Indeed, Suzuki is one of those motorcycle manufacturers which have a very expansive and versatile lineup of superbikes in the Indian two wheeler market. Though, one particular segment in which the Suzuki simply didn’t have its presence was that of the naked streetfighters. The segment of the brutal and macho looking streetfighters had the presence of every other manufacturer, including its arch rivals from Japan – Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki.
This glitch may not exist anymore, as Suzuki did finally lift off the covers from its much awaited liter class streetfighter, GSX S1000. And given the importance of the Indian market in its cards, Suzuki immediately brought this brawny motorcycle to the Indian shores.
With the arrival of the GSX S1000, the superbike lineup of Suzuki in the Indian market seems to be almost complete. But being a new-comer, is it worthy enough to stir the well-heeled competition from its Japanese rivals as well as more premium positioned European counterparts? Here’s an expansive review of the all new Suzuki GSX S1000.
If you have been an ardent follower of Suzuki’s design philosophy for its motorcycles, you will immediately notice that the GSX S1000 is not too path breaking and different from its stable mates. Agreed, the GSX S1000 is one fabulous motorcycle, with the overall design remaining typically Suzuki, borrowing the design cues from other Suzuki motorcycles.
The front of this motorcycle is dominated by an aggressive looking headlamp, the chief characteristics of which are the twin pilot lamps positioned at the lower corners of it. The headlamp unit is incorporated in a fluidic but sharp looking bikini fairing, which also includes a tiny black visor above the headlamp.
When viewed sideways, the aggressive fuel tank of the motorcycle catches your attention on the front side, which is assisted with the flowing Z-shaped tank extensions on the either sides. The two-tone engine cowl is large and partially covers the exhaust pipes. The single 4-into-1 side mounted exhaust pipe could have been a bit larger in size, considering the brawny appeal of the rest of the design. The sharply inclined aerodynamic rear side panels end up in a small trapezoidal LED tail lamp.
The minimalist rear fender and the fat rear tyre give the GSX S1000 a true roadster persona, when it is viewed from the rear. However, the clear lens turn indicators look dated and uninspiring.
As expected, the Suzuki GSX S1000 gets a sci-fi but functional all-digital instrument console, the brightness of which is adjustable by the rider. The unit has digital displays for speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel gauge, coolant and ambient temperatures, clock, instantaneous fuel consumption, average fuel consumption and driving range. The trapezoidal LCD panel is flanked by four-four tell tale indicators on both of its sides, which also include signals for ABS and traction control. Like most of its competitors, the GSX S1000 also gets a flat handlebar to go with its roadster credentials.
Under the snazzy skin of the GSX S1000, Suzuki has employed a four cylinder, liquid cooled, DOHC, 999cc engine, which also powers the company’s flagship supersport motorcycle – GSX R1000. Though the engine has been heavily retuned for its streetfighter-like character, which is why it produces completely different figures from the GSX R1000 – 146 bhp of maximum power and 100 Nm of maximum torque.
With these performance output figures, the Suzuki GSX S1000 is easily the most powerful liter class streetfighter from the land of the rising sun. This long stroke powerhouse of the GSX S1000, in a typical streetfighter manner, has a punchy low end and mid range performance, making this motorcycle a hoot to ride on the streets, whether of the city or the highways.
RIDE AND HANDLING
The engine is paired to Suzuki’s Traction Control system, which has three modes on offer. While the low mode is best suited for sporty riding, the medium mode is preferable for regular city riding. The high mode needs to be switched on in case of riding on wet or cold terrains.
The rest of the mechanical package of the GSX S1000 includes a suspension setup of inverted hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and link type, oil damped, monoshock at the rear. The ride quality is tuned on a slightly stiffer side in order to impart the dedicated sharp and responsive dynamics of a streetfighter. The motorcycle tubeless tyres wrapped over 6-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels. The bike also comes with dual disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear, coupled with the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS).
Suzuki is known for pricing its superbikes sensibly in the Indian market, the latest example of which is the GSX S1000. This new liter class motorcycle has been launched at a price tag of Rs. 12.25 lakh (Ex-showroom, Delhi), easily making it one of the most affordable liter class naked streetfighters on sale in the Indian two wheeler market.
For the Indian market, the Suzuki GSX S1000 is brought through CBU route, and is made available in two color options – Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black with Candy Daring Red. The motorcycle is available only through selected dealerships in India.
Considering the price positioning and the arch rivalry of its parent manufacturer with the other Japanese biggies, the closest competitor to the Suzuki GSX S1000 is the Kawasaki Z1000. The alien looking Z1000 from Kawasaki is undoubtedly the most attractive looking naked streetfighter on sale not only in the Indian market, but also across the globe. The GSX S1000 is also one sharp looking motorcycle, but you simply can’t second the styling of the Kawasaki Z1000.
The Kawasaki Z1000 has been bestowed with a very capable four cylinder, liquid cooled, 1043cc engine, which puts out 142 bhp of maximum power and 111 Nm of maximum torque. Thus, there is hard to differentiate between the characters of both the motorcycles in terms of performance. In the aspect of dynamics too, both the GSX S1000 as well as the Z1000 are almost equally marvelous, offering the rider oodles of feedback.
There is no denying fact that the GSX S1000 is one of the most awaited motorcycles of this century. Reason? For a long time, Suzuki was shying away from the segment of liter class streetfighters, and with the GSX S1000, it finally diminished the clouds of ambiguity.
The GSX S1000 is one sure-shot head turner, thanks to its aggressive lines and muscular appeal. Being a Suzuki, this motorcycle has a well-sorted, powerful and refined powertrain, making it a joy to ride without losing on the daily practical riding duties. Like its other stable mates, the GSX S1000 is also not an intimidating machine on two wheels, even after having a lot of power under its skin. And with the accomplished dynamics, the GSX S1000 is much easier to tame.
Yes, Suzuki is a bit late in the party of liter class naked streetfighters, but the GSX S1000 is truly worth the wait.