Sport bike brawl: Suzuki GSX R1000 vs GSX R1000R

Both the Suzuki GSX R1000 and GSX R1000R are powered by a 999cc engine with a six-speed transmission

Sport bike brawl: Suzuki GSX R1000 vs GSX R1000R
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Suzuki has made a name for itself in producing motorcycles that not only perform well on the track but can also serve as a capable two-wheeler for weekend rides.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • What powers both the Suzuki GSX R1000 and GSX R1000R?

    Both motorcycles are powered by a 999cc engine mated to a six-speed constant mesh transmission.
  • What is the price range of the Suzuki GSX R series?

    The Suzuki GSX R series is priced from P1.099 million to P1.189 million.
  • Two prime examples of these machines are the Suzuki GSX R1000 and the GSX R1000R. Now which among them best suits your riding needs? Join us in this battle of the sport bikes to find out.

    Exterior

    Both the Suzuki GSX R1000 and the GSX R1000R share plenty of similarities, exterior-wise.

    GSXR1000

    At the front of the two motorcycles are a sporty windshield that provides improved aerodynamics, a small headlamp flanked by air ducts, two sharp-looking side mirrors, and two protruding turn signals. Further below is a small front fender that houses a 17-inch wheel with 120/70 tubeless tires.

    To the sides of both offerings are fairings with smooth and flowing lines that not only protect the engine but also improve the motorcycle’ performance. Here, one can also see the sporty muffler and the sleek saddle that supports the rider.

    At the back, the Suzuki GSX R1000 and the GSX R1000R both have an edged tail where the rear light is located. Sticking further out is its rear fender and plate holder where the two turn signals are also mounted. Below is a 17-inch wheel wrapped with 190/50 tubeless tires.

    Minor differences found between the two models include the front suspension as well as the type of decals used on each variant. And while we’re on the topic of exterior appointments, the Suzuki GSX R1000 is offered in two paint finishes — Glass Sparkle Black and Matte Mechanical Gray — while the GSX R1000R comes in three colors, which are Metallic Matte Black, Metallic Triton Blue, and Metallic Mystic Silver.

    The Suzuki GSX R1000 is also two kilograms heavier than the GSX R1000R.

    Engine

    Power for both sport bikes comes from a 999 cubic centimeter engine mated to a six-speed constant mesh transmission.

    GSXR1000R

    While both powerplants are four-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled mills with fuel injection, the Suzuki GSX R1000 comes only with an electric ignition system while the GSX R1000R is equipped with a transistorized electric ignition setup.

    Providing stopping power for both models are twin disc brakes at the front and a single disc brake at the rear.

    Verdict

    At a glance, the Suzuki GSX R1000 and the GSX R1000R appear to have very little differences. But upon close inspection, the improved suspension system and lighter weight of the latter can prove to have a major effect on the outcome of one’s weekend track day records.

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    The Suzuki GSX R1000 is priced at P1.099 million while the GSX R1000R comes with a P1.189 million price tag.

    Photos from Suzuki Philippines

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