Tuesday, October 07, 2014

2015 GSX-S1000F unveiled. Is this a kinder, gentler GSX-R1000?

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The 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000F sports-tourer could provide some tough competition to the Kawasaki Z1000SX

While they haven’t given us a new GSX-R1000 for 2015, what Suzuki did unveil last week is the new GSX-S1000F sports-tourer – possibly a kinder, gentler, more relaxed GSX-R for old(er) sportsbike fans? The S1000F is powered by a retuned detuned version of the GSX-R’s 999cc inline-four, which according to Suzuki provides “smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration.” No power figures are quoted, but we’d say it should be around 140-ish horsepower.

Like its naked brother, the GSX-S1000, the GSX-S1000F gets 3-mode traction control system, which we believe is just a fancy new term for Suzuki’s drive mode selector, which has already been present on the GSX-R1000 for a few years. If it is nothing more than that, and we believe that is the case, Suzuki are really cheating here. At least there’s ABS. And 43mm USD KYB forks, and Brembo’s 4-piston radial-mount monobloc calipers for the front brakes.

In terms of styling, the new Suzuki GSX-S1000F is not exactly the next Panigale or F4, but is at least refreshingly different from the GSX-R, which now looks deathly dull. The aluminium beam frame and aluminium swingarm are also all-new, and the S1000F’s ergonomics have been designed for long-distance sports-touring rather than all-out short-burst track attacks.

The 2015 Suzuki GSX-S1000F should be in showrooms later this year and we think it will be able to win over some fans. We even suspect some prospective buyers of the Kawasaki Z1000SX might shift their loyalties to the newer, more exciting GSX-S1000F. Good one, Suzuki.

The Suzuki GSX-S1000F should inject some excitement into the sports-tourer segment...
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