What a difference a generation of superbikes makes: the last GSX-R1000 I tested was a 2009 model that could hit 101 mph in first gear, and felt like more bike than you could possibly need.
Now in 2012, it's hard to be taken as a serious player in the literbike realm if you don't offer available ABS and traction control... oh, and approaching nearly 200 horsepower doesn't hurt, either-- for proof, look no further than the latest offerings from BMW, Honda, Kawasaki, and Yamaha.
I tested the traction control-less and ABS-free Gixxer thou at the Homestead-Miami track, and ponder its station in the modern superbike world in my 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review: An Analog Bike in a Digital World.
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