2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX (launch ride)

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey, and never is that more evident than in the 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX. While its name might be a bit of a mouthful, the experience of piloting the new touring machine is nothing but a pleasure.

We had the chance to take on one of Australia’s most iconic bits of tarmac as part of this new machine’s local media launch, with the sports crossover more than demonstrating its capabilities.

The first Suzuki to feature fully adjustable electronic suspension, the GSX-S1000GX fits between the V-Strom 1050 and the GSX-S1000GT. That made it perfectly suited for the variety of road surfaces the bike maker had laid out for us.

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Heading inland from the Coast, we hit some corrugated dirt, before we we found ourselves on The Great Ocean Road, on our way to Warrnambool, covering just over 400km. It was a journey that featured open sweeping bends, tight switchbacks and straights.

That’s pretty much everything you’d encounter on a typical road trip. Then there was the weather, and Victoria’s famous four seasons in one day. The variety of scenarios meant we could also test cruise control, and the ability to shift up and down gears with it engaged.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Suffice to say, it works a treat. But that’s just one of this bike’s positives, with the bulletproof inline 4-cylinder K5 engine delivering 112kW of usable power and 106Nm of torque. That’s matched to a 6-speed gearbox and a silky smooth bi-directional quick shifter.

Offering up plenty of mumbo, it has no problem cruising the open road in effortless fashion, with plenty on tap for overtaking. There’s also plenty of goodness when pulling hard out of a corner with a fist full of throttle.

Its 19-litre fuel tank should see you extract 300km between stops, but that’ll be a little dependent on your right wrist. To help get the power to the tarmac though, there’s Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-α).

The system integrates the bike’s three riding modes (A, B and C) to provide the right balance of control and comfort under a wide variety of riding situations. The former is the top of the power curve, while the latter has the least responsive throttle map.

On the road, and through sweeping bends, the GSX-S1000GX feels planted and rewarding when pushed. It will happily cruise along, and while you will start to notice its slightly higher centre of gravity in tighter corners, it doesn’t hinder the rider’s desire to go hard.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

One of the many highlights of this new model though is the sheer number of acronyms the Japanese bike maker has utilised to explain all the tech, including Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension (SAES) and Suzuki Road Adaptive Stabilisation (SRAS).

In a nutshell, these technologies combine to make the GX comfortable and controllable on road surfaces ranging from urban asphalt and cobblestones to paved country and winding mountain roads (just about all of which our Victorian press launch covered).

We had the opportunity to test the latter, which is designed to activate automatically when riding on cobblestones or other uneven surfaces. It seems to work well to smooth the ride and absorb the bumps, and we were suitably impressed.

These tech goodies are supported by active damping control, which offers four electronically controlled settings (Hard, Medium, Soft and Custom). These can either be preselected via a riding mode, or on the fly, which is easy to do.

The electronic rear suspension preload settings also offer a choice of four modes to match the load requirements and traction control. It’s all managed through the 6.5-inch full colour TFT display (more on that shortly).

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Four piston Brembo mono-block front brake callipers mated to 310mm floating-mount twin discs deliver reliable braking performance on the front, while the rear sports a single hydraulic disc. The combination works well in pulling up the GSX-S1000GX.

Ergonomics are relaxed, with the handlebars in good reach, while the pegs are low enough to assist in offering a comfortable rider triangle, but still high enough to offer plenty of lean clearance for more enthusiastic and spirited riding when necessary.

Visually, the GSX-S1000GX is a good looking bit of a kit. Stacked headlights are flanked with further LED lighting either side, which looks great. If the standard windscreen isn’t your thing, there’s an optional shorter sports touring screen.

Available in Metallic Triton Blue or Glass Sparkle Black, both colours look sharp and match well to the gold fork. The dash features a scratch resistant surface, an anti-reflective coating, and supports Suzuki’s mySPIN smartphone app.

A handy USB outlet for charging your device is built into the left side of the screen. All-in-all it’s a very competitive package for their debut sports crossover, and it’s sharply priced to boot. You can get on one from $25,890 ride away.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

If Suzuki has missed a trick with this new model, it’s that they haven’t offered a higher specification variant that comes standard with hard panniers, heated grips and a touring seat. We reckon fans of this bike would pay a little more for such an option.

Instead, you’ll have to option it up yourself from the accessories list, which you can do when you find out more about the 2024 GSX-S1000GX by visiting the Suzuki Australia website or by contacting your local dealership.

Our test bikes were provided by Suzuki Motorcycles Australia as part of the ANZ media launch.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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