Fatbars. But the Suzuki is built down to a price and doesn’t come with all the latest electronic rider aids, fully-adjustable suspension or current-generation sports tyres. 

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-S1000 (2015-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.

Review your SUZUKI GSX-S1000 (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.2 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.2 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.2 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Better than the mags would have you believe

08 August 2017 by Neilybabe

Power everywhere, mental from 8000rpm. Throttle was an issue at first Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
ABS is a little early coming in, ditch the Dunlops and fit something else
Engine
4 out of 5
Initially throttle was so abrupt it was ruining the bike but as the bike and I put on the miles (3000 now), it seems to have become less of an issue. It takes off like a scalded cat and the top gear acceleration is stunning
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
7500mls between services
Equipment
5 out of 5
just the right amount of electric gizmos, Michelin Pilot Road 3's 32psi front & 36psi rear will transform the bike's handling on the open road. Ignore Neevsey's score of 3 stars, it has everything you will ever need equipment wise, unless you are a spoilt bratt, the traction control is ace. BDS Peterborough to an ECU re-flash for £325+vat which will cure the throttle issue should you feel the need.
Buying experience

bought from a dealer Single Tracker at Crewe, ex demo with 250mls on the clock £8250, but I got it for £8000.

1 out of 5

GSXS-1000 DO NOT BUY

08 April 2017 by fluiudus

This model still has an issue with it's fueling, supposedly corrected with an ECU update in 2016 yet it's still awful! Uneven running from 1500 to 5000 Revs, snappy inaccurate throttle response and inconsistent engine braking. Suzuki should take... Read more this model off of the market until it's been properly corrected. Dealer is filing a technical issue with Suzuki I'm fighting for my money back!

Ride Quality & Brakes
1 out of 5
Only any good above 5000 revs and constant acceleration so only good for riding fast, no good for normal commuting in traffic. Advertised as a 'Street' bike yet awful for every day street ridding! Brembo front brakes good enough.
Engine
1 out of 5
Fueling issue leading to uneven shaky running at consistent speed, power delivery very sharp yet surprising as it go's from too lean to Rich. Once past 5000 revs power delivery is smooth and consistent.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
Fueling issue.
Value & Running Costs
1 out of 5
Only the first 600 mile service completed at the above price. Good Mpg yet that's not surprising as it runs to lean up to 5000 revs. Value rating is marked down as it's not fit for purpose, as in not a good 'Street bike' and should not be on the market!
Equipment
2 out of 5
As standard you get TC with three setting's (pointless) and ABS which I'm also not convinced about. Standard tyres are OK - Dunlop 214 OM spec yet not comparable to current market tyres and will only last 2000 miles.
Buying experience

Bought from a Suzuki dealer Good, price due to it being pre reg.

5 out of 5

Ultimate naked

01 September 2016 by Dave Davies 99

Quick, very quick. Comfortable with great responsive handling. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
ABS system is subtle. I don't know where the "lack bite" comment comes from in the MCN review?
Engine
5 out of 5
Awesome
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Over 5000 miles in 11 months without issue.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Purchased a service package from my dealer. Bit of an outlay initially but will pay dividend in long term. Will get at least one valve clearance check in the duration of the package.
Equipment
4 out of 5
ABS and Traction Control. All this bike needs. Others have too many gizmos that will cost when they fail as the bike ages.
Buying experience

Purchased through Thunderoad Cwmbran. Quality outfit.

5 out of 5

Stonking fun comfortable suzuki! Get one!

14 August 2016 by Tony

Excellent all round comfortable sports bike and exceptional value Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
I fitted a nitron r1 shock which has transformed the handling and ride comfort on bumpy dorset roads. 410 pounds fitted. Standard brakes very good once bedded in. I fitted metzeler m7rr's and went up to a 190/55 on the back which has made turning in a breeze it rolls beautifully into corners and holds it's line rock steady. Fantastic handling!
Engine
5 out of 5
Stonking K5 power with top end giggles! Slightly vibey at around 7k after that it smooths out. Ride it in 3rd and 4th gear and hit the 8500 rpm take off on the straights roll back for the corners drive back out of them hardly any braking required. Hits over 140 mph on 4th gear. Just a complete hoot! Absolutely love the engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Lovely grunt K5 engine with top end rush which is addictive. I fitted a power commander which cured the snatch throttle and gave me a midrange boost
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Comprehensive info and switchable traction control. Very comfortable seat. I have upgraded the screen which cost sixty quid very good protection now. I ride it everyday all weather's into work.
Buying experience

From robinsons in Rochdale fantastic deal at 8500!

5 out of 5

29 April 2016 by Slothman

Overall an EXCELLENT bike that won't break your back or your wallet at $9999 USD! High points: Very fast bike, light weight, nice gauge features, very comfy, turns into the corners like butter (after a small suspension tweak), seat feels good,... Read more exhaust loud enough for stock, good MPG, great riding position. Down falls: mirrors are worthless, and throttle is VERY snappy. I found it helpful to fix the slop in the throttle by tightening the throttle cable. Once you dial in the suspension settings it's like riding a magic carpet as you bang the gears through the twisties ! YEEEAAAAA BOOOOOYYY

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Once you set the suspension for your weight and to your liking, you will unleash a whole new bike. I am used to RR bikes but this GSX can carve the corners just like the others. The brakes are excellent. You will be able to ride ALL DAY without stopping....until you need gas lol.
Engine
5 out of 5
K5 engine....need I say more?
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
great Suzuki fit and finish, as always !
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
A litre bike for $9999 USD you must be joking!! Even the damn 600RR bikes are $13000!!! THIS BIKE IS A STEAL....
Equipment
4 out of 5
The gauges on this bike a pretty good. And THANK GOD it has a gas gauge. My only gripe is not having luggage bags....something I will need to buy ! Possibly a windscreen as well.
5 out of 5

The best real world bike in the world... for the price.., and better looking than the others too!!

05 July 2015 by greenturbobob

Excellent...Its been a long time coming and what a machine!! Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Only 4 out of 5 because of the lack of adjustability on rear shock. Otherwise excellent on the road. Rolled preload off both front and rear. dropped a couple of clicks on comp and rebound damping. So much nicer to ride now. Brakes, very good once bedded in. Rode all day for 7 days, no major issues with bike. All day comfort, plenty of leg room for a 6 footer.
Engine
5 out of 5
Awesome! More than enough power. Keeps up with BMW S1000R no problem. Averaged 55mpg around europe for 2300miles. Used at least 10% less fuel than BMW S1000R on same journey. Pulls from tickover in top gear. Smooth until high rpm, then a little viby.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems having now done nearly 3000 miles. Paintwork, general fit and finish is excellent. Stainless steel fastening everywhere.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
Very good euipment but needs ambiant air temp gauge. unless you know where they have hidden it?!!
Buying experience

Bought from dealer Bill Smiths in Bangor, North Wales at listed price. Very happy with part ex they gave me. Very very happy.

Read all 6 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £9,699
Used price £6,800 to £10,300
Warranty term Two Years
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £240
Performance
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 79.6 ft-lb
Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type 16v, Inline Four
Frame type Cast ali, twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 207kg
Front suspension 43mm USD KYB forks, fully-adjustable.
Rear suspension Single rear shocks adjustable for preload and rebound damping.
Front brake 2 x 310mm discs with four-piston calipers.
Rear brake 250mm single disc with twin-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Suzuki GSX-S1000 introduced. Retuned GSX-R1000 K5 engine, new frame, GSX-R1000 swingarm, traction control. 

2017: Gains more power and torque and features the addition of a slipper clutch and other small asthetic changes

Other versions

Suzuki GSX-S1000FA: Faired version 

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