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2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 First Ride

Monday, April 13, 2009
If I were to ask you how many totally-new, completely-changed Suzuki GSX-R1000s have been released since the bike took the world by storm in 2001, what would you say? Three? Maybe four? This is what I would have guessed, as Suzuki’s flagship model has seen some drastic updates along the way and Suzuki’s PR team has done one heck of a job spinning those changes into the perception of an “all-new” bike. But, in fact, the correct answer is… zero. Yep, zero! Until now, that is…
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For the first time in eight years the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is truly all-new. There have been changes along the way, some quite significant, but not until ’09 does the literbike see a full-machine update – including a new engine, which was one of the major areas where the previous generation GSX-Rs only saw tweaks along the way. In fact, the original GSX-R1000 engine was essentially a hopped-up, bored and stroked GSX-R750 powerplant. 

(For a closer look and sound of the new Suzuki Superbike make sure to check out our 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Video to the right.)

Considering the magnitude of all these changes, we have been chomping at the bit to swing a leg over the Gixxer 1K since we first saw photos of it nearly eight months ago. To say this first taste has been long and eagerly awaited would be an understatement.

When ‘All-New’ Really Means ‘All-New’ (Tech Talk…)

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000. Totally updated, but is it good enough to be the best in class?
Starting from the inside out, this Suzuki sportbike features the first totally new engine a GSX-R1000 has seen since its inception. A different lubrication system pumps oil through the center of the crankshaft now and directly to the connecting rod journals. Called a crankshaft-end lubrication system, it’s the first of its kind for any four-cylinder production Suzuki. Changing the bore and stroke to 74.5 mm x 57.3 mm as opposed to 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm makes for a more over-squared design. It’s worth nothing that some of the competition is even more over-square still.

Forged-aluminum-alloy pistons feature a new design to match the shorter stroke engine and due to the bigger bore are 1.1 mm larger in diameter. A different design also aids in bumping up the compression ratio from 12.5:1 to 12.8:1. Don’t think racing technology plays much of a role in sportbike deign? Think again… Prime example is the cylinder head. Suzuki enlarged the head construction, solely to provide more metal for their Superbike teams to work with when shaping the ports. Minor changes to the valve diameter (intake and exhaust up 1 mm) pushes in more air to be mixed with the fuel, while a redesigned camshaft allows for shorter valve stems and reduced weight. Valves remain titanium both intake and exhaust but now use two springs instead of one to keep up with the high demands of the engine.

Where the old crankcase was comprised of three pieces the new is now two – reducing weight – and has been totally reshaped, relocating its three shafts: crankshaft, countershaft and driveshaft. It is now a stacked design with the countershaft above the driveshaft, which as a result can be moved closer to the crankshaft – think of it if as a triangle shape. This has allowed Suzuki to shorten the engine some 60mm. As for the transmission housed inside, the primary and secondary reduction ratios are revised to better suit the added power.
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Massive updates, including an all-new engine, highlight the 2009 GSX-R1000.

Clutch actuation has been changed from hydraulic to cable to reduce weight and aid in rider feedback, especially at slow speeds. It features the same capable slipper unit inside, though with a few minor tweaks to smooth out operation. Once again Superbike racing breeds street technology, thus the case of the tranny width is much smaller. Case in point: the updated trapezoidal set up radiator. The shape allows a reduction of 16.3mm in core-width and overall weight reduction while still providing better cooling. The oil cooler follows the same idea and shape as the new radiator, dissipating heat more effectively to keep up with the added hp.

Suzuki’s good ol’ SRAD (Suzuki Ram Air-Direct) is still in play, with the intake sizes increased and more centralized (in race trim optional 10mm shorter air-funnels are available). This feeds an airbox that has been lightened as well. A host of titanium was used to propel spent gasses via a new exhaust system. Called SAES (Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System), the system sheds 400 grams from the previous set up, with dual exit canisters. A servo-controlled butterfly is said to optimize back pressure for added power. Compared to last year’s massive dual-exit units it’s a real improvement.

Controlling all this power is the A-B-C modes of the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector system, now a toggle conveniently located by the rider’s left thumb. Once again A as the default and provides the most power. B softens power response up to 50% throttle opening and C chokes it down the entire way up the rev range. Love it or hate it, it looks like the S-DMS here to stay. An updated ECU sheds 30 grams and is said to be tuned for more “rider friendliness.”

Still with me here? Time for the chassis… The twin-spar frame has been resized and made smaller, giving the GSX-R a 10mm shorter wheelbase. Although due to the far more compact engine, the swingarm is now all-new and 33mm longer to aid in corner-exit traction. Despite its added length, by using thinner wall-thickness aluminum in key areas Suzuki was able to shed some 500 grams from its weight. Wheels are also lighter (180 grams front and 230 grams rear dispatched), while out back it now runs a 190/50 series tire as opposed to the 190/55 on the previous model.

Suzuki GSX-R1000 First Ride
Willow Springs played host to the '09 Suzuki GSX-R intro.
Stopping the ‘Zuki are new monobloc front calipers. Made from cast-aluminum-alloy they increase rigidity by nearly 25% while shaving off yet more weight. Combined with lighter 310mm front disks the entire brake system dropped some 560 grams. New “lower-expansion” brake lines aim to increase feel and feedback. It’s the same story out back, with a redesigned caliper reducing unsprung heft a further 290 grams. You may think all these small weight savings as trivial, but added together they equate to a noticeably lighter machine.

But the big story comes as a result of totally new suspension front and rear. For the first time on a production 1000, Showa’s BPF (Big Piston Fork) makes an appearance. Once again pulling technology directly from racing, where this differs from a cartridge-type fork is by using a much larger diameter main piston (39.6mm vs. 20mm in last year’s unit). The increased piston surface area greatly reduces initial dive under braking or hard load and facilitates smoother, more controlled action, especially in the initial part of the stroke. The 43mm inner fork tubes have a carbonized titanium coating aimed at reducing stiction as well. Rebound and compression valving adjustment screws sit in small recesses atop each fork cap, while spring preload adjustment is handled at the bottom of the fork leg assembly. The BPF system is also a much simpler design and in turn some 720 grams lighter than the previous version.

(This is a prime example of the major flaws in DMG’s new American Superbike rules. It’s all the testing and trick parts which trickle down to us the consumer a few years later. Say goodbye to further development in the States with the Superbike class being limited to basically Superstock rules. Shame on you DMG! Hopefully the Alstare Suzuki boys in World Superbike will continue to push the envelope and that technology will trickle down to potential buyers.)

Out back an updated shock features high- and low-speed compression damping as well as rebound and spring preload. It’s smaller in size and some 300 grams lighter. New linkage makes for a more progressive leverage ratio to accommodate a wide variety of riding. This allows it to feel softer initially while progressively getting stiffer. Not the most ideal on the racetrack, but great on the road.

Styling judgment is always in the eye of the beholder, so I’ll let you gather your own opinions. Technically, though, they reduced the number of visible screws while also increasing aerodynamics and going for a much more angular appearance. The stacked headlight design remains, though tweaked to fit the sharper lines of the machine, but the rear taillights are all-new and feature an LED combination lamp set-up with built-in turn signals. Up front new mirrors once again house blinkers inside of them for a sleeker look.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 First Ride
More composed at lean? Check.

An updated instrument cluster provides what is almost an overload of information, including a three-stage shift-light, lap timer, gear position indicator, A-B-C mode display, plus digital speedo and analog tach, along with several other standard functions. Suzuki left no stone unturned in this regard. Other changes include the movement of the A-B-C mode selector to the underside of the left clip-on, while in its old place on the right side is a toggle that allows the rider to scroll through a host of options – trip meter, lap timer, etc. – without having to reach up to the dash while riding. As I said before, it really is all-new. Available in three color options – Blue/White, Black/Silver, Black/Maroon – retail price for the GSX-R will be $12,899. This puts it slightly higher than the other liter-class machines, but by only a few hundred bucks.

When ‘Riding’ Really Means ‘Riding’

Seems kind of late in the year for a First Ride, right? This initial test was delayed, as I’m sure many of you already know, due to a host of unreleased reasons. Credible sources say some issues arose in the bike’s final production testing and caused a slow release of the GSX-R - though Suzuki is notorious for being last to market with their new machines, so it may just be due to their existing production cycle. Mat Mladin and the Yoshimura crew have had to ride their ’08 bikes in the first three rounds of the American Superbike series as a result; not like it’s stopped him from winning. Don’t fret through, as the first batch is hitting dealers now and Mladin and crew look set to dominate even more with the new machine.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in three new colors for 2009.
But the real question is, how does it perform in stock trim? Willow Springs played host to the Suzuki intro, allowing us plenty of room (or so we thought – see sidebar) to extend the GSX-R’s legs and see what the Giggy 1 is all about.
Besides the obvious styling changes and physically smaller size (we’ll touch more on that later), the first thing one notices upon unleashing the blue and white beast is … well, how much of a beast it really is. The sheer ferocity of which it melts the pavement under the rear tire is mind-numbing. Distance is dissipated at the speed of light, the rider doing everything possible to keep the front end on the ground in the first three gears while attempting to twist the throttle as far as one’s bravado will allow. Once clicked into fourth, this task becomes easier, at least on most current 1000cc machines it does... As for the Suzuki, it gives the term fourth-gear-wheelie a whole new meaning.

Where the beauty truly lies, though, is how easily applicable the horsepower is. Spot-on fuel injection and seamless delivery give an instant and direct connection with the rear tire. Twist the right grip and it feels as if you are physically spinning the rear tire with your own hand. This proved vital considering the power of the GSX-R far exceeds the grip levels of the street-bred rear tire when pushed hard at the racetrack. Yet, this instantaneous connection makes sliding predictable and easy to control, even if it is quite frequent.
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
The OE production Bridgestone tires are designed just for the GSX-R1000 and are surprisingly good on the racetrack.

Backtracking a few steps, when we first tossed a leg over the Suzuki it was impossible not to notice how much smaller and lighter it felt between our legs. While the overall width may be the same, the tank and frame have been slimmed down, making for a much improved rider interface. The old bike was no doubt a bit of a porker and the new one has addressed some of these issues, mainly downsizing those massive twin exhausts. That alone gives the perception of a much smaller machine.

Once underway, the updated ergonomics with adjustable footpeg positions makes for what I would call a “nice place to be.” You may sit slightly more on top of this bike compared to the last, but as opposed to the competition you still sit much more “in” the machine. This gives a feeling of security and confidence as you feel locked in and ready to handle the loads of power.

Handling, and more specifically initial turn-in, was always one of the areas where the old boy suffered slightly compared to some of the extremely agile competition. The reduced weight (claimed 6 pounds) and updated riding position help to close the gap, though it’s still a bit heavy to initiate lean. The trade-off is superior stability, and combined with the sublime BPF front end, it makes for a one of the most planted literclass machines yours truly has ever had the pleasure of throwing a knee on the ground in anger with.

And while we’re on the subject, let’s talk about that BPF front end. Never have we sampled an OE front fork as competent or as responsive to change. Well, besides the Kawasaki ZX-6R fork, though it’s the same Showa BPF design. Two clicks of compression or rebound equals seven or eight clicks on a conventional unit, making for a much wider range of adjustment. This truly is the first fork a production machine has come stock with that would need nothing done to it to go racing. Make sure the sag is set and the spring-rate is correct and you’re ready to rock ‘n’ roll. Same can be said with the three-way adjustable rear shock, barring you are a professional- or expert-level rider. For the average club racer, the GSX-Rs suspension is more than up to the task of just about anything one can throw its way. Impressive? Undoubtedly.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Could the Suzuki GSX-R1000 be the new Liter-Class horsepower King? We're not betting against it!
Keeping things inline during corner entry is essentially the same slipper clutch as before, and just as before it works very well. Better, in fact, as the cable actuation system gives the rider a far sharper connection to the machine than the previous hydraulic unit. There’s still some back-torque when downshifting from high rpm, though we like this as it helps slow the bike down and settle the chassis. However, it isn’t like the monobloc brakes need much help as they provide loads of power and a decent amount of feel. Only complaint we had was the traditional Suzuki lever-growth syndrome. Be sure to adjust the lever slightly further in than where you would like as once up to speed and heat is in the system the level pushes out roughly one position.

The electronic steering damper carries over from last year and self-adjusts based on speed to allow lighter slow-speed steering and more control as the pace quickens. Also, a plus is the GSX-R’s wind protection. It has always been one of the easiest to get tucked in and behind the bubble. The new design is no different.

As for styling, I will say it’s the best looking GSX-R1000 to date, but compared to the competition, no Suzuki would win a beauty pageant – in my opinion. But we all know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, and no doubt the 2009 GSX-R1000 is the best performing GSX-R ever made. Suzuki’s flagship model has undoubtedly raised the bar for the rest of the Suzuki GSX-R range to follow. But the real question is, how does it stack up against its fellow superbikes?

Stay tuned for our Superbike Smackdown. We’ll find out how the Suzuki GSX-R1000 fares against the 1K class of ‘09 to see if it is the new benchmark or merely a mark on the bench! 
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So You Want To Go Fast, Do You?
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
They say speed kills. If so, the GSX-R1000 is one deadly machine. Some interesting facts we noted with the GSXR during our day at Willow Springs: before hitting the rev-limiter the Suzuki does an indicated 123 mph in second gear (yes, second gear), 147 mph in third and a whopping 166 mph in fourth. Even with a 10-percent speedometer error factored in, that’s roughly 150 mph … with two gears left to go! The craziest part is that at 150 mph it’s still pulling with the strength of a freight train, no end in sight. As for fifth- and sixth-gear, even the ultra-fast Willow wasn’t big enough to stretch the Gixxer’s legs in the top two cogs! Top speed testing on this bad boy should be, um … eye-opening! Stay tuned for the Superbike Smackdown where we will do exactly that with all of the liter-class machines.
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GSX-R1000 Technical Specifications
The new Gixxer Thou is available in four color schemes including the traditional Suzuki blue and white.
Engine: 999cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore Stroke: 74.5 mm x 57.3 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.8 : 1
Fuel System: Fuel Injection
Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Lubrication: Wet sump
Starter: Electric
Brakes Front: Radial mount, 4-piston calipers, 310 mm disc, twin
Brakes Rear: 1-piston caliper, 220 mm disc
Fuel Capacity: 4.6 US gal. (17.5 L)
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in. (130mm)
Overall Length: 80.5 in. (2045 mm)
Overall Width: 28.0 in. (710 mm)
Seat Height: 31.9 in. (810 mm)
Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression damping force fully adjustable
Suspension Rear: Link type, oil damped, coil spring, spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression damping force fully adjustable
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Transmission: 6-speed, constant mesh
Wheelbase: 55.3 in. (1405mm)
Final Drive: Chain
Curb Weight: 448 lbs. (203kg)

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Wendy -GSXR 1000 hydraulic clutch problem  April 19, 2010 06:32 PM
my son has a GSXR 1000 that he has in a dwarf car and he keeps losing his hydraulic clutch. cannot find the problem any suggestions?? He has rebuilt the master cylinder 3 x and still loses his clutch when it heats up??????? Thank you for any help or suggestions.

Jerry -The R1 remains the most dominant sportbike to date, World titles everywhere!  March 17, 2010 09:05 PM
As i said through this thread and i've said it all along to the fools who didn't know any better, i hate to say it but I TOLD YOU SO!. The king of 2009 the R1 ruled the racing world where it counts the most. The R1 captured World Superbike Championship, British Superbike Championship, Dutch Superbike Championship, French Superbike championship, 24hr World Endurance Championship, need i go on? what happend to suzuki gsxr1k?, or motorycleusa's winner cbr1000, and the zx10r? and ducati 1198?? what happend to all those bikes? i didn't see ANY of them capturing significant world championships, are you fools going to say lame excuses like the R1 was modified in World Superbike? if that's the case, is Suzuki, ducati,Honda,kawasaki too stupid or incapable of modifying their own bikes to be competitive enough against the R1? hahahah fools
chris -t  March 6, 2010 03:53 PM
dude awsome review
Irfan Choudhry -GSX rules the Aussie roads.  January 13, 2010 04:23 PM
Guys! Guys! Guys! Cut it out! R1, Gixxer, Ninja, Fireblade, 1098 are all great bikes. One better than the other in some respects and the other better in an other way. There are no winners, there are no losers. It really comes down to what you want to do with a bike? If you are looking for chick-hopper go the Ducati, Ninjas look great but are docile, great for the rider in the middle of the pack. If you want smooth-as go the Fireblade, the ride is smooth and the clutch/gear is smoother. If you want a radical bike that is hard to ride on the streets but great on the track, comes out of corners like a jack-in-the-box then pick the R1. It depends on how much time you spend on the race track? The Suzi is a good alrounder. It has the handling of the R1 though no where near as sharp. Has the looks of the Ninja, the smoothness of the Fireblade and two wheels like the Ducati.

So whatever your pick is, it probably is a good one because that's why you bought the bike in the first place be it for speed, handling, looks, costs, easy of riding, comfort. Just stay upright and stay safe. They are all weapons of self-destruction!
Kriz -2009 ninja 600  December 28, 2009 09:23 PM
The rider is the one who is in control and makes the most of the motorcycle to win the race.IF I would pick from R1 and gsxr I would pick gsxr because it gives better mileage per gallon.
Smitty09 -Gixxer  October 21, 2009 06:34 AM
Comming from someone who has had the chance to ride both bikes,I will say the R1 is a hell of a bike but all of you that are sayin its quicker are very very WRONG. The Gixxer is prob one of the quickest bikes I have ever rode in my life!!!!! and lot of damn power in the top to back it up! Gixxer wins not by a long shot but still it takes a R1 anyday.
jerry -r1  September 10, 2009 04:02 PM
funny how u talk about ama after you said ama is not realy racing.
Jerry -The R1 is the new benchmark for what a liter bike champion should be want proof? look up racing!  September 8, 2009 05:52 PM
Honda, Suzuki, Kawasaki better come up with a liter bike that can keep up with the R1, the R1 is the bike to beat this year, want proof? just ask every true racer, its bike of the year, won many awards and shootouts, but most important at the highest level of racing World superbike champion to be the R1, suzuki, honda and kawasaki are getting their azzes kicked all over the world by yamaha , not only the r1 but the R6 as well. and motogp champion, and josh hayes recent success in AMA superbike.

gsxrsixer -the r1 is a pice  August 14, 2009 01:44 PM
the yamaha r1 is so slow i know some one ho has one me and him raced me on my 05 GSXR 600 him on a 08 yamaha R1 is was sad at the start of the it i was thinking there is no way i am going to win but the gsxrsixer kicked his ass on the track
lou -yam  August 8, 2009 02:28 PM
yam,yam,yam all are slow gixxer rules
Biker Boy -Yamaha R1  July 30, 2009 09:58 AM
Man what the hell are we talking about? The new Yamaha R1 2009 is a monster! I have both the suzuki gsxr 1000 k9 and the yamaha r1, and i've got to tell you that when it comes to track performance the Yamaha is just the better bike . It accelarates from bottom to the the top like no other bike i've ever driven!
So this stupid test doesn't proove anything , just take a look at the MCN group test (the Yamaha is 2.5 sec faster per a lap) and of course is the winner!
lou -gixer  July 6, 2009 06:41 PM
you k6 guys;' are the worse kind of gixer fans. i say this one time only suzuki never take a step back.k6 was a grate bike but 09 is a better bike.hell k7 is even better.go ride a 09 see the dif in the feel of the bike and power you will forget about the little bit of the low mid range power of the k6.not much dif in low and mid from k6 to k9 you read to many mag. also after 5000rpm good buy k6. 18 k6 could not match my k9.
Bike Rider -Gsxr-R1-Zx10R-CBR etc.  June 16, 2009 07:12 PM
All these bikes are great machines..... just like women they are different but still made of the same parts...... Get on your bike and ride it as much as you can... One day you will wish you would have spent more time on your bike instead of sitting in front of your computer..... Have Fun Ride It Like You Stole It
H1s1der -Clutch is much stiffer  June 1, 2009 08:43 AM
The 2009 cable clutch is significantly stiffer than the 2008 hydraulic one. I was able to test both back to back. Interesting how all the reviewers downplay this rather significant fact. Later.
john -gixxer  May 26, 2009 10:10 AM
I'd love to see a comparison test of the new liter sport bikes against my k6 gixxer thou. They don't seem to have the kick ass mid range power and consistant power band of the k6 plus mine is soooooo comfy. When I hit 15,000 (this summer) I'm thinking ohlins, leo vince and bizzazz. I'm an old dude (64) and this is my first and only bike, but I am a pilot who does some aerobatics so I got a bike I wouldn't get bored with (and I ain't) and even if it doesn't get off the ground it gets my juices going.
JIMBO -GIXER  May 13, 2009 06:42 PM
Jimbo -Shootout  May 12, 2009 12:34 AM
Just have to say a big congratulations to Motorcycle-usa for making the shootout probably the best all around Superbike comparison I've read in a long time. You've gained a new reader and Suzuki a new customer. Long live the GSXR
Jerry -gixxer 1k big let down  May 10, 2009 11:32 AM
Just as i thought, all you brand loyal suzuki guys are upset because you can't handle the truth. I tell it just like it is. Moronic comments like "the gixxer's top speed is higher" does that mean the bike is better? If a bike is judge on top speed that would be pretty stupid whoever thought that up. Like i said, doesn't matter which bike produces the most horsepower or best top speed, it's all about getting power to the ground , not top speed or most horsepower you simple minded gixxer fans. I will predict the gixxer will lose to the R1 in superbike smackdown, and keep this in mind, even if the gixxer did produce the most horsepower and top speed, at the end of the day we'll see which rider gets the FASTEST lap time around the race track using a gixxer or an r1, i can guarantee you it would be the r1 because it's a better bike!
Jimbo -Last Call  May 9, 2009 04:16 PM
Jerry, are you buying the new R1? R1 last on the motorcycle.com test. Does it matter? No. If you fancy the R1, go for it and enjoy. Went to my local bike show today. New GSX-R is very well built this time around. The exhausts are absolutely horrible, even worse than on the pics you see. Aftermarket exhausts are a must if you buy this bike. Front Showa fork looks absolutely amazing, but I couldn't help not noticing how huge the tank looked when hunched on the riding seat. Had a 750 right next to it and could tell the difference. Rear swingarm looks like it could survive a direct hit from a rocket launcher. Much like the Honda's. Last thoughts on this bike? Well, up close and personal it doesn't look like a boy racer bike anymore. It looks more mature, more expensive. Change the exhausts and this bike is gorgeous. It really is a beautiful bike. By the way, Jerry are you on Yamaha's payroll? You've made more comments on the Suzuki thread than on the actual Yammy R1.
bram stocker -Haiii  May 9, 2009 12:41 PM
No matter what kind of bikes will be used, if you can ride perfectly you can win in every races. 2009 Yamaha R1 isnt better than 2009 R1000, cause R1000 top's speed is faster than R1's. Take a look at isle of man tt and ghostrider. Thik about it
Jerry -2009 liter bike shootout winner yamaha R1 as predicted  May 9, 2009 11:32 AM
hahah fools i told you so, i hate to say it but i told you so AGAIN, the winner of the 2009 MCN literbike shootout by far is the Yamaha R1, funny how the MCN crew who definitely knows bikes all agreed the Suzuki Gixxer 1k placed dead last the worst out of all the liter bikes haha so yeah i like i said before suzuki gsx-r 1000 is a crappy bike compared to the rest of the liter bikes.
Jerry -Jimbo- yamaha r1 all hype? Check world superbike lately??  May 5, 2009 10:36 AM
Did you see what Ben spies is doing on the new R1? that's all hype? ummm okkkk...yadda yadda yadda blah yes i know what you are going to say it's the rider, but do you honestly think Ben spies would be having the type of season he's having in World Superbike onboard oh let's say a zx-10r or gixxer 1k? in WORLD not AMA superbike, come on now, all hype my azz, reality check there buddy.
Jimbo -Jerry, just facts  May 5, 2009 12:38 AM
Remember where Yamaha was before Valerossi joined the team? Behind a full grid of Hondas. Rossi and Jeremy Burges made Yamaha into what it is at the moment. Btw Jerry, I've been on a 1998, 2000, 2007 R1 and I know what the R1 is all about. I've also seen all these machines turbocharged at a local yamaha machine shop, 1st successful turbo-charged 2008 R1 in Europe done in that store. None can deny they're an amazing piece of machinery but this year I've got the feeling it's all hype. Suzuki on the other hand has me confused the past 3 years. It seems that they're taking the approach Honda had a few years back. Which is making a fast and user friendly bike, unlike the gut wrenching bikes they used to be before 2005. Being 30 and living in a clustered city, it's the thing I'm currently looking for. A fast, forgiving Superbike
Fast Fred -Needs more cowbell  May 4, 2009 11:26 PM
If they made this bike better looking and gave it a bigger and more powerful engine, I might consider it. 2000cc with 500 hp should be about right. Everyone would want one of those!
lou -jimbo  May 4, 2009 07:42 PM
jim i have about 300mi on the bike it rides great the bike is so smooth you like it.it is the best gixxer ever made go check it out at your local show. then you will be going to your local dealer to by it. jim the bike behaves well on the road just want to tell u when your on the road where you look it where its going to go its that good. hope to here u got one also ride safe.keep me posted thanx.
Jerry -To the incompetent know it all's in General  May 4, 2009 10:16 AM
If you think for one minute the only reason Yamaha is world champion is because of Rossi think again. Use your common sense a little, do you think Rossi will win the world championship on a Suzuki or Kawasaki GP bike? HAHAHAHA what a joke come on now use your heads a little bit.
Jerry -Lou  May 4, 2009 10:12 AM
Maybe you should quit worrying about how crappy the new Gixxer 1k is and get hooked on phonics, i have no idea what you are rambling on and on about, stop spending money on suzuki bikes and start investing in English lessons.
Jerry -Suzuki thumbs down  May 4, 2009 10:08 AM
Virago 250 hahaha that cracks me up, i guess it's better than riding a souped up tricycle like all of you guys. I can't help but wonder what will happen to all you brand loyal Suzuki supporters once the gsx-r 1k gets raped in the superbike smackdown this year, i'm going to hate to say it but "i told you so" Seriously Suzuki Gsx-r 1k can't hang with any of the new bikes, you watch i know im right. Man the more i look at those gixxers the more i want to throw up they are so hideous looking.
Jimbo -Lou  May 4, 2009 12:08 AM
Local show this weekend. First chance to see all the new motorcycles in person. Btw, congratz Lou on your new motorcycle. Let us know how it behaves on the road. Not interested in racing facts, leave that for the "professionals". More interested in everyday use, since mine will be used for daily commuting as well as weekend blasts. Congratulations again
lou -JERRY  May 3, 2009 05:56 PM
hey guys it comes down to the rider not the bike . ihave09 gsxr1000 looks better in person. also rides better then my k7,k5, 06 r1;. the k9 steering is quick, bike is smaller ,the power del is so smooth.better then my k5 power del. brakes are better.but igot to say my r1 brakes are better.what iam trying to say is hp is down form my k7 not much but happy to see suz is focus more on handling not hp sorry guys it does have less power then k7,k8,so at that point the 09 gixxer it is the best bike suz made.never drove a honda or kaw,so i really could not tell u what bike is better. the saying goes u ask 100honda guy they will tell u ther bikes are better just like suz ,yam and kaw guys would say. as for JERRY WITH THE VIRAGO 250 sounds like u flip burgers and dont have money to up grade to a better bike so how can u comment on any of they fine motorcycle. all that right u dont ride u watch tv just like baker said u are really a rookie.hell 96 fzr600 ride better then your bike,ill be happy to give u a loan SO U CAN UP GRADE
brad -foolish jerry  May 3, 2009 01:15 PM
hey jerry, how many races you won?
#1 -The Internet Sucks  May 3, 2009 08:40 AM
Hey Steve the GSX-R 1000 has always came stock with the 190/50 rear tire. All sportbikes including the legendary GSX-R 1000 are incredible racing machines that 99% of you who posted here could never race or ride anyway so please go back to your video games and leave the comments to the professionals.
Black Bird Owner"97" -Suzukis  May 2, 2009 06:05 PM
Yes Suzukis are fast but they are extremely ugly with the Hayabusa at the top I think the SV 1000S is a good looking also and don't forget the B-King Fast Yes but ugly as HELL and what about the 1985-86 Madura 1200-700 Honda Magna nock offs UUUUUUUUUUUGLY! Suzuki needs help in the styling department & the Moto GP Effort please at least they look good. The CBR 1100xx is one of the best looking bikes ever made & is plenty fast enough for any sane person Wake UP! The XX was the worlds fastest bike in "97"-"98" until that ugly Hayabusa came along & the 1st ZX-12 was butt ugly too.
Davidj -Jerry grow up  May 2, 2009 09:21 AM
You must be like 17yrs old. The GSXR1000 has consistently been the top rated liter bike since 2001. Go read any good motorcycle magazine and you will see that the only other bike that compares to the 1000 is the GSXR750. Even this “Smackdown” you have been ranting about names the GSXR1000 as “The three-time reigning Smackdown champion”. Are you that ignorant not to acknowledge the Suzuki as a great bike? You don’t have to like a bike to give it the respect it has earned. If you’re big defense is MotoGP and WSB stats, I suggest that you stay in front of the TV, because that’s all those stats are good for, bench racing. You see all the comparisons and tests they do in the mags and websites deal with street bikes. Real bikes, for real people to ride on real streets in real situations. And guess what? Suzuki just happens to be the top rated bike to do that. So grow up and open your mind, maybe you will learn something.
.. -smackdown  May 1, 2009 10:40 AM
when will we see the smackdown????
dwaincash1 -Gsxr 1000 k9  April 30, 2009 10:27 PM
I own the gsxr 1000 k9 and I love it. I was impressed in the corner speed and the handling. Sofar so good and I cant wait to see what it does on the track.
AdamB -World Superstock  April 30, 2009 01:31 PM
In the FIM World Superstock Suzuki has won more Championships, had more wins, more podiums and more fastest laps than any other manufacturer. This is a much more accurate representation of what a bike that you or I can actually buy is capable of. So, Jerry, wake up and wipe the crap out of your eyes.
Jimbo -Real world  April 30, 2009 12:35 AM
In a real world situation none of these hyper-performing machines make any sense Jerry. Races are not won by machines but by riders. Rossi proved it a few years ago when he won the MotoGP championship on a subpar Yamaha. Where the GSXR gets the points in my case is the reports about stability on the road, refined suspension for road use, the whistling sound of the injection, the howling scream when revved hard. If it has the rattling sound of the ram air like the SRAD had a few years ago, it gets my vote. The mind-blowing power comes as a bonus. I do hope when motorcycle-usa wraps up their Superbike comparison, they will take into account the real life situations these machines will perform in. I'm quite curious about the reports I've read about the Yammy vibrating at low-rpm and how tiresome it might become in long use. And I have to say I'm probably the only person in the world who doesn't like the sound of the new Yammy
Jerry -To SV1000S rider  April 29, 2009 02:27 PM
To the dude that rides the ugly sv1000s, it's no wonder you think the gixxer 1k is the best looking bike haha Man both those bikes the SV1000S and gixxer1k are the two ugliest bikes in the history of ugly liter bikes. Suzuki brand is garbage everyone knows that, they can't perform in the highest level of racing MOTO GP and World superbike where it counts, horse power means nothing if you can't get the power to the ground, all 1000cc machines produce more horsepower than any of you guys can use on the road, the only place where it would be usable is the race track and i doubt any of you have the skills to run any liter bike to it limits on the racetrack unless you're Ben spies, rossi, or haga
Jimbo -Akrapovic  April 28, 2009 12:27 AM
Greetings from the other side of the Atlantic. Take a look at the performance graph displayed on the Akrapovic web-site if you're unsure about the performance on this beast. With the single mounted open exhaust, it performs close to 175hp on the rear wheel while it lays down a mind numbing 125hp at 5k rpm! This thing is a beast. Best performing 1k piece of machinery if the graphs are accurate.
SV1000S Rider -Performance and Looks  April 26, 2009 11:39 PM
I have to agree with "bystander" on most of his comment, the R-1 Looks like thrown together crap, the CBR Sucks the Ninja isn't that bad, now the disagreement comes with the GSXR, that bike is the only one left in the class that even looks half decent. The Performance is supposed to be boosted on the 2009 GSXR1000, although I can't find anything that states the HP and Torque increase. Personally I wouldn't care if the other bikes were faster or not, the GSXR has got em beat in styling by a mile, however, if I were in the market for another bike, I would consider the Ducati 1098 but at almost 20k, but would save 7k and settle for the GSXR anyways.
Jerry -My apologies Dustin, i meant to say Steve are you sniffing glue  April 24, 2009 06:27 PM
Steve you are a crackhead thinking suzuki is a contender in Motogp hahah what a joke, Suzuki and kawasaki are the two worst brands in Moto Gp, they simple can't get it done when it comes to the highest level of racing.
Jerry -Dustin are you sniffing too much glue?  April 24, 2009 06:24 PM
Suzuki on top of Moto gp? Are you on crack?? when was suzuki ever on top of Moto GP? lay off the weed man lol Yamaha, ducati and honda have been dominating moto gp for almost a decade now, suzuki wtf? lol suzuki is a garbage brand when it comes to the highest level of racing.
Christos... -Messes.  April 24, 2009 01:11 AM
Thats what most of you are. Arguing about moto gp bikes etc. Got nothing to do with a streetbike. Just wait for the comparison with the other litre bikes ffs.
batman -What are you talking about Steve?  April 23, 2009 09:08 PM
Nicky Hayden won the 2006 GP on a Honda! Pedrosa came second in 2007, and 3rd in 2008 on a Honda!!! Harldy "go down in the drain just like honda now" as you stated.
steve -moto racing  April 22, 2009 08:00 PM
dude i did not say suzuki gonna be on top of it i just said they gonna be up there this year ducati has something special in the electronic department thats why they are so good but unfortunatly yamaha wont be there on top if Rossi wasnt there.when he retires yamaha gonna go down in the drain just like honda now, honda hasnt been world champ since 2003 when Rossi had enough of their bullshit they act like little confused dudes who did not know how to develop a bikeROSSI is a genius thats why i named my son after him.
Dustin -Suzuki on top of moto gp  April 22, 2009 06:33 PM
yea, BTW Chris Vermeulen finished 7th in the quatar race. Thats off to a good start. The battle is going to be between rossi and stoner. Suzuki wont be anywhere in the picture in moto gp this year. sorry
Dustin -Suzuki on top of moto GP.  April 22, 2009 06:29 PM
yea thats a good one. Suzuki on top of moto GP. yea ok
steve -moto racing  April 22, 2009 01:48 PM
i tell you what some people doesnt know a lot about racing but actually one of my personal friend is racing in moto gp in the 250 cat actually he was a world champion and im from hungary guess who that is you know if you follow racing anyway.the only reason yamaha is a world champion because of ROSSI thats it get it.not because yamaha producing super good bikes actually their bikes not the best this year suzuki gonna be a front runner in moto gp not because they have the best rider but because they have a good bike.yamaha would not be in the top if Rossi wasnt there just like since he left honda they have not being able to produce a same result when he was there.
Rich -Smackdown  April 22, 2009 12:44 PM
I can't wait for the smackdown test, especially to see how the two newest literbikes do, the R1 and the Gixxer. Now if I could just convince my wife that I REALLY need one...
bystander -Its a fugly time in the universe for bikes..  April 22, 2009 12:23 PM
I dont know whats going on and if all the japanese company designer got together and decided to sniff paint fumes. But everything in their 1000cc class is pretty nasty....The CBR 1000 looks like a manitee, the kawi looks like a praying mantis, the R1 hasnt received many comments cuz of some apparent GP thing that 95% of people wont notice, but its nasty - looks like some alien extra in a star wars cantina scene, and the GSXR looks like it headbutted all the others...On the other hand I got really into the 600 bikes in the 05-06 period when all products looked great and manufacturers could do no wrong and check books were wide open - before the fall. After all most riders dont notice the difference and just want a sympathetic style. Now its like - 'well you like bikes - go f-yourself cuz this is all you can get'. While performance is still there some styling helps when it comes to handing over the wads of cash...even the RC8 is looking really good now in comparison!
Jerry -the worst liter bike out there  April 20, 2009 05:36 PM
Hands down, i know Suzuki will place dead last in the superbike smackdown this year, just like the Suzuki gixxer 1k finished dead last every year in style. That thing looks like worst than a trainwreck. I bet all you guys in here ride souped up mopeds with R1 decals on them dreaming that some hot girl will give you guys a look then you wake up to reality once she see's you take your helmets off, same thing goes for the gixxer such a hideous sight.
Big-Ron -Hutch  April 17, 2009 07:52 PM
Any chance you guys could get a gig doing the smackdowns on the Speed or Fuel channels; or better yet, lets start our own channel and call it Throtte. It would be nice to expose this stuff to the general population so that my non-riding freinds dont think I am going to die every time I go for a ride. As for Larry and Rudy, Please dont stop, I am enjoying the banter.
Rudy -Larry  April 16, 2009 10:15 PM
Larry you sound very upset. “You're obviously a fool and a SQUID because only Matt Miladin can run 1minute and 29 seconds” You Larry are the fool if you want everyone to think you can get within 3 seconds of Mladin times and Matt’s last name is spelled Mladin not Miladin like how you spelled it. It’s okay though, that is a typical SQUID mistake, you know not being able to spell the name of a 6 time AMA supebike champion who races the same bike you own...poser. For your info, Matt Mladin ran a 1m 19s at Auto Club Speedway a few weeks ago and the 16 and 17 yr. old AMA rookies who race in 600 ss ran 1m 30s. You can look these numbers up. “Just save your energy and don't talk about what you don't have any knowledge about” Larry, you may want to remove your foot from your mouth. LOL
Larry -Rudy  April 16, 2009 09:11 PM
You're obviously a fool and a SQUID because only Matt Miladin can run 1minute and 29 seconds. Just save your energy and don't talk about what you don't have any knowledge about. You didn't list your skills so obviously your only skills are typing. So don't bother replying again because I know you are just a nothing!
Rudy -Larry  April 16, 2009 08:20 PM
You’re a squid Larry because you have to put down on riders that you don’t even know because you THINK you are faster than 95% of all other riders out there; this is how squids think and act. Also, I get offended every time I hear ignorant, insecure, squidly remarks coming from people like you. And 1m 32s on a GSXR1000 at a track were little 600s easily hit 1m 28s is nothing to brag about Larry. The fact you were offended by my post proves, along with your lap times, that you are a squid.
gimpsta -haha  April 16, 2009 06:29 PM
I love all the know-it-alls. What bike is superior? It depends on the rider. So it really doesn't matter. This bike definitly looks like a perfect balance of power like the ZX-10 and the usability of the power like the Honda. So we will just see what Matt Mladin and Max Neukirchner do with it.
shane4000 -gsxr1000  April 16, 2009 06:08 PM
I use to be a fan on hp on who got the more and how fast they are, not anymore as im more leaning now towards the new r1 better handling as it may have lost abit of top in and hp but got the best engine out of any of the 1000c bikes to date.
Larry -Rudy  April 16, 2009 04:50 PM
I don't have a national or world championship title, but the fact that you were offended by my post tells me that you definetly are a squid! I ride a GSXR 1000 and my lap times at Auto Club Raceway are consistent 1 minute and 32 seconds so at least I know I am not a squid. What are your qualifications? Hotshot Rudy.
Chris -Ideas for SS VI  April 16, 2009 03:53 PM
I love checking out top gear roll on performance because it gives you a good idea how the bike will perform on the street. Could you guys measure top gear roll on performance from 60mph-100mph and even 40mph-120mph in addition to the standard 40-60 & 60-80? I figure we've all been cruising on the freeway at 60mph when the lane opens up and we gun it to 100+. This stat would be much appreciated, thanks for asking Hutchy!
Hutchy -Let the games begin!  April 16, 2009 08:54 AM
You guys are killing me. Its great everyone is so pashionate about the GSX-R. Love it or hate it the bike does get you fired up one way or another doesnt it? I personally cannot wait to get my hands on that bike in just 4 days for the start of Superbike Smackdown VI. Can you believe it has been that many years? I would like to recap the Smackdown winners in order: '04 Ninja ZX-10R, '05-'06-'07 GSX-R1000, '08 CBR1000RR, 2009: TBD. That damn GSX-R has been a thorn in every OEM's side for the better part of the last half decade and the one thing we are sure of is that this is going to be one bad-ass comparison. Factor in the ZX-10 lost to the CBR last year by a wee-bit and that we had tight tracks that could've skewed the results on these beasts. We have Thunderhill and Infineon scheduled for test facilities during Smackdown VI so the bikes should be able to flex some muscle this time. Add into the mix the new Yamaha R1 which already won the MCN comparo and Spies has been kicking butt on along with the bigger 1198 which was impressive as the 1098 last year - and this test is getting seriously entertaining. I hope you guys dont waste all your banter on just the Gixxer here because you are going to have a lot to talk about very soon. We would like to know a few things if you care to share: What do you want to know about the bikes that we could try to incorporate into this test? I tried having stunt riders in '07 and everyone went crazy and called me crazy...but at least I swung the bat so to all you whine bags, you know what to do. So come on, tell us what else we can do to make this the sickest test in the history of liter-bike shootouts.
nathan -what's the deal?  April 16, 2009 06:17 AM
Why was my post deleted? This gixxer looks like an abortion as do all of the recent bikes they've put out. They haven't made a decent looking gixxer since the 96' SRAD.
Rudy -Larry  April 15, 2009 07:21 PM
“So what I'm really saying is 95% of you squids who think you can determine which bike is better for you, should just buy whatever bike you think looks best with you posing on it”! Larry maybe that is how you pick your bikes because you don’t have any riding talent, but I don’t think you speak for me or let alone 95% of all the other riders out there. So what I am really saying Larry is unless you have a national or world championship road racing title under your belt speak for your own self SQUID.
Baker -Jerry  April 15, 2009 07:09 PM
“Like i said before AMA superbike is dead that is why the world doesn't tune into AMA superbike because it's insignificant”. AMA superbike is dead because Suzuki killed it with their superior bike, riders, and overall team. “The gixxer 1k is going to get raped on superbike smackdown just as it's getting it's tail kicked all over the place in World Superbike where it counts”. Funny Jerry how you always bring up WSBK but the fact is Suzuki won the 2005 WSBK championship the very first year they had a full factory effort with the GSXR1000 and every year since then Suzuki has finished in the top five in WSBK. How many WSBK championships has Yamaha won??? It’s apparent Jerry you probably just started riding and watching motorcycle races within the past few months and most likely you get spanked by GSXRs every time you go out riding; why else would you have so much jealousy over Suzuki GSXRs. Maybe Jerry it’s time for you to trade your 10 yr. old Virago 250 in on that new GSXR you’ve been thinking about so much.
Larry -K9 GSXR 1000  April 15, 2009 06:51 PM
Steve Atlas broke it down very well, but the bottom line is that the level of performance produced by today's liter bikes can only be optimized by 5 percent of their riders, and then only on the track with race tires. So what I'm really saying is 95% of you squids who think you can determine which bike is better for you, should just buy whatever bike you think looks best with you posing on it!
Nathan -Blech  April 15, 2009 05:57 PM
That thing looks like a two wheeled abortion. Nuff said.
Dustin -gixxer or r1  April 15, 2009 04:42 PM
i think the battle is going to come down to the R1, CBR, and the Suzuki this year in the shootout. Being a current 08 CBR 1000rr owner, its a hard bike to contend with considering its 600 size, amazing tourqe and aweseom handleing. i still love my 08 cbr 1k.
Jerry -calm down people  April 15, 2009 04:17 PM
hahaha this is funny it's hilarious to see that all the brand loyal suzuki straight line riding posers are getting upset at the truth. Like i said before AMA superbike is dead that is why the world doesn't tune into AMA superbike because it's insignificant. The gixxer 1k is going to get raped on superbike smackdown just as it's getting it's tail kicked all over the place in World Superbike where it counts.
Dave -K9 looking good  April 15, 2009 03:19 PM
Still porky compared to the K5 and K6 incarnations. But from whats been published, a big improvement over the K8. I need to ride one and compare it to my K6. I love that bike, so much so, that I left it stock. The closer the K9 resembles the old K6, the better. Reminds me of my first ride on a 2004 Kawi ZX-10R, terrifyingly fast and raw. I hope Suzuki didn't dumb down the K9 too much.
Hammy -Jerry is slow  April 15, 2009 02:46 PM
Jerry I really don’t care about your opinion of which bike with what ever rider is quickest. I just know that me and my GSXR are faster than you are no matter what you ride…newbie LOL
jimbolaya -what I want  April 15, 2009 12:35 PM
I want the same level of technology & performance per pound, in a package w/ a curb weight in the low-mid 300 lb range. The number of cylinders is unimportant; good torque is vital.
Rick -Gixxer 4 live  April 15, 2009 08:28 AM
Only ppl who have owend a gixxer thou know how good they r. its the 4 times smackdown winner! lets hope suzuki does it again...
ep -GSXR  April 15, 2009 08:08 AM
In prototype racing, like MotoGP and F1, the manufacturer matters. In SBK, AMA, BSB, not so much. Of course that isn't what the marketing tells us. They want us to say "Mat Mladin wins on Suzuki, therefore I must have a GSXR!" or "Spies wins on the crossplane R1. It's the best!" But we all know that isn't true. There are only three basic things I worry about when buying a street bike: How does it feel? How much does it cost? Do I like the way it looks?
NBS -Nice lookin afterall  April 15, 2009 07:54 AM
I thought the various photos online made from one ugly Gixxer, but I saw the new Blue and White and Burgundy and Black models yesterday in my local showroom and it's damn nice looking in person. Still some of the best ergos for my me of any of the literbikes for street riding.
adam -mcn vs moto usa  April 14, 2009 10:07 PM
here is the video to the mcn 600 track test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdfnuhWB_RA&feature=related
adam -motorcycle usa vs. mcn  April 14, 2009 09:58 PM
It looks like MCN and Motorcycle USA are getting different results when it comes to a 600 shootout. Triumph Daytona came on top in MCN and last in Moto USA. MCN really liked the suspension of the Daytona, Moto USA didnt. I know it all comes down the the type of a race track but that is a big difference to be first or last ....... MCN rated the 1000 gsx-r really bad worse then the CBR1000RR which is older then the new GSX-R, will the Motorcycle USA come to the same conclusion or not?
the dude -style  April 14, 2009 09:04 PM
I'm sorry but that thing is UGLY, even if it is the best looking to date. I guess it shouldn't matter that much though, they are supposed to be machines engineered for performance first and foremost. Although styling may have stagnated, its great to see such an effort in developing the suspension and brakes.
Dustin -God Awful Exhaust  April 14, 2009 06:58 PM
this would be a good looking bike if they would just fix the damn exhaust. Cant they just go back to a single pipe. R1 all the way this year.
John -Videos  April 14, 2009 06:06 PM
WTF? All I ever get when clicking on the video is ads. I don't mind watching them once, but it would be nice to see the bikes.
Chris -Jerry - You're a fool  April 14, 2009 03:25 PM
Dude, don't get all butt-hurt over the fact that Suzuki has dominated AMA Superbike. And Suzuki is 3rd right now in World Superbike so it's not getting its ass kicked as you say. Plus have you been reading any of the superbike comparison articles the last 4 years? Between 2005 and 2007 the GSXR 1000 has won every single comparison test in Motorcyclist magazine, Sport Rider magazine, Cycle World magazine, and at this very website. Only last year did the kawi and honda finally catch up. And the yamaha? It's been dead last every year! Now thats a joke.
Jason -Good grief  April 14, 2009 02:45 PM
I love the brand loyalty here. I own a "souped up" K6 gixxer 1000 and love it. When it comes to bikes, it is all about preference, comfort, and what you like. The reality is that all of the new liter bikes from 2001 on, posses more power and acceleration then anyone can utilize on the street. When I floor my bike I actually get my vision blurred and am in excess of any posted speed limit in a matter of seconds. Ride safe and ride what you like, bottom line. I personally think the new gixxer is ugly, but who cares. Just be safe and have fun.
RR -ugly  April 14, 2009 11:44 AM
I like how the "best looking GSX-R1000 to date" is still the ugliest liter bike out there. You'd think they would figure out how to compact the exhaust a little bit. The 05-06 looked better in my opinion.
jerry -Fools  April 14, 2009 10:05 AM
if i had a quarter for everytime some newbie rider who has limited knowledge of bikes makes some boneheaded comment, this goes for all you "brand loyal" suzuki fans, the best bike doesn't mean it has to produce the most horsepower you fools. it's all about getting power to the ground you bunch of newbies. its' not about horsepower numbers. I got news for you, nobody gives a rats arse about AMA superbike u boneheads it's watered down. It's all about World superbike and MOTOGP and the last i checked the brand Suzuki, and it's model gixxer 1k is getting it's arse kicked all over the place by the other manufacturers. Just look what ben spies is doing on the new R1 which is a much better bike, how can you compare a gixxer 1k to a trickle down Moto-Gp derived R1? use your heads a bit. When it comes to "world class" racing lets compare suzuki to yamaha, how many MANUFACTURED championships has suzuki won compared to Yamaha hahah what a joke suzuki is, go do your homework boys, if you want to see a pathetic bike, just turn on speed tv to the world's best class racing World superbike and Motogp and watch the suzuki gixxer 1k get it's azz kicked by the yamaha r1 and Yamaha M1 at EVERY RACE it's truly pathetic. AMA superbike racing is dead, there's no one that has true talent except maladin and ben bostrom nobody cares about AMA anymore so giving the suzuki credit for AMA is really credit that at the World Stage, nobody cares about haha
TONY -09 gsxr  April 14, 2009 09:43 AM
the r1 cant win without somone being bias. it weighs 20 pounds more and makes 16 horsepower less. look at akropovicks website
Stoner number 1 -.....  April 14, 2009 07:11 AM
Eeeeewwwwwww nasty. Think im gonna be sick. Never did like Suzuki.
Superlight -Japanese sportbike design  April 14, 2009 07:07 AM
Interestingly, I'm sure the design staffs of the Japanese motorcycle makers are composed of very talented individuals from many nations, if they are anything like the car companies. The difference comes in who makes the final decisions on design directions; you can thank their CEOs for that, not the designers.
Mark -design  April 14, 2009 06:20 AM
The japanese need to hire italian
frank -2009 smackdown  April 13, 2009 10:49 PM
smackdown its all r1 it allready won it in mcn
Superlight -New GSX-R 1000  April 13, 2009 06:03 PM
I'm not going to argue about street performance - any of the 1000 I4s or 1200 V-2s have more power than any sane person could use in that setting. I will argue about their dominance in AMA Superbike. Oh, Mladin and Yoshimura get it done alright, but where does Suzuki finish when all the factories are there in full force, like in WSBK? Competitive, but no more than that. Let's just understand its the rider and team much more than the machine doing the AMA domination. As for styling on the new bike, I looked at and sat on one at Bike Week. Its OK, but after reviewing all the latest crop of Japanese litrebikes (including a demo ride on the R1), I couldn't wait to get back to the Ducati exhibit. The Japanese just can't seem to get a handle on superbike style.
Chris -Gold Standard  April 13, 2009 02:11 PM
I love the fact that Suzuki is updating the GSXR 1000 at the same time it just won its 50th consecutive AMA Superbike race at Road Atlanta this past weekend. Talk about not resting on your laurels! I can't wait to see this model spank the competition this year in the AMA (again) and in the Superbike Smackdown '09.
r1deordie -2009 gsxr 1000  April 13, 2009 01:25 PM
yeah i agree with steve, this is probably the best looking gsxr1000 yet. and i cant wait to see how it fares against the rest of the litre class of '09 in your superbike smackdown !! bring it on !!!!!!!!!