BURN AFTER LEAD­ING

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF SUZUKI

Motorcyclist - - Framed -

It’s a long haul to Aus­tralia’s Phillip Is­land, but with Mo­togp and World Su­per­bike rac­ers rou­tinely nam­ing it among their fa­vorite tracks, Ex­ec­u­tive Ed­i­tor Zack Courts was keen to ex­pe­ri­ence mind­melt­ingly fast sec­tions like Stoner Cor­ner and Lukey Heights aboard the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R. Af­ter­ward, he pro­nounced the is­land “one of the most epic and vis­ceral race­tracks” he has ever rid­den. He ad­mit­ted the trac­tion con­trol is a bit sim­plis­tic com­pared to that of­fered by some of the com­pe­ti­tion but ap­pre­ci­ated that it puts sig­nif­i­cant ad­justa­bil­ity in the rider’s hands—a trait that proved handy when it came time to dis­pose of some sur­plus rub­ber at the test’s con­clu­sion.

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