It may only be the third model year for this generation of the GSX-R1000, but Suzuki is bringing some smart updates to its “King of Superbikes” for the 2019 season.
The changes a primarily a response to the rule changes in the WorldSBK Championship, with the 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 getting some subtle refinements.
The most notable change is that the new adjustable swingarm pivot, which will help setup changes for racers and track day enthusiasts alike.
Visually, riders will notice that the exhaust muffler on the 2019 bikes has been colored black, to help it blend into the rear tire and not stand out like a flying toaster oven..
Suzuki has also finally listened to its customers and done away with the rubber hoses on the braking system, adding in steel braided hoses.
This should help with front brake fade, and increase lever feel for the braking system, thus addressing a common complaint with Suzuki’s superbike models.
The base model Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets an extra upgrade as well, with the up/down quickshifter from the GSX-R1000R now coming standard on the lower-spec bike.
This should help make the GSX-R1000 a more enticing purchase for would-be owners, as none of the other superbike brands offer this feature on their base model bikes.
Lastly, both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will come with the Bridgestone RS11 tires for the 2019 model year, which replace the Bridgestone RS10 tires that are currently the OEM fitment.
Expect to see the Suzuki GSX-R1000 and Suzuki GSX-R1000R in dealerships in the spring of 2019.