2024 marks a significant milestone for sportbikes as it commemorates 40 years since Suzuki introduced the revolutionary GSX-R template that still serves as the foundation for modern sportbike design.

  •  New patent application from Suzuki suggests that changes are on the horizon for the GSX-R1000, focusing on enhancing its aerodynamics.
  • The current GSX-R1000, largely unchanged since its introduction as an all-new model in 2017, is due for an update.

This revamp aims not only to improve its competitiveness in the showroom but also to meet the latest Euro 5 emissions limits, which caused the model to be withdrawn from the European market at the end of last year due to noncompliance.

Suzuki’s recent patent application reveals the company’s continued commitment to technological advancement for its superbike lineup, despite a waning interest in racing. The patent showcases an innovative fairing concept, promising to enhance cooling efficiency and minimize drag. Although the application lacks detailed bike renderings, the engine and frame shapes align with those of the GSX-R1000.

The proposed improvement focuses on optimizing airflow into the radiator, located just behind the front wheel. By refining the passage between the upper side of the front fender and the lower surface of the nose fairing, Suzuki aims to eliminate the common issue faced by conventional faired bikes. These motorcycles typically feature a void beneath the nose, necessitated by the fork’s movement. Unfortunately, this void allows some airflow that should be directed to the radiator to instead be drawn through the gap.

While the GSX-R1000 impressed upon its launch in 2017, it now lags behind its main competitors, particularly in terms of aerodynamics. Many of its rivals have adopted MotoGP-inspired winglets, for instance.

Additionally, the current engine configuration fails to comply with Euro 5 standards, adding further impetus for an update. In 2019, Suzuki submitted patent applications for an upgraded computer-controlled variable valve timing system, intended to replace the purely mechanical, centrifugal VVT present in the current model. Such an enhancement would undoubtedly aid in achieving emissions certification.

Although the iconic GSX-R1000 lifespan might end, the smallest GSX-R family, the GSX-R125 and GSX-S150, has been given a new breath of life for 2022.

  • Suzuki is to continue selling the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125.
  • Both motorcycle now meets the Euro5 emission standard.

The pint-size GSX-R125 and GSX-S150 now meet Euro5 emission standards, which means both motorcycles can continue to be sold in Europe.

Although the GSX-R nameplate is familiarised with Suzuki’s 1000cc superbike, it is the 125cc variant that went to become the brand’s most popular sportsbike globally.

This could mean that the Hamamatsu factory might continue selling the small capacity sportbike while the GSX-R1000 could get axed for failing to meet the Euro5 emission compliance before the end of the year.

Nevertheless, the 124cc engine found in the GSX-R125 and GSX-S125 continues to pump 15hp but in a cleaner fashion.

Also, both models feature LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster and Suzuki Easy Start System.

It’s official, Suzuki is quitting the MotoGP and Endurance World Championship at the end of the 2022 season.

  • Suzuki officially leaving MotoGP and EWC.

  • shutting down every motorsport programmes to focus on new sustainability effort.

Suzuki finally went public this week by confirming that they are leaving the MotoGP and EWC after the news broke out in May.

According to Suzuki president Toshihiro Suzuki, the decision to exit MotoGP and EWC was due to “the need to re-allocate resources on other initiatives for sustainability.”

While the decision to leave MotoGP signals a strong desire from the Japanese manufacturer to shift its focus towards the new goal, shutting down its official Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) could also spell the end for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

Shutting the motorsport programme means that there is no proper platform to test out the litre bike, thus raising the question if we will ever see the next-generation GSX-R1000.

Moreover, with the firm’s new commitment towards sustainability, developing a next-gen petrol-powered superbike seems irrelevant.

2021 Suzuki GSX-R1000R

Suzuki could turn to develop a new technology that allows a “cleaner” GSX-R1000 to be built. Still, without any involvement in motorsport, there is no purpose for the Hamamatsu factory to push for it.

For other manufacturers, developing a new superbike makes sense because of their effort in MotoGP and WorldSBK. 

A company like Ducati, although it has yet to offer any electric superbike for the masses, has the capacity to do so thanks to its partnership with Dorna as the official supplier for MotoE.

On the other hand, Suzuki’s current generation GSX-R1000 has not changed since 2017 except for minor updates.

Although the Gixxer is an iconic machine to every superbike fanboy, the motorcycle has been something of a hidden player in the sportsbike market over the last few years.

Despite achieving success at MotoGP with Joan Mir taking the world championship title in 2020, the company didn’t see an upturn in sales, which is a hard pill to swallow.

With Suzuki’s motorsport programme shuttered and the market slowly moving away from the company’s litre bike, the odds for the GSX-R1000 don’t look good. 

Suzuki two wheelers legend, the Katana still remains the sharp suited motorcycle with mega performance.

First released in 1981, Suzuki refreshed the Katana nameplate in 2019 with a modern engine, new features and new colour concept for enthusiasts.

Compared to its 2020 model, the new Katana comes with gold forks, colour-coordinated wheels and grey rear suspension.

With a new dark tone seat, the bike also features Metallic Mat Stellar Blue and Solid Iron Grey colour options.

Apart from that, the Katana gets a few touch of electronics features.

As for the engine, the 2022 Katana retains the 999cc, inline-four cylinder engine which is an evolution of the one found in the GSX-R1000 K5.

But for 2022, the new Katana gets a new intake and exhaust camshafts, valve springs, a 4-2-1 exhaust system and a new airbox that improves efficiency.

Suzuki says the new Katana has 3hp more than the previous model.

But that’s not all, Suzuki fans will love the face that the new Katana now comes with a two-way quickshifter, an updated slipper clutch, rubber mounted handle bars and also offers Suzuki’s new Easy Start system.

And to ease night riding, Suzuki has equipped the dashboard of the new Katana with a “night” mode.

There is no announcement about pricing and it is unlike to be available in Malaysia anytime soon.

Other manufacturers have started to flood the motorcycle market with an all-new model for the last few years.

On the other hand, Suzuki took the most minimalistic approach by “updating” their range of motorcycles to meet Euro 5 emission standards while throwing in a couple of electronics aid.


At the end of the day, the current lineup, especially the GSX-R family, maintain almost the same looks and specifications.

However, new reports suggest the Japanese manufacturer plans introduce an all-new GSX-R1000 for 2022, replacing the current fifth-generation available in the market.

While there is no confirmation coming from the Hamamatsu headquarters, we can assume extensive upgrades are being done as part of a plan for Suzuki to return to the WorldSBK Championship.

Despite making notable success in MotoGP with Joan Mir winning the championship in 2020, Suzuki still lacks in the production-based competition.

We expect the upcoming GSX-R1000 to finally break the 200hp barrier to compete with the likes of Kawasaki ZX-10RR, Ducati Panigale V4R and the BMW M 1000 R.

Suzuki is also likely to include a customizable electronics aid, one of the most notable aspects where the GSX-R1000 is lacking compared to its competitors.

(source: Asphalt&Rubber)

  • A patent filing for the new Suzuki GSX-R1000 was leaked online.

  • The chassis looks similar, but the bodywork sees some changes.

  • The real change should be the engine where it features a new VVT system.

It’s not surprise that a new Suzuki GSX-R1000 is on the way, given that the Euro 5 regulations are coming into effect in 2020.

But just what will be new in the new Suzook? The patent filed in Japan has been revealed.

The patents show a new outline for the new Gixxer. The fuel tank seems a little longer, the seat a bit thinner, there’s a new vent on the main fairing, the tailsection is slimmer and the nose is sharper plus lower. The frame and swingarm look identical to the current bike.

But the biggest change ought to be in the engine.

There was another Suzuki patent filing months ago, particularly for a new variable valve timing (VVT) system.

New Suzuki GSXR-1000 VVT patent

In the current GSX-R1000, Suzuki uses the centrifugal forces of the inlet camshaft to drive the advancer. To sum it up, the faster the camshaft spins, the longer the inlet valves stay open. Suzuki did this to circumnavigate MotoGP’s ban of electronic and hydraulic VVT systems.

The system seems to work better in MotoGP, since the riders usually utilize the upper RPM ranges. It’s a different story on the streets.

In that patent we mentioned earlier, the manufacturer may switch to a hydraulic system with actuates both inlet and outlet cams. The hydraulics are computer-controlled, in turn. This should cater for the wide range of RPM utilization on the streets which usually hovers in the low and mid RPM ranges.

We should be able to see the new bike at the Tokyo Motor Show in October, if bike is slated for 2020.

  • Suzuki tampak sedia untuk menggarapkan sistem pemasaan injap boleh ubah (VVT) baharu pada model GSX-R1000 baharu mereka.
  • Sistem semasa menggunakan daya emparan.
  • Sistem baharu ini mengikuti trend semasa menggunakan VVT yang diaktifkan secara hidraulik.


  • Suzuki looks poised to install a new variable valve timing system in the new GSX-1000.

  • The current system uses centrifugal forces.

  • The new system follows the trend of using hydraulically-activated VVT.

The current Suzuki GSX-R1000 is already employing variable valve timing (VVT), but the new generation will feature a newer VVT.

As of now, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 VVT technology is derived directly from the Suzuki GSX-RR MotoGP bike. MotoGP regulations forbid hydraulic, electric and electronic variable valve timing and variable valve lift systems. Hence, Suzuki worked around this restriction by designing and employing a mechanical solution since 2015. The system works by using centrifugal force generated by the camshaft as it spins.

However, Suzuki has submitted the patents for a “traditional” hydraulically-activated system for the road bike. According to the documents, it is an oil pressure-activated, cam-shifting system.

Like the VVT patents of Honda, Suzuki’s VVT will activate both intake and exhausts cams. The current Gixxer is great to ride, but there are limitations of the current VVT due to the weight of the springs and gyroscopic forces in the mechanism.

It is also different from the BMW S 1000 RR’s ShiftCam system.

We foresee more motorcycles will be fitted with VVT systems of sorts in the years to come. As we mentioned before, VVT is one of the best ways to combat exhaust emissions and fuel consumption while still providing loads of power.

  • Suzuki Italia telah mempratontonkan jentera GSX-R1000 mengagumkan yang diliputi dengan karbon fiber.
  • Motosikal ini dengan rasminya bergelar Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ryuyo, dan hanya akan dibina sebanyak 20 unit.
  • Maklumat lanjut akan diketahui sewaktu pelancaran rasminya ketika pertunjukan motosikal EICMA 2018.


  • Suzuki Italia had teased with a carbon-clad GSX-R1000.

  • The bike is officially known as the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ryuyo and only 20 will be built.

  • More information will be available at its official launch during EICMA 2018.

(All photos by Suzuki Italia)

We published a report of Suzuki Italia posting a teaser pictures of a carbon-fibre-clad GSX-R1000 earlier this month. They have now unveiled the bike, known as the Suzuki GSX-R1000 Ryuyo.

Suzuki Italy Teases with Special GSX-R1000 Model

It is definitely a race-ready special edition GSX-R1000, unfortunately it is not the official WSBK homologation special that we had hoped for. Still, the Ryuyo is one sexy machine!

The name “Ryuyo” is a tribute to Suzuki’s Ryuyo R&D centre which develops all of the manufacturer’s new models. Only 20 Ryuyo-spec GSX-R1000 will be built and sold at €29,990 (RM 144,935.88 as this went to press).

According to its spec sheet, the Gixxer Ryuyo makes 209bhp at 12,900 RPM and 119Nm of torque at 10,300 RPM, besides weighing only 168kg (dry), equating a 1.24 bhp per kg power-to-weight ratio.

The bike was developed with a number of high-end technical partners, including:

  • Yoshimura (exhaust system).

  • Öhlins (the rear shock is Öhlins TTX GP but the forks are Showa BFF with Öhlins NIX 30 internals).

  • Dunlop (KR108 and KR109 slicks).

  • Extreme Components (carbon airbox, carbon bodywork,GP screen, among others).

  • Bonamici Racing (rearset footpegs).

  • Brembo (brakes, of course).

  • K&N (air filter).

  • Motul (lubricants).

  • DID (chain and sprockets); among others.

The GSX-R1000 Ryuyo will officially debut at the EICMA 2018 show in Milan this November. More details will be available then.

After being absent from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, the long wait is finally over after the covers were pulled off an all-new Suzuki GSX-R1000 superbike.

Its been a full 11 years since Suzuki fully updated the model, and this new GSX-R1000, which bears the ‘L7’ chassis code, arrives sporting plenty of new hardware and an all-new look as well.


Suzuki claims this new sixth generation GSX-R1000 is the lightest, most powerful and best handling GSX-R ever built, and we have very little reason to doubt that claim. This 6th generation GSX-R1000, or better known as the ‘Gixxer’ thousand amongst fans, is also the most highly equipped version of the superbike ever built.


As far as looks go, the sixth-gen Gixxer thousand now boasts a brand new face and yet, the bike’s lines remains rather distinctively unmistakable as a Gixxer. There’s new LED lighting all round that is complimented with a new LED dash display as well, giving this new L7 Gixxer a very high-tech touch. Of course, what counts for the most is what’s beneath the pretty new metal and this sixth-gen Gixxer has got plenty to boast.


For starters, it gains with a new and improved 999cc in-line four-cylinder engine primed with variable valve timing (VVT). The S-brand’s new litre-sized screamer offers 200hp and about 111Nm of peak torque. Highlights here include Suzuki Racing Finger valve train follower rocker arm to improve valve control and allow higher rpm, while the Suzuki Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) and Suzuki Top Feed Injector (S-TFI) systems, which all combine to make what Suzuki call their Broad Power System. Crucially though, much of these were developed off the S-brand’s GSX-RR MotoGP bike.


The mill is encased within an all-new chassis design made using lightweight aluminium, but the icing on its cake has to be the Showa Balance Free Front Forks (BFFF) that was first seen in the rivalling 2016 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. The Gixxer takes things up a notch though by pairing that with Showa’s Balance Free Rear Cushion at the back, and if our trained eyes are correct, you even get of twin Brembo anchors up front as well.


Like the rivalling Yamaha YZF-R1 and Kawasaki ZX-10R, the new Gixxer thousand also arrives with a full array of new electronics and advanced rider aids. Things start off with a quick-shifter and auto-blipper, followed by a 10-level traction control system, launch control, as well as three different riding modes thanks to ride-by-wire, not forgetting the all-important advanced ABS suite too.


The new sixth-generation Suzuki GSX-R1000 is expected to hit markets starting early next year but prices are still undisclosed for now. Nevertheless, this is one superbike we know will stack well against its other Japanese- and European-made litre-classed rivals indeed.

2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (L7)

Sources: Asphaltandrubber and MCN

Suzuki Assemblers Malaysia Sdn Bhd introduces new Suzuki GSX-S1000 ABS and GSX-S1000F during WSBK Malaysia 2015 – RM68,400 and RM74,400 respectively.



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