2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000: design
The first thing that strikes you about the GSX-S1000 is the design. It looks sharper and much more aggressive than the previous model.
The new vertically stacked LED headlight, to begin with, is nicely executed, especially with the body-coloured shroud around it. In fact, its slender form also helps accentuate the beefy fuel tank and the winglets, when viewed head on.
Suzuki’s idea of concentrating the visual mass around the new fuel tank, which now holds 19 litres of fuel instead of 17-litres previously, adds to the motorcycle’s street fighter stance. The tank extensions that seem to merge with the textured radiator shroud are other neat design elements.
While the tail section looks familiar – especially the tail-lamp although it is a new unit – the turn indicators are all LEDs.
2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000: ergonomics
The bike gets a new set of split seats, with a long and wide perch for the rider. The handlebar is new as well, with 23mm wider grips for reduced steering effort. This along with the slightly rearset pegs results in a sporty yet upright riding position, says Suzuki.
2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000: engine
The new GSX-S1000’s 999cc, inline-four engine is based on the GSX-R1000’s engine, albeit upgraded to meet Euro-5 emission standards. That meant Suzuki had to make a few tweaks to the internals and incorporate a new exhaust system.
This has resulted in an increase in power and torque outputs by 2hp and 2Nm, respectively. A peak power of 152hp is developed at 11,000rpm, compared to 150hp at 10,000rpm in the previous motorcycle. Peak torque, on the other hand is 106Nm at 9,250rpm
Suzuki also claims to have improved the mid-range as well as top end by a small margin, thereby improving overall performance.
Also, the bike gets a new slip and assist clutch as well as a bi-directional quickshifter as standard, in keeping with the times.
2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000: electronics
Suzuki has also updated the electronics suite of the new GSX-S1000, and it now includes five-level traction control, ride-by-wire, low-RPM assist and Suzuki easy start. Then there’s three ride modes – A, B and C. The A mode offers the most aggressive throttle response and power delivery, while C mode is the least aggressive with a linear power delivery, ideal while riding on wet or slippery surfaces. These modes, however, do not alter the power output.
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