‘POWER-WISE IT FEELS SIMILAR TO MY RACE BIKE’
Taylor Mackenzie 2016 National Superstock 1000 champ
‘I’ve ridden the old bike a lot on James Whitham’s school days. It’s really nice, very smooth and great for trackdays. But to race, it was lacking that last bit. It wasn’t the fastest and was a little bit big and heavy.
“The new one is like jumping on a race bike. It feels like a tuned GSX-R1000, but still very smooth, especially the way the power comes in, which is handy in tricky conditions. It’s so docile you could ride it to the shops as well as thrash it around a track. It still has the same GSX-R character, but it now goes like the latest 1000s – it’s got that extra bit you need.
“It’s small, the seat is low and it doesn’t feel like you’re getting on a big, aggressive beast of a bike. It’s more like a sharp and sporty 600 than a 1000. The suspension feels like you’re sat on a race bike, too, not a road bike and it handles really nicely. It’s a step forward in that sense.
“I tried all the traction control modes. On the maximum setting it will save anything, so it’s quite nice and the way the traction cuts when the tyre slides is different to what I’ve ridden before and instils confidence.
“The brakes are really good, but the ABS is a lot subtler and there’s no massive pumping through the lever when the grip goes.
“I’m really impressed with the overall package. It’s what Suzuki needed and something people can be really excited about. It will be the revival of the GSX-R and you’ll see a lot of them about once they hit the dealers next year. I can’t wait to race it.”
‘The new one is like jumping on a race bike. It will be the revival of the GSX-R’