2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 & GSX-R1000R Prices Announced!
Suzuki’s stunned us with their new models, but now they’ve stunned us again by announcing the prices. And we’re stunned in a good way. When we first saw the two new superbikes, we were impressed with Suzuki’s much needed upgrades and were more than satisfied with both of their products. However, with new additions like Suzuki’s own patented, mechanical Variable Valve Timing and the other onboard goodies they were promising, we expected a price that reflected their efforts…However…
Suzuki Motor of America have recently announced the new prices for the two flagship models, and if you’re in the market for a 2017 sportsbike, you’d be a fool not to take advantage of these prices. First up, Suzuki’s all new GSX-R1000 for 2017 will start at $14,599 MSRP. Keep in mind that this is a fully revised GSX-R that boasts 199hp, 86.7 lbs – ft of torque and their new Variable Valve Timing technology… If you want to put that price in perspective, you can compare it with Kawasaki’s ZX-10R which offers less but costs $16,099 for the ABS model. Or take a look at Yamaha’s R1S (the S being the tamer version) which retails for $14,999. The Suzuki is the sensible rider’s option.
The standard GSX-R1000 comes complete with a Bosch Inertial Measurement Unit that measures the pitch, roll and yaw, and all that jazz to allow the bike to optimize its own settings depending on the conditions, for more tactical traction control, the leaning ABS feature, and the wheelie control. The suspension isn’t as fancy as some of the rest of the bikes in the class, but the Showa Big Piston units do the job. For $14,599, you can’t go wrong…
But then you’ve got to think “F*ck it, I’m spending this much on a new sportsbike already, so I might as well supersize it while I’m here” and opt for Suzuki’s incredible, top of the range GSX-R1000R instead. Why? Well, apart from the additional “R” to boast to your friends about, you also get Showa Balance Free gas forks (BFF) at the front and a BFRC-lite shock on the rear, an up and down directional quickshifter, launch control, LED lights, a different subframe, a lighter chassis, an overall weight of 203 kgs and a fearsome 202 hp. Every other feature is the same as the standard, including the clever IMU.
What’s the cost? $16,999 for the GSX-R1000R. And if you’ve got the extra $1500 to upgrade to the “R” version, you should definitely do it.
And how does that measure up against the competition? Well, let’s call the GSX-R1000R Suzuki’s top of the range consumer racing machine. That puts it in the same class as Kawasaki’s ZX-10RR (double R version), Honda’s CBR1000RR and SP1 version, and Yamaha’s R1 and R1M track day weapon. From the current MSRP figures, this is how Suzuki compares:
No matter how you measure it up, the Suzuki GSX-R1000R is a very tempting option. A seductive power to weight ratio? Got it. A sophisticated electronics package? Oh yeah. Heavy duty suspension? Big time. Value for money? Well, that’s up to the rider and how they ride it. But is it an economically sound package? Most definitely. Will we be trying one? Only a fool wouldn’t!