See photos of the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F in action in the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000/F First Ride Photo Gallery. Read more in the 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000/F First Ride Review.
- The GSX-S1000F delivers stable yet sporty handling, with a composed front end and steady chassis.
- 2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F First Ride
- The GSX-S1000 models source a twin-spar aluminum frame – which is actually lighter than the R model – and shares the GSX-R swingarm.
- The GSX-S1000 models aren't as sharp or aggressive as a track-oriented bike, but the S is quick-turning and responsive to inputs.
- KYB provides the suspension units, with a 43mm inverted fork and single rear shock, and they held up well for a high-speed pace.
- In practical use, the GSX-S1000 engine is tuned quite well for the street. The S is quite content to zoom along in its responsive bottom end, with things getting more interesting in the meaty mid-range.
- The GSX-S’s six-speed transmission is a no frills unit. Shifting is snick, snick, snick easy. No bobbles or misses. No abrupt clutch engagement. No complaints.
- Comfort may not be ideal, compared to purpose-built tourers, with the seat being the biggest problem area. Having said that, the upright, slightly sporty riding position is amenable to long-distance rides and far superior to typical sportbike ergos.
- The GSX-S’s taut suspension, which performed so well on the smooth high-speed surfaces, felt harsh on the less pristine sections.
- The GSX-S1000F doesn’t have saddlebag mounts as an option (unlike the R1200RS we recently tested, or its most logical head-to-head matchup, the Ninja 1000), which is a pity, because it would make a fine sport-touring platform.
- Evaluating these GSX-S models, the most enticing aspect might be their pricing - with the base model GSX-S1000 sporting a $9999 MSRP with optional ABS adding $500 to the pricetag.
- While some might find the Suzuki’s lines uninspired, I personally favor them over some of its more aggressively styled competitors.
- The F’s fairing does its job well, despite a fairly slender profile and the non-adjustable screen directed a steady airflow.