Suzuki GSX-R 1000


Make Model

Suzuki GSX-R 1000




Four stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder, TSCC


988 cc / 60.3 cub. in

Bore x Stroke

73 x 59 mm

Compression Ratio


Cooling System

Liquid cooled


Wet sump

Engine Oil Synthetic, 10W/40


4 into 1, Stainless steel


Electronic Fuel Injection with four 42 mm throttle bodies


Electronic ignition, Transistorized 


Spark Plug NGK, CR9EIA-9
Clutch Cable-operated multiplate wet clutch

Max Power  

118 kW / 160 hp @ 10800 rpm

Max Torque

110 Nm / 11.2 kgf-m / 81.1 ft -lb @ 8500rpm (RAM air)


6 Speed, constant mesh 
Final Drive #525 Chain, 110 links
Frame Aluminium, twin spar




96 mm / 3.8 in.

Front Suspension

Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped, spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression damping

Front Wheel Travel

125 mm / 4.9 in.

Rear Suspension

Link type, oil damped, coil spring, spring preload fully adjustable, 4-way adjustable rebound damping force

Rear Wheel Travel

130 mm / 5.1 in.

Front Brakes

2 x 320 mm Discs, Tokico 6 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 220 mm disc, 2 piston caliper

Front Wheel

3.50 x 17, Cast aluminium, 3 spoke

Rear Wheel

6.00 x 17, Cast aluminium, 3 spoke

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17 M/C, (58W) tubeless

Rear Tyre

190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W), tubeless
Wheelbase 1410 mm / 55.5 in.


Length  2045 mm / 80.5 in 

Width      715 mm / 28.1 in 

Height   1133 mm / 44.6 in

Seat Height 830 mm / 32.3 in.
Ground clearance 130 mm / 5.1 in.
Dry Weight 170 kg / 374.7 lbs.
Wet Weight 195 kg / 430 lbs.

Fuel Capacity 

18 Litres / 4.8 US US gal / 4.0 Imp gal

Oil Capacity 

3.2 Litres / 3.4 US qt / 2.8 Imp qt

Average Fuel Consumption

5.9 L/100 km / 17 km/l / 40 US mpg / 48 Imp mpg

Standing 1/4 mile

10.4 sec

Top Speed

290 km/h / 180 mph


Blue/white, Silver/Black
Road Test Superbike Group Test 2002

When Suzuki discontinued its powerful but overweight GSX-R1100 in 1996, the Japanese firm was left without a litre-class sportsbike. Although its GSX-R750 was an excellent machine, it was outclassed in terms of sheer power by Honda's CBR900RR FireBlade, Kawasaki's ZX-9R and the Yamaha R1.


So the only surprise about this l000cc version of the GSX-R750 was how long it took to appear. Introduced in 2001, the GSX-R1000 instantly went to the top of the performance charts, with the lightest, most powerful engine and chassis package available. Lighter and more powerful than Yamaha's Rl, the GSX-R1000 took sportsbike performance to a new level, with a maximum speed of 290km/h (180mph), a 119kW (160bhp) engine and dry weight less than some 600cc bikes.


The GSX-R1000's engine and chassis are both heavily based upon the 2000-model GSX-R750. The aluminium twin-spar frame is identical, except for 0.5mm(0,02in) thicker walls and an extra engine mount, while the swingarm only received minor internal construction modifications. The engine is the same 16-valve, inline-four layout, with six-speed gearbox and electronic fuel-injection. The cylinder head is the same as the 750, but with a slightly larger combustion chamber, and the overall engine size is only 14mm (0.6in) taller and 6mm (0.2in) longer: both engines are the same width. The fuel-injection is an updated version of the SDTV system first used on the GSX-R750. 


As befits a flagship sports model, top-quality suspension units are fitted front and rear. The 43mm (1.7in) Kayaba upside-down front forks are lighter than the GSX-R750 parts, and have a special titanium nitride coating on the stanchions, reducing static friction, or 'stiction'. A piggyback-reservoir rear shock, also by Kayaba, is fully adjustable and gives superb damping on track and road.


The GSX-Rl000's front brakes use a pair of Tokico six-piston calipers operating on 320mm (12.6in) discs. These calipers and the gold-coloured fork tubes are the most obvious cosmetic differences between the GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R75



A few months ago we had the pleasure of a couple of days with a new Suzuki GSX-R 1000. Now while that was great for giving us, and you, an idea of what the bike was like to ride, it didnít really do much when it came to seeing what it was like to live with. In fact, all we were able to do last time was say that it handles well, itís comfortable enough and itís fast.

Fast. A great word, and one used rather regularly when talking about bikes like this. Frequently, itís preceded by another word to emphasise just how fast it is, but weíll not be using that here. In fact, this is a great time to blow some of the nonsense that is being peddled by some alleged experts about this bike. The GSX-R 1000 is not past it. It isnít over the hill, baggy, overweight or gutless. It is about as far from those things as you can imagine while remaining a usable road bike. It isnít new for 2004, itís true. And itís no longer the lightest and most powerful in the class. But itís more powerful than some and lighter than some. And at the end of the day, any litre class sports bike is far faster and more capable than you or I will ever be. If youíre a professional superbike or GP racer then please ignore that last comment Ė itís aimed at the mere mortals readingÖ

Weíve had this bike on test for the best part of three weeks now, and itís opened my eyes to the reality of litre bike ownership. Iím going to do something a little different here. Iím going to lead with the conclusions of the test and then justify them. Why? Because it feels the right thing to do. And because thatís the over-riding impression that remains after an enthusiastic ride on a GSX-R1000. The sensation of arriving at the end of your journey just a little before you actually left.

The GSX-R 1000 is an incredibly capable road bike. It is comfortable and usable with decent mirrors, excellent lights and plenty of points to strap your luggage on. It handles wonderfully, managing to be stable while not being too much hard work to get turning. And it goes quite well too. Acceleration is positively brutal. Overtakes take no more than a brief thought and a slight twist and they are clear and done. When we had the chance to test top speed it turned out to be simply ridiculous. And yet the whole thing is as happy bimbling along at the national speed limit as it is at warp factor 21. In a nutshell, I really liked this bike and didnít want to give it back.

Of course, every silver lining has a cloud. And though it is difficult to find any real criticism to level at the GSX-R 1000, the test period wasnít entirely without trauma. First of all, thereís something about having a bike that is king of the production racing scene that will be familiar to anyone who ever owned a Yamaha LC. Racers are, on the whole, pretty decent people. But some of the folk around racing arenít. If you have a GSX-R 1000 then get a decent alarm, a decent lock and a decent garage to keep it in. Because even parking ours in front of a CCTV camera and illuminated by spotlights didnít stop it from going walkies. We only got it back because the opportunist toe-rags who nicked it didnít have the brains to figure out how to get it rolling and didnít have a van with them to take it away. They left it hidden in some bushes a few hundred yards from the hotel. I found it, took it back in and left it in the corridor outside my room for the rest of the night. But you might not be so lucky, so take lots of precautions.

The other thing you will need to be careful of is yourself. This bike is very fast. I think I may have mentioned that before. And overtakes are very easy. I probably mentioned that as well. Add the two together and you soon find yourself doing devastatingly effective overtakes on cars that are already exceeding the national speed limit by some way. And that makes you very vulnerable when it comes to losing your licence and, possibly, your liberty as well.

But enough waffle. During the time we had this bike it was used in town, in the countryside and on motorways, A roads and back roads. It was used in the rain, in the dry, at night andÖ well, you get the picture Iím sure. We did everything with this bike that we possibly could. And what did we find? We found that it was far better than we are at everything we asked it to do, of course.

Letís start with practicality. Not normally the strong suit of a supersports 1000, and perhaps a pointer that the GSX-R has gone a bit soft. Except, of course, that it was always practical. Luggage hooks on the rear pegs and moulded in either side of the number plate mean that you can actually strap a bag on the back and be reasonably sure that it will stay put. Especially if you use the pillion seat instead of the cover Ė not an option we had but it would have made a good thing even better. Add to that a seat that actually offers some real comfort, a screen and fairing that are reasonably protective and an engine that finds sensible cruising speeds so easy that fuel consumption becomes laughable and suddenly you consider going a whole lot further that you normally would on a sports bike and wondering why the hell anyone would buy one of the lardy sports tourers when this does such a good job.

Then you need to do a decisive overtake. Maybe you need to get past before some white lines or a bend, maybe youíve misjudged the closing speed of that truck coming the other way or maybe the subject of your overtake just needs to be shown what you and your bike can do. None of these are good reasons but they all happen. Or maybe youíre just being cautious and spending the least possible time on the wrong side of the road, officer. Either way, you close on your target and take a decent fistful of throttle. And Jeez Ė you know why people go for lardy tourers. If someone had been on the back the wheelie you just pulled would have been a little more exciting than you needed. And if youíd had luggage on elastics then it would be catching you up and smacking you in the back just aboutÖnow.

OK, so forget the lardy touring image. But remember that this is a sports bike that you can actually ride somewhere rather than trailering it.

Motorways, while dispatched easily enough, are pretty boring places to be on a bike. And once off the motorways and onto the less heavily trafficked A roads running nearby, the GSX-R 1000 really shines. We already know that itís plenty fast enough, and then some, and that it accelerates like a very quick thing. A quick look on the fairing shows the letters GSX-R writ large, so the handling shouldnít be a surprise. But it is, nonetheless, very impressive. This is quite a big bike, which no doubt contributes to the comfort, but the ease with which it can be chucked around shows that Suzuki have done a very neat job with the geometry. Likewise the stability which is most evident on long sweeping bends, though it is equally welcome accelerating off roundabouts when the combination of quick direction changes and aggressive cambers that can make the front rather light at the best of times can sometimes offer more challenges than you might expect.

Taking a large and very powerful motorcycle on back roads and byways is often considered slightly eccentric. And although there are plenty of B roads on which bikes like this can shine, there are plenty that show up all the weaknesses inherent I this, and any other, supersports machine. The biggest problem is power delivery. Quite simply, the GSX-R 1000 is too damn fast for most back roads, and even gentle riding starts to degenerate into a ragged mess of hard braking followed by cautious cornering while trying to avoid the gravel and potholes so often encountered on less well used roads. Then a brief burst of gentle acceleration which is still enough to push your speed above what is ideal for the road and start the whole process again. Not pretty and not much fun either.

One of the criticisms aimed at the original GSX-R 1000 was the braking. or rather the lack of braking. Personally I never really found it to be the issue everyone made out. Sure, the brakes lacked a bit when compared to others but they were still pretty good. Anyway, any questions about braking efficiency have been well and truly laid to rest with this latest incarnation of the bike. Massive calipers are radially mounted to give maximum braking effect and they certainly work, bringing speeds down from silly numbers with reassuring ease. Lots of feel, too.

We have yet to spend any real quality time with the other litre class supersports bikes. When we do, I am sure that we will be impressed by their power and poise, just the same as we were with the GSX-R 1000. And thatís the rub. I fully admit that I like Suzukis. I like the noise and the feel and the attitude that goes with them. So to me, having only ridden the others on the track or briefly around the block, the GSX-R 1000 is the best in the class. But I know that Adrian has a soft spot for Yamahas in general and R1s in particular, so he may well feel differently.

The truth is this. Any and all of the litre class supersports bikes currently on the market are massively capable, fast, stylish and blessed with levels of handling only dreamed of just a few short years ago. And the best one for you is whichever you like best. They are all different, and long live those differences.

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