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2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Comparo Photo Gallery

Photos of the 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Comparo. 2008 Superbike Smackdown V

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The GSX-R1000 has set precedence as the ultimate track bike and pushes the competition on the street with its nigh unbeatable combination of comfy ergos, decent protection from the elements and that outrageous Suzuki power.
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Ride it like you stole it, Adam.
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A back-torque limiting clutch allows for smooth downshifts.
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'Hands down the Suzuki is the easiest bike to ride,' said Motorcycle USA's Adam Waheed.
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'Though the GSX-R1000 has been the benchmark in the open class for years, the styling is feeling a little dated and it's time for a change,' said Michael Earnest.
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The '08 Gixxer's die-cast aluminum swingarm is more rigid and features an innovative link system which pivots the swingarm itself for increased traction and reduced side loads.
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Sticky Dunlop D211GP tires helped the '08 GSX-R achieve serious lean angles.
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A meaty mid-range helps the GSX-R get awesome drives with less tranny work than the R1 or ZX-10, despite all three posting similar-looking hp and torque curves.
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Both the '08 ZX-10R and CBR1000RR have been revamped with the intent to take away the Gixxer's Superbike Smackdown title.
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The GSX-R1000 could easily return to the top of the hill by shaving off a few pounds and by giving it a little more mid-range grunt.
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Ground control to Hutch, all clear for landing.
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Earnest is my name, riding sportbikes fast is my game.
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'Over the years the Suzuki has been the benchmark in the open class with its stomping motor and great handling,' said test rider Michael Ernest.
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Pacific Track Time's Michael Earnest not only stepped up to participate in our test, he also helped out getting Motorcycle USA more valuable track time at his home course.
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With tires on the warmer and industry techs at our disposal, Motorcycle USA engaged in its quest to discern which superbike reigns supreme in 2008.
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We posted 10.38-second quarter mile times on board the 2008 GSX-R1000.
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The rider footpegs are three-way adjustable, so a suitable riding position can be found for riders of varying heights.
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An aluminum alloy twin-spar frame uses five castings to help keep weight down and performance and handling up.
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Waheed kills two birds with one stone, breaking in his spiffy new Alpinestar leathers while concurrently testing the R1's handling.
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We sent Hutch to Kneedraggers Anonymous but old habits are hard to break.
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The GSX-R holds its own on the dyno with a second-highest 157.6 hp at 12,100 rpm and a ballsy 75.34 lb-ft at 10,000 rpm.
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Though the 2008 GSX-R1 might not be able to defend its Superbike Showdown title, it's pretty much a shoe-in for the AMA Superbike title thanks to the Yoshimura crew.
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For years the other superbikes have been chasing the mighty Gixxer. Is this the year the formidable 1000 is finally dethroned?
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The GSX-R1000's bodywork has undergone plenty of wind tunnel testing which resulted in a reduced front section and a slightly taller windscreen.
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The 2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is still more bike than most riders can handle.
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A meaty mid-range helps the GSX-R get awesome drives with less tranny work than the R1 or ZX-10, despite all three posting similar-looking hp and torque curves.
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For three years running, the GSX-R has been our Superbike Smackdown winner, but there are new challengers on the horizon who want a piece of Suzuki's action.
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The high-powered Suzook remains near the top of the horsepower charts.
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The only bike to eke past the GSX-R between 0 and 100 mph is the upgraded CBR.
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The torque curves show that the 2008 GSX-R delivers the goods with controlled precision.
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Quarter Mile Results - Superbike Smackdown V
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As the reigning three-time winner, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has been the most dominant motorcycle in the history of our Superbike Smackdown.
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MCUSA's Adam Waheed does his best Mat Mladin impersonation aboard the 2008 GSX-R1000.
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The 2008 GSX-R1000 features a close-ratio six-speed transmission with an adjustable back torque limiter.