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GSX-R 1000 beats Blade and R1

Published: 11 March 2003

Updated: 19 November 2014

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 has comprehensively beaten its Japanese rivals in the extensive test in MCN this week.

In a complete turnaround from last year’s bikes, the GSX-R is followed by the Honda FireBlade, with the R1 dropping from first to last.

The all-new 2003 Suzuki wins the crown by offering great all-round road ability as well as focused track performance. The improved 146bhp engine is the strongest feature of the bike, but an improved frame means the handling can cope with more power.

Radial brakes are a vast improvement on last year’s bike, giving powerful and fade-free stopping power. Plus, the 2003 model is £700 cheaper than the 2002 predecessor.

The Honda makes second by virtue of its all-round performance, while the Yamaha R1, still a great bike, gets pushed to third.

See what makes the GSX-R so good in the six-page test in MCN, March 12.

Plus, 24-page tribute to the late Barry Sheene.

Also in MCN this week, the first ride of the ‘Racing’ version of the Aprilia Tuono, the new 996-engined Ducati Monster, and the Colin Edwards inspired Aprilia RSV-R. It’s the end of the line for the Kawasaki ZX-7R and the ZXR400, and the new Triumph Daytona is clocked at 160mph.

There’s an 18-page Daytona Bike Week special, with all the action from the world’s biggest party. Take a virtual tour of the main attractions, see the stunts of the craziest U.S. biking crews and witness the best new bikes and specials. See the NRX1800 Honda Rune, Kawasaki’s prototype Strata Cruiser, and the K-Force Harley-engined lowrider.

Plus: Kevin Ash, Honda Hornet 600 road test, MCN’s Off-Road school, the £500,000 AGV. We try the new AGV Ti-Tech, and you can win a trip to Italy to collect one for yourself. We test the Dainese T-Age boots. MCN’s What’s On guide. MotoGP World Exclusive with the Harris WCM making its track debut. The GP secrets of Suzuki, Kawasaki and Ducati. Daytona 200 special. Michael Scott. 4 steps to go 4 seconds a lap faster. AMA champion Ricky Carmichael shares riding tips and a look at his Honda CR250R. Plus the rest of the world’s fastest supercross bikes. . Be an expert on the Yamaha XT225 Serow.

All this in MCN, March 12.

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