Suzuki GSX-S1000 Review – Suzuki GSX-S1000F Review

Page Four – Tested by Trevor Hedge

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Not that the GSX-S is all analogue. ABS and traction control are present on both variants of the machines as standard.

I found the traction control the more impressive of the two systems. It has three selectable modes of intervention and can also be switched off. It’s a fairly well tuned system, as long as the wheel speeds are somewhat close the interventions are quite benign. Thus if in one of the less interventionist modes, the front is free to skip off the ground and lift for short distances, out of a turn perhaps, it is only when wheel speeds dramatically differ that the system really starts cutting power hard. It’s not lean angle sensitive like the best systems, but it’s still a nice safety benefit, particularly for the commuter or all-weather rider.

Suzuki GSX-S1000
Suzuki GSX-S1000

A Bosch control unit modulates the slip up front under brakes by controlling the 2014 GSX-R1000 sourced Brembo Monobloc calipers. It works pretty well, and demonstrably better than the ABS systems of old, but still, there are better systems out there amongst some of the more expensive opposition. 

Overall Suzuki have done well to give riders a very well sorted, GSX-R1000 derived nakedbike at an affordable price, with traction control and ABS as standard.

The engine is impressive, the handling is sporty but also stable, comfort levels very good, the price affordable, it even sounds pretty good as standard, and most important of all, there is plenty of fun factor on offer. And that last bit is the most important attribute of all.

Suzuki GSX-S1000
Suzuki GSX-S1000
Suzuki GSX-S1000 Specifications
  • Engine – 999cc, liquid-coolined, in-line, four-cylinder
  • Bore x Stroke – 73.4 x 59mm
  • Compression Ratio – 12.2:1
  • Maximum Power – 107kW (143hp) @ 10,000rpm (Claimed)
  • Maximum Torque – 106Nm @ 9500rpm (Claimed)
  • EFI – 44mm, SDTV
  • Transmission – Six speed
  • Traction Control – 3 modes and off
  • Forks – 43mm KYB inverted, fully-adjustable for preload, rebound and compression
  • Shock – KYB, adjustable preload and rebound damping
  • Front Brakes – Brebmo radial, four-spiton Monobloc with ABS
  • Rear Brake – 240mm Nissin, single-piston caliper, ABS
  • L x W x H – 2115 x 795 x 1080mm
  • Wheelbase – 1460mm
  • Rake / Trail – 25-degrees / 100mm
  • Ground Clearance – 140mm
  • Seat Height – 810mm
  • Kerb Weight – 209kg – 215kg for GSX-S1000F (Both figures are ready to ride but minus fuel)
  • Fuel Capacity – 17 litres
  • RRP – $14,990 for GSX-S1000, $15,790 for GSX-S1000F (plus on roads)
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