When one looks at what high-displacement bare machines are currently available on the market, one encounters different technical approaches and engine building concepts, but there is an important intersection. Whether it’s a British, Austrian or Japanese product, all of the top naked bikes have a common combative look. And now Suzuki has realized that if they want to compete with the best in the segment, there will be little reliable, mature technical base, the GSX-S1000 simply needs to be tailored to suit its knowledge and market position.
Although the frame and swing fork from the GSX-R1000 remained unchanged, the entire profile was redrawn, with the air intakes inspired by the engine nacelle of fighter jets, for example. The redesigns are essentially about making the machine optically “nose-heavy” because that will make the overall effect really streetfighter – for that, the steering wheel is wider and the tank capacity is also larger. If that weren’t enough, the conventionally shaped halogen luminaire is a thing of the past, and a futuristic full-LED headlight developed by Koito dominates the front end.
However, the category of thousands of naked bikes is not where you could emboss without serious technique. The serial four-cylinder powerplant is still based on the K5 Gixxer, but many changes have been made to meet Euro-5 standards. And the modifications to the valves and camshafts not only serve cleaner operation, but also aimed to make the block even thinner in the middle speed range. It is no coincidence that the novelty can find the 0-400 meter gallop in 10.1 seconds! At the same time, the redesigned four-cylinder has become more agile, with a maximum speed already in excess of 11,000 per minute. Controlling the now 152 horsepower (+2 hp) is aided by a three-position mode switch and adjustable traction control, but it is at least as important that the two-way gearbox is standard and that the clutch mechanism has been modified for smoother operation. Equipped with an electronic throttle grip, the model continues to receive Brembo brakes using 310mm front discs and KYB spring elements that can be adjusted in all parameters, meaning Suzuki still hasn’t seen the time to delight its customers with an electric chassis. The first copies of the novelty, available in blue, gray and black, will arrive at domestic Suzuki dealers in the second half of July.
Stroke volume: 999 cm3
Cylinders / valves: S4 / 16
Max. Power: 112 kW (152 hp) 11,000 / min
Max. Torque: 106 Nm 9250 / min
Wheelbase: 1460 mm
Seat height: 810 mm
Fuel tank: 19 l
Rubber front / rear: 120/70 R17 / 190/50 R17
Net weight: 214 kg
Purchase price: from 4,599,000 HUF
Source: Autó-Motor by www.automotor.hu.
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