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2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 First Look

Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Bodywork that s been honed in wind tunnels will help the new Gixxer cut through wind resistance like a knife through butter.
Suzuki has taken its formidable superbike package and honed it to a razor-sharp edge in the form of the 2009 GSX-R1000.
Less than a week after its European debut, the US market got its first close-up look of the 2009 GSX-R1000 last night at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas. With AMA road racing champions Ben Spies and Aaron Yates on hand for its introduction, the feared literbike that has produced 46 straight wins in AMA Superbike for Suzuki has been completely revamped by the Japanese marque for 2009. The new GSX-R1000 is more svelte, more aerodynamic, and more powerful than ever.

Providing the punch is the most compact GSX-R engine yet. Changes to the 999cc liquid-cooled four-cylinder powerplant start with a 1.7mm-shorter stroke. The shorter distance the chrome-molybdenum connecting rods have to churn is aimed at increasing performance at higher rpm. The downdraft intake manifolds have been shortened by 10mm which should increase power output in the higher rpm range as well. The Suzuki Ram Air Direct airbox has been redesigned and is lighter than before and will benefit from the larger air intakes in the nosecone of the front fairing.

To give the Gixxer Thou a boost in low- to mid-range power, the combustion chamber has been reshaped, increasing the bore by 1.1mm. Changing the shape of the chamber allowed Suzuki to increase the size of the intake valve to 31mm (up from 30mm) and the exhaust valve to 25mm (up from 24mm). The DOHC engine also received new cam profiles, shortening up the intake camshaft and moving the cam angle sensor used by the engine management system. Moving the sensor to the center of the exhaust cam as opposed to the left end of the intake cam was instrumental in reshaping the cylinder head.

The more compact engine of the  09 GSX-R1000 allowed Suzuki to shorten up the mainframe  bringing in the wheelbase by 10mm in an effort to make it even more nimble in the corners.
The more compact engine of the '09 GSX-R1000 allowed Suzuki to shorten up the mainframe, bringing in the wheelbase by 10mm in an effort to make it even more nimble in the corners.
The case length of the engine was reduced front-to-rear in part by triangulating the input and output shafts on the six-speed transmission with the crankshaft. This shortened the distance between the crankshaft and the countershaft to 59.6mm. The new configuration of the transmission shafts also simplified the crankcase assembly, eliminating 16 screws in the process and shaving 670 grams from the engine weight. 

Suzuki did away with last year's hydraulic clutch and went with a cable-actuated system. Besides skimming off a little more weight, Suzuki hopes that the new arrangement will improve feel and feedback at the lever for riders.

On the chassis side, the '09 GSX-R1000 continues to utilize a twin-spar cradle frame with five cast aluminum-alloy sections. The swingarm uses three castings and is arched so that the new swoopy dual exhaust could be tucked in tight to the bike. And while the chassis' design hasn't received a major makeover, the new, more compact engine allowed Suzuki to shorten up the mainframe, decreasing the space between the steering head and the swingarm pivot. The main spars are also reshaped to accommodate the contours of the new mill. This allowed them to stretch out the swingarm to 33mm despite bringing in the wheelbase by 10mm.

The engine oil cooler has the same trapezoidal shape as the radiator which allowed Suzuki to narrow the lower fairing.
The engine oil cooler has the same trapezoidal shape as the radiator which allowed Suzuki to narrow the lower fairing and decrease drag.
Suspension on the front end has also been updated thanks to collaboration between Suzuki and Showa. Instead of using a conventional inverted fork with an internal cartridge assembly, the stanchion has been eliminated and has been replaced with a single, 39.6mm upper piston that rides against the inside wall of the inner fork tube. What Suzuki calls its new Big Piston Frontfork (BPF) is claimed to reduce stiction and controls compression better and works to give better feedback to riders. 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 at the end of the fork caps, while spring preload adjustments are at the bottom of the fork leg assembly. The BPF system is also 720 grams lighter than the previous fork arrangement.

Reigning in the new Gixxer Thou's formidable power are dual floating 310mm discs with radial-mount calipers. The conventional bolt-together calipers have been ditched for new, race-proven monoblock forged aluminum-alloy front brake calipers that are 205 grams lighter than the bolt-ons. The radial-pump front brake master-cylinder is smaller, down to 17mm from 19mm, and more weight was pared by using lighter cast aluminum wheels, front and back.

The new GSX-R1000 comes in four different flavors.
The 2009 GSX-R1000 is poised to return Suzuki to superbike supremacy. I smell the makings of a good Smackdown brewing.
And while the 2009 GSX-R1000 has undergone a slew of internal changes, what everyone's going to notice first is its new chiseled appearance. The fairings front-to-back are sharp and angular and are mirrored by the fuel tank's wicked lines. Even the swoopy cans have a ridge in them. The upper fairing has been widened to give the rider's upper body and hands better wind protection while big black air intakes on the front of the bike look like the nostrils of an angry bull. The multi-reflector headlight protrudes from the front and the high- and low-beam halogen bulbs are stacked and centered between the position lights. Another nice touch are the front turn signals that have been integrated cleanly into the rear-view mirror mounts.

With a more compact engine, revised chassis and a claimed 11-lb drop in weight, the 2009 GSX-R1000 looks poised to once again challenge for superbike supremacy. Lighter, faster and better looking than ever, the bar has been raised. Will the other three Japanese manufacturers that comprise the Big Four have an answer to the Suzuki assault? We'll find out in MotorcycleUSA's Superbike Smackdown VI.


Check out our review of the Suzuki GSX-R1000 after our 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 First Ride.


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Comments
Miguel -Question  August 11, 2009 04:44 PM
Wat would you recomend and which 1 is better a 2009 suzuki Gsx-r1000 or 2009 Yamaha R1
mazher -gsxr 1000 k8 vs k9  July 17, 2009 04:37 AM
sir i wanna know which is the best gsxr 1000 in power is that k8 or k9 ?
Mike -2009 GSX R-1000  May 19, 2009 11:05 PM
Just got a few rides on this new beast. i can share with you my perceptions while comparing it with my 2008 ZX-10R and Ducati 1098S. Gixxer does have an ease of power delivery, no doubt. Not yet taken it to the tracks but it feels absolutely enthralling. Tranny felt a bit stiff but its a matter of breaking in, something great for honing smoothness, no doubt. Frankly, the stock bike does not seem to require anything more aftermarket, in my view except some cool decals like the Mladin replica style on this blue/white/silver edition. The steering damper is electronic. Truly a supersports bike in every way, this from an average rider willing to taste more meat on the tracks!
ilias -balcon17@hotmail.com  May 17, 2009 03:31 PM
im moroccan my dream is drive this bike and i like this bike.
luisgixxer man -it all comes down to the driver  April 4, 2009 08:07 AM
iam a gixxer fan by i got to say is that all 1000 are close all very good bikes guy we are all street riders not roadracer.it all comes down to the rider not the bike. on paper and engine spec i shouldnt be able to smoke 1300/or zx1400 but ican see comes down to the ridder.to all bike fan whatever you ride ride hard and just note thers somone better then u on the no matter what they ride. guys enjoy this summmer and also be safe.
Superbiker -Superbike Supremacy Madnes  April 4, 2009 06:43 AM
Me iv been partial to the R1 (carburetted models) when they were the best in my tests ie fit feel, responsiveness and then the gixer thou came on the scene and had power but i hated how it turned, but the 05/06 gixxer was hot- so i got me one! Technical and practical application is what i love in a bike. The otherwise beautiful R1 had some design flaws to compete in that period. When the get it right again ( maybe now) then it would be the choice for me. Right now its still Suzuki but i aint stuck on ANY brand bros. Happy Superbiking
R1-XSVSPD -Gixxer Cup Racing/AMA Superbike  March 23, 2009 02:35 PM
Of course the Gixxer wins all the AMA races. Notice that it's just one team that wins though; the Yoshamira Suzuki team. This the only full factory backed team. Lots of cash goes into the bikes and the riders. They're not riding Gixxers, but factory race bikes. If you want to compare apples to apples, check out WERA or CCS. Those guys are riding something a little closer to a showroom bike. Or look at MotoGP or World Superbike if you want to see how each manufacturer can flex their engineering muscles.
Dustin -Ben Spies on an R1 and dominating  March 15, 2009 09:05 AM
HMMMMMMM go figure. Ben Spies on the all new R1 already has won 3 out of the first 4 World superbike races.
Jerry -GSX-R 1000 overhyped  March 10, 2009 03:08 PM
The gixxer 1k is not as dominating liter bike as you gixxer fans make it out to be. Put maladin onboard a yamaha or honda and he will dominate still. If the gixxer 1k is such a dominating bike, why is it getting it's tail kicked where it counts the most at the world stage in world superbike racing???? nobody cares about AMA racing! comparing AMA superbike to world superbike is like comparing a mini cooper (AMA) to a ferarri 360 modena (WSBK) and then all you have to do is look at what Rossi is doing onboard the YAMAHA M1, Motogp the most prestigious racing championship that determines which manufacturer is the best, The new R1 i guarantee you will kick the Gixxer 1k's behind this year.
Dustin -calm down rick  February 16, 2009 04:05 PM
put matt mladin on a yamaha and then yamaha will dominate AMA Superbike. Whats your point. Its the same thing you said about rossi. I get so tired of suzuki this suzuki that. Suzuki just happens to have the top rider in AMA, all you people think its the bike. Sure its a great bike. all the Jap bikes are great. You need to get over your self. Its the internet and you sound like your going to pop a hemroid.
Rick -gsxr  February 14, 2009 09:10 PM
Ok Dustin, maybe you should do a little more research before you open your mouth. First of all Rossi rides whatever pays the most $$$ bottom line. Second of all Suzuki dominates AMA which is the cloest you can get to all stock bike class. Which means for the everyday sportbike rider the fastest street performance not who's got the most $$ when it comes to WSBK an MotoGp which is all about big sponsor's an dumping ungodly amounts of mula in to the bikes to modify them beyond what most street riders could ever do. End result...Suzuki dominates stock racing most of the time in the 1000 class so deal with it cry baby!
Dustin -wow  February 9, 2009 05:59 PM
a typical suzuki fanboy squid reply. thanks for your vast MotoGP knowledge. Yes Rossi is the worlds best. Ever wonder why he rides a Yamaha and not a suzuki. Hummmmmmmm, go figure.
Charles -What difference do it make  February 8, 2009 09:32 PM
First off for the record, I ride a stock Gsxr-750 K6 plenty for me. To all the fools like Dustin talking about the Yamaha R1 with its crossplane Crankshaft. You, me and all the rest of the natural world can't ride like Valentino Rossi, I hear these type of silly comments and it's unreal. Bike companies can sell the public the most awesome bike in the world and it all comes down to the riders. We people are not Ben Spies, Haga, Valentino, Troy B., Mat M., Dani P., Nicky H., Lorenzo, Casey S., or even Kevin S. You can forget it, it doesn't matter what bike they sell, you me and and other guy will never be able to fully exploit all the bike potential. So quit trying to fool yourself with a wanna be pro-racer mentality on which bike is this or that. Get the bike you like and do us all a favor, SHUT-UP. Valentino is the best track racer on the planet, he would get smoked by a drag racing king. And the best drag racing king would get smoked by Valentino on a track, but why is it that they're both on motorbikes. Simple answer, "RIDER".
Dustin -GSX-R Hype.  February 6, 2009 04:18 PM
Eh, the new 09 R1 is getting all the hype this year. With the new Crossplane Crankshaft engine concept taken from the MotoGP dominating YZR-M1. It will set new standards in Sportbike enginges for the future. The suzuki is nice though. But every one thinks that just because the GSX-R always dominates the AMA races doesnt make it the End all, Be all. Look at world superbike, and not to mention the premier MotoGP circuit. It has been dominated by Yamaha and Valention Rossi for years,
Becykagaz -Superbike supremacy - ah! ah!  January 16, 2009 09:59 AM
Funny how GSX-Rs afficionados look only at the HP data. In an era where all the bikes are flirting with HP figures close to 200hp, it is not about a few horses more or less anymore. It's about refinement of other components/systems that allows better control and utilization of this tremendous amount of power. AMA domination does not mean GSX-R or Suzuki supremacy in the World of Motorcycle Racing. Perhaps one should look at WSBK results... and in the greater scheme of things, to MotoGP results.
dbengix1000 -p.s.  December 21, 2008 09:00 AM
tahnk u 4 the 720 grams saved here and the 10 mm saved there. THe only question I really need to know is what is the claimed rear wheel horsepower of the 2009 gsx-r 1000?????
dbengix1000 -superbike supremacy????  December 21, 2008 08:57 AM
I followed the 2008 ama superbike and supersport season and it was dominated by the Suzuki gsx-r 1000 taking 1st 2nd and 3rd u must mean a shootout on the streets with regular riders correct????
Mike -2009 GSXR-1000  December 17, 2008 11:38 AM
Having owned a 2002GSXR-1000 a 2003 2005 2007 2008 in the same bike, I feel I have formed an opinion that may be helpful. I understand that the adjustable footpegs remain....GREAT! The hydraulic clutch is gone...hmm? I hope that access to the oil filter is also as simple as the previous models. You do not have to remove body parts to perform oil changes on the previous models as you must on Honda's Y's and K's. I hope shortening the "stroke' does not eliminate the fat power available in lower RPMs. Can't wait to touch one!
Jonny -WOW!!!  November 24, 2008 12:50 AM
I can't believe that this is a street leagal MC. something so vicious, brutal, scarrrry!!! It looks like an art peice that will do 300km, oh...wait...it will!. I love the era I live in.