SUZUKI GSX-S1000GT (2022 – on) Review
Next step: Driving and brakes
You could say that the new Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is simply a collection of pinched parts from other models. It’s partly true, but they took a simple idea and executed it so brilliantly that it has the makings of an instant classic.
This is an honest sporty road bike shaped like a road bike, with styling that finally gets the game going for them, even if its looks are the biggest hit … it’s up to you.
Unlike the adventure bikes and long haul that have replaced touring riders in recent years, the GSX-S1000GT does not have dual-use tires, off-road motorcycle wheels, or long-travel suspension.
The Suzuki is for smiling Sunday morning tarmac and big road trips, just like the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX it fights for. We might just see the sports tour return here and it will be music to the ears of many.
Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT is a bike that you hope will be as good as it looks and that doesn’t disappoint. It’s effortlessly fast, comfortable, convenient, reassuring and thanks to its K5-derived engine, exciting too – exactly what sport touring should be.
Its brightly colored dashboard, quickshifter, cruise control, soft growl and fishing throttle will make trips, near and far, a breeze and the price is even better. It’s not exactly change, but it’s great value for all the metal, technology, and performance you get for your money.
The brakes are lightly made of wood, but work well and its tires could be better, but these are minor and easily repairable flaws on Suzuki’s best bike in a very long time.
Ride quality and brakes
Next step: engine
The GSX-S1000GT uses the same base frame configuration as the current GSX-S1000 (and the previous version, including the âFâ): a double-spar ali frame (with a new subframe and saddlebag mounts ) and a swingarm, fully adjustable KYB forks, Brembos and a basic rear shock with preload and rebound damping adjustment.
Suzuki sports motorcycles always behave smoothly and the GT is no exception. It is stable, unperturbed at full tilt and is suitable for fast turns on A-road and motorway.
It comes close to the tarmac, compared to other all-rounders, so a sporty tourer like the GT is more stable and precise at high speeds and has a lower saddle, making it easy to lower the feet.
Its smoother bodywork also creates a lot less roar of wind. The screen is not adjustable but does a great job of protecting against the elements and there is also a 70mm taller touring screen (Â£ 193). Heated grips are also an additional Â£ 395.
It is also extremely comfortable with a natural stretch of its tall and wide bars. Legroom is generous, the pilot and passenger seats are plush, and you’re well insulated from vibrations, thanks to the rubber mounting bars and rubber footrests.
When launching the GT on some of Scotland’s best roads, wet and dry, the GT is a joy. We saw a 43 mpg shown on the dash (Suzuki claimed 46 mpg), which should give a 180-mile dry-full tank range.
There are very few things not to like about the GSX-S1000GT – it’s properly sorted and well thought out, but there are two small flaws.
First of all, the ABS steals the feel of the Brembos, although they still perform well. Second, its new six-spoke ali cast wheels are shod with Dunlop Roadsport 2 rubber and while wet and dry grip is acceptable, the fitting of a latest generation sports touring rubber package (Dunlop RoadSmart 3 included) would dramatically improve the ride quality and help the Suzuki ride smoother in the corners.
There would be even more grip and confidence for the rider.
Next step: reliability
This shows how well Suzuki got the K5 engine 2005 years ago, as it is still a cracker in 2021 and is perfectly suited for life in the GT.
It’s also the same engine that powers the updated 2021 Euro5 GSX-S1000, with its smoother power curve and meatier midrange.
Better yet, Suzuki has finally gotten rid of electric throttle on / off jerks, even in the most direct of its three power maps. Well done.
The bomb-proof 999cc inline-four produces 150bhp, which means it’s blazingly fast when you spin it hard and is accompanied by a nasty roar of the Roaring Twenties superbike. his pipe is short and neat.
But it’s also tuned for low growl, so it’s long and flexible, so top gear goes over a piece of cake.
A slip-assist clutch lightens the lever for city work and its standard quick up / down shifter helps it shift gears at any speed.
Cruise control is also included in the price – a must for a tourer and the GT comes with ABS and five-stage traction control (plus “off”).
There is no IMU gyroscope to control driver aids, but other than the added safety slice that would give you in an emergency, the GT’s more basic system is more than adequate, even in really bad conditions. difficult.
It also has a low-speed anti-stall system and a one-time start button.
Reliability and build quality
Next step: value
The build quality and attention to detail of the GSX-S1000GT is excellent, like new. MCN’s online owner reviews for the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F (the same base bike as the GT) have plenty of good things to say about reliability, but they report that the paint can be fine by. places and you will need to keep an eye out for fasteners in the winter.
Value vs rivals
Next step: equipment
The GT’s main rival is the Ninja 1000SX and on paper they’re close.
The Kawasaki’s 1,043cc 140bhp inline-four has a little less horsepower and weighs 9kg more, but has 4 lb-ft more torque, the same electronic specs and underperforms the Suzuki 200 Â£ in its basic color palette.
Unlike the GT, the Ninja 1000SX has an IMU for cornering traction / ABS control, remote rear preload adjustment, and a height-adjustable display.
It doesn’t come with all the brand name bells, whistles, and chassis tags, but for the price, the GSX-S1000GT is well-equipped with rider aids, cruise control, KYB forks, the best board. on board Brembos and Suzuki to date.
Its 6.5-inch color TFT screen displays 21 information, as well as configuration menus and satellite navigation graphics, displayed via the Suzuki mySPIN app. The power boards, TC level, cruise control, and dashboard functions are all controlled via the switch block, but the buttons are small and difficult to operate with thick gloves on.
A full line of accessories is available, including saddlebags, which will be the most popular option.