Suzuki has raided the parts bin and produced the new GSX-S 1000 naked bike and GSX-S 1000F sport tourer.
These bikes are both based around the same 999 cc inline-four as found in the 2005-2008 GSX-R 1000 (the long-stroke K5 series). As usual, they’ve detuned it for street usage; the motorcycle makes more power down low, with less peaky delivery, thanks to revised cam profiles. The motor also gets lighter pistons and a 4-2-1 exhaust.
It’s not all warmed-over stuff from the parts bin, though; they’ve built a new aluminum frame for these machines, which they claim is lighter than the current-generation Gixxer Thou (they repurposed that bike’s swingarm for this machine). The 43 mm KYB forks and Brembo brakes were designed specifically for this bike, and both bikes share a three-mode traction control system.
The shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping, and the USD front suspension is fully adjustable.
ABS is standard; both bikes have dual floating 310 mm discs up front, with four 32 mm opposing pistons apiece.
We don’t have weight specs for either bike, although the full-faired sport tourer undoubtedly weighs more.
This is certainly an interesting move for Suzuki; Honda seems to have blazed a trail for real-world sportbikes with their CBR650, and Suzuki’s taken up that challenge and added a lot of extra horsepower. Both these bikes have an upright seating position, and seat height is only 815 mm – that make things easier for plenty of riders.
On a side note – Suzuki also announced the return of the liquid-cooled 1250 Bandit to the UK market, as well as the fully-faired GW250F. That doesn’t guarantee either bike will make it to Canada, but it’s slightly more hopeful. We don’t know if the GSX-S models will make it here either, but it looks likely.