The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is just one of the bikes on the MCN 2009 longterm test fleet. MCN's WSB reporter Michael Guy has done over 5,000 miles on it so far. He's also had his friends on the TAS Suzuki race team help him make an already good bike great...
The first step to making the K9 sharper has to be the best modification available as it’s very effective and costs nothing. On the advice of TAS Suzuki team boss Phillip Neil we dropped the front forks through the yokes by 3mm in an effort to sharpen the steering. Three mm isn’t much, but when it comes to altering geometry it’s significant.
In conjunction with the set-up change the GSXR’s summer diet is going well. Gone are the two monster end cans and catalytic converter, which have now been replaced by a Yoshimura Street Sports Tri-Oval slip-on. The stainless steel Yoshimura four into one end can costs (£665.04 and saves seven KG’s in weight (contact Contact 01782 569800 www.phoenixnw.co.uk or visit the MCN shop).
In line with the Yoshimura system the K9 has been fitted with the latest offering from electronics experts Power Commander in the guise of the PC5 Power Commander 5 – (£312.80p inc vat, firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01995 600500 or check out the MCN shop).
The result of the system and power commander is impressive. Fuelling is crisp and smooth with an added urgency through the mid range and top end power. Back to back dyno runs of the standard set-up and the new one revealed a significant power increase of 7bhp, with the GSXR now kicking out 168bhp. It’s not just the peak power though, bhp and torque are up significantly throughout the entire rev range and there are no dips, just an abundance of strong linear power.