Suzuki teases new GSX-S1000 naked bike

Suzuki is planning to reveal an updated version of its GSX-S1000 platform later this month, although we don’t know many details beyond that tidbit.

Thanks to the YouTube teaser above, we know Suzuki will bring a new GSX-S1000 into the lineup on April 26. The introduction comes through Suzuki’s new Global Motorcycle Salon; it seems the days of expensive trade show intros are coming to an end.

What can we expect with the new bike? Unless Suzuki’s planning to build a naked bike around the V-Strom 1000 engine again (unlikely, but possible), we’ll probably see yet another liquid-cooled inline four engine, surrounded by questionably-styled bodywork. The current GSX-S1000 engine is a retuned version of the K5 GSX-R1000 four-cylinder. Suzuki could update that engine, to meet modern emissions standards. We could also see a later-generation Suzuki engine re-tuned for use in the S-series naked bikes.

Given the industry’s move to comprehensive electronics packages (leaning ABS, traction control, wheelie control, engine braking control, etc.), it seems likely the new S bike will have some of those features. Suzuki already includes basic electronics on the V-Strom 650 and has started putting the more advanced features on the V-Strom 1000; it would make sense to bring the GSX-S1000 more in-line with competing motorcycles.

Aside from that, you can get a few hints as to the styling changes in the video above—check out the new LED headlights, for example. No doubt we’ll see a fully-faired version of the bike as well as the naked version, as Suzuki did this with past versions of the S.


    • Hahaha I bet it was. I loved the Scrambler Icon I rode back in 2019–perfect bike for someone with my interests, but I know I’d soon grow sick of the half-assed gearbox and other problems that just shouldn’t be there on a high-end bike.

      I think a SuperSport 950 would be the bee’s knees for a ride through New England!

  1. The “questionably” bodywork remark is another missive that masquerades as information. Maybe it’ll be a motorcycle with a strong solid engine. Of course the “informed” will complain about the side covers under the seat. Oh, yes it being from Suzuki, it just might be affordable. Another questionable feature to disdain for effete elite.

    • Most Japanese naked bikes are ugly, with the notable exception of the brilliant SV series, which is mostly good because they emulated Ducati.

      I’m all about Suzuki’s affordability. If only the rest of the moto world was as sensible, it’d be a better place.

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