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MCN overall verdict rating is 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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2007-2008)

Detail Value
New price £8,949
Dealer used prices
£5,190 (2007) - £6,270 (2008)
Private used prices
£4,980 (2007) - £5,430 (2008)
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Engine size 999 cc
Power 185 bhp
Top speed 186 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

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.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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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.

Specifications

Top speed 186 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.5 secs
Max power 185 bhp
Max torque 112 ft-lb
Weight 172 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 146 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 999 cc
Engine specification 16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully adjustable
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(16 reviews)

  • Forgot To Say

    darron66

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    20 April 2014

  • K7 Beauty

    darron66

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 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.

    20 April 2014

  • k8 gixer

    incognito96

    coventry

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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.

    28 October 2010

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    ROADPIRATE

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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

    08 October 2010

  • k8 thou

    markmorris70

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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

    21 July 2010

  • A Year On

    wacca1

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    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 '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.

    12 April 2010

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    gsxr1000white

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 edition white one and its great, a1 bike

    11 January 2010

  • K7 Gixxer Thou

    Pharaoh41282

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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 yet. Previous rides were K7 GSX-R750 and '05 R6.

    19 December 2009

  • k7 gixer thou...

    enforcer

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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, 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

    18 June 2009

  • GSX-R 1000K8

    wacca1

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    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. 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.

    01 March 2009

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ROADPIRATE

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K8 V previous models..

I agree with Hondagixer,

The K8's softer, which is why I bought one. It's fast enough for me on shite British roads, with shite British car drivers. However, the older models are more hardcore.

I had a K6 and got rid because my self control is crap, so I was doing 120 odd everywhere, when I thought I was doing 80/90ish. Half of me wants a K6 again, half of me wants to keep my license.

08 October 2010 13:53

funkymonk7

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Import GSXR1000 2008

Hi All

Im very close to putting in an offer for a 2008 version of this bike. What i would like to know is how to spot an import ? the bike i am looking at has all black farings and logo but some other 2008 models have a red/black GSXR logo..  also some other variations. \would be simple enough to ask the seller but would be reassuring if anyone has any tips on what to look out for.

thanks

08 January 2010 22:19

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hondagixer

120 mph in first? well I admire your optimism, but removing the rose tinted glasses for a moment.... I guess it would be possible but probably around 17,000 revs shortly before it threw a valve through the head. that aside yes it is "ONE" of the best sportsbikes around..... unfortunately after gorging myself on a never ending supply of POWER on my previous k4 I assumed my k7 was going to be "THE" best sportsbike around and it isn't and that's what hurts me so bad. I've recently had it dynoed and although the gulf (where the bottom end should be) isn't quite the grand canyon... it's still big enough to drive 3 double deckers through. It explains why the guy who bought my old k4 spanks me away from the lights every muvvafu**in' time (oh and he's on one wheel within 25 yards just to and insult to injury). Also after the severe thrashing this has to endure (The k4 intimidated me, as sportsbikes should whereas the k7 cowers in the corner when it sees me) it has developed a false neutral between neutral and second gear and sounds like the tappets need adjusting after only 5000 miles (probably caused by having to bury the needle deep into the red for 3rd gear wheelies). It's an okay bike but if (like me) you crave REAL POWER find an earlier model gsxr 1000.

12 April 2008 02:50

pecksa

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WTF

Sounds like we both agree the K7 is a great bike!! And yes to power upto 6500rpm feels slightly tame compaired to the previous generation of superbikes (makes for good 2nd gear off the throttle wheelies though!), we have EU3 regs to thanks for that. I guess I am happy to dance on the gear lever to keep in the power, must be my two stoke powered distant youth!! Enjoy your K7 happy in the knowlegde that the 07 R1 still a mile behind the gixxer. Cheers Pecksa

22 June 2007 21:33

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actually I wrote that but because of the time it took to be brutally honest it logged me out and although I asked admin to put my name to the review they haven't done so yet. As for riding the K7 I've owned it since march 29th and it has 2700 miles on it. I ride every day of the year (not rich enough to afford 2 modes of transport) 5 times per week to work in sun, rain and ice and snow (no! I won't be using the chicken switch). I've ridden for 35 years with a gap of only 25 months in 1999/ 2001 between my busa and a blade. I've owned a superbike every year since 1978 and always use them to the max. So my qualifications for judging this bike are at least 300,000 miles on 2 wheels. the 2 stars for equipment is because the mode switch is redundant it's a "whistle and bell" added to be a talking point and direct peoples attention away from the missing bottom end. If I wanted to use a lower gear and spend all day tap dancing on the gear lever I'd buy a 600. as for opening the throttle more.... I suggest you try a K4 I wouldn't be alive today if I wrenched the throttle back on that as hard as I do on my K7. I love suzukis... I should do I've owned 19 of them but as my review says it is a great bike but is bettered by previous models. If you have not ridden many superbikes than this is an awesome bike... if you have ridden many others then it's not so awesome.... As much as it pains me I wrote with my head not my heart, nobody (least of all me) likes to admit their shiny new bike is not the best but wanting it to be doesn't make it so.....

19 June 2007 13:34

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