Suzuki GSX-R1000: The ferociously quick litre-class offering from Suzuki!
It’s been almost three years since we went to the MMRT to drive the all-new litre-class Suzuki twins. I vividly remember the day, for I eventually ended up as a workhorse riding both these bikes and travelling back and forth from Delhi in a day’s time. But, if I may, the memory is quite distinctive for I had a chance to push these fast motorcycles on the track all day long, which I believe, rendered me the most exhilarating and shortest media ride.
Twins, I said? Well, it was not just the Suzuki GSX-R1000 that we had for our test, but also its more race-focused sibling, the GSX-R1000R. But since we’re talking about the GSX-R1000 in this blog, we’ll then leave the discussion for its more intimidating sibling for yet another day.
So, as I first approached the litre-class Suzuki, my first reaction was, oh boy! This is absolutely menacing. Of course, what helped the Suzuki here was the Matte Black shade, which even made it look better than its sibling. The whole design screams aggression and is very proportionate too. Here’s a full overview.
As the name of this motorcycle indicates – and, of course, as I’ve mentioned litre-class a million times above – the Suzuki you see above gets 999.8cc four-cylinder engine, which is good for 196bhp and 117.54Nm of torque. It is yet to be updated to meet the new and stricter BS-VI emission standards, which means it is compliant with BS-IV emission standards. Moreover, the power is sent to the rear wheel via a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Before we delve into the specification numbers, it’s sufficed to say how commendable job Suzuki designers have done in making the GSX-R1000 a special and intimidating machine. Now, as per its specifications, the Suzuki measures 2,075mm in length, 705mm in width, and 1,145mm in height. It has a ground clearance of 130mm and a seat height of 825mm. Moreover, the bike has a wheelbase of 1,409mm and it weighs 200kg.
Fuel tank capacity
The litre-class Suzuki you see above has an enormous fuel tank of 16-litres. However, considering its way more powerful than an Average Joe’s machine, it seems just about right. As for the fuel efficiency numbers, it is capable of delivering somewhere around 20-25km/l on a lazy riding day.
Out on the track, the GSX-R1000R showcased its agile nature by easily letting me lean into corners and exit with ease at a decent pace. What helps here is the bike is built around an aluminium twin-spar frame. Moreover, the suspension duties are handled by SHOWA BPF inverted telescopic forks at the front and Link type, SHOWA rear shock at the back. The 17-inch wheels are shod with a 120/70ZR17M/C tyre at the front and a fatter190/55ZR17M/C tyre at the back. For braking duties, Suzuki has equipped it with dual 320mm disc brakes at the front and a single 220mm disc brake at the back.
As for the safety features, the Suzuki comes with dual-channel ABS and 10-levels of traction control as standard. Moreover, it uses a part-analogue instrument cluster, which makes use of an analogue tachometer and a digital screen for the rest of the functions.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000, as of early-2020, is available in two shades, namely, Metallic Triton Blue and Pearl Glacier White. Unfortunately, the Matte Black Suzuki GX-R1000 is now off the shelves.
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As of early-2020, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in a single variant. The price for the sole R variant is Rs. 19.87 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi). For the on-road price, head over to autoX.
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