RE­LIV­ING THE MAGIC

2012-2016 SUZUKI GSX-R1000 L2/3/4/5/6

Fast Bikes - - FEATURE -

Al­ready start­ing to look very old-school, the GSX-R1000 was up­dated for the last time in 2012, how­ever as with the K9 model, Suzuki didn’t re­ally go far enough due to the lin­ger­ing im­pact of the global fi­nan­cial cri­sis on the com­pany.

Vis­ually still very sim­i­lar to the out­go­ing GSX-R, al­though it had a sin­gle ex­haust rather than the K9’s twin pipes, the L2 was bereft of such things as trac­tion con­trol, ABS or ride by wire tech­nol­ogy, in­stead re­ly­ing on some good, solid, en­gi­neer­ing prin­ci­ples.

As be­fore, un­der the L2’s skin were some fairly sub­stan­tial me­chan­i­cal changes. The 999cc mo­tor was over­hauled with 11% lighter pis­tons, a new top end, re­vised cams and al­tered ven­ti­la­tion holes be­tween the cylin­ders restor­ing some of the power and torque lost be­tween the K7 and K9 mod­els. The BPF forks were made 7mm shorter to give the bike a more nose heavy at­ti­tude, Brembo monoblock calipers added much-needed bite and the fair­ing was slightly dif­fer­ent.

MEM­O­RABLE FEA­TURE:

The 2014 model was the first GSX-R sports­bike to come with op­tional ABS.

USED PRICE GUIDE FOR L2:

£5,800 (tatty) £6,300 (okay) £7,000 (mint)

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