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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Is the GSX-R1000 going to slog on for another year?

SUZUKI used the MotoGP round at Indianapolis to reveal the second of its ‘Commemorative Edition’ paint schemes – following on from the classic blue-and-white shown at the German GP.
The new version is a red-and-black model that pays homage to the Yoshimura racers that won the 1986 Suzuka 8-Hour. But mechanically it’s the same as every other GSX-R1000 made for the last few years, unless you class a tank-top badge reading “30 Years of Performance” as a technical update.
Of course, all this celebration is to mark the 1985 debut of the GSX-R750, widely seen as the bike that laid down the aluminium-frame, four-cylinder template that has been the recipe for most sports bikes since (although pedants might point out that the 1984 400cc Suzuki which was simply called ‘GSX-R’ actually got there first, albeit for the Japanese market only.)
It’s worth noting that the American Suzuki website lists the new variation on the GSX-R1000 theme as a 2016 model, something that’s backed up by emissions documents filed with both the EPA and CARB also show that Suzuki is planning to keep selling a technically-unchanged GSX-R1000 in the U.S. next year.
There have been widespread rumours that Suzuki would use the GSX-R1000’s 30th anniversary as a springboard for the launch of an all-new 'Gixxer thou'. Particularly as this is the year Suzuki returns to MotoGP with its GSX-RR.
So another year without any significant changes is a bit of a disapointment.
Of course, that’s something of a disservice to the existing bike, which remains a formidable tool in terms of performance and now has a price tag that undercuts most of its rivals, but it’s impossible to argue that it’s not lagging behind, particularly in terms of technology.
Fingers crossed for a new GSX-R1000 in 2017, then…
Source: Visordown
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