I am enjoying my motorcycles but I guess every biker has their eye on the next motorcycle they would like to own.

Check out the recently announced 2017
Suzuki GSX-R1000 Motorcycle

New Engine with MotoGP Design

The GSX-R line has always been known for making broad power across the rev range, combining low-end and mid-range torque with an exciting top-end rush. The New GSX-R1000 engine is designed to produce the most top-end power without sacrificing low-end and mid-range power and torque.  To achieve the engine design target of “Increasing top-end power without losing low-to-mid range output”, MotoGP derived technologies are built into the new GSX-R power plant, using the “Broad Power System”. The combination of Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT), Suzuki Racing finger follower valve train, Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems form the Broad Power System designed to increase high-rpm performance and top speed without detracting from lower-rpm and mid-range performance. The result is strong, linear power and enhanced acceleration throughout the rpm range.

Suzuki Racing Variable Valve Timing (SR-VVT)

Steel balls are positioned in grooves in the intake cam sprocket and adjacent guide plate. Moved outward by centrifugal force, they stack in different grooves in low and high rpm, rotate the intake cam at high rpm, retarding intake cam timing. Intake cam timing is thus optimised for both high-rpm and low and mid-rpm ranges; extra top-end power is added, without losing low-to-mid range output.

Suzuki Racing Finger Follower Valve Train
The New GSX-R1000 valve train system is changed from the previous model’s bucket-tappet system to a finger follower rocker arm system to improve valve control and allow higher rpm. The reduced moving mass also allows increased valve lift and higher peak rpm, increasing peak output. Valve response and control is also improved throughout the rev range.

Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A)
Suzuki engineers added two servo-operated SET-A butterfly valves, one in each header balance tube. The SET-A valve in each header balance tube remains closed to enhance lower-rpm and mid-range power, then opens to add significant power at higher rpm.

Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI)
Secondary injectors located in the top of the air box operate at higher rpm and deliver finely atomised fuel to the combustion chamber. The dual-injector design produces greater top end power without detracting from low-mid rpm range output.

An All New Chassis
Now, the 6th-generation GSX-R1000 is redefining what it means to be The Top Performer. It embodies the life work and professional ambition of Suzuki engineers who are passionate about the GSX-R1000 and its place in motorcycle history. Men who love riding and racing, enthusiasts determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its proper title of The King of Sportbikes. It is the lightest, the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000 ever. 

SHOWA BFF (Balance Free Front Forks)
The GSX-R1000 features the latest Showa BFF® (Balance Free Front) forks, which were developed for racing and have now been adapted to mass production. The Showa BFF® forks provide more consistent damping and enhanced performance, increasing cornering performance by delivering smoother, more controlled travel and improved response to surface imperfections.

SHOWA BFRC Lite (Balance Free Rear Cushion)
BFRC®* lite is the newest version of SHOWA’s Balance Free Rear Suspension, which is significantly lighter than the previous version. It minimises pressure balance fluctuations common in existing dampers thanks to its unique hydraulic circuit. As well as integration of the damping force generating mechanisms in compression/rebound sides into one which has be arranged onto cylinder’s outer surface.  As the result, smooth and optimum oil flow was achieved, which improved damping force responsiveness, offering superior traction and absorption capability.

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS)
The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) allows selection of one of three engine power delivery settings to suit the rider’s personal preferences in various riding situations, such as different racetracks or tight, twisty roads. The rider can select three different power modes by using a switch on the left handlebar. Three different fuel maps are pre-set in the ECM, delivering three different engine characteristics. The rider can select the power mode based on personal preference or riding conditions. Together with the 10-level traction control, S-DMS offers a variety of choices.

10-level Traction Control System
The New GSX-R1000 features Suzuki’s advanced traction control system, allowing the rider to select three different power modes and 10 different levels of traction control, depending upon road or racetrack grip conditions as well  as personal preference and experience level. The power mode and level of TC intervention can be changed while riding, as long as the throttle is closed.

Quick Shift System
The GSX-R1000 also has a new racing-type quick shift system. The quick shift system allows the rider to upshift and downshift, without using the clutch. The system automatically interrupts power just long enough, between 50 and 75 milliseconds, depending upon the sensitivity adjustment, to unload the transmission gear dogs and allow a clean upshift at full throttle, producing almost uninterrupted acceleration.  For quicker and smoother downshifts without blipping the throttle grip or using the clutch, the system automatically opens the throttle valves just enough to increase rpm and match engine speed to the lower gear ratio.

Launch Control System
The launch control system makes it easier for a racer to get a good start in closed-course competition by automatically limiting engine rpm and optimising torque delivery while the rider holds the throttle twist grip wide open and concentrates on feeding in the clutch lever.

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Thoughts (16th May 2016)

This new 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 model is a major step-up from the current 2016 variant and brings it's new technology into line with the current BMW S1000RR and the new 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R model.

The specifications are very impressive and the new bike is (promised to be) even lighter than previous models. The new 'Concept' Suzuki GSX-R1000 is on my list for a test ride and hopefully it will be formally announced for 2017 sometime around September 2016.





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