This is an odd post, as it features MO’s former editor Troy Siahaan, who has since moved on to other pursuits within the moto industry. That leaves me, the only other MOron who has ridden the newest Gixxer, as the author of this lead-in to Troy’s final video bike review on these pages.

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review

I got the sweet opportunity to ride the new GSX-R1000R at Australia’s Phillip Island circuit a few weeks before Troy jetted off to Texas and the awesome Circuit of the Americas track to ride the GSX-R1000. Though missing the extra R of the bike I rode in Oz, the R1000 is blessed with identical engine tuning and chassis as its pricier 1000R brother.

2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R Review

Now it’s time to give the new Gixxer a proper test on a public road. We’re saddling up a new GSX-R1000 for a road trip with six of its competitors to determine which street-legal superbike is the preferred ride on the streets and in the canyons. Then we’ll ring its neck at Auto Club Speedway to find out if the new Gixxer works as well on a California track as it did in Texas and Australia.

2017 Superbike Shootout Preview

Meantime, please take a look below at Troy’s farewell to MO via Suzuki’s latest GSX-R1000.

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  • Old MOron

    Damn, I wish I could ride out to Fontana.
    I have a prior commitment for the holiday weekend.

    I know you MOrons work hard during these shootouts, but I would enjoy raising a quick glass to the late Champion of the World, Nicky Hayden, in your midst – assuming I could get myself invited, of course!

    Any way, after a day in the saddle, Wifey and I will raise a respectful toast to Nicky from the central coast. And we’ll raise one in good cheer for the “late” MOron, Trizzle, too.

  • Old MOron

    Okay, I can’t get video at work, but now I’ve watched from home. Trizzle does a good job. He has his timing and his patter down pretty well. This is a good video, with good sounds of the bike layered withe the music, good perspective – yeah, I wonder who he passed around 3:50. Makes the poor guy look like he was standing still.

    Anyway, looking forward to the shootout.

  • John B.

    While all these Superbikes are amazing machines, there is better and worse in everything. Suzuki’s Superbikes, though much improved, received significantly lower scores in MO reviews than other bikes received. Since smart people tend to be consistent in their thinking, I would expect the Aprilia and BMW to finish one and two in the Shootout, with the Suzuki somewhere near the bottom. Just for giggles, here’s my prediction in order:

    Aprilia
    BMW
    Ducati
    Yamaha
    MV Agusta
    Kawasaki
    EBR
    Honda
    Suzuki

    I am sure this Shootout will be the best yet!

    • gjw1992

      I’d expect the Honda a lot higher – not the best at anything but fine all-rounder

      • Old MOron

        Yeah, but the albatross of WSBK hangs heavily on its neck.

      • John B.

        The Honda base model costs $16,499, and the SP model costs a whopping $19,999, which puts it on the expensive side. In his review, Troy gave it only a 7/10 for value. More importantly, he described software niggles that are unacceptable at this price point. Overall, Troy gave the Honda a 87.5% score, which is not remarkable compared to the competition. Have a look at Troy’s review. http://tinyurl.com/TroyHondaFBReview

    • Tennisfreak

      You put the EBR to high, it should be rock bottom.
      Honda and Suzuki will both finish higher than the Kawasaki.
      The Kawi might be a good bike but is lack of low/mid power and its gearing are going to put it near the bottom.

      • John B.

        I’m just an enthusiast, and don’t claim any expertise with respect to Superbikes. How about you put the bikes in the order you think they will finish in the MO Shootout, and we will compare prognostications after the fact? Just for fun.

        • Tennisfreak

          I am the same as well, I was just giving you my opinion.
          But just for fun here is my order:
          Honda
          Aprilia
          BMW
          Yamaha
          Ducati
          Suzuki
          Kawasaki
          EBR

          And I dont know enough about the Agusta to even speculate.