The original bad boy
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.