9. Suzuki GSX-S1000

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Technically classified as a 2016 model, the Suzuki GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F are early-release 2016 models that will be available later this year. The naked bike/streetfighter category has been hotting up lately (as evidenced by part one and part two of our 2014 Super Streetfighter Smackdown shootout, another comparison with the Aprilia Tuono, and yet another with the EBR 1190SX), and Suzuki has been out of the fight.

Discuss this at our Suzuki GSX-S1000 Forum.

Instead of designing a whole new engine, Suzuki wisely plucked the K5 GSX-R1000 engine – one widely adored for its power and driveability – and is giving it new life. Supporting players include KYB suspension pieces, Brembo monoblock calipers, Dunlop tires, and optional Bosch ABS. Essentially a stripped-down and re-thought GSX-R1000, it’s the Suzuki naked bike we’ve longed for (no offense, B-King). For those looking for slightly more wind protection, the GSX-S1000F provides a full set of fairings. Pricing hasn’t been announced at press time.

  • ducatirdr

    Scrambler… Scrambler… ???

    • TroySiahaan

      We didn’t include 2015 models we’ve already ridden, the Scrambler being one of them. Says so right there in the second paragraph.

    • Kyle Smith

      Bare in mind the KTM SX350 puts out more power, they’d have to tune a few more ponies out of this engine to make it worthwhile considering the weight of it.

  • Kosta Chachanidze

    not that it was anmounced but still, not at all anticipating hondas “new africa twin?”

    • denchung

      That will assuredly be a 2016 model, not a 2015.

  • fastfreddie

    What about catering to us extremely rich busdrivers?Hello?!Where is hondas rcv213v in this list.All I see is rather plain motorcycles here…

  • panthalassa

    rideadvice says $15,998 for the base turismo veloce.
    good lookin’ bike, but it better really handle well, ’cause $5000+ sure will buy a lot of tires for the fj-09.

    • gg

      I just found this article, but to compare a Yamaha to a MV Agusta is like comparing a Ford to a Ferrari.

  • johnny mars

    These hyper bikes leave me cold and cranky from their painful riding positions and extreme pricing. Just gimme a comfortable, versatile, and economical sporty ride like the FJ-09, V-Strom 650, Tiger 800 X, or Kawasaki Versys 650 – 90% of the fun for half the cost. I’ll see you in Pantagonia.

  • Steve

    The Vulcan S – Something new? Seriously? This has been done countless times.

    • Zandit75

      With a parallel twin?

  • Amir

    Very exciting category, evolving rapidly with many new models. Would be interesting to compare the “first class” bikes of the category, s1000xr / Multistrada / Ktm1190, with the more “value for money” bikes Versys / Fj-09 / Vstrom / Caponord. For one I’d love to know can a 160 hp really be put to use on a tour/adventure chassis ?!?