‘It’s the best road bike I’ve ridden’
John Reynolds Three-times BSB champ
“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.”