First produced in 2001, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 K12 was very similar in design to the GSX-R750, but with Kayaba suspension, a remarkable 988cc powerplant, and an awesome looking, yet super-light, chassis. The second generation of GSX-R1000 (launched in 2003) was the first litre bike to feature radial brakes. In 2005, Suzuki completely revamped the engine and launched the GSX-R1000 K5, with a capacity of 999cc. The K5 also became the first Suzuki to win a World Superbike championship.
In 2007/8, Suzuki introduced the K7 (the first Japanese bike with variable power modes), which was 6kg heavier than its predecessor, had two exhaust pipes, 4bhp more power and an electronically controlled steering damper. The release of the K9 in 2009 saw another brand new engine and overall weight reduction of 7kg. The L2 model was released in 2012 and featured a long-stroke full of power and limited electronic interference. ABS arrived on the 2014 model, although not on the MotoGP version.
Choosing the Right Tyres for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Motorcycle
So what are the optimum tyres for a GSX-R1000 motorcycle, how much do they cost and where can you get a new set fitted? The GSX-R1000 comes with Bridgestone BT015 radial tyres as standard, but are these the best tyres for the bike? This really depends on how often and how you use it.
A popular alternative is the Michelin Pilot Power 2CTs, which offer good performance and feel (in wet or dry conditions). These are expected to last approximately 3000 miles - which compares very favourably to the 1800 miles expected from the Bridgestones. The 2CTs are available from between £70 and £90 each.
Another alternative is the Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa SP. This offers racetrack performance from a fully street legal tyre and has a Bi-Compound rear, giving a great mix of grip, stability and mileage. These are available for between £95 and £150 per tyre. If mileage is the main issue, it is also worth considering the Dunlop RoadSmart (70+), Pirelli Angel ST (50+) and Bridgestone BT-023 (65+). For top performance, the Dunlop SportSmart or Metzeler Sportec Interact M5 are worth a second look.
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