8 Reasons Why You Should Buy The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
If you’re debating whether or not to invest in a new sportsbike for 2017, then give this a read. While there are plenty of new and exciting models for to choose from this year, there’s definitely one stand out model: the Suzuki GSX-R1000R. You won’t have to search very hard to find articles that sing its praises: the journalists love it, it photographs amazingly well, and it’s got so much going for it that it’s easy to kill your word count waxing lyrical about this thing.
It’s got the power, it’s got the touch of modern, it’s got the technology, it’s got the lineage…and most importantly, it’s got a very attractive price tag. But if you’re still on the fence about whether to bring the hammer down on the GSX-R1000R, here are a few good reasons to help you beat your wallet into submission.
It’s Got An Extra “R” In The Name…
Anyone could add an extra “R” to their product, but when it comes to sportsbikes, it’s more than window dressing. If I had to guess what the extra “R” stands for in the GSX-R1000R, I’d like to think it meant “responsibility” because (as Spiderman’s dearly departed Uncle Ben would attest) “with great power comes great responsibility,” – and the GSX-R1000R is certainly powerful. Claiming 199 horses thanks to Suzuki’s revised engine cases, and a veritable fury of power right through the entire rev range, you can bet this GSX-R1000R flies. The new power curve is thanks to the new VVT (Variable Valve Timing) system, partnered with revised exhaust valves and new secondary injectors.
If you ever wanted a GSX-R that could spar with the likes of Kawasaki’s ZX-10R or a Yamaha R1, without compromising the GSX-Rness of the whole package, then this is truly the bike for you.
The Electronics Are Tip Top…
In terms of on board gadgetry, the GSX-R1000R has the works. Well, it doesn’t have everything but it has more of what we want, and what it doesn’t have, we don’t need. For the sake of ticking items off the list, it has: a ride-by-wire system, three distinct ride modes to choose from, ABS, wheelie control, launch control, anti-stall, and a 10 level traction control system.
Like the rest of the top level liter bikes, the GSX-R1000R’s traction control is carefully monitored and controlled by a six axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU). This means that you’re going to stay upright whether you’re spinning here or sliding there, and as long as you apply a bit of extra throttle, the IMU will make up for your initial error, without coughing or struggling. It might seem a bit over the top, but it’s the modern standard, so rather than shun the electronic riding aids, it’s time to fully embrace them. But if you want, you can simply turn the traction and wheelie control off with relative ease, thanks to the all-new dash controls.
Of course, a quickshifter and an autoblipper are thrown in for good measure – but more about that below…
The Glorious Gearbox…
The new pair of GSX-R1000s may have had some nice engine revisions, but let’s not forget the gearbox. The gearbox has been completely redesigned, and the new six-speed cassette type arrangement is clean, clinical, and a sharp as a razorblade. The new design has also been enhanced by the addition of a rather smart quickshifter, as well as an autoblipper system too. Even though both GSX-Rs are road focused, the GSX-R1000R is the one you want if you have serious track time in mind. For a start, the gearing is easily swapped from the conventional one down five up, to the more track-friendly one up and five down by simply reversing the gear linkages. Which is a pretty handy feature.
It’s A Track Day Weapon…
There’s more to its track day appeal than a simple gear pattern shift – because the GSX-R1000R still retains the nimble handling and compact experience you already know and love from its predecessors. However, Suzuki have taken it up a notch, and turned it into a cornering master. How? First up, they’ve made some interesting chassis changes, such a new aluminum beam frame, which has been partnered with a slightly longer swingarm for better control.
But it’s not the chassis that pushes the GSX-R into the big leagues. It also boasts a sophisticated and top of the range suspension system courtesy of Showa. At the front, it’s armed with a pair of Showa’s new “Balance Free” forks, and at the rear it boasts a “Balance Free Cushion Light” shock at the rear. You’ll need to give it a bit of setting up to give you dominance on the track, but that’s no problem. And since you’ll probably be spending more time on the road than on the track, it’s no big deal.
And Just As “At Home” On The Road…
If you were to line up the GSX-R1000R and place it next to a relatively new 700 or 750 model, you’d immediately notice that they’re not terribly different in size. The rider comfort is very much in the same vein, and will be very familiar if you’re a veteran GSX-R rider. It’s comfortable, or rather, as comfortable as you can be on the slight frame and narrow bodywork, but it still comes with enough padding on the seat to cushion the boniest of asses, and comes with a surprising amount of legroom for the vertically gifted rider.
The controls are ergonomic, with a new switchgear for easy access to the usual features, and the bike boasts a new LED lighting package. Naturally, it comes with ABS, but it’s not possible to switch it off without fully disconnecting it, but that’s no bad thing on the roads. The Brembo brakes package helps you throw the anchor down in a hurry, and it’s a great, versatile sports bike. You’d think we’d exhausted all the reasons to buy one, but we’ve still got a few more. In fact..
Kevin Schwantz Is Getting One
According to the super sleuth journalists at motorcycle.com, Grand Prix Champion Kevin Schwantz will be getting one. Now, whether it’s the GSX-R1000 or the GSX-R1000R remains to be seen. But from what they’re reporting, the one that rolls out of the factory sporting the 34th VIN number (in homage to Schwantz’s #34 racing number) will be sent directly to the man himself as a gift. Which is awesome.
It’s always nice to see factories supporting their riders, even long after they’ve gone their separate ways. Although that’s not strictly true…Schwantz has been seen in a lot of promotional material for the new 1000s, and maybe getting one of his own was part of his fee. Who knows? Either way, if it’s good enough for a world champ, it’s good enough for the likes of us.
Then There’s The Price
How much? The MSRP is a very attractive $16,999 for the GSX-R1000R. If you want to weigh that up against the rest of the competition, take a look below. It’s a steal.
But If You Can’t Afford It…
If you’re looking for something a little more affordable that still packs a considerable punch, then you can always go for the standard GSX-R1000. It’s priced at a mere $14,599 (MSRP), which is easily the cheapest of the rest of what’s on offer within the same class. Cheaper, sure, but what you save in cash, you don’t really lose in features.
The suspension is a little different: you get Showa’s “Big-Piston” forks instead of the “Balance-Free”. The technology is a little more basic: you’ll have to sacrifice the quickshifter and the autoblipper, and the dash is a little less dramatic. But you save about $1,500 for a very similar product. And funnily enough, you actually save a kilo of extra weight. The chassis is the same, engine is the same, and the rest of the electronics are the same, too.
So what’s not to like?