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Suzuki Introduces New GSX-R1000 to European Press

Suzuki introduced an all-new 2009 GSX-R1000 in Europe this morning. Suzuki has its dealer meeting here in the United States next week where its U.S. models will be introduced. U.S. models could differ in details and specifications.

The 2009 GSX-R1000 has an all-new engine that is physically much smaller, with a higher compression ratio and shorter stroke. The new chassis has a shorter wheelbase and longer swingarm, courtesy of the shorter engine. Not surprisingly, Suzuki claims the new model is lighter and more powerful than the outgoing GSX-R1000. Here are the important features provided by Suzuki in Europe this morning.

GSX-R1000 Features

  • 999cm3 4-cylinder powerplant, designed lighter and 59.6mm shorter from front to rear, delivers more power and torque, and enhanced throttle response across the entire rpm range.
  • The new compact engine enabled 10mm shorter wheelbase and 33mm longer swingarm to improve racetrack performance.
  • New, more over-square bore x stroke of 74.5mm x 57.3mm (changed from 73.4mm x 59.0mm) gives the engine better overall tuning potential. The compression ratio is now 12.8:1, changed from 12.5:1.
  • The engine employs enlarged titanium valves in diameter, forged pistons, shot-peened conrods and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM)-plated cylinders integrated into the crankcase, reducing friction and improving heat transfer, durability and ring seal.
  • 12-hole fuel injectors produce a finer fuel mist for more complete combustion, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
  • Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of three performance settings to suit riding conditions and personal tastes. Now the switch is relocated on the left handlebar control module.
  • Iridium spark plugs produce a stronger spark for better combustion.
  • Large, efficient radiator with a trapezoidal shape developed on factory team racebikes and a trapezoidal engine oil cooler both help reduce drag.
  • Cable-operated back-torque-limiting clutch makes for efficient clutch operation with superb feel.
  • Unique Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) uses an under-engine chamber and low-slung, large-volume MotoGP-inspired titanium mufflers.
  • Twin-spar cradle frame made of five cast sections, mated with an arched swingarm made of three castings and one-piece die-cast rear subframe.
  • Big Piston Frontforks (BPF) with an endurance-race-proven design deliver superb feedback and responsive, stable operation, and are lightweight.
  • Rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping.

  • Front brakes with fully floating 310mm discs and rigid, lightweight race-proven monoblock forged radial-mount calipers.
  • The edgy and clean GSX-R1000 styling incorporates fairing and bodywork details aimed at reducing turbulence and drag.
  • Attention to rider comfort includes a carefully shaped seat and adjustable footpegs. Tailsection cover included for solo rides or track days.
  • Sculpted fuel tank is lighter, while capacity remains 17.5 liters (4.6 US gal).
  • New look multi-reflector headlight with vertically stacked high and low-beam halogen bulbs centered between position lights on each side.
  • For Europe, the position lights each have layered lenses with blue coloring on the inside lens for an even sportier look.
  • Front and rear turn signals feature clear lenses over amber bulbs.
  • Instruments include a silver-ringed analog tachometer with LCD speedometer. LCD readouts include odometer, dual trip meters, reserve trip meter, clock, coolant temperature/oil pressure warning indicator, gear position indicator, lap timer/stopwatch, S-DMS setting indicator and bar-graph indicating the instrument lighting level, or brightness.