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Suzuki Announces Superbike-Engined GSX-S1000 Naked and GSX-S1000F Sport Tourer


Perhaps taking a page from Kawasaki’s Ninja 1000 playbook, Suzuki trotted out two new models at Intermot featuring comfortable, upright ergonomics, a modern chassis and superbike power. With the engine from the prior generation GSX-R1000 superbike, these new models will have plenty of engine performance, and the chassis specs aren’t bad, either. Here is the press release from Suzuki for the naked GSX-S1000 (specs are similar for the faired model):

GSX-S1000 ABS Overview

From the DNA of a supersport legend comes the pure sport roadster, the GSX-S1000. A motorcycle built for real-world excitement. Inheriting the genuine engine and main components of the GSX-R1000, this thrilling machine puts the feel of world-beating performance in your hands. Take it to the streets, take it on the open road and get comfortable stretching every ride into a journey. Take control on the pure sport roadster.


Key Features

Legendary performance tuned for the street:
The GSX-S1000 is powered by a street-tuned version of the four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC,999cc, inline-four engine that became a legend in the GSX-R1000. The newly honed engine delivers smooth throttle response and immediate, controlled acceleration, so you experience adrenaline rushing performance.

Three mode traction control system:
Suzuki’s advanced traction control system lets the rider control the throttle with more confidence in diverse conditions, so it makes sports riding more enjoyable and less tiring. The system checks the front and rear wheel speeds, throttle position sensor, crank position sensor, and the gear position sensor 250 times a second. The rider can set the system to any of three modes or turn it off.

Antilock braking system (ABS):
The ABS system helps the rider stay in control. It monitors wheel speeds 50 times per wheel rotation and matches stopping power to the available traction. The ABS control unit has a compact, lightweight design that helps make the bike nimble.

43mm KYB inverted front forks: 
Newly specified 43mm KYB inverted front forks give a ride that is sporty yet plush. They have fully adjustable damping, rebound, compression and spring preload.


High performance braking:
The GSX-S1000 has the same top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers as the current GSX-R1000. The calipers each have four opposed 32mm pistons acting on a 310mm floating-mount disc for strong stopping power.

Naked aggression in an all-new form:
The GSX-S1000 is designed to look wild, rugged, and aggressive. The bike’s overall shape evokes images of a crouching beast, with LED position lights shaped to represent its fangs. And a combination of black and body coloured parts emphasise the bike’s assertive, sporty attitude.

A comprehensive instrument cluster:
A lightweight, brightness adjustable LCD readouts including:  speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual trip meters, gear position, coolant and ambient temperatures, riding range, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, traction control, and a clock. The display is flanked by LED indicators for the turn signals, high beam, malfunction, ABS, traction control, coolant temperature and oil pressure.




  1. Gronde says:

    Insurance rate killed the NINJA 1000 for me. I’m hoping the GSX-S1000f has more favorable rates.

  2. John says:

    Are these to replace the GSX1250fa ?

  3. Sentinel says:

    It’s not really fair or accurate to call or consider the GSX-S1000F to be a “Sport Tourer”. It has no reasonable passenger accommodations and no integrated luggage option like most if not all current Sport Tourers do. Because of this I can’t even consider it as a potential purchase, which is a real shame.

  4. Stuki Moi says:

    “The GSX-S1000 is designed to look wild, rugged, and aggressive. The bike’s overall shape evokes images of a crouching beast, with LED position lights shaped to represent its fangs.”

    Earth to Suzuki: Isn’t your target market for this bike meek, middle aged men…….. By far most of whom aren’t even from the land of Ahnold.

  5. stinkywheels says:

    Glad to see Suzuki making something that is sporty for street and still trackworthy. Their current offerings are a little too far on either side. My neighbor loved his GSXR but carpal tunnel is rearing it’s ugly head, replacement BMW was too far other way, is thinking of S1000 naked, this might change his mind to go back to Suzuki. I still have an SV 1000 that covered this genre. I’m not an adventure guy, I wish they’d have put a hot VStrom engine in one, and left the Gixxer chassis parts.

  6. NC700 says:

    Oh look, another Diavel. How nice.

  7. Sentinel says:

    Any one else notice the different pillion seat on the bike in the bottom picture here?

    • Benji says:

      Looks the same to me.

      • Sentinel says:

        Look at the front of it, right in front of the holding strap. Unless it’s just a graphic illusion, it looks concave in that area in the last (bottom) pic.

        • Benji says:

          That’s just the angle of the photo, along with the bottom photo being outdoors and the top photo being heavily photoshopped if it’s not a rendering.

  8. Brian M says:

    Does it mention if they will come with a spare stator and R/R?

  9. John says:

    ObviousIy not a sport tourer.

  10. wayne says:

    love the way naked bikes are really popular nowadays , comfortable but not dorky looking like that silly adventure bike fad from a few years ago

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “love the way naked bikes are really popular nowadays”

      what you LOVE is manufacturing’s response to dried up credit markets.

      • Jeremy in TX says:

        And a hard insurance market. Better go out and buy what you want now before squids start wrapping these new naked bikes around telephone poles.

        • Norm G. says:

          re: “Better go out and buy what you want now before squids start wrapping these new naked bikes around telephone poles”

          …and there it is.

        • Benji says:

          Yeah… except squids think naked bikes are ugly. For the squid it’s all about image. Every squid I’v talked to has pretty much dismissed my bike as substandard due to its lake of fairings. Yet, I seem to have no problem out running them on their race bikes.

          • Jeremy in TX says:

            Yes, but insurance premiums are really becoming painful for our squidly brethren. They’ll start getting naked if they have to.

          • Stuki Moi says:

            KTM solved the “lack of respect from squids” thing as far as nakeds go, with the specs and “Beast” marketing campaign for the Superduke.

      • wayne says:

        interesting , i live in aus , i don’t think we are at that stage yet .. btw does anyone think this thing looks very similar to the Honda cb1000r from 5 years ago ?

  11. fred says:

    Looks like a new take on the Honda CB919, no one wanted one when they were new but they hold up well on the used bike market. Wish it had a round headlight. Us old farts don’t care for the transformer thing.

    • Skipper says:

      Totally agree Fred- what’s wrong with round and flowing…….?

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “what’s wrong with round and flowing…….?”

        exactly, for suckling babes it’s only the “gold standard”. well innit…?

  12. DaveA says:

    The whole ‘naked’ bike thing leaves me wanting…but I love the Ninja 1000, and am super excited to see what appears to be a direct competitor to it. I can’t wait to see the bags.

  13. MG3 says:

    Can someone explain why the rear seat of the faired version is so high? I have seen this trend over the years and don’t get it at all. Looks like you might need a ladder to get up there. Other than that, pretty blah, seen it all before. Could Suzuki possibly play it any safer?? Perplexed in Podunk.

    • lynchenstein says:

      My wild guess: since the pipe is upswept and the rear pegs are thusly high as well, the only way to make it mildly livable back there is to put a booster seat on the back. If they lowered the pipe, they could lower the pegs and lower the seat. It’s sport tourer only because Suzy says so, I sure wouldn’t want to subject any passenger more than a few minutes back there.

      • Norm G. says:

        re: “I sure wouldn’t want to subject any passenger more than a few minutes back there.”

        if you can read this shirt…? the b!#tch fell off…!

        (garment seen in Harley world, but I see what they did there)

    • zrx4me says:

      really,the passenger seat looks very uncomfortable.

    • johnny ro says:

      Women are short?

      Kind of ugly to me, sorry. Like the older GSX-f better. I like pre-transformer mutant insect styling.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “Can someone explain why the rear seat of the faired version is so high? I have seen this trend over the years and don’t get it at all.”

      A: European streetfighter culture.

      the Germans especially have always had a particular penchant. thinking back years, it was them I saw doing it first (along with the Brits) but everything out the Fatherland seems to challenge for title of “Most Wonky” so the nod goes to them.

      fwiw, I guess you know the seat heights are the same and that’s just the angle of the pic.

      • Blackcayman says:

        re: “Can someone explain why the rear seat of the faired version is so high? I have seen this trend over the years and don’t get it at all.”

        I understand the “Stinkbug” angle of the “Bobbed-Tail” on the Naked / Streetfighter…but on a Pseudo-Sport-tourer its ridiculous, inane, unpurposeful and laughable.

        That’s a cost saving decision to just use the same stuff from the naked.

        Too bad, because the funky styling of the nose has gone from a solid “no” to a I don’t hate it too much.

        Am I the only one who is impatiently waiting for HP/TQ figures?

  14. foster says:

    Sport tourer?? Where’s the hard bags that one might want to actually do some TOURING! Sorry Suzuki, have a look at the sport tourers that Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha have been building for years and try again.

  15. MichaelHaz says:

    Sport tourers are the new adventure bikes.

  16. VLJ says:

    So then, Suzuki’s take on Honda’s CB1000, and a twenty-years-removed Katana 1100.

    Swear to god, except for the GSX-R line—and even that’s debatable now—does Suzuki currently produce a single streetbike that isn’t among the homeliest/cheapest-looking in its class?

    I truly want to love the naked GSX-R1000. It’s right up my alley; the exact model I’ve been wanting from Hammamatsu for years and years. Dumbing it down, though, is not the right path, especially in a market suddenly burgeoning with the likes of the S1000R, Super Duke R, Tuono RV4, etc. Ceding the performance crown to the competition is not what Suzuki was ever all about. They, along with Kawasaki, always fought tooth-and-nail to be the outright baddest kid on the block.

    Now Suzuki has gone completely soft. Too many of their latest sportbike offerings look like cheese danishes left too long in the toaster oven: shapeless blobs, with no real dynamic edge.

    Damn. It’s reached the point that I almost feel sorry for them.

    • Dave says:

      Re: “a market suddenly burgeoning with the likes of the S1000R, Super Duke R, Tuono RV4, etc”

      This is a few super high end brands fighting for a slice of a pretty small market.

      These go head to head with the Ninja 1000 and the Z-1000, not the exotics. I also think both of these bikes are more different from a GSX-R than people realize. What’s the wheelbase? What do they weigh? I’m betting both = more.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “their latest sportbike offerings look like cheese danishes”

      mmmmnn Danish… 4:10.

  17. Viking says:

    Love these bikes. Wonder if the ST will at least have a manually adjustable windscreen and a centerstand, with TPMS and CC as options?
    I will need to decide between the GSX S1000F Sport Tourer, the Ninja 1000 ABS, or the BMW R1200 RS Sport Tourer-if reasonably priced. The FJ 09, based on a somewhat adventure-based design, has now been eliminated. Wish Honda would release a sport tourer based on the CB 1000R platform.

  18. Blackcayman says:

    “Legendary performance tuned for the street:”

    This traditionally means they took away 30-40+ HP in exchange for 10lb ft of torque… Let’s hope not.

    How long do we have to wait for HP figures?

    Here is something positive; Typically Suzuki erogs on their near sport bikes are just as radical (sportbike crouch) as their GSXRs. Referring specifically to SVS, TL-S as examples. This “F” model looks to have a more realistic reach to the bars. I assume they have looked at their demo of who will buy the F and determined it will mostly be riders who want to sit up more than they used to in their younger years.

    This is worth watching.

    Also, anyone else notice how much more favorable the F appears in the second photo? The angle of the first photo doesn’t do it any favors.

    • Blackcayman says:

      the 2008 GSXR1000 motor was used…

      So we’re starting with 162 HP –

      I’m starting to think the naked version is a direct competitor to the CB1000

      • xlayn says:

        they are… it’s what you get from the (everything expensive, make things cheaper) slap the engine everywhere with different fairings (CB500 et all, CB1000 et al, k air engine for bmw, air cooled ds for duc)

    • Rooster says:

      right – Suzuki’s Website illustrations always look like that.

      I like them both – As a previous owner of several, I really like the GSX S1000F.

  19. Sean says:

    Love the SPORT tourer but again with the de tuned last gen motor and likely lower spec heavy components?? Thought we were over that.

    • Dave says:

      Re:”de tuned last gen motor and likely lower spec heavy components?? Thought we were over that.”

      Not as long as we’re unwilling to spend $15-16k+, we’re not.

      • Sean says:

        Yeah so I guess super sports just don’t sell huh? There’s no reason thise bikes can’t have more friendly ergos for the same price.

        • Dave says:

          Do they sell? For $12k? There have hardly been any new models from the Big-4 in the past 6-8 years and the 600’s don’t have electronics like these do.

          Where’s Norm? “No free lunch..”

          • Stuki Moi says:

            The 636 has the electronics. And just enough more street bias in tuning than the rest of the 600s to make it the bestest streetgoing sportbike evvvah as a result….. For 20 somethings, rubber figures and human pretzels, at least.

    • Norm G. says:

      no free lunch.

  20. mickey says:

    3 Suzukis have been on my all time favorites list.. 75 GT750, 82 GS 850, 83 GS 1100E

    3 things immediately strike/ annoy me about the latest Suzukis and these in particular

    Color ( I hate that pale blue).
    Mirrors.. Could they make uglier mirrors?
    Back end…Could they possibly stick the back wind of the bike up in the air any further? Don’t worry about your nads sliding into the tank, until you hit the brakes and your passenger forces your whole body into the tank

    Other than that these look like great bikes.

    Does that bottom bike have a giant eyeball on the gas tank? Lol

  21. Hot Dog says:

    I like these bikes,a lot. The only thing I don’t need is 3 traction control modes as I’ve got mine hard wired into my little peanut brain- “Don’t do anything stupid”, “Ok, that was stupid, I won’t do that again” and “I don’t like sliding, wonder how long before I stop”.

    • Fred M says:

      Sounds like you definitely need three new traction control modes!

      The problem with “don’t do anything stupid” is that the world does stupid things to you. You’re going around corner at a responsible pace, riding well within your abilities, when you find out that the wet road has become an oily road or the dry road has become a sandy road. It’s not like World Superbike or MotoGP, where track workers are waving flags prior to a corner where someone engine has puked out its oil.

      • stinkywheels says:

        I’ve ridden TC bikes, not bad, not used though. Maybe I’m just not fast enough. ABS might help on the sandy/oil/wet spots, but I don’t think TC would save my a–. I usually have a line of sight on exit before I’m hard enough on the gas to make TC usable on the street.

  22. Dave says:

    Suzuki has been asleep for a while. It looks like they’ve been having good dreams.

    That GSX-S seems right on the money.

  23. Stratkat says:

    “The bike’s overall shape evokes images of a crouching beast, with LED position lights shaped to represent its fangs.”… sigh, really? what are we 12 yrs old here???

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      “sigh, really? what are we 12 yrs old here???”

      Yes, the Japanese companies really need to stop carrying their Asian marketing copy over to their western markets.

      Still dig the bikes though.

    • Norm G. says:

      re: “crouching beast…”

      …hidden dragon.

  24. Ed says:

    The naked is Perfect. They couldn’t have done better. The tourer maybe could have included a bigger bump in the fairing to shield hands and hand warmers. But good work, Suzuki!

  25. Jeremy in TX says:

    Man. Suzuki usually seems a little challenged in the styling department, but I really think they did a great job with these two. The naked variant looks great.

    • Norm G. says:

      we’re pretending the fully faired one doesn’t exist for now, though i understand why they created it.

      sure hope suzuki distributed better pics of the naked…? these 3/4 studio shots don’t do it justice. the rim detail is best seen in the side views. they’re influenced by the Recursion concept. whoever this designer is there are worse things Hamamatsu could do than to double his or her salary and let them loose on the “Stromberg” and a few other models.

  26. Norm G. says:





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