SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2007 - 2008) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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-R1000 K7 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.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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-R1000 K5/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-R1000 K7 slow steering and twitchy on the bumps. Dial in the right settings and it’s pure stable, confidence-inspiring Suzuki GSX-R1000.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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-R1000 K7 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-R1000 K7 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 such as the Yamaha R1, Honda Fireblade or Kawasaki ZX-10R – 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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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-R1000 K7’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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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-R1000 K5/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.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 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.
|Engine type||16v, in-line-four, fuel-injection, 6 gears|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||17.5 litres|
|Front suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Fully adjustable|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||38 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£300|
|Used price||£5,200 - £6,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||185 bhp|
|Max torque||86.3 ft-lb|
|Top speed||186 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||10.5 secs|
|Tank range||146 miles|
Model history & versions
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.
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2007 - 2008)
19 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2007 - 2008) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£300|
Ideal all rounder, comfortable for trips abroad and day to day use, with a huge grin factor
Brakes need cleaning but generally good
Loads of grunt, but easily maageable
Now over 35k - never let me down
do my own after valve check which cost about £200, regular oil / filter and general watchfulness
Would like easily removeable hard luggage option as I use it for everything so shopping / touring would be easier
Buying experience: Bought it new [Jan 2009] from now defunct dealer, got £2500 off as K9 due out, also ot was written off 4 years ago so got the bike and £4500 and it cost me less than £500 to put it back on the road so 10 years of superbike for about £3000 even if I get nothing for it !!! Absolute bargain
Version: K7 GSXR1000
Annual servicing cost: £300
Once de-cat this is the best GSXR1000 ever made. Bike is supplied with a nasty cat attached to it.
Not a bike I would choose for winter riding. The ride quality is just fantastic.
A de-cat with proper map and this is the thing to own.
Could do with an extra coat of paint apart from that the bikes superb both mechanically and electric.
Tyres, brake pads and oil.. That's all you will need.
3-way power map. steering damper, slipper clutch and adjustable foot pegs. Great for the year and keeps the weight down.
Buying experience: Bought privately. Paid 6700 euros for the bike bog standard.
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.
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.
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.
The suspension settings have to be changed way from standard to get the best out of this bike.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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.
I've only had the bike a short while, and everything about it is right, the performance is phenominal, the seating position spot on, only thing i would say is suspension is set up for an elephant, has taken quiet awhile to get settings right for me, apart from that A+
I have a yoshimura gsxr 1000 k7 and it makes people stop and look everywhere i go.Parked it up at newlands corner and because it has barry sheenes number on it people are attracted to it.The roar from the titanium yoshimura system makes the hairs on your neck stand up and everyone hears you coming. Break neck speed and all the time the bike tells you it wants to go faster.120mph in first,150 up in a blink and it is still pulling hard at 190.So light and quick in the wrong hands you will die, but cruise around and enjoy the feel of one of the best sports bikes every made.the way the whole package makes you feel on the road changes the way you ride.You know the power is there and i have found myself going slower than i do on my other bikes because it attracts so much attention from the police.But if you can live with that and the riding position you will never need another superbike again.
picked up my new k7 yesterday and after putting some miles on the clock think i will enjoy it more than my k6. wasnt really lookin to trade mine in untill i dropped in to a dealer who had put some rather nice bits on. zero gravity screen/wavy discs front and rear/gilles chain adjusters and lifters with locking nut/lighter rear sprocket/gilles rear sets/and a pair of akropovic race cans with hangers so when i saw it wow and the price was a steal. cant wait till its run in when ill get rid of the cat with some connector pipes and fit a power commander. i had had a go on a k7 prior to buying and thought it was probably a bit better all round package except for the midrange of the k6. the suspension seems a lot nicer on the road and the cans even with the baffles still in sound awesome. recomend this bike to anyone
I got one of the IOM centenary limited edition GSXRs a couple of weeks back and have covered about 600 miles on it so far and I love it. It handles brilliantly, and goes really well so far although I haven't been above 10k yet as am still running in. The YoshimurA Evo cans sound awesome and I would recommend the bike to anyone. Only downside is the finish could be improved.
Wow As a DIE HARD SUZUKI FAN this is hard.... Slice me in half and I have Suzuki written through me like a stick of rock. Don't get me wrong.... this is a great bike, Hiroshi Iio had the hardest job in the world: how to design a bike to follow the Daddy of all superbikes... the previous GSXR 1000's. An impossible and thankless task because the previous incarnations were power with a side order of power and a large helping of power for dessert. That made every model from the K1 to K6 enormous fun to ride even at low speeds where it is needed most on the road!! (forget pub bragging, the majority of time is spent between 30mph and 90 mph). With ever increasing EU emission restrictions the power has been NEUTERED (the warning words in magazine reviews are... the power has been "refined" or "matured") at low to low/mid revs. (the red line has been raised to make it lower than mid range). Suzuki has added the mode switch, this gadget is designed to make you forget the missing low end power by....erm lowering the power again on an already very docile machine??? A cheap pipe that removes the catalytic converters and disconnecting the SET valve restores some pride but the lengthened swinging arm means that to get any fun from this bike you'll need speeds that will get you a longer custodial holiday at her majestys pleasure than the average mass murderer receives. (Every chief constable must be overjoyed). Interestingly, the bike is great at low speed cornering and high speed cornering but is reluctant at mid speed line changing although that might be down to the OE tyres. Bike journalists can be forgiven for heaping so much praise on the K7 because as they have so much experience they have developed acquired tastes... (somewhat like a top chef telling you that lemon goat embryo on a bed of lizard genitals is tastier because they've eaten so much steak and chips it's lost its appeal for them... but not me, just pass the ketchup... that is all the K6 needed, a tiny dash of sauce to spice it up a bit more) what makes fun for people at the nurbergring has little to do with fun for Joe public commuting to work and sprinting between lights with the (totally unintentional) front wheel getting light (Ahem). When a guy has left you at the lights and slowed for the next set, pulling alongside and shouting "my bike is faster than yours above 120mph" will not save your face or stop his smug grin, Suzuki beating was never on the menu before! I have a dreadful feeling that this is the tip of the iceberg and subsequent models from all manufacturers are set to have the fun squeezed out of them by governmental and enviromental restrictions. This bike has great potential and power (every expert will tell you it has more power everywhere than other GSXR's) but unfortunately not where it is needed the most, the magic has been diluted abd the fun is harder to get at... Fantastic commuter, awesome at race tracks but although this bikes ability has been lowered to make sure it's still (only just) ahead of the other manufacturers...it simply cannot live with other Suzuki GSXR 1000's on the road.
Just had first service completed, and staring to explore the performance. Engine and handling are a huge step forwards from the '03 R1 I had before this. The mode button actually makes a difference, and have used the "C" setting once in a rain storm, otherwise it ia the default "A" mode all the way