‘It’s the best road bike I’ve rid­den’

John Reynolds Three-times BSB champ

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

“I’ve been gag­ging to tell peo­ple just how good it is, but I haven’t been able to talk about it... un­til now. “As a test rider my role is about push­ing the bike and try­ing to make it the best it can be. It’s not easy telling peo­ple you’re work­ing with there’s things to be done, the Ja­panese espe­cially. “My role starts at the be­gin­ning of the bike’s de­vel­op­ment. I’ve tested it at Suzuki’s Ryuyo track in Ja­pan and in Europe in all sorts of sce­nar­ios: au­to­bahns, bumpy roads, coun­try roads, cir­cuits and alti­tude test­ing.

“The aim was to make the GSX-R1000 faster than any other road bike in its class. We worked on the en­gine, the new trac­tion con­trol and rid­ing modes. There’s 10 lev­els of trac­tion con­trol. On num­ber 10 you can ride it in a muddy field and level one is for the race­track. I wanted this bike to slide, so you can get it side­ways slightly. It was good fun de­vel­op­ing it.

“The only thing the new GSX-R1000 has in com­mon with the old bike is the Suzuki badge. It’s a new chas­sis, en­gine and so many other dif­fer­ent bits and pieces make it a dif­fer­ent bike to ride. It’s so much sharper. It’s the best road bike I’ve ever rid­den.”

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