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2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review (video)


by Pascal Bastien ,

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is all new for 2009, with a shorter and 5-kilogram lighter frame, a is 32-millimeter longer swingarm, a fork boasting larger valves and stiffer settings, and a shorter-stroke engine producing even more power than the 2008 machine. A true tuner’s bike, the 2009 GSX-R1000 is now more track-ready than ever.

The new GSX-R1000 is the most powerful, most agile and, above all, the most refined since the inception.

A smart package
While styling is relatively unchanged, the lines are more angular and combine with brushed aluminum-finished appliqués and odd-looking, huge titanium mufflers for a slightly more modern overall look. The 2009 GSX-R1000 offers improved ergonomics with more room for the rider, a well-designed seat that’s better suited for the track and a riding position that’s not too forward-tilted. Consequently, you can ride for more than just a few hours before needing to rest shoulders, arms and back.

The comprehensive instrument panel is easy to read and provides all the basic info along with a gear selection indicator, Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector, a stopwatch and a redline alert. It’s all controlled by a switch conveniently located near the right handlebar.

Suzuki opted for a new Showa BPF (Big Piston Front) fork with compression and rebound adjustment screws in the fork caps. This unit is more rigid, more durable, and offers a better feedback to the rider. On the track, it provides added confidence for beginner as well as expert riders, thanks to fine calibration that’s easy to adjust, and delivers the exact dynamics you’re looking for. On the road, softer fork settings prove to be just as effective.

Competent brakes

The new Tokiko monobloc front calipers are more rigid than conventional two-piece calipers, and deliver progressive and easy to modulate braking power, aided oddly enough by the standard flexible brake hoses, a combination that still delivers great braking on the road as well as the track for less experienced riders. Experienced riders will want to install Kevlar or metal-braided hoses as well as use a more effective air-purging system to arrive at more immediate and responsive braking at the front.

The new Tokiko monobloc front calipers delivers progressive and easy to modulate braking power.
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