Although some might have been expecting a complete overhaul of Suzuki’s flagship GSX-R1000 for 2012, the bike returns with refinements, rather than a massive redesign. The changes are significant, however, and include new radial-mount Brembo Monobloc front brake calipers, a switch back to a single muffler system, and engine refinements that slightly bump compression and reduce intertia.
A claimed weight savings of over 4 pounds is part of the new package, as are lighter pistons and other engine internals (such as valve tappets).
Styling changes include black coating on the forks and red pinstripes on the wheels. Suzuki states that acceleration is improved, as well as fuel economy as a result of the engine changes. The high-end Brembo brakes might be biggest story, however.
U.S. Suzuki dealerships should begin receiving the 2012 GSX-R 1000 in early 2012. The two paint schemes available in the U.S. are pictured.