Last week, INFO MOTO got the chance to test the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 naked bike at Heathcote Park Raceway. Here’s how that went down…
Suzuki has launched its second-generation GSX-S1000 naked bike, which adopts an all-new look as well as some crucial technology upgrades.
It carries over much from its predecessor, making it a bit dated compared to segment heavyweights like the Triumph Speed Triple, KTM 1290 Super Duke and Ducati Streetfighter, however, its aggressive price-point of $17,290 rideaway affords it a level of value unmatched by just about anything else.
Despite its ageing components, the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 remains a very capable and enjoyable sportsbike, and its updated tech suite has breathed new life into the platform.
The 2022 GSX-S1000 adopts a sharp and angular design, with a stacked LED headlight, a compact rear-end and a subtler exhaust outlet.
The new 4-2-1 exhaust system is employed to meet Euro5 standards, while a new airbox and internal components have been updated to enhance power delivery.
These changes have resulted in a 2kW boost to power, and a 2Nm drop to torque, with the 999cc inline four-cylinder engine now generating 112kW and 106Nm.
For 2022, the Suzuki GSX-S1000 also benefits from an improved clutch assist system for smoother deceleration, and the brand’s latest rider assistance suite enhances rider modes, traction control, low-rpm assist and standard-fit up/down quickshifter.
The fuel tank capacity has increased from 17- to 19-litres, while wider handlebars, new seat and wheels round out the major changes.
As before, the GSX-S1000 rides on fully adjustable KYB suspension and uses Brembo monobloc brakes (310mm) at the front end.
The bike is built in three colours, Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Matte Mechanical Gray and Glass Sparkle Black.
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