The folks at Suzuki have a surprise for us today, showing off one of their 2022 models a bit earlier than expected. The bike is the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT – a long-distance sport-tourer built off the GSX-S1000 platform.
That pedigree means that the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is built off the “K6” GSX-R1000 engine, and should make about 150hp in US trim, with 78 lbs•ft of torque on tap from its inline-four engine. Wet weight is set at 498 lbs (226 kg).
This should be plenty of sportiness to get the GSX-S1000GT wherever it is going in a hurry, but Suzuki has also incorporated a number of touring features to make the journey a pleasant one.
First, there is Suzuki’s mySPIN app for smartphone connectivity, which helps bring information from one’s phone to the huge 6.5″ TFT dash.
Next, the trellis subframe is pannier friendly, and 36L color-matched units come with the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT+ model.
On the electronics front, there are five traction control levels, cruise control, and an up/down quickshifter. ABS is standard, but does not have an IMU, so no cornering ABS feature. Lighting is via LEDs, and the fuel tank is sized at 5 gallons.
Though the general ethos is that the GSX-S1000GT is a GSX-S1000 with more bodywork and panniers, it would be a disservice to think of the bike as such.
Suzuki has overhauled the engine for touring use, including revised intake and exhaust camshafts, new cam chain tensioners and valve springs, and a redesigned clutch and gearshift components.
A competent and affordable option for anyone looking for a full-fairing Sport-tourer (note the capital “S” in that statement) with bags, the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT could be a good option for those not wanting to shell out the coin on a KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, Ducati SuperSport 950, or BMW R1250RS.
Can the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT take on the very budget friendly Kawasaki Ninja 1000 SX though, which retails for $12,600 (without bags)? That is hard to say.
This is because there is no word yet on US pricing, but if European prices are any indication, then the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT should retail for just under $14,000 in the USA.