SUZUKI has used the EICMA Motorcycle show to reveal the concept version of their future GSX-R1000, building on three decades and more than one million sales to create the fastest and lightest GSX-R ever built.
Boasting exciting new racing technology for the 1000cc sportsbike sector, the bike’s engine design makes it the most powerful GSX-R in history, increasing top-end output without sacrificing low-end and midrange power. Suzuki engineers, utilising knowledge gleaned from the MotoGP project, have implemented a new broad power system.
Suzuki Racing’s variable valve timing is the biggest feature of the system, which optimises intake cam timing for both high and low speed rpm, while a new finger follower rocker arm type valve train system, secondary injectors in the top of the airbox and two servo-operated butterfly valves in each exhaust header balance tube complete the new setup.
A new 10-level traction control system which can be altered while riding (as long as the throttle is closed) is an added feature, while a new quickshifter allows for quicker upshifts and downshifts, which can both be made without using the clutch.
Upshifts can be made at full throttle, while on downshifts the system automatically opens throttle valves just enough to increase rpm and match engine speed to the lower gear ratio. Launch control makes it easier for riders to get a faster start by automatically limiting engine rpm and optimising torque delivery while the rider holds the throttle wide open, and Suzuki’s drive mode selector allows the selection of three different engine maps.
Suspension is provided by Showa, with the latest balance free front forks and balance free rear suspension. The new forks were developed by Showa through racing, and have now been adapted for use on production models. The balance free front forks provide more consistent damping and increased corning performance by delivering smoother, more controlled travel.
The new rear suspension unit minimises pressure balance fluctuations thanks to its unique hydraulic circuit, which optimises oil flow. As a result improved damping force responsiveness is achieved, which in turn offers superior traction and absorption capability.
New bodywork is aggressive but purposeful, designed to put performance first and is sleeker, narrower, and more aerodynamic, while headlight, taillight and indicators are all full LED.
The new GSX-R1000 is expected to arrive late 2016 with final specification, colours and price being confirmed closer to launch.