Neevesy’s got lots planned for the GSX-R1000R and the first thing is ditching that silencer
Let’s address the big grey elephant in the room: the GSX-R1000R’S exhaust can. Some allege you can see it on Google Earth without zooming in and that it’s the long-lost cousin of Dusty Bin. All we know is it’s there to pass Euro4 regs and it’s on borrowed time.
I’ve already got a Yoshimura Titanium R-11SQ slip-on race can (£734, www.performanceparts-ltd. com) to fit, but much as I can’t wait to get rid of old bloaty-can straight away, I’m going to get my new Suzuki dyno’d first, so I can see a ‘before and after’ power figure.
As part of our recent 1000s shootout we saw 184.93bhp @ 13,000rpm at the back wheel from a Suzuki GB press bike. Yoshimura claim an extra 5bhp for the new can, so hopefully we’ll be knocking on the door of 190bhp for mine.
The Japanese tuning firm also say the can is 1.2kg lighter than the standard rocket launcher and it’s not too noisy, either: 103db @ 6600rpm without the baffle and 99db @ 6600rpm with it in, so trackdays shouldn’t be a problem.
I haven’t racked up many miles on my actual bike yet, but I rode the 2017 GSX-R at its launch at Phillip Island and again for our week-long superbike test on the road and track, on road tyres, trackday rubber and full-on racing slicks.
The ride quality on the road is superb, the quickshifter and autoblipper combo is handy, traction control adds an extra layer of safety and that Variable Valve Timing system lets you enjoy the old bike’s famed grunt on the road but with extra power up top for trackdays.
Most of all, to celebrate the arrival of the first brand new ‘Gixer Thou’ for donkey’s years, I’m going to do what GSX-R owners do: fit lots of nice racy parts, do loads of trackdays… and pull lots of wheelies.
‘The can looks like the long-lost cousin of Dusty Bin. I’m fitting a Yoshi’