9. Suzuki GSX-S1000


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.