Not sure how it happened really – since 2004 I had been commuting into Birmingham on a 1998 GSX-R 750.
I had lost touch with the current bike market, but while web browsing, happened across the GSX-R Anniversary range.
They were doing the range in classic Suzuki blue and white colours, and I suddenly decided I needed a new bike.
“My old bike is cursed, it has no ABS,” and other excuses were trotted out, and I set about testing a few bikes.
I tried the GSX-S 1000, but after years of riding dropped bars, the upright riding position and wide bars did not feel natural to me. I was worried the wide bars would make filtering a little harder, and the GSX-R was on 0% finance, so even though I couldn’t’ get the colour I wanted, I signed on the dotted line.
The romantic in me also liked the fact that this is the last GSX-R, without any electronics. The only concession to technology is ABS, which I still find weird when it kicks in, but glad that I have it. (On the front, not sure I like the back brake using ABS) The GSX-R is a good road bike. The power spread makes it easy to ride in varying riding situations. In the right gear, you can ride on the throttle only, in certain road or traffic conditions.
The riding position is comfortable for me, and I have done a few solo tours.
It is at its best on wider, sweeping roads. You tuck in, give it some, and you feel part of the bike (when all the stars align).
My wife has now become interested in touring again, so I see a different (Orange!) bike in my future, but but for now, I really like the GSX-R 1000.
- 4 Cylinder, 4 stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC
- Torque, 86.70 lb.ft at 10,800 rpm
- 43mm Showa Inverted Big Piston Fork
- Brembo Radial – Mount Monobloc Front Calipers, Dual 310mm Discs
- Nissin Single Piston Caliper Rear, 220mm Disc
- Fuel Capacity, 7.5 Litres
- Seat Height, 810mm
- Wet Weight, 203kg
Review by Paul Quirk