Tuning and conversion guide Suzuki GSX-R 1000

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Tuning and conversion guide Suzuki GSX-R 1000
Andreas Feulner

Tuning and conversion guide Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Tuning and conversion guide Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Tuning and conversion guide Suzuki GSX-R 1000

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Performance and electronics – in these areas Suzuki has neglected the GSX-R 1000 badly. Nevertheless, it is still a fantastic base for fast racers. Our walls are full of small or larger parts that are supposed to help us actually realize their potential.

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Nobody is completely saddle-proof near the limit. Proper protectors minimize possible fall damage. The few grams of extra weight have not prevented anyone from driving fast.

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Nice to have, especially in Hockenheim, are brake levers including remote controls.

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Plug in and drive off – that works with the electronics package from Bazzaz. But of course everything can still be optimized through fine-tuning.

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In terms of price, the individual products are worlds apart, especially when it comes to the suspension fork. You can read in the text what is good for whom.

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Not only the brake disks and pads can be improved, replacing the rubber lines with steel braids ensures a more defined pressure point.

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Racing windshields.

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Footrest systems and electronics.

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Protectors.

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Brakes.

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landing gear.

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In order to make the Gixxer fit for the racetrack (or fitter for the country road), our tuners have selected the following parts.

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… Of course, all parts have been picked up and given his opinion in the text.

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Jens Hebisch from the triplespeed headquarters has the appropriate tools, a good amount of time and …

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This overview again shows all installed and tested components in a comparable manner.

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Performance and electronics – in these areas the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was badly neglected. Nevertheless, it is still a fantastic base for fast racers. How to convert your potential into more speed is here.

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11/10/2015

It is a cult. Always has been. The “Gixxer” from Suzuki. Over the years, however, the shine has faded a little. The competition has not only stepped up, but has taken a clear lead. For 2016, a new Superbike bang can also be expected from Suzuki. Good, but what about all the current Gixxers now? Trade in? Crush? Or simply bear the malice of your colleagues with your head bowed because the Suzi does not have 200 hp, no traction control and no app to tune the chassis? Under no circumstance. Keep your head up, chest out, and face your colleagues with pride – because it’s still not just any Superbike, it’s a Suzuki GSX-R 1000. And that’s why “Mission Superbike Reloaded” starts now.

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Overview of all components installed and tested on this Suzuki GSX-R 1000.

The next few pages are all about the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 installed and tested chassis, brake systems, protectors, footrest systems and electronics.

Undercarriages


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A selection of chassis components.

As guests of Speer Racing in the Hockenheimer Motodrom, we catch one of the last beautiful late summer days and start straight away with the Hyperpro shock absorber. Because performance is only worth as much as the chassis that brings it to the asphalt. Fully adjustable in rebound and compression damping, divided into high and low speed, the damper from Holland also comes with the luxury of hydraulic spring preload and height adjustment. But be careful: if you book these extras, you should be aware that the operating license will expire – an ABE has been announced for 2016. Regardless of whether you have these two goodies on board or not, the performance of the purple asphalt iron is impressive. Where the rear of the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was previously pumped, the Hyperpro now delivers stability paired with plenty of traction and grip on the rear wheel, which we sensibly equipped with METZELER slicks for this test. A top shock absorber at absolutely fair conditions that leaves little to be desired, especially on the road.

Fatter, firmer, more racing

Next we reach into the MUPO shelf. The Italian damper is sold in this country by the company ZUPIN. It is also fully adjustable and equipped with height adjustment as standard. Hydraulic spring preload costs extra. Thanks to ABE, the whole thing is completely legal in everyday operation, and on the route the good piece pulls almost all the wrinkles out of the asphalt. With maximum grip, the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 ignites the parabolic steroids. In direct comparison to the Hyperpro, the MUPO shock absorber looks fuller, firmer and more racing.

A tie between Ohlins and Mupo

Let’s come to the reference, the OHLINS TTX GP. The Swedes do without a high and low speed setting of the damping, but hydraulic spring preload, height adjustment and ABE are part of the standard equipment. The waiver of high and low speed settings does not affect the performance; The noble piece works 100 percent confidence-inspiring, dampens richly and constantly, to our surprise, however, no better than the MUPO damper. So a tie? Here and now, yes, but we know about the special features of the TTX with its twin-tube system, in which the compression and rebound stages work in separate circuits and neither influence each other nor “boil up”. We have almost 20 degrees in Hockenheim and can therefore only guess how the competition between Italy and Sweden would develop at a midsummer 30 degrees. We know from the TTX that it works just as well after countless hot laps as it does when leaving the pit lane. Maybe in 2016 we will get the opportunity to test the MUPO shock absorber under tough conditions.

Fork for the Suzuki GSX-R 1000

Let’s get to the fork. For them, Hyperpro offers fork springs with oil and ABE. With a 100 millimeter air cushion (with the fork pushed completely together, vented oil filling, measured without springs, washers and preload sleeves), it works great on the road in combination with the shock absorber. For the occasional track use, this combination offers enough reserves and saves the budget, so that there is still enough left for a week of “shooting Alpine passes with the boys”.

With regard to the vacation budget, the MUPO cartridge set LcRr K911 probably only allows for a men’s weekend in the Black Forest for most of them. The sacrifice is absolutely fine in view of the required damping performance. The MUPO inserts for the standard fork come fully adjustable in rebound, compression and spring preload, but they offer another highlight: Thanks to a spiral that is screwed further and further into the spring and thus blocks one turn around the other, the spring rate is in 0 , 25 increments adjustable between 9 and 11 N / mm. The cartridge is sent to us by ZUPIN pre-assembled in a serial fork and pre-set to the driver data, route and tire choice. And how does it work? Nearly perfect. The front of the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 runs as if on rails, whether in tight bends or with maximum loading in an inclined position. When anchoring in the direction of the hairpin, the tires and braking system whine for mercy, but the fork conveys so much security that you don’t have to worry.

This can be used to move continental plates

Last but not least, again Swedish gold in its purest form: the OHLINS complete fork FGRT205 (with ABE). In terms of budget, the part forces you to spend your next summer vacation in your own outdoor pool, but the workmanship and surface quality bring tears of joy to your eyes. And when it comes to lines, responsiveness and damping behavior, or braking stability, the fork packs a punch. When braking, not only does the asphalt throw itself in waves, it can also move continental plates. Clearly our tip for wealthy fine spirits and aesthetes. However, if it’s only about performance, you can order the 30mm cartridge kit from Ohlins, which also works in the two golden tubes. According to OHLINS, around 80% of the performance goes to the damper inserts and 20% to the in-house shell.

On top of that we treat ourselves to a fine steering damper from Hyperpro. The serial electronic part may be fine for the road, but for the slopes we need such an adjustable and spotlessly working directional stabilizer from Holland.

Braking system


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Brake discs and pads.

First off with the rubber lines. It is incomprehensible that such Suzuki GSX-R 1000s are still delivered with the rubber material. We assemble ABE steel braided lines from TRW. Lo and behold, the pressure point is much more crisp and the lines stay on the bike for eternity – provided you don’t damage them. An absolute must. There are also new discs and sintered linings from the same company. Braking power and pressure point are thus on the standard level, but the TRW friction pairing holds out much more bravely, and the discs do not begin to change their “face color” under constant load, like the standard Sunstar discs.

Complete set of Braking with killer potential

The combination of Motomaster discs and sintered pads from EBC (both with ABE) behaves in a similar way. It works a bit more snappy and on top of that delivers an extremely flashy look. TRW and Motomaster are very good alternatives to the series material, provided that the main field of activity is on public roads with only occasional trips to the racetrack.

If you want to chase the superbike elite, you should take a closer look at the complete set from Braking. The wave disks, which are also supplied with ABE, including sintered coatings, have real killer potential, bite even more nastily and remain absolutely steadfast. That means something in Hockenheim. So hot stuff for the track and when you want to legally burn your Suzuki GSX-R 1000 on the country roads.

Please don’t underestimate Brembo’s potential!

Now we are bringing together what belongs together – Brembo with Brembo. Suzuki already installs the fat saddles of the Italians with the corresponding pads in the series. If you give this pit bull the right food, i.e. the in-house discs (with ABE), there will be a real delayed slaughter. Top material.

Not enough? Then come on with the radial Brembo brake pump of the type RCS19 with a pressure point like on an XBox joypad. But be careful: this combination – whether with Brembo or the braking material – has the potential to reverse the rotation of the earth, but can also catapult you directly into a double front flip in the event of a panic braking without ABS. You can still fine-tune the hardness of the pressure point via the adjustable leverage (between 18 and 20 millimeters), but you should always be aware of the potential.

Protectors


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A selection of crash pads and fairing protectors.

Despite the first-class chassis and perfectly adjustable brakes, it can always happen that you jump into the clover. Therefore it makes sense to protect the finely prepared Suzuki GSX-R 1000 as well as possible. LSL supplies axle crash pads for the front wheel and brakes. A CNC-milled assembly kit for the in-house crashballs, which is mounted directly over the engine cover, is recommended as protection for the engine and frame. Simple, precisely fitting assembly speak in favor of these parts. One or two scratches on the panel cannot be prevented. LSL offers another kit for this purpose. To assemble it, however, you have to mill holes in the plastic, which is why we did not test it.

Aesthetically, the R&G parts do not

In contrast, the ABM kit is installed between the air inlets of the fairing. In addition to the frame, it should also keep the chic plastic dress of the Gixxer wrinkle-free. The engine covers are more at risk here.

The complete solution is offered by the R&G. Engine crash pads, mounted through the air inlets similar to the ABM parts, plus axle crash pads for the front and rear. For sustainable protection of the expensive engine covers, R&G screwable hard plastic cover with interchangeable inserts. Great thing, especially for the racetrack. This is exactly why this package is our tip. If you prefer to flirt with your Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in the street cafe than with the beauty at the table next door, you should go for LSL, because the R&G parts do not.

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Footrest systems and electronic helpers.

First of all, we treat ourselves to the legendary Tellert automatic gearshift so that we can reload the gears with almost uninterrupted thrust in the future. The part from mastermind Rudi Tellert has already achieved a lot of test wins, and rightly so. Assembly and coordination require increased specialist knowledge or a competent workshop, but ultimately the driving experience is convincing. The gears of the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 engage cleanly and at lightning speed.

If you want to hire even more electronic helpers, Bazzaz will get everything the heart desires of those who have not quite made it into MotoGP. Fuel Control Unit (similar to the Power Commander), Quickshifter (with gear-selective coordination) and traction control. The price for this is fair, and the promised “plug-and-play” actually works. We recommend a visit to the test bench – just to get an idea of ​​how it works – but it is not absolutely necessary.

Safer at the limit

Compared to the series, the driver feels the effect of the fuel control unit in the form of gentler load changes and more thrust at medium speeds. The shift assistant works less smoothly and with longer interruption times than the Tellert system, but with patient fine-tuning it can be adapted to your own transmission and shifting style so that it comes close to this reference. With patience, traction control can also be optimized. But be careful: because of the lack of sensors for wheel speed and lean angle, it cannot offer the same control quality and safety as highly integrated systems. It is intended for critical situations rather than constant use; Gross motor skills with proven ignorance of physical limits will sooner or later find themselves on all fours with this rip cord. The system will help everyone else to move more safely to the limit.

Actually, the test of the GripOne system should follow at this point, but unfortunately the right control unit did not reach us in time. We hope to be able to catch up on the test next year.

Footrest systems

We already had three of the four test subjects represented here in the PS-TuneUp of the Honda Fireblade, therefore we can be a little shorter here.

In contrast to the CBR Tune Up, the ABM system on the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 does not cause any space problems. It is easy to assemble and adjust. The filigree construction could be a disadvantage in the worst-case scenario, but it looks great. The grid bodies are quite short, but extremely easy to grip, which we like a lot because we like to do gymnastics from right to left on the ball of the toe.

LSL, TRW and Gilles

The 2Slide system from LSL is less filigree, but just as neatly worked. It is already a real classic on the racetracks and convinces above all with a solidity and quality that is second to none.

The TRW footrest system, which was tested for the first time, is also solid. The matt black and also multi-adjustable set is extremely simple, which should hardly inspire aesthetes. The TRW system is definitely interesting for people who are rather sober about tuning and who do not lose sight of the budget.

Last but not least, we can warm up our tip from the Fireblade Tune Up. The Gilles system also pleases the Suzuki GSX-R 1000, because of its great and simple adjustment options, the great feel and the great features – it is the only one that is pre-equipped with an electronic brake light switch.

Nice to have


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The two windshields from MRA.

The ABM Synto Evo brake lever including remote control is nice to have, especially in Hockenheim. Readjusting the lever when the pressure point shifts works well and is extremely precise via the notches. We love the design of the brake and clutch levers anyway.  

Also nice to duck behind the ABE-legalized racing windshield from MRA when approaching the hairpin and laugh at the air resistance in your face. For street surfers, we recommend the variant with a slight tear-off edge – it takes back pressure off the body, even if you are not crouching in combat mode.

With which we come to a preliminary end. But the next highlight is already in preparation – the PS Tune Up special for the Essen Motor Show. A brand new Suzuki GSX-S 1000 serves as the basis, and it was somehow also a Gixxer.

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