The orig­i­nal bad boy

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What we said then

“Suzuki al­ready has two fan­tas­tic ma­chines in the GSX-R600 and 750... the GSX-R1000 may have enough in its ar­moury to top­ple Yamaha’s su­per­star.” MCN launch re­port, 2001

But what is it like now?

When you sit on a K1 you are re­minded of a time when litre-bikes weren’t pocket rock­ets. It’s phys­i­cally roomy and the tank spreads your legs wide while the fair­ing is large. In this con­text it feels dated, how­ever hit the starter and ev­ery­thing changes.

The engine is stacked full of torque and its drive is still im­pres­sive. It’s not the most re­fined of motors, and does tend to be quite me­chan­i­cally noisy, but the grunt and raw­ness is enough to sur­prise. A healthy K1 makes in the re­gion of 140bhp at its rear wheel.

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