Sporty – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 ABS test: Absolutely Gexy! – MNC on the way to the 30 years of the GSX-R

Suzuki GSX-R 1000 ABS test: Absolutely Gexy !

Sporty - Suzuki GSX-R 1000 ABS test: Absolutely Gexy! - MNC on the way to the 30 years of the GSX-R

The GSX-R 1000 can benefit in 2015 from ABS and a MotoGP colorway but still ignores the traction control, shifter or electronic suspensions present on competing sports motorcycles. Out of date, the Suzuki Superbike ? Test.

MNC on the way to 30 years of GSX-R

If the large size and large volumes of the GSX-R1000 are often criticized – including within Site -, they still provide an advantage: without entering the road category, the Suzuki Superbike allows to consider long journeys.

The seat backrest, in particular, is wide and flat enough to accommodate a leather suit, essential for running on the track! Unlike the latest generation sports cars, the "Gex" allows the most daring bikers – including MNC – to show up on track days by road, without a truck or trailer..

The two lugs overhanging the passenger footrest plates and the sturdy license plate holder are also very convenient for securing the load with a net. Do not forget to have an old T-shirt on the motorcycle to spare its beautiful paint…

Still practical side, the space under the passenger seat can accommodate a disc lock "or a future specific U in the process of homologation", assures us Suzuki France. The Gex is therefore also ready for everyday life !

Ignition on, starter pressed and clutch lever pulled: the engine starts at a quarter-turn and sounds very hoarse and deep at idle. The absence of a chicane in the Yoshimura pot fitted on our test (road) model accentuates the serious tone, but even with the original pot the Suzuki seems to be cubing 2000 cc !

The driving position of the GSX-R1000 is arguably the least radical and the least wearing of the Superbikes. In town, however, the wrists are used and the pilot takes advantage of red lights to relieve them.

Set to the highest to allow – good – journalists to take a maximum angle on the track, the footrests of our Gex tilt the weight of the rider even more forward. Compared to the latest Suzuki sports car, the GSX-S1000F (read our, the GSX-R1000 is therefore more brittle…

Hard, the saddle has a significant advantage: its width which spares the buttocks on long journeys on highways and beautiful national roads. On small, more bumpy roads, however, the original shock absorber setting, rather firm, limits lumbar comfort..

The first turns of the wheel are relaxed and the first crossroads are approached without any unpleasant surprises: for a sportswoman, the GSX-R1000 is considerate both in terms of setting the angle and braking..

Likewise, if the gearbox selection is a little rough at first, all you have to do is synchronize your actions to the engine speed to change gears on the fly and smoothly. We note that the injection facilitates the task: reactive and gentle at the same time, it is much better calibrated than that of the GSX-S1000 !

Tested under optimal driving conditions (dry road and high temperatures), the Suzuki did not use ABS. It was only by playing with it in a deserted parking lot that Site was able to observe its excellent behavior..

At the front, the Bosh system only intervenes very late, highlighting the grip of the original Bridgestone S20s. The ABS is triggered more quickly at the rear – the wheel sheds quickly enough under the effect of the front brake – but the reactions are smooth and reassuring

During its return trip to Le Mans, Le Journal moto du Net had the opportunity to assess the protection of the GSX-R1000: it is ultimately better than that offered by the GSX-S1000F, thanks to the driving position more leaning on the ‘hypersportive than on the road sports car. The pecs are protected from the wind by the bubble, but the shoulders and head remain exposed.

Spacious, the Suzuki "mille" will appeal to great bikers. It is possible to vary its position on the saddle, which increases the frequency of stops on motorway areas. If necessary, "backpackers" can even lower the footrests and open the hydraulics of the suspensions (the settings are very accessible on the fork, but less on the shock absorber).

In sixth gear, slight vibrations appear in the pilot’s hands and feet just above 100 km / h. Unfortunately, they turn into unpleasant crackles around 120 km / h, but disappear when the speedometer displays 140 km / h (6000 rpm).

On the motorway, we naturally stall at "140 meter", speed at which the radars do not activate: phew! Belly resting on the large tank, nose in the bubble, we scroll through the terminals while being bored firmly, of course, but without tiring too much.

Fuel consumption is not excessive either: a little more than 5 liters per 100 km while maintaining an average 140 on the highway. By spraying on the road, the consumption does not even exceed 6 l / 100km. With 17.5 liters in the tank, outings can be long !

The GSX-R1000 does not have a fuel gauge, but its bright and flashing reserve indicator does not go unnoticed and will prevent any fuel running out. At the same time, a third trip kilometer is triggered automatically. We would have preferred a count, but the on-board computer does not calculate the consumption…

Le Journal moto du Net was unfortunately not able to calculate the consumption of the Gex on the circuit, the jerry cans of Suzuki France being devoid of graduations. The behavior of the motorcycle, on the other hand, could be studied during five 20-minute sessions around the Bugatti … On track, the artist !

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