To put it in Suzuki’s words, we can safely say that “the king of sports bike is back.” After years of anticipation, the company has finally unveiled its latest offering to the biking world, the 2017 GSX R1000. As per the maker’s claims the mean machine is expected to be lighter, more power packed and smooth running that any of its predecessors. With its game changing abilities, the latest offering by Suzuki is a powerful response for its rival contemporaries such as the Kawasaki ZX 10R, Yamaha R1, Aprilia RSV4 and BMW 1000 RR.
The tech innovations
The bike, adequately christened as GSX R1000 ‘Concept’ in one of the official press releases by the company, is expected to hit the markets sometime in the third quarter next year. The release material further confirms that the bike will feature all the latest tech innovations namely launch control, automatic shifter with up/down system, ten level traction control system and centrifugal variable valve timing. While the bi directional quick shifter and the traction control system will bring the latest Suzuki offering in line with the existent players in the market, the variable valve timing is sure to put it a class apart in its segment. With its ground breaking ‘Broad Power System’ Suzuki aims at achieving never before seen power and performance levels in the Sports bike category of the global market.
The performance specs
In addition to its top notch electronics package that includes ride-by-wire, three selectable modes of engine power delivery by Suzuki Drive Mode Selector SDMS and electronic anti-lock braking system, the GSX R1000 receives major upgrades in terms of structural framework, chassis and a latest Inline 999cc four cylinder engine. Similar to the previous models, the engine of the latest GSX R1000 obtains its fuel from a total of eight primary and secondary injectors. Both the header balance tubes on the rear exhaust has received a new butterfly valve which aids in optimizing back pressure of the engine to enhance the operational power.
Speaking of the suspension, the GSX R family has been utilizing the all new Balance Free fork by Showa, which represents a spectacular amalgamation of the racing suspension technology of MotoGP and SuperBike and external nitrogen-filled reservoirs, which facilitates enhanced damping. In addition to the aforementioned setup a coordinated Balance Free Rear Cushion shock absorber has also been fitted on the GSX R1000.There is a digital dash display mounted on the instrument cluster on the front, which helps the rider view the engine vitals and electronic settings.
As opposed to the 90 degree crankshaft of the MotoGP, the power plant of the GSX R1000 gets an 180 degree crank which produces the highly celebrated throttle scream. Apart from this, the engine gets a slew of other upgrades in terms of its combustion chambers, connecting rods and larger intakes and smaller exhaust valves inspired by F1.
Since the all new GSX R1000 is being referred to by the parent company as a ‘concept’, there is no official word regarding the actual configuration and pricing of the bike.