Took my first GSXS1000 for a ride yesterday and I'm sold on getting one. I took the 2019 model for a ride but I generally prefer to buy "close to new yet used", mainly for the financial saving (which I then spend on mods hah). So my main question is, has much changed over the last few years with the GSXS1000's? I can pick up a 2016 model for half the price of a new one or a 2017 for just a touch more. Would I be missing out on much as compared to the new 2019 model if I did so? Thanks!
The newer the 1000, the better the engine behaves. Every change Suzuki has done to the motor has been a benefit to a Rider.
While for the 2019, the snatchy throttle is better than in the 2016 version, it's still there at low revs when tricking along slowly. The ECU just lean's the fuel to just a whiff down the throttle tubes.
If you buy a 16, your getting a good bike still, I had and got both. If your in the USA, just buy the 16 and get the ECU tune flashed by Danos. People here swear by it, but only does the US.
You need to know the 16 without the slipper clutch need's a firmer handshake on the lever, but my 19 with the slipper is no featherweight in the pull in stakes, and I put the bike into neutral at the light's every time.
The 1000 has a 6 speed very close ratio gearbox, so your less likely to downshift too low. I can ride in 3rd and 4th everywhere I need while on the power, the torque is that strong.