It’s been several years since Suzuki released a truly brand new motorcycle. Sure, the Hayabusa, GSX-S1000, and GSX-S1000GT all received updates from the House of Hamamatsu in 2020, along with the V-Strom 1050, GSX-S1000, and GSX-S1000GT in 2021. However, it surely is safe to say that when it comes to innovation, Suzuki lags behind when compared to its Japanese siblings.
The remainder of the brand's range has undergone several iterations throughout that time, including new hues and striking new artwork, but Suzuki still has a decision to make about its GSX-R1000 superbike. By January 2020, the European motorcycle market mandated that all newly type-approved motorcycles adhere to the Euro5 standard. Manufacturers had an additional year to homologate their current models to the new standard.
Well, January 2021 has already passed. Suzuki's top-of-the-line GSX-R1000 sportbike, however, continued to be sold in European showrooms. Due to the company's application for a "End of Series" extension, dealers were permitted to continue retailing non-compliant GSX-R1000 models for a further two years. The "End of Series" exception gave Suzuki a two-year time window to relocate models that were nearing the end of their production. The company will have to decide in less than six months whether it updates or pulls the liter bike from the competitive European market with January 2023 just around the corner.
All that being said, whether or not the GSX-R1000 will receive an update is certainly up for debate. Suzuki recently announced that, by the end of the 2022 season, it will leave both MotoGP and Endurance World Racing (EWC). It's difficult to predict how Suzuki aims to enhance its superbike for upcoming generations given the company's focus on sustainable platforms and decision to give up racing.
The GSX-R1000 series saw its most recent modification in 2017, setting the superbike up for a much-needed makeover in 2023. However, because of pollution laws, Suzuki has already withdrawn the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 from Europe.