‘The ‘L’ is the one, but keep mods simple and classy’
“The bargain of the used, and perhaps even the new, sportsbike market is the last in the line of the GSX-R1000L models. I would recommend the non-abs models as they are much easier to make changes to regarding brake lines and upgrades. That’s not to say you can’t convert an ABS model to non-abs, but after removing the ABS unit and associated lines the ECU needs to be replaced or your warning lights with be on permanently.
“Check that the Suzuki recall regarding the front brake master cylinder has been completed; this can be confirmed via the Suzuki website www.suzuki-gb.co.uk/ motorcycles/my-suzuki/tech/
Also, check the service history; the motors are very strong, but make sure the servicing has been carried out to Suzuki standards.
“Over the years, Yoshimura have made plenty of GSX-R tuning items, including camshafts, full exhaust systems and more recently engine case savers, bar-ends, and chain adjusters. These are all nice additions. Avoid the cheaper Far East aftermarket items. Keep it classy. “Changing the tyres to a stickier set and perhaps a 200-section rear will improve the handling and road holding. Using the correct pressures helps, we would start at 36psi front and rear, cold, and go from there. “The GSX-R1000L is fitted with a big chain from stock and can be replaced with a 520 conversion, but be wary of alloy rear sprockets as these wear very quickly with traffic-light race starts. We would go with the Afam or DC chain with their sprockets, but of course there are other manufacturers to choose from. “There don’t seem to be any problems coming to light with the secondary throttle butterflies, but either way these can be resolved without too much expense now.”
‘The bargains of the used sportsbike market are the last GSX-R1000L models’
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