Suzuki GSX-S1000: the rivals

Published: 20 March 2015

MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves will be riding the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 in Alicante next week.

The bike, a new model for Suzuki, is powered by a modified 2005 GSX-R1000 engine, housed in an entirely new frame. Stopping is taken care of by Brembo monobloc calipers upfront and three-mode traction control keeps the rear wheel in check.

At a price of £8999 the Suzuki will be the cheapest super naked on the road, bt what will it be up against? We've chosen the four bikes closest the the GSX-S1000 in terms of price, below:

Honda CB1000R, £9,999
Often overlooked in the super naked category, the Honda produces 130bhp of buttery smooth power from seemingly everywhere in the rev range. Not as exciting as the latest models from other manufacturers, but equally capable on the road.

 

 

 

BMW S1000R, £10,200
Very few performance bikes give you so much of everything. It’s two hugely capable bikes in one: it’s smooth, comfortable and safe, thanks to its flawless electronics, perfect throttle and usable power, but it’s wild when you want it to be. It’s exactly how you’d imagine a superbike with straight bars and no fairing to be. 

 

Triumph Speed Triple, £9,749
The latest iteration of the iconic Speed Triple family is the best yet and a hugely popular bike thanks to good handling, and an incredibly flexible engine in the 133bhp, 1050cc three-cylinder. Speed Triple R comes with Ohlins suspension and Brembo brakes.

 

 

Kawasaki Z1000, £9,499
Kawasaki bucked the trend with the new Z1000. Leaving out the electronics and focussing more on smooth power delivery from the 140bhp engine and sorted suspension. 

 

 

 

Where will the new Suzuki sit among these four super nakeds? Let us know what you think below.

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