I assume most of you have already purchased a Suzuki GSX-S1000 because this is a GSX-S1000 forum, but for anyone still on the fence and comparing the Suzuki to its naked competitors, this comparison piece by Motorcyclist may be of some help to you. The writer and his friends took a Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki GSX-S1000, and Yamaha FZ-09 for a test ride and here’s what they found.
The Honda CB1000R: $11,760
One of the heavier bikes in this bunch with full tank weight of 484 pounds, its center of gravity is a bit higher than the others even though the seat height is identical to both the Yamaha and Kawasaki. While the seat height isn’t a problem, shorter riders may find themselves scooting forward towards the tank while riding and subsequently crushing your lower region into the pointy gas tank.
Other than that, the Honda CB1000R’s suspension is well calibrated, the brakes offer plenty of stopping power, delivers 108 hp, and it has a great throttle response.
The Kawasaki Z1000: $11,999
The most expensive model in the lineup but you do get your money’s worth with its 1,043cc engine producing 122hp, Dual Tokico calipers, and ABS.
As far as ergonomics go, it’s a bike suited to riders both short and tall but the seat’s comfort is nothing to write home about. Other noted concerns was the lack of gear-position indicator, stiff suspension and the low saddle/peg combo. It’s a great bike for twisty roads as long as they’re well paved.
The Suzuki GSX-S1000: $10,499
Motorcyclist calls this one the “True Naked Sportbike” in their raving review. While there were some complaints about the competitors’ ergonomics, none was found with the GSX-S1000. The saddle was comfortable and riding position was neutral. The GSX-S’ 139 hp output, three-way adjustable traction control, and optional ABS (for $500) made the test riders feel like they were riding on a liter-size sportbike. Keeping you safe while sitting on top of all that power is a Brembo four-piston caliper.
The only complaint they had was of the throttle response, something that you’ll have to get used to over time. Doesn’t seem like too big of an issue when three of the four test riders chose the GSX-S1000 while off the record.
The Yamaha FZ-09: $8,190
The most affordable bike of the bunch and also the lightest of the group too, making it quite agile on the city streets. Although it is cheaper, the Yamaha FZ-09 is by no means a bad bike. The 847cc inline triple engine with a 104 hp output is said to pack a punch and it even comes with selectable ride modes.
With that said, there are areas where the FZ-09 lags behind in comparison. The throttle response isn’t as good as the Yamaha or Suzuki even with the selectable ride modes and the soft suspension is liable to get your FZ-09 dinged a bit.
Ultimately, the choice is up to you and it is mostly dependent on your riding needs but maybe this comparison will help you make the final decision.