The US market finally got a look at the new GSX-R1000 (aka “Gixxer Thou”) at the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas last Monday night. It appears Suzuki has completely remade the famous sportbike for 2009. It’s hard to conceive that a bike that produced 46 straight AMA Superbike wins could be improved, but Suzuki did it. The 2009 GSX-R1000 is lighter, more nimble, more powerful and faster than ever before.
The new engine is the most compact yet, and delivers more torque and power, and better response across the entire RPM range. It has a shorter stroke, which increases performance at higher RPM, and a higher compression ratio to boost the low- to mid-range power. Check out the video and more pics:
Suzuki got rid of the hydraulic clutch and went with a cable-actuated system not only to drop off weight, but in the hope that it’ll improve the feel and feedback of the controls. The appearance difference is subtle but there. There is a thicker, more aggressive, cleaner look that feels less plastic-y than the older GSX-Rs. It looks a bit more European in my opinion, it has a bit more class now.
Suzuki has really upped the bar with the 2009 GSX-R1000, it’s lighter, faster, better looking, and with a better quality engine and chassis underneath. I can’t wait to see the rest of the markets response. Check out bike the way I like it, naked:
And the video from Paris: