Aging Suzuki GSX-R1000R receives dazzling matte gray livery in country of origin
Suzuki has not been so proactive in thoroughly updating its motorcycles. Of course we got an updated Hayabusa, but it is also an evolved product and by no means revolutionary. Take the V-Strom 650 XT for example. The famous middleweight ADV-tourer hasn’t received a major update in time immemorial. While other manufacturers are busy equipping their halo superbikes with more technological magic and visual drama, Suzuki has rolled out another livery for the aging GSX-R1000R in its home country.
The black / red paint scheme remains in the GSX-R 2021 catalog, but the land of the rising sun also gains the MotoGP-inspired Triton Blue Metallic / Mystic Silver Metallic livery and a market-specific Glass Matte Mechanical Gray color option. The latter stands out among the black paint jobs and the two-year-old MotoGP replica.
Suzuki’s flagship track weapon was last given a major update in 2017. Since then, it has remained largely the same as its rivals have become more powerful and modern than before. We have to admit though, despite its aging design, it still looks stunning in that gray livery.
For now, it continues to be powered by a liquid-cooled 999cc inline-four engine that produces a good 197bhp at 13,200rpm and 117Nm at 10,800rpm. The engine is improved by Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT), which is similar to the VVA system of the Yamaha R15 V3. This helps maintain a good balance between low end growl and high end drive.
Electronic aids include a 6-axis IMU with three drive modes, a 10-stage traction control system, a two-way quick shifter, launch control and even low-end assist. The bike’s suspension setup includes Showa BFF (Balance Free Front-Fork) and Showa BFRC (Balance Free Rear Cushion). Braking comes from the Brembo brakes – two 320mm front discs with a 4-piston radial caliper and a 220mm rear disc with a single-piston caliper.
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The GSXRs have legendary lineage and are also renowned for being incredible road bikes, although, ridden by an experienced rider, they can wipe out lap times. It’s about time Suzuki sent the aging GSX-R1000R to the operating room and blessed the two-wheeler world with a completely updated iteration of the same.