A late announcement to the Suzuki motorcycle lineup, the 2015 Suzuki GSX-R1000 comes with the banner headline of adding anti-locking brake system (ABS) and a bold new “Suzuki Racing Blue” graphics package (BNG) to the venerable superbike.
The added safety of ABS is at least a welcomed change to the now seven-year-old model version of the Suzuki GSX-R1000. Meanwhile, the graphics package is designed to make a link between the GSX-R1000 and Suzuki’s MotoGP race bike, the Suzuki GSX-RR — even though the street bike pre-dates its racing counterpart all the way back to when Suzuki was last entered in the premier class.
The rest of Suzuki’s press release tries to make you forget that the 2015 model year bike is the same machine that we have seen for the better part of a decade, trotting out terms like “Finite Element Method” as being part of the engine piston design — a process virtually every manufacture uses in the motorcycle industry.
Big Piston Forks (BPF) from Showa are standard as wel, and another feature of the Suzuki package, as is the twin-spar aluminum frame. “The most successful motorcycle in AMA Superbike racing,” a Suzuki hasn’t won America’s premier racing class since 2009 (Mat Mladin’s last year), which coincidently is when the current model first debuted.
We are not sure if Suzuki Motor America meant to highlight the fact that the current model effectively was the end of the company’s road racing dominance in the United States, but it is here again for 2015 with new brakes and new paint. MSRP is $14,399 for the ABS model, and $13,899 for the base model.
Suzuki is the last of the Japanese OEMs to wake up from the product development slumber of the recession, and it shows with this model release.
With Honda showing the RC213V-S, Yamaha recently launching the new YZF-R1, and Kawasaki wowing the crowd with the supercharged H2R, we are left wanting more from Hamamatsu. Maybe next year.
Source: Suzuki Motor America