Speculation for the 2014 trade shows is starting to trickle in, and the fine journalists at the German magazine Motorrad have for us the latest gossip regarding a new model for 2015. Confirming a great deal of speculation, Motorrad tips that we will see a Suzuki GSR1000 at October’s INTERMOT show.
Call it a standard, a streetfighter, or a street naked, the GSR1000 is said to be without fairings and based off the Suzuki GSX-R1000, using the same 999cc four-cylinder engine as the superbike, albeit in an unfortunately detuned state — not to dissimilar from the Suzuki GSR750.
Figures of 150hp are being banded about for power, and that might not be enough as the GSR1000, which will debut in a very crowded space, as seemingly every Japanese and European motorcycle manufacturer (Honda, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Aprilia Ducati, KTM, Triumph, & even EBR) has a horse in this race.
If true, news of the GSR1000 bodes well for Suzuki in two ways. First, it shows signs of life at the Hamamatsu company, which has perhaps been the most dormant through, and after, the global recession.
So far Suzuki has paced itself on new model development, with the Suzuki V-Strom 1000, but the rekindling of its MotoGP program certainly is a good sign, as would be a new bike like the GSR1000.
Secondly, Suzuki has been surprisingly absent in the performance-oriented big-displacement street naked category, with the Suzuki Bandit (Suzuki GSX1250FA) holding down the spot in the US and European markets.
Perhaps the only manufacturer in the game without a proper entry, the Suzuki GSR1000 would fill a fairly obvious hole in the Japanese company’s lineup.
With rumors swelling before this news, and Motorrad being a very reliable publication, chances are we’ll see a GSR1000 debut in a few months’ duration. But as always, time will tell.