Discreetly, the GSX-S 1000 offered itself some vitamins in 2018. 5 horsepower gained to reach a maximum of 150, and a torque up to 10.8 mkg. Engine management benefits from a new electronic control unit. New brake hoses are also installed. What to base its legitimate grumbling.
The big streetfighter, aka the severely burned robber’s bike, appeared a long time ago. Did Suzuki draw the first with the 1200 Bandit? Do we owe the emergence of thugs with the Triumph Speed Triple? Has the Ducati 900 Monster marked the terrain? The debate promises to be furious. Still, the category is well established on the market with a generous and muscular offer. Latest arrival and excessively anticipated, here is Suzuki’s strike force: the GSX-S 1000. New name, new family, new machine, new ambitions, and when a roadster recovers most of a GSX-R 1000, the corners and the bandits are starting to see a big, spicy steak approaching.
GSR 1000 or Virus, some preparations could not wait for the GSX-S to quench the impatient fans of Suzuk ‘mechanics. Why wait so long to get out your big, fat roadster? Crisis? Reluctance to invest? Doubt? We do not care ! The important thing is that the Suz range finally has a demonic machine with large handlebars in its ranks. Is it a big GSR with lots of watts or a GSX-R stripped of its fairing? The reality is quite close to the second option. However, it had been too easy to occupy only the design office. The latter still did a good job, giving the 1000 GSX-S an assertive, seasoned personality, halfway between the ball of nerves and the wrestler. The fork crown multiplies the small effects, including LED night lights in the shape of fangs. The profile is worked, with sheared scoops, a hoof all in knife blades, an exceptionally compact pot (thanks to the plenum chamber) and a posterior as inclined as a super-G track. It gives ! But to say that it shocks … Some competitors are much more aggressive. Retention in design or application of the trend without daring? The transcendence is not there. The GSX-S shows its teeth, but from there to say that it will bite…
… ah yes, it will bite. And it is the 4 cylinders that will take care of it. As with so many machines in this segment, it is a hypersport block that is enclosed under the roubignoles. The engines of the big Gex have always been praised for their roundness, their power and their availability. Here, we graft a proven, reliable and generous mechanism: the boiler of the GSX-R vintage 2005 to 2008. Perhaps the best 4 legs in line of the time. Today, some modifications soften its ardor to stick to a more roadsterized use while remaining sporty. Lighter pistons, the arrival of iridium spark plugs, revised camshaft profiles and recalibrated injection take care of the job, including making the mill more available in mid-range.
In 2008, the engine of the Gex spat 185 nags. Once free, the GSX-S 1000 develops "only" 150 horses. Disappointment ? Ok, it is already a beautiful cavalry, very largely sufficient to have fun, and to screw up in case of unmanageable optimism. But being the last to arrive and having everything to prove, we do not upset rival gangs with that. Except that these data are to be taken with relativity … various measures in the bench of international colleagues tend to prove that this block delivers more, much more. And that the bar of 160 nags would be easily crossed. Mr Suzuki, do we become a poker player and fan?!? 😉
In the end, the GSX-S 1000 is powered by fiery mechanics, but dating back a decade, and making "officially" a lot of horsepower when the competition keeps offering watts with state-of-the-art engines (BMW S 1000 R, KTM 1290 Superduke R, Aprilia Tuono V4 1100). The Suzuki staff also plays with technology by adopting a 3-level traction control. More or less intrusive depending on the driving conditions that the pilot will judge, and disconnectable. As for driving modes and other fashionable electronic refinements, we will have to wait a little longer..
We can blame a "ignition delay" as to the choice of its engine. We will not do anything about its chassis. At first glance, it’s full GSX-R between the two wheels. Error, only the swingarm comes from the sports car – not the 2005 or the 2008; the 2015 version. The Kayaba (KYB) 43mm inverted fork is fully adjustable, anchored to a heavy-section aluminum frame. Very similar to that of a Gex, even lighter, its structure is specific to the GSX-S. Suzuki promises great handling and no less handling. Little doubt about it, especially as the weight is contained. At 210 kilos, the machine weighs only 8 more than the GSX-R. ABS included; the panoply for braking is worthy of the best Hamamatsu machines: Brembo monobloc calipers, 310 mm track, 8 pistons in all for the front axle. To the regret of the most seasoned, the ABS cannot be deactivated. How do we hold it all? With Renthal handlebars, fixed in front of a fully digital dashboard.
Aggressive without being insane; powerful without exploding the barrel; Marylin without sinking into Manson; The GSX-S 1000 knows how to present itself in just measure. It will be a menu full of watts, efficiency, and expressiveness. But it will not be madness. The biggest Suzuki streetfighter doesn’t target the chieftain. However, with a pricing approach that the brand knows how to make attractive, this wild street will be able to make a beautiful neighborhood. You just have to see the fiery course of the GSR 750, which begins a new chapter by becoming GSX-S 750.
Not to spoil anything, a streamlined version with a road bent is also part of the catalog: the GSX-S 1000 F.
* The GSX-S 1000 can be fitted with a Sport Pack including: Windscreen + seat backrest + tank protection + Yoshimura R11.
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GSX-S 1000 2018
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medium: 5.30 l
about 250 km / h
The technical aspect
Suzuki GSX-S 1000 2019
- Tank: 17 liters
- Width: 795 mm
- Height: 1,080 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,460 mm
- Operating weight: 210 kg
- Train before
- secondary by chain
- Rear axle
(73.4 x 59 mm)
at 10,000 rpm
at 9,500 rpm