2022 has been a huge year for Suzuki, with multiple key model announcements, including the GSX-S1000 and its GT sibling, which we’re testing here. Breathing new life into the sports touring segment, it’s practical, as well as delivering a fistful of adrenaline.
Featuring a high performance 999cc four-stroke DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine, the GSX-S1000GT combines some funky new tech, including new rider modes, improved chassis development and some sharp looks.
Paired with Suzuki’s MySpin app, the bike produces 112kW of power for a sensational riding experience, particularly on the back roads. It’ll literally have you giggling like a school boy (or girl), as you throw it from corner to corner.
The new engine produces greater torque lower in the rev range too, and now features a torque curve with less peaks an valleys than previous generations, providing more linear power delivery.
This is most noticeable when comparing to the naked GSX-S1000 we rode earlier this year, a bike on which we found the throttle a little snatchy – a problem that’s gone away with the GT. Suzuki’s SDMS riding mode selector helps improve this too.
Known simply as A, B and C, the former provides the sharpest throttle response and is akin to a Sport or Sport+ mode. Even on our daily commute up the freeway, the bike offers a more refined riding experience, with smoother power delivery.
Mode B allows maximum throttle output with a softer response, while Mode C is a comfort mode, although it’s essentially rain mode. Matched with a quick shifter, the setup works well and makes life easy when flicking through the GSX-S1000GT’s 6-speed gearbox.
Whether dawdling through city traffic or hammering down a country backroad, the quick shifter is faultless and adds to the riding experience. Traction control does it’s job admirably without being to intrusive as well.
We did notice its intervention when tipped right over and feeding the gas but it seemed help steady the GSX-S1000GT when required. There’s a real emphasis on delivering great handling and road holding characteristics as part of the chassis improvements too.
Featuring a twin spar frame with main tubes that run straight from the steering head to the swingarm pivot, the GSX-S1000GT offers high rigidity and decreased weight. In fact, for a grand tourer, it’s quite nimble at 226kg.
Suspension is far more plush and comfortable on this bike than the naked GSX-S1000 too, endearing it to touring. It’s a nice package that doesn’t feel too boaty or wallowy either. Up front you’ll find a 43mm KYB inverted fork that feature 120mm of travel.
Fully adjustable damping, rebound and compression all feature, as well as spring pre-load settings. On the rear, link-type rear suspension utilises 130mm of travel, with adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load settings.
This setup matched to Dunlop SPORTMAX 2 tyres, offering great cornering confidence. The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT also comes fitted with radial mount Brembo monobloc callipers, each with four opposed 32mm pistons acting on a 310mm floating-mount disc.
Strong stopping power is a given, offering the rider good feel and bite. ABS also features. It’s not a bad looking bike either, and the GSX-S1000GT looks sharp, sporting modern lines that look aggressive and flow attractively.
If there is one negative to this kerb appeal, it’s that the right hand side pannier can be a little awkward to get a leg over at times, especially if you are not fully paying attention. It’s worth noting these are an optional extra too.
Once aboard, you’ll find the riding position is comfortable, while still being dynamic enough to push the GSX-S1000GT in and out of the twisty stuff with real vigor. Highway cruising and touring benefit from the ergonomic focus put into this Suzuki at the design stage.
To achieve a better riding position, the Japanese bike maker has angled the handlebar grips 14mm closer to to the rider than on previous touring models. Combined with the new sculpted seat design, this allows the rider to remain more upright.
Hand controls are positioned well and easy to use. We particularly liked the location of the cruise control function (although it could be a tiny bit closer to the grip). Riders with bigger mitts may disagree with us on that one though.
Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT also features a new windscreen that is not only integral to the bike’s sharp styling package, but provides better wind protection for the rider. It’s a good mix of form and function, particularly when freeway riding.
The panniers fitted to our test bike offered good storage capability, and will hold a standard sized backpack in each. A top box would add extra luggage carrying capability. The fastening system is easy to operate and completely lockable as well.
The GSX-S1000GT features a full colour 6.5-inch TFT display with an anti-reflective coating and scratch resistance surface. All the relevant information is laid out in an easy to read “on the fly” layout, which is quite comprehensive.
The new display also features smartphone connectivity that allows access to Suzuki’s MySpin app, including music integration, navigation and phone calls. A charging port in the fairing is a nice touch too. It’d be nice to see heated grips standard though.
Overall, the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is a bike that does everything well, and provides a viable touring option that doesn’t push potential buyers down the adventure bike path. Priced from $19,990 ride away, it comes with a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty.
It’s available in two colour options as well; Metallic Triton Blue or Metallic Reflective Blue (as tested), and is well worth checking out.
Our test bike was provided by Suzuki Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, contact your local Suzuki dealer.