SUZUKI GSX-S1000F (2015-on) Review

Published: 06 July 2015

A true road-going sportsbike in almost every sense

SUZUKI GSX-S1000F  (2015-on)

A true road-going sportsbike in almost every sense

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

It may look a bit soft around the edges, but it’s not the case. With pin-sharp handling and a gutsy motor the GSX-SF is a true sportsbike in almost every sense. If you want usable performance and comfort, you can’t go wrong.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

This is no soggy, soft sports tourer, the GSX-SF flicks through bends like a well dialled-in race bike. It’s precise, planted in corners and uncannily stable at speed. There’s fully adjustable Kayaba suspension up front, running slightly more fork oil and a different shim stack to that of the naked version in order to compensate for the fairing and also give the GSX-SF a sportier ride. At the rear a preload and rebound adjustable monoshock links to a current-model GSX-R1000 swingarm to help you hook up the 145bhp from that stonking GSX-R1000 K5-derived engine.

Engine 4 out of 5

Suzuki have retuned the legendary, long-stroke inline four from the 2005-2008 series GSX-R1000 with revised camshafts that are more suited to road use, as well as new lightweight pistons, and a four-into-two-into-one exhaust system which ends in a stubby can. The GSX-S barks through that silencer with real R-series rowdiness. Despite giving away 30bhp in peak power, at no point do you find yourself missing the current model GSX-R1000’s extra wallop. The GSX-S has brilliantly strong mid-range which is extremely easy to exploit on the road.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The GSX-SF’s ‘crouching beast’ inspired looks aren’t as dynamic as the range-topping Gixer, but it’s the only area where the GSX-S1000F falls short. The build quality appears to be excellent, chunky and robust. It has a slightly Honda-esque feel to it – chunky and well-made but not particularly inspiring. The K5 engine is a well proven unit, so reliability shouldn’t be an issue.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

When you consider that the new GSX-SF is £1000 cheaper than the flagship GSX-R1000 superbike, plus you get the added bonus of traction control too, it makes real sense for riders looking for a seriously useable, comfortable sportsbike.

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

Equipment 3 out of 5

With flat bars 136mm higher than the GSX-R’s clip-ons, and footpegs that are 24mm lower and further forward, the SF’s riding position is a lot more upright and roomy than the race-bred GSX-R1000. Full LCD dash runs the full complement of features: full gauge, gear position indicator, trip meters, traction control level plus live and average mpg readings. There’s also Suzuki’s brilliant three-way traction control system, and hard-wired ABS system fitted to all UK GSX-SFs. 

Owners' Reviews

7 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-S1000F (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-S1000F (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.4 out of 5
Equipment 4.6 out of 5
3 out of 5

Overall, I wouldn't buy it if i'd tested one properly before :(

14 August 2017 by Harvs

Almost but not quite Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
The suspension is awful. It's over sprung and underdamped at front and pogo stick on rear. Shame, as its very poised and sharp handling, but gets in a pickle on bumpy fast roads. Throttle is way to sensitive. Brakes are also poor. Very wooden, no feel.
Engine
5 out of 5
Cracking!
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Throttle bodies went on a tour of france :(
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Top Bike

05 April 2017 by Richard Walmsley

Very happy, touring kit not needed just wanted a taller screen, lol Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brake lever has to be gripped quite hard. One comment said he was thrown from the seat on bumps and had had to spend almost £1K on suspension mods, all you need is a suspension setup by a pro for £40, job done, mine bounced over bumps, not any more, its great
Engine
5 out of 5
pulls and pulls , any gear
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Corrosion sets in quite early
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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3 out of 5

Good but could be better!

29 September 2016 by Harvs

had mine from new in June 16 and done 3500 on it so far. Cracking engine which is let down by awful on/off throttle. Stutters badly at filtering speed. Rising position is great. I've just paid for suspension overhaul by MCT this week and what a... Read more difference ! New rear nitron shock and fork internal springs and oil changed. It now handles as it should when pushed on bumpy British roads! Brakes are good but lack bite. As soon as a remap is sorted for the throttle issues it will be a great all round bike!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Poor suspension makes the poor throttle even more hard to deal with. If you hit a bump at speed you can find yourself lurched forward or backwards. It's not relaxing and becomes unnecessarily annoying £700 spentbon new suspension front and rear has sorted mine. I may try new pads in front brakes to see if they willl Hine more bite.
Engine
5 out of 5
Stonking! Pulls like a train with massive amounts of power everywhere. Turn the TC off and it's wheelie heaven! Even sounds great with standard can.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Good equipment all round. Dash has a lot of options for feedback. 3 traction control levels. Standard tyres have been good and rear still not bad with 3500 miles on it. Will swap to bridgestones next. Shame it doesn't have a cruise control
Buying experience

Great deal from Bolton motorcycles. Bob looked after me very nicely. Top dealer.

5 out of 5

15 June 2016 by hammerhead

had mine for 10 months now and covered 5000miles, it puts a smile on my face every time I go out. it corners like its on rails and accelerates like a missile. and everytime I park up and walk away I can't resist turning round to admire the... Read more bike.....love it. I would definitely recommend this bike to anyone

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
the bike is at its best at speed and cornering at speed, I rode through wales covering 475 miles in a day and I could of jumped back on it and done it again straight away. the brakes are keen and more than capable of slowing you down to more sensible speeds
Engine
5 out of 5
I can't fault the engine, it sounds sweet and has bags of torque
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I love everything about this bike compared to my last bike which was a gsx1250fa. I think the build quality is excellent and I've not had any issues with reliability.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
not sure where mcn got their average fuel consumption from, they must have thrashed it everywhere in 3rd gear. I get between 50 and 55mpg every time I go out and get 190miles on a full tank of fuel and I don't spare the horses. I know Suzuki haven't aimed it at the touring market but with the addition of some soft luggage this bike is more than capable.
Equipment
5 out of 5
the renthal fatbars are great and the clock display is good and easy to read and operate. the original tyres where grippy but only lasted 2800miles, I've switched to Michelin 2ct's and nearly covered as much miles and they still look like new
Buying experience

I bought from a dealer and to be fair I got a great part ex price on my trade in

5 out of 5

Awesome machine

22 November 2015 by Gareth

Excellent all round, great looking, economical bike. Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Excellent ride quality and great Brembo brakes. When brakes are applied, they react.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great performance and excellent delivery of speed. Awesome torque and great feel at speeds.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
Fat bars are great and the stock exhaust sounds absolutely amazing. Other than that, I think panniers would spoil the look of this gorgeous bike.
Buying experience

Excellent service from Bill Smith Motorcycles in Bangor, North Wales

5 out of 5

19 September 2015 by Smr66

Ignore the MCN review, this is as much of a superbike as the gsxr only with a more comfortable riding position, picked mine up today and it is brilliant. 100 miles done today with an average 49 mpg and that includes some fast riding 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
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Really to early to judge as only got today, gave it 5 stars as have had suzukis before and always found them reasonable with the running costs
Equipment
4 out of 5
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Buying experience

Dealer I bought from was brilliant

5 out of 5

18 August 2015 by Cent

Great bike, think Suzuki have cracked the road sports bike sector for people who want a sports bike mainly for the road that is practical comfortable, but can still mix it with your typical drop down barred sports bike. standard can sounds good, i... Read more personally like the look, however it has been commented that from the front its got a scooter type look. Think it looks timeless elegant sought of look, bought mine in Triton Blue.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Ride quality is on the slightly stiffer side, (can adjust this if required) brakes didn't seem to have the instant bite my Honda CBR 600F had, need to squeeze them a little harder to get the same bite on the brakes, they seem to be more progressive. Front - Brembo, rear Nissin
Engine
5 out of 5
Engine seems to pull great, even when you get the gears wrong! I did test ride the naked version of the Z1000 about 5 years ago, which is almost the same engine in the current Z1000SX + a few minor improvements, i have to say the engine in this bike trumps it! it feels livelier, it does at times at low speeds feel snatchier, there again that could be me getting use to a 1000cc coming from a tamer 105bhp 600F Honda CBR to a stated 145Bhp (although during tests by mags they seem to think its more like 160Bhp and that's how it seems to me, compared to my memories of the Z1000.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Quality seems excellent, to early to comment running costs and reliability, i expect reliability to be good, and running costs to be reasonable.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Equipment is pretty good, however i would of preferred analogue dials for speed and revs instead of the entire instrument panel being Lcd
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £7,000 to £10,300
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group 15 of 17
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost £180
Performance
Max power 145 bhp
Max torque 78.6 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 141 miles
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type Liquid cooled, 16v inline four
Frame type Cast aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 214kg
Front suspension Fully adjustable 43mm Kayaba inverted fork
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable for preload and rebound
Front brake Twin Brembo four piston radial monobloc calipers, ABS
Rear brake Single piston Nissin caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 190/50 R17

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

There's also an unfaired version of the GSX-S1000.

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