New GSX-R1000R

Neevesy’s got lots planned for the GSX-R1000R and the first thing is ditch­ing that si­lencer

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THAT ex­haust...

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’

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