2017 Superbike Track Shootout

At 444 pounds fully fueled the GSX-R1000 is the third lightest bike in the shootout, and only three pounds heavier than the next lightest bike, Yamaha’s YZF-R1. However, the Suzuki feels lighter than it is both on the track and street. The Gixxer was the only bike in this test aside from the EBR that didn’t have a quickshifter, a component available on its pricier GSX-R1000R brother as standard along with auto-blipping downshifter. “Going old-school with clutchless upshifts wasn’t a big deal, but it did feel somewhat like a blast from the past,” Brasfield opines. “These are the good old days of motorcycle technology!”