2012 Yoshimura Suzuki Limited Edition GSX-R’s

04/12/2012 @ 2:33 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

Yoshimura and Suzuki hold a special relationship, with the aftermarket tuning firm working closely with the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer’s engineers and racing team to develop racing solutions for Suzuki motorcycles. Occasionally that relationship gets extended further, and brings us limited edition production runs of Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R’s.

Basically stock motorcycles with off-the-shelf Yoshimura parts slapped onto them, these limited edition 2012 Suzuki GSX-R600, GSX-R750, & GSX-R1000 motorcycles leave a bit to be desired considering the tuning history of Yoshimura. If you already yawned, it’s best not to click onward past the jump.

Still, we imagine there are enough Suzuki fanboys who fall-over themselves to have one of these exclusive GSX-R’s. Featuring custom graphics, GSX-R’s with an originally black frame will come in red Yoshimura colors, while blue framed GSX-R’s will come with the company’s blue livery. Completely CARB and EPA legal, other add-ons include the following:

  • Fender Eliminator Kit (Not D.O.T approved)
  • Case Savers
  • Chassis Protectors
  • Axle Adjuster Blocks
  • Race Stand Stoppers
  • Steering Stem Nut
  • Bar Ends
  • Engine Plug Kit
  • Oil Filler Plug Kit
  • Individually Numbered Limited Edition Name-Badge

No word on pricing, and the Limited Edition Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R’s are only available through authorized Suzuki dealerships.

Source: Yoshimura R&D of America

  • Sorry chaps, but it’s kinda lacking…

    To be frank, out of all the current Japanese litre bikes, it’s the ZX10 that has me interested. Still, at least the GSXRs aren’t as uninspiring as the dated Honda sports collection!

  • RSVDan

    Woopee. Way to push the envelope Suzuki.

  • Gritboy

    I can fart out more interesting “tuning” than that. Lazy Suzuki, lazy.

  • MikeD

    Suzuki, fighting for the lamest motorcycle OEM spot with Honda. This is coming from a current Zook owner.

    I hope they come out with something “fresh and interesting” this year at EICMA. God ! they sure could use it.

  • phs

    It’s a shame that Yosh is coming out with this bike that really only is cosmetically different. Yosh stands for performance and they at least could have massaged/tweaked the motor to keep with the performance aspect. Not really sure it’s worth the extra money they will be asking just for cosmetics. I never really understood why manufacturers release limited edition models that add no extra performance. Fiat R1, Repsol CBR, Foggy Ducati Monster etc etc…Even more so with this Yosh Edition GSXR…

  • Dr. Gellar

    Such a far cry from the awesomeness of the Yoshimura Suzuki Tornados of the late 80’s – early 90’s…

  • Westward

    Suzuki still living off the their reputation during the Schwantz years. I agree, the most interesting japanese bikes of today are the Kawasaki’s, but I still think the Yamaha’s are the best handling.

    @ phs

    What’s the difficulty? they give you little bits and pieces, but the main contribution is the option to have the liveries of your favourite team or pilot. Lets face it, most owners are going to want to make their own mods anyway. At least they have a color scheme outside the normal selection.

  • All show & no go, just a paint job really

  • phs

    Westward…I agree with you about the bits and pieces they put on the bike, livery etc. I just think they should tweak/tune the motor etc to give you something very special for your money. It would make these bikes retain resale value and you would really have something underneath you when twisting the throttle.

  • Keith

    I like the scheme; but yea no tuning bits included :-(

  • david

    eh… looks good, and at least now suzuki has chosen the brembo monoblocs. not my cup of tea, but i don’t hate this bike.

  • Lone Wolf

    At least they could have given the bike a full Yoshi exhaust system! Jeez! no extra bang for extra bucks…Screw You Suzuki!….The 12′ ZX-10 or 12′ R1 would be getting my money!!

  • The problem with wanting a tweaked engine and a full exhaust is that the bike would no longer be CARB/EPA-friendly. Getting an engine emissions tested is no small investment for a manufacturer and it’s not cost-effective to push through a small run of tweaked motors, not to mention the risk of it not meeting emissions requirements.

  • 2ndclass

    Trane has nailed it. Anyone who was expecting more than this was deluding themselves.

    That red one looks fucking nice though.

  • Yeah, that red one had me gasp a little. Great livery and I bet it sounds fabulous.

  • paulus

    These ususally come at the end of a product life. Good way for both companies to clear inventory… is there a new model coming within the next 12 months?

  • s2upid

    that gsxr 1k looks sexy. i like it.

  • Tom

    If Yoshimura truly cannot do engine mods that will pass emissions then are are not deserving of the title tuner in any way.

  • @Tom: Simple truth of internal combustion engines is that when you turn up the power for a given efficiency, you also turn up the emissions. You can’t produce more power without changing what comes out of the exhaust. Modern ICEs already use crap such as catalytic converters to stay within regulations. Many of them already run on the lean side for precisely the reason that it’s extremely difficult to eek out both power and efficiency. At some point, you have to allow for more gunk coming out the back end in the pursuit of ponies.

    You can’t fault Yosh here. Suzuki will have spent millions developing the engine to be what it is. Porting, ECU tweaks, cams/timing and the rest all have an inextricable effect on the emissions curves. That’s the bad news from one who has spent 15 years working in the industry.

  • Tom

    Trane, What you say is true. But, I still stand by my comment that if it is true that Yoshimura cannot do any engine mods and get the bike to pass emissions (even if it cannot pass CA emissions) then they don’t deserve the name of tuner. They should be called something else because expert turner is completely inaccurate.

  • It’s not that Yoshimura can’t. As I wrote way, way above, it’s the economics of development and testing. By the time your limited run of GSXRs hit the dealer floor with its preinstalled hotrod stuff (preinstalled is the keyword here), you could expect to pay $50,000+ for one. I doubt anybody here is quite that much of a fan to pay that price for a few fairing stickers and a few ponies. It’s way cheaper to just buy the limited run as is being presented and then take the bike to Yoshimura itself to get the bad-boy work done, emissions be damned.

    The only real way to get around it is to make the tuning parts dealer installed and give the bikes full warranty anyway. Even then, you’ll note that makes who offer such animals (e.g., Ducati’s homologation ECU, air filter and muffler sets) don’t go the full monty for street-approved use. Once you get full-system exhausts hitting the bike, you’re selling track-only gear.


    For what it’s worth, a single test cell purchase and commissioning can cost millions of dollars. Running driving cycle emissions tests such as FTP-75 and the like are extremely expensive simply because running a test cell costs hundreds of dollars per hour. Chassis dynos increase the complexity and cost of testing in a big way.