Although the primary focus of the Suzuki Dealer Meeting is the revealing of the 2015 model line, a special look a year ahead was shared with attendees in the form of the early-release 2016 GSX-S1000, GSX-S1000F, and GSX-S1000F ABS models. Suzuki is well aware that some of the qualities that make an open-class sportbike capable of winning on the race track prevent it from being an ideal street bike. To remedy this issue, today Suzuki introduced its dealers and the media to the GSX-S1000 line of motorcycles.
Instead of looking to the current generation GSX-R1000 engine for the S1000’s powerplant, Suzuki’s engineers reached back a few years and plucked the 2005–2008 generation GSX-R1000 engine and its more midrange-focused power delivery to propel the GSX-S1000.
Using a longer stroke, cylinder dimensions of 73.4 mm x 59 mm (compared to the current generation’s 74.5 mm x 57.3 mm) broadens the torque output from the 999cc engine. Cylinders are fed by 10-hole injectors and the Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system to deliver the appropriate fuel mixture for the riding condition. The inclusion of iridium spark plugs improves combustion thanks to their hotter spark. The way the power is put to the ground can be altered by the three rider-selectable traction-control settings (plus off).
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Further engine details include a four-into-two-into-one exhaust system that exits via a triangular muffler. Most of the system resides under the engine with the stubby muffler poking out low in the chassis by the swingarm. The curved radiator gives maximum cooling without adding to the width of the motorcycle. New push-to-start technology that is becoming common in the automobile industry makes its appearance on the GSX-S1000 line, alleviating the rider’s need to hold down the starter button until the engine fires. Instead, the button is pushed and released while the motorcycle takes care of the rest.
The all-new, twin-spar aluminum frame provides the platform to hang the engine and all the rolling components. It also contributes to the 32.0 in. seat height which Suzuki claims is the lowest in its class. (A quick look at our 2014 Ultimate Streetfighter Smackdown (Part 1 and Part 2) bears this claim out.). Suspension duties are handled by a fully-adjustable KYB inverted fork and a fully-adjustable link-type shock. Cast aluminum six-spoke wheels sport 120/70-ZR17 and 190/50-ZR17 Dunlop tires. Braking duties are handled by radial-mount Brembo monoblock calipers. Rotor size is unknown at press time. The ABS model will receive a Bosch ABS system.
The GSX-S1000’s bodywork will come in two varieties. The standard version embraces the Naked bike aesthetic with the engine largely exposed with an aggressive radiator shroud design and an angular chin fairing. The single headlight is flanked by marker lights and imposing, angular bodywork. Said one Suzuki rep, the GSX-S1000 was designed to look like a crouching beast. The faired version takes away none of the aggression while covering the engine and giving the rider a windshield to soften the wind blast at speed.
The riding position is upright and street-focused. As with the S1000’s little sister, the GSX-S750, a Renthal aluminum Fatbar will give the rider plenty of leverage while damping vibration. The LCD instrument cluster features all the necessities and then some: speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, clock, water temperature gauge, gear-position indicator, and average and instant fuel consumption.
The three versions of the GSX-S1000 line aim to give open class riders the style and performance they require. The GSX-S1000F differs from the standard, naked version solely in the full fairing and its additional wind protection for the rider. The GSX-S1000F ABS, obviously, provides the additional security of ABS to the faired model. All three models will have the color options of Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Sparkle Black / Candy Daring Red and Metallic Matte Fibroin Gray.
As exciting as these machines are, fans of open-class sportbikes will just have to cool their jets for a little while. Although the GSX-S1000 family will be an early release 2016 model, it’s still a 2016 model and will be set loose on the riding public sometime – at a to be determined date – after the 2015 models are on the streets. Color us excited …
2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000 & GSX-S1000F, GSX-S1000F ABS Specifications
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-Four|
|Bore x stroke||73.4mm x 59mm|
|Fuel system||Suzuki Fuel injection|
|Ignition system||Electronic ignition|
|Transmission||6-speed constant mesh|
|Overall Length||2,115mm (83.2 in.)|
|Overall Width||795mm (31.3 in.)|
|Overall Height||1,080mm (42.5 in.)|
|Ground clearance||140mm (5.5 in.)|
|Seat height||815mm (32.0 in.)|
|Suspension, Front||Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped|
|Suspension, Rear||Link type, coil spring, oil damped|
|Brakes, Front||Disc brake, twin|
|Brakes, Rear||Disc brake|
|Tires, Front||120/70-ZR17M/C (58W) tubeless|
|Tires, Rear||190/50-ZR17M/C (73W) tubeless|
|Fuel tank capacity||17 L (4.5 U.S. gal.)|
|Colors||Metallic Triton Blue|