The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT breathes new life into the sports touring segment and provides an exciting alternative to adventure touring. Check out our review... Photography: Heather Ware HMC
The 2023 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT provides a viable touring option while encapsulating a lot of the adrenaline filled enjoyment of a sportsbike in a more versatile and comfortable package. Exactly a year on from our World Launch report, AJ puts one to the test on Aussie roads…
The 2023 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT brings plenty of punch to the party with a high performance 999cc four-stroke DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine. Combine that with some funky new tech – namely the integrated Suzuki MySpin app and mix in some rider modes, chassis development and some sharp focused looks and Suzuki have produced a very enticing GT package indeed.
The soul of the GSX-S1000GT is the engine – it is a beauty. Originally derived from the celebrated long stroke K5 Gixer but very heavily re-made, it feels raw and powerful, exciting like a 1000cc motor should, but it is also refined enough to make touring enjoyable and not tiring.
Producing 112kW @11,000rpm there is plenty of grunt at the twist of the right wrist. Although labelled a sports tourer the GSX-S1000GT powerplant is sensational in the backroads and will have you giggling as you power on from corner to corner.
One of the big improvements for the updated motor performance, is the fact that the revised engine produces greater torque lower in the rev range. This assists in having the torque curve feature fewer peaks and valleys than in previous generation GSX1000s, it also helps achieve greater overall cumulative torque across the entire rev range. This is most noticeable when comparing to the naked GSX-S1000 we rode earlier this year. We mentioned that we found the throttle a little snatchy. This issue seems to have been greatly negated with the GT model.
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) is a collection of three riding modes that offer the rider the ability to select a riding mode (bike output characteristics) that match the rider’s preferences or riding conditions. For our time aboard the GSX-S1000GT we mainly found out selves sticking to riding mode A which provides the sharpest throttle response and is akin to a Sport or Sport + mode that you will find in other models of motorcycle.
We did this for two main reasons. Firstly, we wanted to compare the throttle response to the GSX-S1000 we had previously ridden and see if Suzuki had managed to make the throttle response a little less touchy while still maintaining that performance orientated ride experience. Secondly and most importantly it was good fun. Testing bikes on the Central Coast of NSW gives us access to some pretty good roads and enables us to get amongst the twisty stuff and really experience these bikes in the conditions they were built for.
Even on the daily commute up the freeway the throttle response seemed much more refined with smoother power delivery which for us was a huge plus with this model. Mode B allows the maximum power output with a softer throttle response and more linear delivery. We utilised this riding through Sydney suburbia, and it allowed a more relaxed, less edgy riding experience – a little more subdued if you will.
Mode C is dubbed a comfort mode, but in fact it really is a rain mode. It allows gentler throttle response and limited torque production and to be honest we only spent about five minutes in this mode as we were eager to flick the Suzuki back to Mode A. The quickshifter works well and makes life easy flicking through the GSX-S 1000GT’s six speed gearbox. Whether dawdling through city traffic or hammering through a country backroad the quickshifter is faultless and adds to the riding experience.
As for the traction control, well it does its job admirably without being too intrusive. We did notice its intervention when tipped right over and feeding the gas, but it seemed to do its job without fuss and helped steady the GSXS-1000GT when required.
As a result, for a grand tourer, the GSX-S1000GT is quite nimble for a bike weighing in at 226kg.
The chassis for the new GT has undergone revised design with an emphasis on delivering great handling and road holding characteristics whether riding solo or with a pillion on board. It features a twin spar frame, with the main rails running straight from the steering head to the swingarm pivot, which aids high rigidity and decreases weight. As a result, for a grand tourer, the GSX-S1000GT is quite nimble for a bike weighing in at 226kg.
The aluminium swingarm design is straight from Suzuki’s powerhouse GSX-R1000. Ruggedly braced and with the appeal of its superbike looks, this swingarm features great road holding ability and the strength to withstand long rides, heavy loads, and the demands of sporty runs, which is perfect for the touring nature of this bike. Suspension is plusher and more comfortable on the GSX-S1000GT than the sportier naked GSX-S1000, again endearing itself to touring. There is a nice mix though so that the suspension is not so soft that the GSX-S1000GT loses its sharp handling or precision.
43mm KYB inverted forks that feature 120mm of travel with fully adjustable damping, rebound and compression, as well as spring preload settings, find a home on the front of the Suzuki allowing plenty of rider customisation. On the rear link-type rear suspension utilises 130mm of rear wheel travel with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload settings that react efficiently to varying road surfaces. This setup matched to Dunlop SPORTMAX 2 tyres offers great cornering confidence.
The Suzuki GSXS-1000GT comes fitted with radial mount Brembo monobloc calipers. The calipers each have four opposed 32mm pistons acting on 310mm floating-mount discs for strong stopping power. They offer the rider good feel and bite and provide plenty of rider confidence when squeezing hard on the brake lever. Braking also features ABS which is to be expected in this day and age.
Aesthetically the GSX-S1000GT looks sharp, featuring modern lines that look aggressive and flow attractively. If there, is one negative to this kerb appeal however it is that the right-hand side pannier can be a little awkward to get a leg over at times especially if you are not fully paying attention.
Climb aboard and the riding position is comfortable, while still being dynamic enough to push the GSX-S1000GT in and out of the twisty stuff with real vigor. Highway cruising and touring benefit from the ergonomic focus put into the Suzuki at the design stage. To achieve a better riding position, Suzuki say they have angled the handlebars 14mm closer to the rider than on their previous touring models. Combined with the new sculpted seat design this allows the rider to remain more upright and maintain a more comfortable riding position.
New tapered handlebars have also been lengthened to achieve a 23mm wider grip placement for the rider. The philosophy behind this is to allow the rider greater control whilst exerting less effort piloting the GSX-S 1000GT. Hand controls are positioned well and easy to use. We particularly liked the positioning of the cruise control function although if the engage button for the cruise control was moved about 3mm closer to the grip it would be perfect, although riders with bigger mitts may disagree with us.
The final piece of the ergonomic triangle is the placing of the footpegs. For this rider who is 182cm tall the footpeg position is nice relaxed without a huge amount of bending at the knee required. The peg position is nowhere near as tucked up as you will find on a supersport bike, however, does find a happy medium for touring riding and more enthusiastic endeavours. Another nice touch is that the footpegs are covered with vibration absorbing rubber, real world experience does suggest that there is still plenty of harmonic feel though.
Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT features a new windscreen that not only is integral to the bike’s sharp styling package but provides focus on providing wind protection for the rider. Suzuki have done well here in mixing form with function, not only does the screen look good and add to the overall visual appeal of the bike, but it also additionally adds good protection for the rider as we experienced on our freeway trips.
The panniers offer good storage capability, whilst testing we found we could fit a standard sized backpack in each and of course there is also the option of fitting a top box for extra luggage carrying capability. The fastening system is easy to operate and completely lockable as well. The only downside is they are an optional extra.
The GSX-S1000GT features a full 6.5-inch colour TFT display and is a huge step up when compared to its naked sibling. The TFT panel features an anti- reflective coating and scratch resistance surface. All info is laid out in an easy to read on the fly layout and is quite comprehensive for all rider info.
The new display also features Smartphone connectivity that allows access to Suzuki’s MySpin app which allows features including music integration, navigation and phone calls. A nice touch is the charging port in the fairing to ensure easy charging of your device while riding.
Check out the genuine Suzuki GSX-S1000GT optional accessories here…
Suzuki’s GSXS-1000GT comes with a good range of standard equipment including quickshifter, cruise control, colour TFT display and full LED lighting package. However, having the moniker GT we would have liked to have seen the hard panniers as well as heated grips standard issue and not options.
Overall Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is a bike that does everything well. Sure, it is probably does not feature the same spec as some of it’s more expensive rivals but it does not carry the same premium price tag. In fact you can have a Suzuki GSX-S1000GT parked in your garage for under 20K and that is a hell of a lot of bike for the money.
Pricing starts at $19,990 ride away and the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT comes in 2 colour options Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Reflective Blue as tested. The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is backed by a three-year unlimited kilometre manufacturer’s warranty.
For further information please contact your local Suzuki dealer via the dealer locater here.
2023 SUZUKI GSX-S1000GT TECH TALK
The new GT is powered by a high-performance 999cm3 DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine developed to realise the ideal a true grand touring riding experience. The engine underwent a thorough review and updates to increase power output and achieve an even better balance of overall performance, all while satisfying Euro 5 emissions standards.
Suzuki say the new version delivers superbike-level performance while minimising vibration to make riding more exciting, more comfortable, and less tiring, whether travelling long distances on the highway or enjoying a ride around town.
Its broad, smooth torque curve featuring greater cumulative torque production consistently delivers abundant power throughout the engine’s operating range and makes this grand tourer equally adept at street riding as it is at high-speed long-distance touring, even under load when carrying gear and a passenger on the back.
The new GT complements its slipper clutch, which helps provide smoother deceleration when downshifting, with a new assist function that increases the clutch’s clamping force under acceleration to allow the introduction of softer springs. The result is a light touch to clutch lever operation that helps reduce left hand fatigue on long rides, especially when caught in busy traffic.
Suzuki says the new GT delivers nimble handling and confidence-inspiring controllability, whether out touring long distances on the highway, negotiating twisty roads, or simply enjoying its sporty performance on the streets. Every component of the chassis and running gear is engineered to bring the right balance of agility, stability, and comfort for a true grand touring experience.
At the core is the compact, lightweight chassis design. The rigid twin-spar aluminium frame and ruggedly braced aluminium-alloy swingarm are key to great road holding ability that will go the distance, even when carrying a passenger and a full load of gear.
Every component of the chassis and running gear is engineered to bring the right balance of agility, stability, and comfort for a true grand touring experience…
Newly designed sub-frame rails serve two benefits. Firstly, they provide more rigid and secure attachment points for the optional side cases. Secondly, the new design lowers the height of the seat rails, making it possible to increase the thickness of the pillion seat for greater passenger comfort.
Fully adjustable ø43mm KYB inverted front forks and link-type rear suspension combine agility and stability with a ride that is sporty yet plush.
Carrying all this to the road surface in harmony with the suspension settings are six-spoke cast aluminium wheels shod with new Dunlop SPORTMAX Roadsport 2 radial tyres designed specifically for the GSX-S1000GT.
The tyres adopt an updated internal construction with a carcass that is custom engineered exclusively for the GT and tuned to deliver just the right level of rigidity to match its weight and the riding conditions under which it will be used.
The GT is equipped with top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers. The calipers each have four opposed 32mm pistons acting on a 310mm floating-mount disc for strong stopping power. An antilock braking system (ABS) helps the rider stay in directional control even during hard braking. The system is programmed to monitor wheel speed and match stopping power to the available traction. The ABS control unit has a compact, lightweight design that contributes to the bike’s nimbleness.
No effort has been spared in designing the GT to isolate the rider and passenger from vibration that might otherwise be transmitted from the engine or chassis. The GT adopts a new floating handlebar design that introduces rubber mounts in the top bridge and brackets to lessen the amount of vibration transmitted to the rider’s hands.
Special care went into designing the thickness, shape and size of the new rider and pillion seats, and both seats are covered in a new material that provides positive grip. New grab bars at the back of the pillion seat further contribute to passenger comfort. One additional example is the vibration absorbing rubber that covers the aluminium footrest pegs for both rider and pillion.
The mission to find the optimum riding position for touring led to angling the handlebar grips 14mm closer to the rider than on the previous GSX-S1000F. This enables the rider to have a more upright posture, which enhances comfort.
To be aerodynamically efficient, and to be easier to control and more comfortable, whether touring for long distances fully loaded with a pillion or popping out for an exciting solo blast…
The new tapered handlebars are also lengthened to achieve a 23mm wider grip placement. In addition to making the bars more comfortable to hold, this gives the rider greater control over steering while requiring less effort to steer the bike.
The GT is the first production Suzuki motorcycle to feature a full-colour TFT LCD screen. The new 6.5in screen has been developed as a large multi-information display for specific use on motorcycles, whereby the TFT LCD panel features an anti-reflective coating for improved visibility in bright light and a scratch resistance surface.
Smartphone connectivity that allows access to a variety of apps and functions that bring greater convenience, functionality, and fun to the ride. In addition to Day/Night display schemes and adjustable brightness, the screen’s display features smooth tachometer movement and exclusive graphics.
The SUZUKI mySPIN app connects the rider’s smartphone enabling it to transfer its display to the GT’s large TFT screen where the contents of the phone can be viewed such as contacts, calendar, music, and map apps.
The app also has the capability to utilise a selection of supported third-party apps optimised for use by motorcycle riders and take advantage of additional services that bring greater convenience and fun to the touring experience.
Smartphones can be connected via USB, Wireless LAN or Bluetooth®, and charged using the dedicated USB outlet on the left side of the TFT LCD panel…
These include navigation, rider assistance, music streaming, tracking, route sharing, and weather information services. SUZUKI mySPIN is compatible with iOS and Android™. Smartphones can be connected via USB, Wireless LAN or Bluetooth®, and charged using the dedicated USB outlet on the left side of the TFT LCD panel.
The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) introduces a collection of advanced electronic systems that lets the rider easily optimise the performance characteristics to best suit their riding style and level of riding experience. S.I.R.S. brings greater confidence and enjoyment by allowing the GT to be more controllable and predictable whilst also being less fatiguing.
Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) is designed to offer the rider a choice between three different modes that change output characteristics to match riding conditions or preferences.
- Mode A (Active) provides the sharpest response as the rider opens the throttle. Settings for torque characteristics are finely tuned to deliver the exciting acceleration that had earned the previous generation GSX-S1000F high acclaim. It is well suited for use when hitting the throttle hard, such as when participating in track day events or enjoying twisty roads in good weather.
- Mode B (Basic) reaches the same level of maximum output but features softer response and a more linear power delivery curve as the rider opens the throttle. The settings are tuned to make the bike more controllable and instil confidence when accelerating, and to make it a good fit for a wide range of rider styles and road conditions in everyday riding.
- Mode C (Comfort) provides the softest throttle response and gentler torque characteristics, delivering power in smoother linear fashion while still reaching the same level of maximum power output. The gentler throttle response and limited torque production as the throttle is opened makes more obedient and controllable when riding in wet conditions or otherwise slippery surfaces, or when the rider wants to relax and enjoy an easy ride home after a long outing.
Equipped with an updated version of Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS) with a wider selection of 5 mode settings (+ OFF). The finer incremental control over settings allows the new 5-mode traction control system to better fit a more diverse variety of riding conditions and styles.
A ride-by-wire throttle system provides finer control also allows optimum settings to best match each of the SDMS modes. The overall result is linear power delivery that responds faithfully to the rider’s intentions, whether riding on the street or heading out to enjoy a spirited run, as well as improved controllability when opening the throttle while cornering.
Cruise Control speed setting can easily be adjusted up or down using the (+/-) select switch on the left handlebar and confirm the current setting on the TFT LCD instrument screen by pressing the left handlebar switch’s RES button. Cruise Control can be set at speeds between 30km/h to 180km/h while riding above 2,000rpm in second gear or higher.
The bi-directional quick shift system allows the rider to shift up or down more quickly and easily without the need to operate the clutch or throttle. When decelerating, the system automatically opens the throttle valves just enough to increase rpm and match engine speed to the next-lower gear ratio. The result of this hands-free automatic blipping function combines seamlessly with engine braking to create a highly satisfying experience when downshifting.
Suzuki’s Easy Start System lets the rider effortlessly start the motorcycle with one quick press of the starter button. There is no need to continually hold the starter button down nor need to pull in the clutch lever when the transmission is in neutral. Other niceties include Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist system which monitors and automatically raises the idle speed when taking off from a stop or when riding slowly through traffic to reduce surging and chances of engine stalls.
The goal of the new GT design concept is to visually express the performance potential, comfort, and pleasure of this true grand touring motorcycle. At the same time, it aims to convey the refinement and sophistication of a product designed to offer advanced functions such as the intelligent rider aids, safety systems and smartphone connectivity, to be aerodynamically efficient, and to be easier to control and more comfortable, whether touring for long distances fully loaded with a pillion or popping out for an exciting solo blast.
The GT’s new front cowl, windscreen and mirrors are all meticulously designed to contribute to achieving the requisite level of aerodynamic performance. Each component was analysed early in the development process to identify any issues.
Repeated cycles of wind tunnel testing, analysis and refinement to ensure that all the pieces work together harmoniously…
That was followed by repeated cycles of wind tunnel testing, analysis and refinement to ensure that all the pieces work together harmoniously to maximise wind protection and make the rider more comfortable by reducing sources of stress such as exposure to the cold and elements. This reduces fatigue when touring at high speeds and frees the rider to concentrate on enjoying the experience.
While aerodynamic performance was a given, design priorities for the GT’s new windscreen focused keenly on maximising wind protection to deliver relaxing comfort worthy of a grand touring riding experience. At the same time, the designers were also concerned with keeping the form as compact as possible and making the screen attractive. Development involved repeated rounds of wind tunnel testing and analysis, with the design begin refined at each stage until it achieved just the right overall balance to satisfy the development team’s goals.
A pair of new LED headlights clearly illuminate the road and shoulders ahead. The distinctive hexagonal shape and horizontal layout combine with the sharp nose of the cowl to create a look of advanced styling and a new face for Suzuki motorcycles. The rear combination light and new indicators use LEDs for high visibility and long life. With a clear lens covering the LEDs, the design of the rear combination light conveys a premium feel that emphasises the stylish lines of the compact tail section.
Fuel capacity has been increased thanks to a new attractive 19L fuel tank combined with the GT’s excellent fuel efficiency to help extend riding range and reduce the number of refuelling stops.
The MY23 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is due to arrive in Australia during March 2022 and will be available in two colours – Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Reflective Blue for a manufacturer’s recommended retail price of $19,990 *Ride Away.
*Manufacturer’s Recommended retail ride away price shown includes 12 months registration (NT 6 months), 12 months compulsory third party insurance (CTP), stamp duty and pre-delivery charges.
2023 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Specifications
Price: From $19,990 *Ride Away.
Colours: Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Reflective Blue
Claimed power: 112kW@11,000rpm
Claimed torque: 106Nm@9,250rpm
Curb weight: 226kg
Fuel capacity: 19L
Engine: four-stroke, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 999cc
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 x 59mm
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Gearbox: Six speed Clutch: Wet multiplate
Chassis: Twin-spar aluminium
Rake: 25 degrees, Trail: 100mm
Suspension: Fully adjustable 43mm KYB USD forks, Adjustable link-type rear suspension
Brakes: four-piston Brembo mono-block front brake calipers 310mm floating-mount dual rotors, single rear rotor Tyres: 17in six spoke cast aluminium wheels, 120/70-17 – 190/50-17 tyres.
Seat height: 810mm
Overall length: 2115mm
Instruments & Electronics: 6.5in TFT Screen with Bluetooth connectivity, LED Lights, Suzuki rider assist package, cruise control, quick shifter, Suzuki easy start system.
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