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They’ve taken their time, but Suzuki’s new GSX-R1000R is finally here – and it’s a cracker. It’s smaller, lighter and loaded with the oomph needed to compete with the current crop of top-flight superbikes.
Stab the one-touch starter and the over-square 999cc inline four-cylinder motor barks into life. It’s as raw and angry as ever, snorting and growling through its airbox and titanium pipe. But, more impressively, there’s a torrent of power through the rev range, thanks to Suzuki’s Broad Power System which includes new exhaust valves, secondary injectors, dual stage inlet trumpets and the clever new VVT system.
The new motor combines oldschool GSX-R1000 grunt with a
modern superbike top end rush, a flawless power curve and an accurate throttle. There’s so much grunt you can go a gear higher through corners and still be rapid – good news on the road.
The new six-speed, close-ratio cassette gearbox precisely slices through cogs and is ably assisted by a super-slick quickshifter and autoblipper system. Wheelie, launch and a 10-stage traction control are all controlled by a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), which is right up there with the best systems around. Crack the gas and the traction control holds you safely in a spin or slide. Open the throttle a bit more and you drive forward smoothly with no electronic cuts or splutters. And if you don’t like electronics you can turn the traction and wheelie control off.
With revised Brembo caliper settings and bigger discs (up 10mm to 320mm) the stopping power is strong, but there’s a little bit of feel missing and some fade after a handful of hard laps. But the GSX-R’S brakes have more bite than an R1 or ZX-10R.
It has the power, straight-line speed, grunt off the corners and rider aids to match its rivals. The GSX-R is back.