2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Even thought a bull’s-eye is clearly painted on the Gixxer, Suzuki has proven to be incredibly adept at extracting the maximum out of its GSX-R series. The competition is hard-pressed to achieve similar performance numbers, and we’re not just throwing Suzi a juicy bone here. On the dyno, the Gixxer’s motor bested all but one of its new rivals when considering production of both horsepower and torque. On the scales, the Suzuki proves to be the second lightest of this steroid-injected group.
No, we didn't get to ride Mladin's title-winning GSX-R, but we went to VIR to test one of the fastest privateer superbikes in the paddock.
|Engine Type||4-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, TSCC|
|Bore Stroke||73.0 X 59.0 mm|
|Fuel System||Fuel Injection|
|Seat Height||32.3 in.|
|Front Suspension||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, fully adjustable spring preload, rebound and compression damping|
|Rear Suspension||Link-type, gas/oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload, and compression damping|
|Front Brake||Dual hydraulic disc|
|Rear Brake||Single hydraulic disc|
|Dry Weight||370 lbs.|
After battling at the racetrack, Superbike Smackdown X moves to the street to see how the same six Superbikes perform on the open road.