Suzuki GSX-R

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its competitiveness in the showroom but also to meet the latest Euro 5 emissions limits, which caused the model to be withdrawn from the European market at the end of last year due to noncompliance.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.

  • Suzuki has filed a 300c sportbike’s patents, speculated to be call GSX-R300.

  • The sub-500cc segment is the most hotly contested in the market.

  • Suzuki feels that the motorcycle market is moving towards smaller capacity and cheaper bikes.

Suzuki is making a comeback into the sub-500cc segment. These 200cc, 250cc, 300cc, 390cc, 400cc motorcycles appeal to a large cross-section of enthusiasts, due to reasons covering:

  • The next capacity level to step up to after owning a kapchai or scooter.
  • More affordable for a large section of the populace.
  • Easier to learn on, easier to ride.
  • Lightweight and simpler – good as daily commuters, especially for those who already own a bigger bike.
Suzuki GSX-250R

This battleground has been fought by almost all manufacturers for a long time. You could find almost all the brands here, even BMW has joined the fray with the G 310 R and G 310 GS. Similarly, Triumph had tied up with Bajaj to work on a 400cc bike in the future.

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Now, Suzuki has decided to fight back after being ominously missing.

Suzuki’s patents drawing for their 300cc sportbike was recently leaked online and is rumored to break covers at EICMA later this year.

They already have the GSX-250R in circulation, but they bike is a woefully underpowered single-banger, while their rivals continue to build high performance lightweights such as the KTM RC 390/390 Duke, Kawasaki Ninja 250 /300 and now 400, Yamaha YZF-R25/R3, Honda CBR250RR, and so on.

GSX-R300 Patent

From the patents, the engine appears to be a parallel-Twin. If Suzuki sticks to the dimensions of their GSX-R150’s engine architecture, the bore should be 62 mm and a stroke of 48.1 mm. That’s in the same league of its rivals and should produce around 40 bhp.

Also from the drawings, the 300 looks to have the design theme and lines of its GSX-R1000R big brother. The front wheel has a single, radially-mounted brake caliper and disc; the swingarm looks to be of aluminium, corresponding to that type of design. Tying everything together is a tubular steel frame.

Biggest question is if I’ll ever make to Malaysia. And if it did, will it be the full 300cc version or sleeved-down 250cc variant that we always see happening in our country?

Time will tell.

  • Suzuki telah mengumumkan bahawa motosikal Suzuki GSX-R1000 dan GSX-R1000R 2018 mereka akan boleh didapati dalam warna baru pada tahun hadapan.
  • Skema warna putih keseluruhan dengan kemasan garisan biru boleh didapati buat kedua-dua model berkenaan.
  • Bagi mereka yang menggemari GSX-R1000R, ianya juga didatangkan dengan pilihan warna yang berlainan iaitu skema warna hitam yang menggerunkan dengan kemasan warna kelabu.


Suzuki has announced that their 2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will be available in new colours for next year.

The all-new white colour scheme with blue stripes is available for both models.

Those who prefer the GSX-R1000R has another colour option which comes in a sinister black colour scheme with grey stripes.

While Suzuki’s top of the line premier superbike remains virtually unchanged for 2018, they have announced that both the 2018 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R will be available in brand new colour schemes for the upcoming year. (more…)

Patents of long rumoured Suzuki GSX-R250 street bike surfaces online.


Internet abuzz with rumour of a possible new Suzuki GSX-R250 quarter-litre model. (more…)

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


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