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SUZUKI GSX-R1000 (2017-on) Review

Published: 18 May 2020

Updated: 18 May 2020

The base model GSX-R1000 is the one to go for

Suzuki GSX-R1000

The base model GSX-R1000 is the one to go for

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Suzuki’s GSX-R1000 can’t match the peppery 200bhp power figures of its rivals, but it’s still a phenomenally capable superbike, packed with grunt, attitude, sharp handling and surprising long-distance comfort.

Best of all it's stonking value for money in this base spec and only missing the R model’s slightly plusher suspension and gearbox electronics. So go for this version and spend the change on aftermarket suspension (which will be better than the R’s anyway) and a quickshifter and still be quids in.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

With its compact new cast ali frame and longer swingarm the Suzuki is easily one of the sweetest steering and neutral handling superbikes you can buy. It’s one of the most comfortable, too. It comes on lower spec (but still fully adjustable) Showa suspension than the R, which is slightly firmer and doesn’t offer such a plush ride.

That extra stiffness actually gives the base GSX-R1000 a sportier feel on the road and even crisper steering. In fact, it helps the stock machine accelerate quicker (there’s less wheelie-inducing rear squat) and stop sooner (more support from forks/less prone to stoppie). 

Brakes are a weak point, not so much on the road where they’re safe, powerful and reassuring, but on the track, where they’re prone to fade. Its cornering ABS system is overly conservative, too and releases the brakes at the slightest hint of rear wheel lift.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 turning right

Engine 5 out of 5

The base model GSX-R1000 uses the same 199bhp, liquid cooled 999cc inline four-cylinder engine as the more expensive GSX-R1000R.

New from the crankcases up, it runs a shorter stroke than the previous model’s and features VVT (Variable Valve Timing), which along with new exhaust valves, secondary injectors and dual stage inlet trumpets gives a less peaky, wider spread of power. It also has a slick new six speed close ratio gearbox, but unlike the R model, has no quickshifter or autoblipper. 

It makes around 185bhp on a dyno, which is less than its rivals (bar the pre-2020 Blade), but with so much grunt on tap you never feel short-changed on the road or track.

And in any case, it’s easy to get blasé about big power figures – in the real world the GSX-R1000 is seriously potent with a wide spread of power that’s perfectly suited to the road.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Paint finishes aren’t the deepest, but general mechanicals are generally robust. There have been reports of wayward electronics/exhaust valve catalytic converter issues.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 exhaust

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Not only is the base model GSX-R1000 significantly cheaper than the R model, it’s an absolute steal compared to its German, Italian and Japanese rivals. It’s still a powerful superbike and isn’t cheap to insure, but servicing costs aren’t overly expensive and it’ll even return 47mpg on the road.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Aside from lower spec suspension, the lack of up/down quickshifter and painted air scoops the base GSX-R1000 is identical to the R, so you get ride-by-wire, IMU-controlled electronic rider aids and power modes.

It also has a multi-function monochrome LCD dash (black on white for the base model, reverse for the R), which, even when it was new looked dated next to the colour TFTs of its rivals.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 dash

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £13,199
Used price £8,900 to £14,200
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 199 bhp
Max torque 87 ft-lb
Top speed 180 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 999cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 16 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 203kg
Front suspension 43mm Showa forks fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single Showa rear shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs with Brembo four-piston radial caliper.
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

  • 2001: GSX-R1000K1. Raised the superbike bar and blew the doors off the Yamaha R1, Kawasaki ZX-9R, Honda FireBlade, Aprilia RSV Mille and Ducati 998 of the day.
  • 2003: K3. Major update. More power, torque, less weight and revised styling.
  • 2005: K5. Major update. Lightest GSX-R1000 to date with the handling, grunt and attitude to put the class of ’04 (Kawasaki ZX-10R and underseat pipe R1 and Blade) in the shade.
  • 2007: K7. Although the GSX-R1000 gained more power it lost some of its famed midrange grunt. Euro3 friendly sprouted twin pipes, gained weight and for the first time lost its crown as the go-to superbike.
  • 2009: K9 Major update. New shorter-stroke motor, Showa Big Piston Forks, banana-shaped swingarm, a cable clutch and monobloc four-piston calipers.
  • 2012 – Minor update and facelift.
  • 2017 – Major update. Fitted with electronic rider aids for the first time, variable valve timing and tuned to give 199bhp GSX-R1000.

Other versions

  • GSX-R1000R: Identical engine and chassis, higher spec Showa suspension, up/down quickshifter, painted air scoops and white on black monochrome dash.

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