2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000: minor revisions, still competitive

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Squint just right and you can just about tell that this isn’t actually a photo of a 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000. The Brembo Monobloc brake calipers and single exhaust canister instead indicate that that this is the slightly-revised 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000. What you can’t see is a wet weight reduced by 2kg (likely thanks to ditching that second exhaust can), a claimed boost in mid-range power and an unspecified reduction in unsprung weight thanks to thinner brake discs. What you really can’t see, because it’s not there, is traction control, ride-by-wire or any other of the electronic performance aids that are coming to define the liter bike class. Still, you can’t argue with 191bhp and 203kg (wet), plus decent suspension in the form of unchanged Showa Big Piston forks.

Here’s a shot of the 2009 bike. Differentiation comes from graphics, those two swoopy exhausts, plain-jane radial calipers

  • Ola

    Since midranges are boosted every year, you’d think there wouldn’t be anything left at bottom or top by now.

  • longtravel

    Since when do the bikes have 191bhp?

    • longtravel

      Rather I should say, since when have these bikes actually made 191bhp?

  • http://www.cdavisdesigns.com Chris Davis

    I’ve seen a few bikes with with ugly dark blue frames over the last few years. This Suzuki is one of them. A desperate attempt to differentiate.

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    One of these things is not…. wait…. no.. one of these things… damn. I cannot tell the difference.

  • dux

    Not even bold new graphics? Oh well, those Brembos are pretty.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    I was all excited when the Brembo calipers made it to the other bikes in the GSX-R range, but they’re not monoblocks, right?

    Anyway, it would really take some massive changes for me to sell up my K6 and move on.

    • DAVID

      clearly the Brembo brand is spreading fast as the thing to have.

  • Kirill

    Shit, I forgot to care. Its too nobody releases bike sales figures or else we’d know just how far up shit creek sans paddle Suzuki is.