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– 2001 Suzuki GSX-R 1000
If there was ever a family of motorcycles that “owned the racetrack” the GSX-R line is it. Not surprising considering the thousands of GSX-R motorcycles sold worldwide since the model’s inception, and their popularity at all levels of roadracing. Now, the new generation of GSX-R motorcycles is complete with a new 600 supersport contender and an open-class machine with the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. Rounding out the supersport line is the TL1000R – a V-twin-powered machine with outstanding performance on the street or the track.
NEW MODEL: GSX-R1000 – OPEN-CLASS SUPREMACY
If the GSX-R750 already delivers open-class performance, then imagine what it would be like to have a machine of similar light-weight design, but with a liter-size engine. You would probably think of a motorcycle like the new GSX-R1000. So it’s no surprise that externally, the GSX-R1000 isn’t much bigger or heavier than the GSX-R750. In overall terms, the GSX-R1000 weighs just 4.5kg (10 lbs.) more than the GSX-R750, but the same wheelbase and nearly identical width and overall length. The engine itself is the same width as the GSX-R750’s engine, and just 15mm taller and 6mm longer front-to-rear.
The GSX-R1000’s 988cc 4-stroke, four-cylinder, 16-valve liquid-cooled engine is similar in layout to the GSX-R750, but with an increase in bore and stroke. The crankcase is larger to accomodate the change in bore and stroke, larger crank journals, larger clutch, wider transmission gears, a new oil cooler system, plus the addition of a compact counterbalancer mounted in front of the crankshaft. The engine is also equipped with a digital fuel injection system similar to the GSX-R750, but the secondary throttle valve system is controlled by a stepping motor mounted directly to the throttle body.
Unique to the GSX-R1000 is its 4-into-2-into-1 exhaust system which is constructed of titanium, stainless steel, and aluminum parts to reduce weight. The exhaust system features new digitally-controlled Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET). This system uses a servo motor-controlled butterfly valve in the exhaust to regulate back pressure. At low rpm, the valve closes, increasing back pressure and improving low-end torque while also reducing exhaust noise. As rpm increases the valve progressively opens to reduce back pressure and increase mid-to-high-range power.
Although built to the same basic design as the 750, the GSX-R1000’s chassis is balanced to match its engine size, weight and power delivery. The aluminum alloy main frame spars are stronger and 0.5mm thicker with two engine mounts on each spar compared to the 750 with two on the left and one on the right. The rake angle and trail remain the same, and the seating position and relationship between the handlebars, seat and footpegs are unchanged. The suspension consists of fully adjustable KYB 43mm inverted forks with titanium-nitride-coated stanchion tubes to reduce stiction, and a fully adjustable aluminum-bodied shock absorber. The front brake calipers are a staggered-diameter six-piston design that are lighter than six piston calipers used on previously models. Lightweight 17″ wheels and radial tires have also been developed for the GSX-R with a wide 6.0 inch rear wheel and 190-size rear tire. Topping off the package is aerodynamic bodywork with ram-air inlets, a narrow headlight assembly and a compact digital instrument cluster.
GSX-R1000 AT A GLANCE
Suggested Retail: $10,399
Engine Type: 4-stroke, liquid-cooled
Bore and Stroke: 72.0mm x 46.0mm
Front Brake: Dual Hydraulic Disc
Rear Brake: Single Hydraulic Disc
Wheelbase: 1,420 mm (55.9 in.)
Dry Weight: 170 kg (375 lbs.)
*Suggested Retail Prices (MSRP) shown do not include freight/ destination or other dealer charges.
Overall Length: 2 045 mm (80.5 in)
Overall Width: 715 mm (28.1 in)
Overall Height: 1,135 mm (44.7 in)
Seat Height: 830 mm (32.7 in)
Wheelbase: 1,420 mm (55.9 in.)
Ground Clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in)
Dry Weight: 170 kg (374 lbs)
Engine type: Water-cooled 988 cc inline-4, DOHC, 16 valves. 160 hp (118 kW)/ 10.800 rpm, 110 Nm/ 8,500 rpm.
Specifications are subject to change without notice, in accordance with national regulation and legislations.