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Suzuki-s all-new GSX-R1000 is the star of an impressive new 2003 model range revealed by the motorcycle giant not long ago at the Intermot International Motorcycle Show in Germany and more recently at the Sydney Motor Show.
Underlining its global position as the world’s premier manufacturer of high performance street bikes, Suzuki also showed its entirely-new SV1000 and SV1000S models for 2003, together with upgraded SV650 series and new Burgman 250 scooter.
Suzuki promised a surprise at Intermot and the all-new GSX-R1000 is certainly worthy of that anticipation- To have significantly improved what is already the world’s best sports motorcycle is a remarkable achievement, General Manager, Motorcycles, for Suzuki Australia, Perry Morison, said.
Add to that the launch of the all-new SV1000 series, plus the other model upgrades, and there-s no doubting Suzuki-s commitment to on-going excellence in design and innovation.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 – Setting The New Benchmark
Voted the 2001-2002 International Bike of the Year, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 has also won countless racing championships worldwide, and looks set to continue with the launch of the 2003 model.
The new Suzuki GSX-R1000-s 988cc four-cylinder liquid-cooled engine features several revised internal components complemented by an upgraded digital engine control module (ECM), increasing output to a stunning 164ps.
New lightweight dual double-barrel throttle bodies incorporate the revolutionary Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system, while the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) butterfly valve increases torque and throttle response.
Reducing the GSX-R1000-s overall weight is a new titanium exhaust system, while the enlarged muffler has titanium core pipes and end plate, and an aluminium-alloy cover, which is lighter than an all-titanium equivalent.
The Suzuki-s all-new black twin-spar aluminium-alloy frame is about two kilograms lighter than the previous model, with the main frame spar on each side comprising of three internal reinforcing ribs.
To assist with the GSX-R1000-s additional power, the Suzuki has race-proven radial-mount, four-piston front brake calipers that produce stronger braking performance, and are similar to those used on the new GSV-R MotoGP and GSX-R World Superbike racebikes.
A new engine rpm indicator light is featured in the comprehensive instrument console, that can be programmed to a pre-set engine rpm.
The GSX-R1000-s all-new 43mm inverted forks with smooth-action Diamond Like Carbon (DLC) coated inner tubes fully adjustable for spring preload, compression damping and rebound damping, as is the single rear shock.
Styling-wise, the 2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is distinguished by an aggressive new vertically-stacked headlight design that allows the ram-air intake ducts to be positioned closer to the centre of the fairing nose.
This is the point of highest air pressure and the increase in air pressure improves the charging efficiency of the machine and provides more torque when at higher speeds.
Suzuki has also incorporated practicality with the aggressive new look of the GSX-R1000, a narrower fuel tank adding knee room to make it easier for the rider to tuck in under the slipstream. The styling of the new GSX-R1000 additionally integrates an enclosed rear undertray and LED-type tail light.
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