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.
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
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
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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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.