Up­ping the re­fine­ment

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Buying & Selling -

What we said then

“Ul­tra-fast, ca­pa­ble track mis­sile that works far bet­ter on the road then you’d imag­ine – bizarrely, it also makes an ac­cept­able one-man sports tourer too.” MCN launch re­port, 2003

But what is it like now?

The K3/4 has all the per­for­mance of the K1/2, but wraps it in a chas­sis with a touch more ci­vil­ity. The new ra­dial brakes are far stronger and the up­graded sus­pen­sion is plusher while the over­all look is more mod­ern.

What to watch out for

The head­light mists up, which can lead to cor­ro­sion, while a par­tially blocked air or petrol fil­ter (lo­cated in the tank) can rob a GSX-R of power so en­sure th­ese have been changed re­cently. Ex­haust valves can also seize.

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