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Our GSX-R1000 flat out

Published: 22 September 2004

Updated: 19 November 2014

How fast does your bike go? It's hard to be sure. Even if you happen to have a handy unrestricted piece of road to max it on out you'll be relying on your speedo in most cases.

The fastest I had seen on the clocks of my long term test GSX-R1000 was 150mph at Silverstone (not through the village, officer, on the track). So when MCN Chief Road Tester Trevor Franklin sidled over with a plan to take the GSX-R1000 to its maximum speed and accurately measure it in a test against a race bike I was relatively happy.

If you're going to get a top speed recorded for your bike, Bruntingthorpe is the place. Wide with a massive plane-landing straight we also had MCN's accurate Datron GPS sat-nav measuring device.

Top speed of my mechanically standard GSX-R1000? Well, into a 25mph headwind we recorded 175.5mph. It was showing 186mph on the clock. Mind you, so was the Crescent Suzuki GSX-R600 supersports race bike we thrashed it alongside - and that only managed 163mph in still conditions.

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