2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F First Look

October 1, 2014
Bryan Harley
By Bryan Harley
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In addition to launching a streetfighter based on its popular GSX-R superbike, Suzuki also introduced the public to its 2016 GSX-S1000F at Intermot as well, the S1000F sporting a touch more bodywork, windscreen and touting a relaxed riding position. Otherwise, the 2016 GSX-S1000F and 2015 GSX-S1000 are carbon copies.

That means the S1000F will run a Gixxer 1000 engine, albeit the one used from 2005-08. (In 2009, Suzuki totally revamped the literbike’s engine, adding its crankshaft-end lubrication system, enlarging the bore, shortening the stroke, redesigning the pistons and adding bigger valves). Tailored more for street riding, the 999cc Inline Four of the 2016 GSX-S1000F does have new pistons and different cam profiles than the GSX-R1000 powerplant. Then there’s standard goods like Suzuki’s Composite Electrochemical Material plating the 73.4mm bore, iridium spark plugs providing ignition, and gases compressed at a 12.2:1 ratio. A fresh design on the radiator and a liquid-cooled oil cooler are tasked with keeping heat down and efficiency up, while the 4-2-1 pipes have a catalyzer in the exhaust chamber claimed to meet stringent Euro 3 emission regulations.

Suzuki broke wraps on the 2015 GSX-S1000F at Intermot  the new Gixxer featuring much of the same performance in a more relaxed riding package.
Suzuki broke wraps on the 2015 GSX-S1000F at Intermot, the new Gixxer featuring much of the same performance in a more relaxed riding package.
Bodywork on the 2015 GSX-S1000F is a combination of black plastics and painted bits. All of its fairings have a forward cant  lending to its racy disposition.
The 2015 GSX-S1000F is available with or without ABS.

Hauling the GSX-S1000F down from speed is the braking package from the 2014 GSX-R1000 superbike, its Brembo monobloc calipers featuring four opposed 32mm pistons teamed to 310mm floating mount discs. It will be available with optional ABS, the digital system reportedly checking wheel speeds 50-times per wheel rotation in order to balance stopping power with available traction. It also has a three-mode traction control system, allowing riders to vary the amount of intervention based on skill levels and road conditions. Here’s what Suzuki had to say about its TC.

“The system checks the front and rear wheel speeds, the throttle position sensor, the crank position sensor, and the gear position sensor 250 times a second. It quickly reduces engine output by effecting control over the ignition timing whenever it detects wheelspin. The system’s control over engine output feels so smooth and natural, it does not detract from riding pleasure.”

The 2015 GSX-S1000F is equipped with a new frame that’s even lighter than the one on their 2014 literbike. It does use the same aluminum-alloy swingarm from last year’s GSX-R1000. A fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted fork is tucked in at a tight 25-degree rake angle while suspension duties on the rear are tasked to a single link-type, coil spring shock. The GSX-S1000F also receives new cast-aluminum, six-spoke wheels teamed to ZR-rated Dunlop radials.

The motorcycle’s Renthal Fatbars sit on risers, placing them at an easier reach than Suzuki’s superbike and leaving riders more comfortably upright in the saddle. Foot controls are still rearset, though, for those occasions when riders want to tap into the bike’s superbike DNA.

Bodywork on the 2016 GSX-S1000F is a combination of black plastics and painted bits. All of its fairings have a forward cant, lending to its racy disposition. Its LCD instrument panel provides a slew of information – speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position, coolant and ambient temperatures, driving range, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, traction control, and a clock. It has a white backlight whose brightness can be adjusted. LED indicators line both sides of the central digital display, its list of diagnostics including turn signals, high beam, malfunction, ABS, traction control, coolant temperature, and oil pressure.

The 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F comes in three color: Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red, and Metallic Mat Fibroin Gray. MSRP was not listed.

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

2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 F Specifications:
Engine: 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
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
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 BrakeL Disc
Front Tire: 120/70ZR17M/C, tubeless
Rear Tire: 190/50ZR17M/C, tubeless
Fuel tank capacity: 4.5 gal.
Overall length: 83.3 in.
Overall width: 31.3 in.
Overall height: 42.5 in.
Wheelbase: 57 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.5 in.
Seat Height: 32.1 in.
MSRP: TBD