Suzuki was tired of playing catch-up in the sports bike market to Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki, so it redesigned the renowned GSX-R1000 from the ground up. The Gixxer has been modernized with a brand-new chassis, engine, and electronics to better compete with bikes from Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha in stores and on tracks. Everything you need to know about the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle now that it’s at its best is right here.
2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle – Features and Specs
In the early 1980s, sports bikes were big, heavy, and fast but had issues in the chassis and handling departments. The Suzuki GSX-R750 followed a road racer in all but name that radically altered the motorcycle racing landscape. Then in 1986, Suzuki introduced the GSX-R1100, a stripped-down version of the GS1100 naked road bike with a fairing. Even with the added weight, the handling was severely deficient. By 2001, the Honda CBR900RR Fire Blade of 1994 and the Yamaha YZF-R1 of 1998 had established themselves as the gold standards. In response, Suzuki introduced the GSX-R1000, a motorbike that can tow 374 pounds thanks to its 160 hp engine and 80 lb-ft of torque. Between 2001 and 2016, the GSX-R1000 underwent eight versions, each with updated mechanicals.
2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7
By 2017, Suzuki had fallen farther behind Honda, Yamaha, and Kawasaki in the liter sports bike category than before. Although the bikes they were competing with may have been on the verge of extinction, having a flagship model and a solid basis for production-based racing meant that Suzuki had to start from scratch. Even though liter sports motorcycle sales were down due to the popularity of adventure bikes, Japan’s Big Four manufacturers were still committed to the category. The manufacturing of this model continues to this day.
The 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle may be outfitted with the optional Showa BFF and BFRC-Lite suspension, which is more technologically sophisticated and lighter in weight than the suspension found on the ‘standard’ GSX-R1000. The gearbox has a quick-shifting bidirectional lever as well as a launch control. Interestingly, the ‘R’ trim level is the only one where ABS comes standard. Both models have the same powertrain.
After being updated in 2009, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 received a single new power plant. A higher rpm restriction was understandable, but the unexpected absence of a balancer shaft was not. It was assumed that an inline four-cylinder engine would have sufficient primary balance without further complication. To modify the timing of the camshafts, Suzuki pioneered the use of variable valve timing by using a centrifugal ball-and-plate system. With the new fueling system, the engine produces 199 hp at 13,000 rpm and 87 lb-ft of torque at 10,800 rpm.
The 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle is, unsurprisingly, the best Suzuki sports bike available. Many riders find that the standard model, with its simpler technology, offers a more relaxing experience. The power delivery may be adjusted in only three distinct riding modes. The ‘R’ version, however, has a marked acceleration. A six-axis IMU provides lean-sensitive traction control (10 levels) and anti-lock brakes. This ABS is brilliant. Inertial measurement unit data shows that the rear wheel rises under heavy braking. Thus the Motion Track Anti-Lock Braking System control module gradually reduces brake force to lower the revolution and restore stability. With Suzuki’s Easy Start technology, you need just press the starter button for a moment. The motor will continue to spin thanks to the onboard electronics until the engine ignites. Another element that prevents engine stalling when starting is Suzuki’s Low-RPM assist. Finally, the launch control and bidirectional quick-shifter come into play, allowing for lightning-fast takeoffs.
The engine of the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle has been shifted and rotated rearward by six degrees to somewhat alter the bike’s weight distribution, and the swing arm has been made bigger for increased stability. To keep things calm under heavy acceleration, a new set of lightweight six-spoke cast alloy wheels with ultra-grippy Bridgestone RS10 tires and an electronically regulated steering damper have been added. The curb weight is now 441 pounds, down from 448.
Brembo’s finest Monobloc calipers are the obvious choice for modulating all that power. Dual 320 mm discs up front provide the colossal stopping power and a nice feel at the lever, allowing for maximum deceleration with less risk of locking up and sliding into the tire barriers at the end of the straight.
2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle – Price
The new 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle is available at $17,899 only.
2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Sports Motorcycle – Technical Specifications
|Engine||999.8cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC|
|Bore x Stroke||76.0 mm x 55.1 mm (2.992 in. x 2.169 in.)|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection with Ride-by-Wire throttle bodies|
|Clutch||Wet, multi-plate type|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Final Drive||Chain, DID 525HV3, 120 links|
|Suspension Front||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension Rear||Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes Front||Brembo 4-piston, twin dic, ABS-equipped|
|Brakes Rear||Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped|
|Tires Front||120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless|
|Tires Rear||190/55ZR17M/C (75W), tubeless|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||16 L (4.2 US gal.)|
|Color||Metallic Matte Black No. 2 / Glass Matte Mechanical Gray or Metallic Matte Black No. 2|
|Ignition||Electronic ignition (transistorized)|
|Overall Length||2075 mm (81.7 in.)|
|Overall Width||705 mm (27.8 in.)|
|Overall Height||1145 mm (45.1 in.)|
|Wheelbase||1420 mm (55.9 in.)|
|Ground Clearance||130 mm (5.11 in.)|
|Seat Height||825 mm (32.5 in.)|
|Curb Weight||202 kg (445.0 lb.)|
|Warranty||12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty|
|Extension||More extended coverage periods with other benefits are available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)|