Suzuki has a reputation for giving its customers a lot of bang for the buck. So, when news of the all-new GSX-S1000 first broke in April, prospective buyers naturally wanted to know when it would arrive and how much it would cost. Well, the new naked liter bike finally bowed over the weekend, and the asking price is P710,000. Not cheap, but well below competitors from Europe.
For that kind of money, that gets you a Euro 5-compliant 999cc in-line-four engine with a six-speed transmission and a bidirectional quickshifter. Curiously, the local press release didn’t indicate actual power figures, but international sources reveal 152hp and 106Nm. The fuel tank is a sizable 19L—two more than the previous generation—for increased range.
Its twin-spar aluminum frame uses an aluminum-alloy swingarm derived from the GSX-R1000 supersport model. The 43mm KYB inverted front fork is fully adjustable, as is the rear shock. The cast-aluminum six-spoke wheels with Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires provide nimble and predicable handling.
Advanced electronics called Suzuki Intelligent Ride System manage the engine modes, traction-control intervention, and quickshifter. A Suzuki Easy Start System enables engine startup by pressing the starter button without having to pull on the clutch, while a Low RPM Assist function makes low-speed riding a little bit easier. A slipper clutch and assist system is also standard. A full-LCD instrument panel graces the cockpit. Twin 310mm front discs and a single rear disc with four-piston Brembo calipers and ABS provide strong and reliable stopping power.
The GSX-S1000 sports vertically stacked LED headlights in a hexagonal housing, topped with an LED position light—consistent with Suzuki’s mecha/Jaeger aesthetic. It only has a minimalist cowling, so you’d better hug the tank when exploring its top speed. It sports new handlebars with a 23mm-wider grip and revised angle from the previous generation for a more comfortable, upright position. Curb weight of 214 kilos, and a seat height of 810mm puts the bike well into the manageable range of most riders. The GSX-S1000 is available in Metallic Triton Blue, Glass Matte Mechanical Gray, and Glass Sparkle Black.