Suzuki Unveils 2014 GSX-R SE at Indy

August 17, 2013
Byron Wilson
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2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000ZL4.
The 2014 GSX-R1000 Special Edition will have a run of just 100, 50 of which will be available in the United States.
2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000ZL4 front end.
Wheel rims are machined and polished and wheel spokes are finished with blue paint and clar coat.
Wheel rims are machined and polished and wheel spokes are finished with blue paint and clear coat.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration in the United States at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Suzuki unveiled a limited edition GSX-R1000: the 2014 GSX-R1000 Special Edition. There will only be 100 of these machines produced world-wide, 50 of which will be in available to customers in the United States. According to Suzuki reps, the ZL4 was created to honor the long history of the GSX-R, which saw its One Millionth Commemorative Edition released in 2013, and to give fans of the motorcycle an opportunity to own a motorcycle that was developed largely from input provided by owners and dealers over the years. The MSRP and distribution plans are yet to be announced.

The 2014 GSX-R1000 SE is a race-bred bike and comes with a four-cylinder 999cc engine, forged pistons designed with Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology (similar to that used in MotoGP racing) and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material-plated cylinders “integrated into the crankcase (to) reduce friction and improve heat transfer.” Camshaft profiles and the Engine Control Module were optimized and iridium-type spark plugs and 12-hole fuel injectors make for more efficient combustion.

The SE has three performance settings available in the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS). It also comes with a 4-2-1 exhaust system that has a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning valve to help improve torque and throttle response.

The twin spar frame was plated and chrome-polished and is made of five cast sections. It’s connected to an arched swingarm, which is constructed of three castings and a single-piece die-cast rear subframe. An Electronically controlled steering dampener adjusts according to the speed of travel. Big Piston front Forks (BPF) handle suspension duties out front while out back the rear shock comes with adjustable rebound and preload. Radial mounted black-anodized Brembo monobloc calipers take care of braking out front and a single piston caliper provides stopping power out back.

The premium features continue with a blue anodized front fork adjuster, chain adjuster, rear swingarm pivot boss, brake lever and clutch lever. The muffler is polished and clear coated while the muffler cover and end cap are black-anodized. The instrument panel was updated and each machine comes with a serial number plate and key fob.

Stay tuned for additional details regarding pricing and distribution plans.