THE RiDE VER­DICT

RiDE (UK) - - Buying Guide -

WE LOVE TH­ESE — al­ways have, al­ways will. The de­tail changes a lit­tle depend­ing on which model you have, as you might imag­ine, but then again, per­haps not as

much as you might imag­ine. Maybe that’s be­cause from the over­all looks, to the rid­ing po­si­tion to the brak­ing feel, the evo­lu­tion of the GSX-R from 2005 to 2016 was grad­ual enough to keep the essence of the orig­i­nal while adding posher sus­pen­sion, bet­ter brakes and more power. In fact, many own­ers reckon you’re bet­ter off with a prop­erly sorted K5 than a shiny new L6, as the early bike isn’t ham­strung by emis­sions and noise regs. We wouldn’t nec­es­sar­ily ar­gue. Whichever you choose, you’ll find it rel­a­tively roomy (es­pe­cially from the K7 on with its ad­justable footrests) and rel­a­tively com­fort­able for a sports­bike. The great thing is that even if they’re rid­den fast on the road, they’re rarely thrashed — there just isn’t room... So although sus­pen­sion and brakes can take a ham­mer­ing, the en­gines are barely stressed for most of their lives. So you get re­li­a­bil­ity, speed, power and prac­ti­cal­ity in one pack­age. Yes, a ZX-10R’S mad­der, an R1 can beat it round a track and an S1000RR is more high tech but as a pure road sports­bike, a GSX-R1000 is more or less per­fect.

As an all-round road and track pack­age, the GSX-R1000 is hard to beat

“We love th­ese al­ways have, al­ways will”

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