The All New 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Finally Debuts

10/04/2016 @ 4:01 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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We have had to wait nearly an entire year for Suzuki to finalize and release its new superbike, after first teasing us at the 2016 EIMCA show with it. But today at INTERMOT, the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is finally ready for primetime.

Because Suzuki already teased us the new GSX-R1000 a year ago, much about the machine is already known. But, for a proper plot twist, there will in fact be two variations of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 for 2017, with a higher spec 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R debuting as well.

For the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 base model, of course everything is brand new. The inline-four engine on this liter-bike features a variable valve timing (VVT), a first in the superbike segment. Peak power is just shy of 200hp, with Suzuki claiming 199hp and 86.7 lbs•ft of torque.

The crown jewel of the electronics package is a six-axis IMU, which brings a 10-level traction control system, riding modes, cornering ABS, launch control, up-and-down quickshifts to the once “King of Superbikes” (the latter three items being on the GSXR-1000R).

With a wet weight of 441 lbs, the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is in the hunt to reclaim that crown, making this a strong return for the Japanese brand in the superbike segment.

Although it is not new information, it is worth mentioning that Suzuki ingeniously developed a mechanical variable valve timing system, largely to skirt around rules in the MotoGP Championship that were designed to prevent such technology coming into the series.

This VVT uses ball bearings that move along the cam gear, and change their orientation as it spins faster. This then changes the gearing for the intake timing, and creates more power on the top end, roughly 5% or 10hp.

This same theory of design resides in the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000, and it truly is an elegant solution to a complex task – one we’ve seen other brands, like Honda and Ducati, struggle to implement effectively on motorcycles.

We would say that it will be most intersting to see how the VVT works on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the real world, though Suzuki’s progress in MotoGP might be a good barometer. Needles to say, we have high hopes.

What the VVT does for top-end power, the Broad Power System does for the low-end. Suzuki’s Broad Power System uses a finger-follower valve train and also manages how the exhaust works, maximizing both for peak torque from the engine at lower rpm ranges.

Suspension on the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is handled by Showa’s Big Piston Fork, and its matching shock absorber (the GSX-R1000R gets Showa’s Balance Free Fork and Balance Free Cushion shock).

Continuing the changes, the main chassis and rear subframe are roughly 5 lbs lighter than their predecessors, combined.

The 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is expected to be available in dealerships, early 2017. Meanwhile, the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R will debut later in 2017. We look forward to riding them both.

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  • Wish they were a bit more aggressive on the styling. Looks good, but to my eyes, too much like the outgoing model.

    Any more information on the ‘Broad Power System’?

    The mechanical VVT sounds like a good start. From the description, I envision something akin to a KTM power valve assembly.

  • Surya De

    Never been a big fan of the Suzukis but always welcome what they bring to the table. Kind of an ugly looking bike to my eyes.

  • Guilherme Atencio

    It looks good and I am happy they are bringing new technology to the segment, but WOW that exhaust is HUUUUGE and ugly.

  • michael uhlarik

    Suzuki makes excellent motorcycles that always manage to look like they belong in the discount aisle of Toys R Us.

  • Jonn Dol

    That MotoGP inspired colour is nice. Overall, it’s a potent package. Can’t wait for the Superbike Shootout!

  • Alam Rahman

    Why no crossplane crank like the MotoGP bike? Come on Suzuki!
    They have played the styling very safe. A little MV Augusta in the headlight in my eyes. I hope this bike is not tiny and is designed for normal sized people. Also why not give us adjustable pegs and clip on’s? Do something a little different so we could adjust the bike to our frames?

  • MrDefo

    I kind of like that. Makes me feel like a ten year old boy again.

  • SKD007

    KTM power valve assembly that comes in 2stroke ?? Na it’s more advanced like honda i vtec

  • Honda has many different variations on VTEC, but they are different than what I inferred from this article. Honda uses hydraulic pressure to actuate valves and/or cam timing. Other OEMs in the automotive world are using cam torque AND oil pressure to vary valving timing.

    What was described here…or as I interpreted it…was a centrifugal arrangement. I inferred something akin to the power valve, a Rekluse auto clutch, slipper clutch, etc.

    If I’m not mistaken, GM did something similar termed Vari-Cam. The beauty is that it didn’t require fancy algorithms or programming. The downfall is that it is limited in scope and tunability. Of course, that’s not to be confused with ineffective…

    Either way, it’s nice to see them trying this. Can’t wait to hear more about it.

  • CookedDragon

    The power and performance will no doubt be great, but it sure feels like they missed the mark on styling. When you have the beauty of the Panigale, and the uniqueness of the R1, this bike just looks plain dull. A lot more could have been borrowed from the MotoGP bike at the least. The front end is so simple and basic, I feel like I’m looking at some Katana-esque base model version of a GSX-1000. The side profile will clean up nice once that nasty stock muffler is dropped.

    Still better looking than the progressively more bland Honda super sports though.

  • Alclab

    I have to say, all the changes made were exactly what the bike needed. The styling (as always) is subjective, but personally I do like it very much, because it looks really good (sans exhaust) without taking too much of the styling cues from other brands (the Ducati Supersport looks suspiciously similar to the CBR250R or viceversa) and keeping it sufficiently sober. The MotoGP and Red color schemes are the ones I lust after. Might even consider upgrading the GSRX-R750 for this…

  • OldSmiley

    All in all I like it but…

    How much more would it have cost to get a full color TFT?

    I remember when mufflers could be referred to as cans rather than barrels. When you think about it the ~440lb curb weight is pretty spectacular considering the 50lb muffler.

  • Jonathan

    Looks like aftermarket exhaust would drop another 20lbs. That thing is huge!

  • coreyvwc

    Everyone should really get used to the look of that muffler, that is pretty much what Euro4 standards look like unless you’re hiding part of the exhaust system underneath the belly area. If anything Suzuki has done their customers a favor with that exhaust. One clamp, it comes off, and an aftermarket unit goes on.

  • CookedDragon

    Exactly this. I wouldn’t care if the exhaust was so big it required a side car. Nearly every owner will yank that thing off and replace it was something much better (unless they buy a 2 Brothers can).

  • lukasz

    Suzuki please add some adjustable clip-ons so We can use this bike on the road for more than an hour and you can have My money . Black/blue looks fantastic I’m glad its not another insect looking like superbike

  • Jason Channell

    Bike is normal sized. Sat on one tonight in Dallas.