It has been three decades, with more than a million editions sold, since the GSX-R line was born. And a decade and a half has elapsed since the first GSX-R1000 changed the open sportbike class forever. Now, the concept of the sixth-generation GSX-R1000 is redefining what it means to be the top performer. It embodies the life work and professional ambition of Suzuki engineers who are passionate about the GSX-R1000 and its place in motorcycle history. Men who love riding and racing, enthusiasts determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its proper title of The King of Sportbikes.
This GSX is the most powerful, hardest-accelerating, cleanest-running GSX-R ever built. It is also the lightest, the most compact, the most aerodynamic and the best-handling GSX-R1000 ever, with smoother throttle response and better combustion efficiency. It’s fitted with a supremely effective electronic engine management system that doesn’t require a degree in engineering to understand–and doesn’t need constant adjustment by a squad of computer technicians to work.
Above all, it is a GSX-R. By definition, it is built to run right and be reliable, and designed to help make each person fortunate enough to pilot the bike a better rider. By plan, it is engineered using experience gained during 30 years of domination in production-based Superbike, Superstock and Endurance races worldwide, combined with new proprietary technology developed in the MotoGP World Championship.
Suzuki engineers are determined to restore the GSX-R1000 to its proper title of The King of Sportbikes.
Suzuki also unveiled the new 2017 SV650, restoring the simple thrill of V-twin motorcycling, with a package that’s lighter, more powerful and more versatile. Recreated and updated with scores of new components, the 2017 SV650 is designed to elevate the performance standard for “V-twin fun machine.” Even more than the original, this new SV delivers capabilities and personality that will provide owners limitless V-twin thrills.
Suzuki took the 645cc liquid-cooled, 90-degree V-twin from the original, and updated it with more than 60 new parts to create a more powerful and cleaner-burning DOHC V-twin powerplant. Long praised for its responsive and reliable performance, this updated engine will deliver an even more rewarding ownership experience tucked in the 2017 SV650. The engine now produces higher max horsepower and stronger torque in the low-to-mid range, and it’s still able to deliver improved fuel economy and lower emissions.
New engine features include pistons designed for optimal rigidity and weight, using new resin-coated piston skirts for less friction and greater durability. Ignition is optimized by the use of two spark plugs per cylinder. The Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve fuel-injection system features 10-hole fuel injectors for powerful and efficient combustion. A new lighter-weight exhaust system helps the SV boost low- and mid-range power, and its catalyzer helps keep emissions low.
The SV650 features Suzuki’s new one-push easy-start system, first introduced on the 2016 GSX-S1000. A new low-rpm assist feature complements the throttle-body integrated idle speed control to deliver more consistent and powerful launch from a stop.
Combine this refreshed powerplant with the SV650’s slim design and lightweight body, and you have a ride experience with seemingly endless potential. The SV’s updated chassis incorporates more than 70 new parts and components, and the result is a slimmer and lighter overall package. The 2017 SV650 weighs 15 pounds less than the previous SFV650. The new truss frame is constructed of lightweight steel that proudly emphasizes the beauty of the robust V-twin engine. More than just looking good, that slim body and reduced weight translates into a more comfortable, more powerful and more responsive ride experience.
The new SV650 uses large 290mm dual front disc brakes and 240mm rear brakes for incredible stopping performance and control. The SV650 is also available with a new compact and lightweight ABS system manufactured by Nissin, making it possible to further reduce vehicle weight without sacrificing performance. The front suspension system uses 41mm telescopic front forks, plus a link-type rear suspension. Together, the SV650’s suspension system ensures consistent and sporty handling performance. Radial tires run on stylish and lightweight 17-inch five-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
Riders remain aware using the SV’s multifunction LCD instrument panel which displays gear position, digital speedometer, tachometer, and includes indicators for odometer, trip meter, average/instantaneous fuel consumption, driving range, clock, water temperature gauge and fuel gauge. Backlight is adjustable in six levels of brightness and can be set to your preference.
The 2017 Suzuki SV650 delivers on two design goals: It brings back the concept of a simple and fun V-twin sports ride; and it delivers that with improved power and a lighter overall package. Suzuki restores the simple thrill of a V-twin.
Price, color and availability for the SV650/A are currently TBA, but targeted to be available in dealers late spring/early summer.