It just might be...
Unless you live in a hole you might have heard that Suzuki (finally!!!) debuted a new GSX-R1000 L7 at EICMA 2016. It's been some 11 years since the then new K5 Gixxer debuted.
Suzuki says the new GSX-R1000 is the lightest, most powerful, best handling and highest spec'd bike they've ever built.
- All-new 999cc engine
- 200bhp | 82ftlb | 200kg (est)
- All-new aluminium chassis
- Showa BFF fork and BFRC shock
- 10-level traction control
What's nice about the latest effort from Suzuki is that they went at the sportbike from a mechanical standpoint. They aim to be King of the Sportbikes once again and instead of loading the bike up with trick electronics to mask flaws, Suzuki turned instead to engineering solutions.
So confident are they in their work, Suzuki says the Gixxer doesn't get an IMU like the ZX-10 or R1 because the bike is so good, riders don't need one.
In fact one of the coolest features to come from the concept is the debut of Variable Valve Timing, a first for the segment. Which couples with some slick solutions developed for the GP bike.
The Suzuki Racing Finger valve train follower rocker arm improves valve control and pushes the bike into higher rpms. The Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems combine with SRF to make what Suzuki call their Broad Power System. This was the ethos behind the GP bike, and the result is strong, linear acceleration throughout the rev range.
The new GSXR is expected in stores by mid-2016. Its feasible that by this time next year Suzuki will have shown us a new GSX-S1000 based around the new L7...