2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R – A Two-Pronged Approach

10/04/2016 @ 5:12 am, by Jensen Beeler37 COMMENTS


No, that extra R in GSX-R1000R isn’t a typo – Suzuki is releasing two versions of its superbike at INTERMOT today, the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R being the higher spec model for track enthusiasts.

Available later in mid-2017, the Suzuki GSX-R1000R takes the already robust package that is the Suzuki GSX-R1000, and adds to it an up-and-down quickshifter, launch control, and cornering ABS feature set.

The suspension has also been upgraded, with the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R getting the very noticeable Showa Balance Free forks (note the gas cartridge on the fork bottom), and the Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion rear shock, which is an interesting piece of kit, since Showa says the design does away with the need for separate high-speed and low-speed compression adjustment.

The last item of difference, besides the price of course, is that the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R includes a lighter triple tree top clamp.

While both the GSX-R1000 and GSXR-1000R benefit from Suzuki’s all-new inline-four engine with variable valve timing, it is interesting to note that they do not share the same electronics package.

The Suzuki GSX-R1000R having launch control and a quickshifter makes sense to us, since its purpose is more for the race track, but Suzuki’s other choices on the differing electronic rider aids are a bit more confusing.

This is because while both bikes feature an intertial measurement unit (IMU), only the Suzuki GSX-R1000R uses its IMU for a cornering ABS function. This is strange because the new GSX-R1000 still uses the IMU in conjunction with the front brakes for rear-wheel lift mitigation, i.e. stoppie control.

It’s not clear to us if perhaps Suzuki is using two different IMU units in the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R, or simply electing to run different software packages on the two machines in order to make some separation in the marketplace for them.

Either way, it’s clear that Suzuki’s intent was for riders to gravitate towards the more feature-rich GSX-R1000R model – and it does have quite the pull.

The real test for the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R, besides on the race track, will be in price. If the Japanese OEM can keep the Suzuki GSX-R1000R on par, or below, its counterparts, the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R could once again be the King of the Superbikes.





Source: Suzuki

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  • n/a

    Black with blue anodized parts, Suzuki ‘squids’ will love that!

    Having owned a K6, and saying I would never buy another Suzuki again, I would actually consider one of these if I was buying a new bike.

  • jake woods

    Welcome back Suzuki/Honda to the 1000cc game.

    I expect to see a lot of these on the road in my market. Due to our 6 month “ideal” riding season, thus lack of a dealer network, plenty of bikes are simply not feasible; Im looking at you Aprillia/Ducati/BMW/and Kawasaki to a certain extent.

  • Alam Rahman

    I have ridden a number of bikes and run a 2008 R1 on track. However I have also purchased a 2014 750 and my new track bike. The key thing Suzuki gives me as a sport bike is that they are simple, robust and affordable.
    If Suzuki keep to that ethos and provides us a bike which delivers at better price point I can see the Suzuki’s being popular as ever!
    Personally I wanted to see a cross plane firing order to mimic the MotoGP machine.
    Suzuki really need to have stepped up the ante for the ‘R’ version. Hers what I would have called an ‘R’.
    1. Ohlins Bling – we need to see the gold
    2. Brembo M54’s – we need to see better callipers
    3. Brembo Master Cylinder
    4. Braided Lines
    5. Lighter weight
    6. Akra or Yoshi Carbon can
    7. Option on Mag wheels
    8. 200bhp yes the 1 bhp makes a difference. Surely a ‘R’ map could have provided this?
    Now you can call it an ‘R’
    Come on Suzuki… give us a real Halo model. Still the bike looks good.

  • Alam Rahman

    I think there is too much snobbery when it comes to Suzuki. It seems in the UK as in the states GSXR’s are considered bikes for the lower classes of rider?
    I think Squids or Chavs prefer the Big Bang R1 as the bike of choice?
    Just my view.

  • ColoradoS14

    I dont need all of that on the R version for me to feel comfortable. But yea lighter wheels, Ohlins, Brembo and for god sakes why are the JDM guys still using rubber lines on their top of the line bike in 2016…

  • ColoradoS14

    I feel like Suzuki is the Dodge of the bike world…Kidding…Not Kidding?

  • RL

    It seems you can have Showa balance-free forks or Öhlins, but not Öhlins balance free (which I imagine would be cost prohibitive). So for the folks that require Öhlins on a flagship bike, I guess you have the CBR SP. I just wonder if the new Showa forks aren’t better than those golden R/Ts?

  • Concerned Citizen

    My r1m has braided lines stock.

  • Nicko55

    Really curious to see how the mechanical VVT (from MotoGP) works on this thing. I expect a substantial midrange advantage over the competition, otherwise what’s the point?

  • Ayabe

    I’m not sure if this is still the case but for years they were the easiest bikes to steal, like you could literally buy something off the internet to allow you to start any Suzuki in about 10 seconds.

    Also, what drove them to bankruptcy was handing out 0% loans to anyone with a pulse.

    This has led to a lot of undesirable people riding around on Suzuki’s and it has damaged the brand.

  • Jonathan

    The big four are all very similar to each other, but none of them are anything like the crap that is Dodge, or any bland retro style American car.

  • Alclab

    Everything looks awesome. Let’s hope it delivers, otherwise the “standard” GSX-R1000 seems like it could be a great option. Everything except that black/blue color scheme IMO.

  • Ayabe

    So does a 10K Triumph, which is the point.

    To get stainless lines you had to buy a 20K top of the line, limited quantity R1.

  • Jason

    Suzuki Motorcycles did not go bankrupt. It was Suzuki Automotive (USA only) that went bankrupt.

  • lukasz

    Black/blue color shame looks much better for me , not in your face . Blue wheels are fantastic . Looking forward to see this bike in real live

  • Anteater

    Suzuki badly need a stylist; they’ve been re-badjing the K5 for 12 years now.

    For a small fee I’d take the fairing of the GSX-RR and graft it on to this bike. The it would be beautiful and fast. ;)

  • Ayabe

    Their parent company did which caused Suzuki Motorcycles to be spun off into a different company. This killed their R&D for years.

    A distinction without a difference.

  • ColoradoS14

    Yamaha is ok about this, but Kawi, Honda and Suzuki….

  • coreyvwc

    The Ohlins gas charged forks cost about $10K all by themselves haha. But they did come standard on the Rc213vs!

  • Nicko55

    I’ve gotta say I actually really like the black/blue scheme. It’s actually a tad subtle… for a Suzuki. And how often do you actually see blue-anodized forks? I mean c’mon they’re sweet!

  • ‘Mike Smith

    Plus it’s different from anything else out there.

  • C’mon Man

    Although the big 4 are all Japanese and make very similar products, they do try to differentiate from each other and attract slightly different customers. Suzuki tends to be less refined and sell at a lower price point. New/younger riders (with less income) tends to gravitate toward the “bold new graphics”, big power, and lower entry price.

  • Jonathan

    They all sell at a lower price point, and having owned and ridden all from the big four the only major difference is Honda. Honda has a noticeably better fit and finish and higher paint quality, and generally costs a little extra. That and they push DCT bikes to the market, but many of their buyers are the same. It’s people who don’t want the expense of a euro bike and want something reliable. Suzuki has always made reliable refined motors in their bikes. There is no Dodge in the motorcycle industry and if there was it would be HD.

  • Alam Rahman

    I took my L14 750 down to my Race workshop and asked them how I could improve the suspension. They said the Showa BPF on the front are pretty good off the bat. They just need setting up for the track rather then any internals and new oil. Which is pretty big endorsement for the base Showa product.
    The rear shock is different matter entirely however!

  • Jason

    Suzuki Motor Company (Japan) did not go bankrupt. In 2012 when Suzuki shut down their US Automotive division they made $819 million in profits. Again, it was the US automotive division that went bankrupt in 2012.

    R&D is done in Japan not the USA.

  • Ayabe

    Suzuki has been in dire financial straights for the better part of a decade, worldwide, this is not disputable.

    This is why they have been stuck in the doldrums, not releasing new products, not keeping pace with the competition. It’s not a secret.

    Broke is broke regardless of which subsidiary you want to name it.

  • Jason

    The financials disagree. Suzuki Motor Company’s Net Income in US dollars:
    2015 – $1,035 million
    2014 – $ 805 million
    2013 – $1,044 million
    2012 – $ 855 million
    2011 – $ 543 million
    2010 – $ 311 million
    2009 – $ 279 million
    2008 – $ 801 million
    2007 – $ 635 million
    2006 – $ 561 million

    Netting a billion dollars isn’t dire financial straights.

  • Ayabe

    Good grief, you’re really hung up on this aren’t you? You’re essentially arguing that Suzuki decided on their own volition to stop producing new models, stop innovating, and get left behind by their competitors.

    This is what you are arguing, wheres everyone who’s been tangentially associated with the industry for the past decade knows it’s because they did not have the resources.

    It’s not a debatable point, they got murdered after the crash, absolutely murdered and are just now clawing back, hence the new models.

    Your own numbers support this.

  • C’mon Man

    It’s just an on-going joke with Suzuki bikes. But there is always a little bit of truth behind every joke. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be funny.

    Companies make products to target a particular segment of customers. You design a Hummer2, Dodge Magnum, or a Chrysler 300, then those who identify with those products flock to them. You make a Gixxer, with bold new graphics, and the squids buy them up. Generally speaking, IMHO.

  • Jonathan

    Yeah I agree. The bold graphics on the gixxers over the years look hideous, and there is definitely a certain usual group that gravitates to those.

  • darren636

    you’re right about Honda

    there’s just something about their top bikes that elevate them.

    build quality is noticeably better than Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki.
    in that order.

  • JT Klein

    A Men

  • Alam Rahman

    I bought a Honda Fireblade in 2013 fresh from the crate and I must admit, I loved the bike in a big way. However a small lowside in 2015 meant that the bike was totalled as a consequence. The parts from Honda came to 8k to repair the bike.
    A buddy of mine crashed his 2013 R1 in a similar way and put it all back using all new parts from Yamaha at a fraction of the cost.
    I was really disappointed with Honda for the wallet rape. The build of the bike is also overly complicated. I know that they never designed the bike for me to tinker with but getting the fairing on and off was a pain!
    I don’t believe the Fireblade is that much of better product then the zx10r, R1 or even GSXR. The quality is high but not that high. The thing I appreciate at the track is how straightforward the 08 Yamaha R1and Suzuki 750 are to work on.
    Hence I have started leaning toward Yamaha products and now for track Suzuki.

  • lukasz

    I’m with you on this . black/blue looks fantastic . I’m getting older now and don’t fancy riding in your face – ready to race sport bikes . Looks much better than new R1 more classic with all the gadgets .

  • You’re both right, in different ways.

    Motorcycle represent a very small portion of Suzuki’s business. Their the halo product to a larger industrial package. The company as a whole can be stable, while the motorcycle division struggles, as was the case with Suzuki in the recession.

    There are a lot of rumors about how Suzuki’s production line sat idle for an entire year because of the Great Recession.

  • Where’s the GSX-R1000-RRSP?

    And did they put a clamp in front of the cat so you can throw everything behind it away and fit a cheap slip on with a straight through link pipe?

    Glad they’ve finally gone back to the pointy 750K5 tail shape and got rid of the 1000K5 whale tail.

  • Sayyed Bashir

    “Engineers considered using a crossplane-style crankshaft arrangement popularized by Yamaha in its M1 and R1, and like Suzuki uses in its MotoGP bike, but that configuration forces a heavier engine block to contain the additional vibration and also saps some power relative to a traditional inline-four crank layout.” Quoted from MO review 2/6/17.