The 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 has lowered emissions, more horsepower

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The new Suzuki GSX-S1000 is here now, with a slight horsepower bump for 2022, and also cleaned-up emissions.

Suzuki used the same basic liquid-cooled four-cylinder design that it first used for the mid-2000s K5-series Gixxer, but put new cams into the bike, updated the EFI system, and installed another catalytic converter into the exhaust system. This cleaned up the emissions to the point the bike now meets the Euro5 standard. It also makes a claimed 150 hp at the crank now, at 11,000 rpm, about 3 hp up from the previous model. The power delivery is supposed to be improved as well.

Because the GSX-S1000 has a ride-by-wire throttle, Suzuki was also able to program lots of electro-trickery into the bike. There are three engine power modes, all with 150 hp but varying in their power delivery. There’s an up/down quickshifter (as well as a new assist clutch). The GSX-S1000 has Suzuki’s easy-start system, which requires a single press of the button to fire up the bike. Low-rpm assist also comes standard, which revs up the engine as the rider lets the clutch out, to avoid stalling at low speed. Traction control and ABS are standard, of course (big 310 mm brake discs up front, with Brembo calipers).

There’s a new 19-litre fuel tank to go with the redesigned bodywork. The new GSX-S loses the wide shouldered look of its predecessor, and gets a stacked LED headlight. It’s all very modern-looking, and an improvement over the previous model, for most people. There’s a new seat and a new set of wheels, too. Suzuki also put a new handlebar on the bike, wider and with more of a bend backwards toward the rider. Wet weight is 214 kg.

Suzuki doesn’t currently have the updated model on the Canadian website, and we’ve seen no press release from the Canadian arm of the company, so we don’t have pricing on the new bike yet. However, it will almost certainly be less expensive than its European counterparts, with similar styling. It will have less horsepower than the latest Euro nakeds, but maybe there will be a trade-off with superior reliability, and Suzuki’s latest electronics package will bring the bike much closer to par with the competition in that department.


  1. Suzuki Canada’s website is state of the art for 2011. What an unfriendly non up to date website. It is amazing that they cannot figure out how important it is in this day and age.

  2. I always got the sense that this bike was rather underappreciated. Despite its age, still a great engine (after the initial fueling hiccups were solved), but the bike always seemed a step behind its competitors when it came to component quality, styling and tech features. As a result, it seemed to be pertpetually available (in all variants) as a discounted non-current. However, I’m not sure the cleaned up styling, better electronics and other updates will be enough to curry more favour from buyers. That great Gixxer-derived engine will still exact an insurance penalty and the naked hooligan bike segment is a pretty narrow one to begin with. The faired version has the best chance of succeeding as a budget light touring machine as the heavyweights from Japan (e.g., FJR1300, Concours) disappear or don’t get updated.

  3. The larger fuel tank is welcomed, especially if a more touring oriented faired version is coming, but does euro 5 reduced emissions come at increased fuel usage like I have seen mentioned?

    • That is the rumor. I think that in the real world, it (As always) will come down to the rider’s throttle habits and how loaded-down the bike is.

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