The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is here and its lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster than ever.
Update: Press shots, features, specs and analysis after the jump.
Engine: 60mm shorter from front to rear. Over-square with a bore of 74.5mm and a stroke of 57.3mm. Compression ratio increased from 12.5 to 12.8:1. Suzuki claims increased tuning potential.Valves are larger and titanium, the pistons are forged and the conrods are shot-peened. The Drive Mode selector is now located on the left handlebar and offers three power delivery maps. A slipper clutch keeps everything in line while slowing down.
Exhaust: Swoopy titanium cans replace the chunky old ones. We like these very much.
Suspension: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R-style Show Big Piston Front (BPF) forks. They’re supposed to be lighter, stronger and give better feedback. The rear shock has rebound damping, a collar preload adjuster and high- and low-speed compression damping adjustment.
Brakes: 310mm front discs with monoblock calipers.
Rider comfort: The fairing has been designed to reduce turbulence, while the footpegs are adjustable.
Overall: A little faster, a little lighter, a little more powerful and a little smaller than before. But these are evolutionary, not revolutionary changes. The 2009 Yamaha R1 has its crossplane crankshaft. The 2009 Honda CBR1000RR has ABS. Like GSX-R1000s before it, we’re sure this new one is a masterpiece of engineering, but will it compete in showrooms with flashier bikes?
Note: Colors shown are Euro-spec only. US colors will be released Monday.