RIDEFAST SEPTEMBER

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INTRODUCING

THE ALL NEW

Suzuki has two versions of the

GSXR1000.

The GSXR 1000A and the GSXR1000R.

Differences:

Although the two versions share the same

frame, the suspension systems are very

different. The base GSX-R A, uses Showa

Big Piston front forks, and a Showa rear

shock, while the GSX-R1000R is supported

by Showa’s top of the line Balance Free front

forks, and rear shock. Another difference

between the two bikes is the fact that the IMU

on the A model has a 3 point system – and the

R boasts 6. A visual giveaway between the

two models are the sexy LED riding lights on

the R.

The base model GSX-R1000 uses the

same 190bhp*, liquid cooled 999cc inline

four-cylinder engine as the more expensive

GSX-R1000R. It features VVT (Variable Valve

Timing), which gives a less peaky, wider

spread of power. It also has a six speed close

ratio gearbox. Both of these bikes came with

up and down quickshifters with two settings

– and a very subtle autoblip.*Dependant on

which Dyno you talk to.

Keeping all that power accessible and under

control are three throttle response modes,

a cassette-style, -6speed transmission, an

assist-and-slipper clutch and a six r three

(dependant on model, see above ) direction,

three-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU)

that sends data to the new -10level traction

control system.

The brakes roll with dual 320 mm discs

and four-piston Brembo calipers up front

and a 240 mm disc and Nissin caliper

out back, and the anchors come with a

very special sort of ABS on board; the

Motion Track Brake System. It reads the

bike’s motion and attitude as recorded by

the Inertial Meaurement Unit, calculates

the available traction and tailors the

intervention levels to match. If you

overbrake up front and start to lift the rear

end, the system feathers the front brake

to maintain even traction and keep the

bike stable.

Some ride impressions:

Once again, we roped in a selection of

riders and took off on some of JHB’s best

loved breakfast run routes. The bikes are

just so much fun. So fast, and you always

feel in control. Open the throttle and the

world starts to pass you by in a blur. It

feels as if you have a swarm of bees

under the seat as that big Suzuki mill

starts to rev… man – such a cool feeling!

Mpumalanga twist: “Tight corner, slow

way down, lean over and take a wide line

to straighten out. Pick the bike up and

twist the throttle, the road bends slightly

to the right as it crests a small rise. Gear

up, up, up again, so quick! Accelerate

hard 220 ,210 ,200! WOW!!! Sit upright,

get hit in the chest with a great blast

of wind, squeeze the brake lever, a bit

harder, tense up, hold on tight. Everything

comes back into focus, slow down hard

and fast, downshift, downshift, downshift,

knee out, set up for the next corner,

breathe – and do it all over again…”

We found that the GSX-R1000 is seriously

potent with a wide spread of power that’s

perfectly suited to the stuff that breakfast

runners and twisty racers love.

Horsepower might be lower than some of

its rivals, but the bikes have an elephants

sufficiency of grunt for any road. In SA –

we all tend to be fixated on horsepower

figures, but the simple fact of the matter is

that in the real world, most normal people

will never use these bikes to anything near

their full potential. Your eyes are wiiiide

open long before you reach anything near

what these can do.

With its compact cast ali frame and longer

swingarm the Suzuki is recognized one of

the sweetest steering and neutral handling

superbikes you can buy. On the road, it’s

one of the most comfortable, too – far less

aggressive than many of its rivals.

Even Glenn who spends most of his time

in the dirt and on adventure machines

was totally happy to hit the long roads

on these.

“I fully expected to be bunched up like a

Pretzel, but, relative to some of the other

supes I have ridden recently, these gixxers

are actually pretty comfy. You do ride in

the typical crouched position but of the

hyper bikes, you sit more in the Gixxers

than on top of them. Not so much force on

those wrists for sure.”

All of our lot preferred the firmer stance

of the R model in the twisties and faster

stuff. It feels slightly a bit more positive

and you seem to crouch a bit less than

on the other one.

Some interesting things happened while

we were out and about, like the time we

stopped for Coffee and a muffin at one

of the stops – a little boy literally dropped

everything that he was up to, RAN across

and just gazed at the bikes in awe.

That has not happened for a while

– the kids of today seem to be more

into Playstations and cell phones than

The Master of Adventure - Now Available

- Hill Hold Control System

- Slope Dependent Control System

- Load Dependent Control System

- Cruise Control System

- 3 level Traction Control System

- Height Adjustable Rider Seat

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