First Ride: Suzuki GSXS1000F

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We're on the golden Isle of Man today, to ride a lap of the TT course on Suzuki's new sportsbike.

As first revealed at the Cologne Motorcycle Show last year, Suzuki are keen to make it clear that this is not an adventure bike, retro, cruiser or even a sports-tourer – no, this is what sports-tourers should have become, and it's the second in the new GSXS range to be released after the naked version earlier this year.

Based around the now legendary engine from the 2005 GSX-R1000, although retuned to better suit this mildly less focussed model, it’s been designed to give effortless performance without compromising on comfort.

There's no hard luggage available for this K5 engined 1000cc bike, which is identical to the naked version except for fairing, headlamps, and different damping rates in suspension. 

Suzuki describe it as a ‘pure sport roadster’, and that seems like a pretty good fit to us.

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Emma Franklin

By Emma Franklin

Deputy Editor, road tester, club racer