2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 First Look

September 30, 2014
Bryan Harley
By Bryan Harley
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Our resident road warrior has earned his stripes covering the rally circuit, from riding the Black Hills of Sturgis to cruising Main Street in Daytona Beach. Whether it’s chopped, bobbed, or bored, metric to ‘Merican, he rides ‘em all.

When you produce a superbike that has a devoted following like the GSX-R, why not capitalize on its popularity with a streetfighter, too? Suzuki confirmed our spy-shot based suspicions it is indeed producing a new roadster based on the popular GSX-R1000 superbike, debuting the 2016 GSX-S1000 at Intermot.

Powering the new Suzuki is a 999cc Inline-Four engine ripped from the 2005-08 model year GSX-R1000s, albeit with new pistons and revised cam profiles. While the Gixxer 1000 is tuned more for the track, Suzuki says the Engine Control Module on its roadster is dialed in more for street-riding. This includes updating the bike’s downdraft double-barrel Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve system and reworking the 10-hole fuel injectors so it works in conjunction with the oxygen feedback system and intake pressure sensor to boost combustion and reduce emissions. Spent gases are jettisoned through a 4-2-1 pipe design with equalizer pipes between the 1-and-4 and 2-and-3 headers. The exhaust pipe is teamed to a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning system that controls a servo-actuated butterfly valve based on engine speed, throttle position and gear position. The radiator of the GSX-S1000 also differs from the GSX-R, the new radiator rounder than before. It also has shrouds designed to channel air to the radiator. 

According to Suzuki, the potent powerplant will be mounted in a new chassis, saying “The main tubes are straight from the steering head to the swingarm pivot.” The new frame reportedly is even lighter than the 2014 GSX-R1000, while its aluminum-alloy swingarm comes directly from the latest Gixxer. Suspension duties will be handled up front by a 43mm KYB inverted fork with fully adjustable damping, rebound, compression and spring preload. A link-type coil spring shock will anchor the rear. Stopping duties will be handled by Brembo monobloc calipers, the same units used on the current GSX-R1000, with dual 310mm floating discs on the front. Anti-lock brakes are available in the form of the 2015 GSX-S1000 ABS, the control unit said to measure wheel speeds 50-times per wheel rotation.

The Suzuki streetfighter will come with three-mode traction control: Low for sport riding under good road conditions, Middle for city riding and regular road conditions and High for when it’s wet and cold. It is controlled via a switch on the left control housing and can be turned off altogether. The traction control system uses information from a myriad of sensors, including both wheels, throttle position, gear position and crank position. Suzuki says it tabulates this sensor information 250-times-a-second in order to reduce engine output if it registers any wheelspin.

Suzuki broke wraps on the 2015 GSX-S1000 at Intermot  the new streetfighter sourcing a 999cc Inline-Four borrowed from 2005-08 Gixxer 1000s  albeit in a different state of tune and mounted in a new frame.
Suzuki broke wraps on the 2016 GSX-S1000 at Intermot, the new streetfighter sourcing a 999cc Inline-Four borrowed from 2005-08 Gixxer 1000s, albeit in a different state of tune and mounted in a new frame.
Suzuki confirmed our spy-shot based suspicions by confirming it has indeed produced a new GSX-S1000 streetfighter.
The 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 is available with or without ABS and has three-mode traction control that can be turned off altogether.
When you have a superbike with a devout tire-shredding following like the Gixxer Thou  building a streetfighter based on said superbike just makes sense.
When you have a superbike with a devout tire-shredding following like the Gixxer Thou, building a streetfighter based on said superbike just makes sense.

With a slimmed down knee-grip area and a seat designed so riders can move around but still enjoy solid grip, ergonomics will be more relaxed than the track-oriented GSX-R1000. A Renthal Fatbar gets an assist for the more upright riding position. The instrument cluster can be adjusted for brightness, the digital display including standards like speed, rpm and gear position to traction control and fuel consumption. The minimal bodywork is angular and aggressive while its cast-aluminum wheels sport a six-spoke design.

Price of the 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000 has yet to be released but we do know it will be available in three color options: Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red, and Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray.

2016 GSX-S1000 ABS Specifications:
Overall length – 83.3 in.
Overall width – 31.3 in.
Overall height – 42.5 in.
Wheelbase N/A
Ground clearance – 5.5 in.
Seat height – 32.1 in.
Curb mass – N/A
Engine type – 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore × Stroke – 73.4mm x 59 mm (2.9 in. X 2.3 in.)
Displacement – 999cc
Compression ratio – 12.2:1
Fuel system – Fuel Injection
Starter system – Electric
Lubrication system Wet Sump
Transmission – 6-speed constant mesh
Primry reduction ratio – N/A
Final reduction ratio – N/A
Front suspension – Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Rear suspension – Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Rake / Trail – 25-degree; 3.9 in.
Front brake – Twin disc
Rear brake – Disc
Front tire size – 120/70ZR17M/C, tubeless
Rear tire size – 190/50ZR17M/C, tubeless
Ignition system – Electronic ignition
Fuel tank capacity – 4.5 gal.
Oil capacity (Overhaul) – 3.4 liters

UPDATE Oct. 3, 2014: Suzuki announces the GSX-S1000F will be an early 2016 model, with pricing to be determined.