When it comes to 1000cc naked bikes, the Suzuki GSX-S1000 has long been on the wishlist of motorcycle enthusiasts. Equipped with a 999cc inline-four cylinder engine derived from the race-spec K5 GSX-R1000, the GSX-S1000 is a bonafide performer with a pretty enticing price tag of just P659,000. Today’s crop of performance-oriented liter-class naked bikes, however, have made the good old GSX-S1000 look a little long in the tooth.
In its current iteration, Suzuki’s 1000cc naked bike remains the only bike in its class to be bereft of any sophisticated rider aids, fancy suspension components, and even LED lighting. That’s right, the Suzuki GSX-S1000 still has a halogen headlight. On top of this, Suzuki has left the GSX-S1000’s power plant nearly unchanged for the better part of 15 years. After all, the engine found on this bike is from the 2005 GSX-R1000 sportbike.
While it’s understandable that Suzuki may be following the mantra if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, its lack of innovation has inadvertently caused former Suzuki die-hards to look elsewhere, especially when it comes to tech-laden street bikes. At long last, it would appear that this is about to change, as Suzuki has finally pulled the covers off the brand new GSX-S1000. At first glance, we were undoubtedly bedazzled by its aggressive styling and insectoid LED headlight. However, beneath the bike’s new skin, just how much has changed?
The quick answer would be, not much. It continues to draw power from the same K5 GSX-R-derived 999cc inline-four cylinder engine, albeit sporting Euro 5-compliance. It does, however, finally get a throttle-by-wire system, which unlocks this naked bike to a whole host of electronic rider aids. That being said, the biggest change to the bike comes in its overall styling. As opposed to the outgoing model, the new GSX-S1000 employs an extremely sharp and angular design language, a literally sharp contrast to the current bike’s voluptuous and curvy body work.
At the moment, Suzuki has yet to announce the new GSX-S1000’s pricing and availability. However, if the trend of recent product launches is to be followed, we can expect to see the all-new GSX-S1000 hit the global market in the coming months. As for the Philippines, chances are we won’t be seeing the new GSX-S1000 in local showrooms until the tailend of this year. On that bombshell, the current generation Suzuki GSX-S1000 is nonetheless a fine, albeit slightly dated choice in the liter-class naked bike segment.