Nowadays, the competition includes tech-heavy players like the nearly 200-horspower, electronics-intensive BMW S1000RR, the ever refined Honda CBR1000RR with available ABS, the traction control-equipped Yamaha R1, and the traction control-equipped and ABS-optional Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R; I could go on about even more options in this field , but suffice to say the Gixxer's got some pretty serious competition.
Rather than fully redesign the GSX-R1000, Suzuki has tweaked a slew of smaller issues-- 14, to be exact-- in the interest of building a smoother, quicker, nimbler, and better braking bike. Without dwelling on every little alteration, here are a few key bullet points:
- 4.4 fewer pounds to haul around, thanks in part to a new exhaust system that features one, not two, mufflers
- Revised engine components, a slightly higher compression ratio, updated cam profiles, and various mods intended to smoothen the torque curve and expand upper-end power without losing low-end torque
- New Brembo Monobloc calipers and thinner discs for better feel and reduced unsprung weight
- Softer Big Piston Fork settings to compensate for the bike's lighter weight
- New Bridgestone S20 tires; 200 grams lighter at the front
- Grippier seat material
- Subtly revised styling
Priced at $13,799, the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in blue and white or black. Let's ride.