Video: Simon Crafar powerslides the new Suzuki GSX-R1000

Published: 27 April 2012

The new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is one of only two current superbikes (the other the Honda Fireblade) that doesn't have traction control.

For most of us mere mortals, that means having to be a little more careful on the throttle than on an electronics-laiden Aprilia RSV4, or any of the other 1000cc superbikes.

For 500GP winner Simon Crafar it means he can perform full-lock powerslides while exiting a second gear 80mph corner at Almeria. 

MCN's Adam Child road the bike at the launch at the Miami Speedway track: ""Though peak power and torque is unchanged, the bulge of midrange has been moved lower down the rev-range which makes riding it fast very, very easy.

"Coming out of slow corners - corners that would mean first gear on an S1000RR or ZX-10R – you just leave it in second and drive.

"The brakes on the old bike were a weak point on track but the new ones are really strong. I've had no fade, and there are some massive braking areas here.

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