New GSX-S1000 spied

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This is a full-production version of the new naked 1000cc bike Suzuki is calling the GSX-S1000 and hopes to be able to take on the performance naked class rivals in 2015.

MCN revealed the plans for the new bike in July but these are the first images of the bike; nabbed while a completely production specification machine was out shooting a new brochure in America.

The bike is aimed at taking on the likes of the class-leading Aprilia Tuono V4R along with the BMW S1000R, Kawsaki Z1000, Honda CB1000, MV Agusta Brutale 1090RR and KTM 1290 Superduke R.

While we have no official information about this bike and Suzuki is refusing to comment MCN insiders have already been able to fill in the gaps and we know this new GSX-S1000 is a key bike in the firm’s commitment to completely revamping the road bike range after years in the doldrums.

The images clearly show the bike is based around the proven engine, chassis and running gear of the GSX-R1000 but stripped of all but the most minimal of front fairing and small side panels.

Suzuki fans have been calling for this very bike for many years but success in this class is going to come down to it being competitively priced as it appears to lack the latest electronics to take on the likes of the BMW S1000R or the Aprilia Tuono V4R.

However, it appears Suzuki has put a lot of work into the new bike with a new front light, side fairing, fuel tank and tailpiece all designed especially for this model. It would also appear new five spoke wheels have been designed too which give it an up-to-date look that’s more than a match for any of the rival Japanese manufacturers.

The new GSX-S1000 is the first time Suzuki has had a big, powerful naked bike in the range since the ill-fated GSX1300 B-King was dumped in 2012 as a result of poor sales and could even be seen as the first superbike-derived naked machine the firm has ever built.

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Andy Downes

By Andy Downes

Former MCN Senior Reporter