Supernaked Suzi gets makeover for 2021

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Words: NZ Autocar
27 Apr 2021

The naked version of the GSX-R1000, known as the GSX-S1000, has undergone a refresh for 2021, and looks all the better for it.

Underneath what was not an especially attractive exterior, the outgoing model was otherwise a convincing supernaked, and a good value one at that. Now it has the visual aggression to go with the readily accessible power and torque, and it also comes with Euro 5 status ticked.

For 2021 there’s much more angular styling, with a stacked LED headlight, enhanced electronics package that includes a quickshifter and auto-blipper, wider handlebars and a bigger fuel tank.

Despite the update to Euro 5 regs, peak power rises slightly (by 2kW) to 112kW (150bhp) at 11,000rpm, but the S1000 retains the low to mid-rev grunt and in fact has an even broader torque spread for everyday riding. Weight is similar to before at 214kg, while acceleration is slightly quicker.

Contributing are new camshafts with revised cam profiles, new valve springs, updated clutch and airbox, and a fresh exhaust that gets an additional catalytic converter for emissions reasons.

Where the former model had next to nothing in the way of modern safety or tech gadgets, this gets plenty with updated electronic throttle bodies, a ride-by-wire throttle (so three ride modes), and adoption of an assist and slipper clutch, to prevent rear wheel lock up during aggressive downshifting and to lighten the lever load.

There’s also a five-level traction control system and, to round things out, a quickshifter and auto-blipper. Suzuki low-rpm assist is added to prevent stalling at take off. Also updated is the LCD dash, a steal from the GSX-R1000.

The restyle emphasises the added technical fit-out, with the stacked LED headlights, aggressive lines and ‘mass forward’ look. Hexagonal LED lights evidently enhance night riding dramatically, while LED DRLs are mounted on top. Body colours include blue, matte grey, and gloss black, while side panels are in an urban camo-inspired design. MotoGP-inspired winglets are popular at present.

The underpinnings comprise a twin-spar aluminium chassis and an older GSX-R1000 swingarm so handling should continue to be sharp, especially with handlebars that are now 23mm wider, and set 20mm closer for a touch more comfort. Forks are fully adjustable while the shock features preload and rebound adjustability. Rounding things out are 310mm front discs paired with Brembo monobloc calipers and there’s also a larger 19-litre fuel tank. The S1000 rolls on Dunlop Roadsport 2 rubber.

Expect this to dot down here later in the year, again with the accessible pricing compared with other litre capacity streetfighters.

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