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What Is Up with This Carbon-Clad Suzuki GSX-R1000?

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Suzuki Moto Italia has been making some waves lately, as the subsidiary continues to tease this carbon fiber wearing Suzuki GSX-R1000 on social media.

Using hashtags like  #spotted, #staytuned, #motogp, #2019, and #eicma, we can assume that the bike will debut at this year’s EICMA show in Milan, but what exactly will debut is up for debate.

A second photo (below) shows a link with the Yoshimura brand, with the exhaust company’s logo hidden beneath the tail section, but this information only makes things even more confusing to us.







Perhaps Suzuki is readying a track-only version of the GSX-R1000 superbike?  That seems to be the consensus online, but that doesn’t quite make sense to us though, especially with the headlight and taillight still installed.

The most confusing part is that there is some link to MotoGP within this news, or at least that’s what the #MotoGP hashtag would have us think. Perhaps Yoshimura is going to be Suzuki’s MotoGP exhaust partner in the MotoGP Championship, and the two brands collaborated on a one-off bike for EICMA? That seems more likely in our minds.

It would be nice to see the “King of Superbikes” brand bring something to market that was more on the pointy end than the Suzuki GSX-R1000R, in order to keep the Hamamatsu company competitive with machines like the Honda CBR1000RR SP2, Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR, and Yamaha YZF-R1M.







Whatever the case may be, Suzuki Moto Italia seems set to release some more teasers, and EICMA is rapidly approaching. We doubt the mystery will remain for much longer.

Source: Suzuki Moto Italia (Facebook)







Jensen Beeler

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