2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000
When the Suzuki GSX-R1000 first came out in the market back in 2001, it had taken the world by storm. More power, greater mileage, lesser weight etc are some features by which the model has made its mark in the industry of superbike manufacturing. Although with time, the newer models have promised even greater power and other refined specifications, the changes have been small though significant in some cases. But it is the new 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 which can truly be hailed as the company’s flagship model. The manufacturers have brought in new changes in the mechanics, engine, design etc making it stand out in the crowd of superbikes available in the market.
The 999cc inline 4-cylinder engine is 60mm shorter and more compact producing greater torque with larger horsepower. Spot-on fuel injection and seamless delivery create quick and direct connection with the rear tire. The designers have re-mapped the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector programming and one can now easily use hand controls to choose between A-B-C modes with the help of the “Up” and “Down” buttons on the left grip. The sportbike rightfully claims to be completely new as it has a totally new engine. There’s a different lubrication system called a crankshaft-end lubrication system pumping oil through the center of the crankshaft now and directly to the connecting rod journals; it’s been introduced the first time in any four-cylinder Suzuki bike.
There is a more compact twin spar frame shortening the wheelbase to create greater maneuverability; also a longer swingarm made of aluminum alloy is arched to place the two new titanium exhaust cans. It has a bore of 74.5mm characterized by a stroke of 57.3mm, producing a 12.8:1 compression ratio, an improvement over the previous 12.5:1value. The tweaked engine sports larger titanium valves and forget pistons for maximum durability. The Gixxer equipped with a Drive Mode selector provides three power delivery maps.
The chassis is characterized by the Showa Big Piston Front Forks improves the controlling capacities of the sports bike where they have been integrated. To keep up with the pace obtained from improved forks, the rear shock comes with rebound damping, high-speed, low-speed compression damping adjustment and a collar preload adjuster. The new reduce unsprung weight like three-spoke cast aluminum wheels. The race-developed radiator is somewhat narrower and lighter while the new oil cooler is also slimmer and provides the facilities for improved heat dissipation. Ti intake and exhaust valves both measure about 1mm larger than before with dual springs and not a single spring. Exh. valve angle is reduced to 12.5 degrees.
The seating arrangement is excellent. Despite the overall width being the same, the tank and frame have become slimmer. In the new bike previously found massive twin exhausts have been downsized. There is a slightly forward tilted saddle for comfortable seating and polished aluminum pegs. The clutch weighs less due to a cable-wire system. As you change gears, a super strong acceleration is produced.
The bike looks all-new and really great owing to the revamped color schemes and it has a more mature look than its predecessors.
The GSX-R1000′s handling and braking abilities are also marvelous. It lays claims to owning fast, accurate direction changes, excellent feedback, and flawless stability. But one major problem with the Gixxer is that its engine produces some heat during warm weather. But nevertheless, it has amazingly smooth performance and is also user-friendly. There is some seriously amazing and instant acceleration; the chassis responds but remains settled, and the brakes always function very well. It is also touted as the best looking bike in the family.
The GSX-R1000’s performances are better than its predecessors’ according to experts.