2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Review; Tons of Upgrades and Modifications?

2017 suzuki gsxr 1000

The word of mouth that has been spread during the past couple of years, was that Suzuki is becoming a little bit lazy with their Gixxer models. Well, with the 2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000, we guess that they have proved some motorcyclists that they are wrong.

Usually, we do state some specifications regarding the superbike that we are reviewing, along with a couple of differences compared to their previous models. However, this whole new 2017 GSXR model, left us with nothing but talking about the tremendous changes that will leave you as a motorcyclist with a jaw-dropping reflex.

Let’s take a closer look at what Suzuki engineers have been doing in their labs lately regarding their latest GSXR 1000 model.

2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Specifications & Upgrades (Compared to Previous Models).

More Power?

Well, for starters the 2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 has added a couple of horses to their engine (maybe a little more than a couple). The latest model has a power of 199.3 horsepower, whereas the previous model was 182.9. Also, the torque was raised from 86.0 lb-ft to 86.7 lb-ft.

If you are a fan of the MotoGP riding style and you love aggressive riding, then you might want to consider the new Suzuki GSXR 1000 model. Loaded with the ride-by-wire throttle technology as well as variable valve timing and many other track-related upgrades.

Did we mention that the 2017’s red zone RPM model has been raised to 14,500 from 13,500 in older models?

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2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Improved Aerodynamics.

A Whole new Aluminium Chassis has been installed in the new 2017 GSXR.  With an overall wet weight of 448 lb, it’s clear that there haven't been many improvements regarding the weight reduction. On the other hand, a lot of effort can be seen regarding the dimensions and aerodynamics.

The engine is narrower, a clearly visible fairings narrowing has been applied (16 mm narrower) and some dimensions have been modified to provide you with a better riding experience.  The Swingarm is 40 mm longer, and the wheelbase has been elongated by 15 mm.

The riding ergonomics has been improved significantly; the seat height, footpegs, and levers will provide you with a better riding posture that combines both practicality and comfort. Also, it gives you more flexibility when it comes to leaning and cornering.

2017 Gixxer New Technologies.

10-level traction control system, 3-driving modes, Low RPM Assist and an Easy Start System. There is a model that is loaded with ABS breaking too. However, the ABS system is not switchable (always running) which some racers may see as a downside (especially on tracks).

More Breaking Power to Halt the Beast.

Previous Suzuki GSXR 1000 models were always loaded with Brembo brakes. Yet, as we have mentioned earlier, the 2017 Gixxer has more power. That’s why it’s loaded with a 320 mm brake calipers (radial mounted ones).

No detectable changes have been made to the suspension system of the 2017 model. However, you shouldn’t underestimate the performance of the well-known Showa BFF system.

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Improved Clutch & Drive Train.

The traditional slipper clutch has been replaced with a slip and grip one, rear sprockets have been upgraded from 42 to 45 teeth, and the 530 chain has been upgraded to a lighter 525 one.

A Whole New 2017 GSXR Design.

Well, in case you didn’t notice (which we doubt), the 2017 model has been totally redesigned. It seems that Suzuki has decided to join the whole new sci-fi, futuristic design shift that most superbikes have been applying. Sharper lines, LED lights, narrow fairings and LCD gauges that display nearly everything you can think of.

Let’s see what Kevin Schwantz has to say about the 2017 model.

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2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Specs.

Engine999.8cc liquid-cooled inline four
Horsepower199 hp @ 13,200 rpm
Torque86.7 lb.-ft. @ 10,800 rpm
Transmission & Final Drive.6 speed/chain
Front SuspensionShowa fork adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Rear Suspension.Showa shock adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping
Front BrakeBrembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear BrakeNissin one-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS
Rake/Trail23.2°/3.7 in.
Wheelbase.55.9 in.
Seat Height.32.5 in.
Fuel Capacity.4.2 gal.
Wet Weight.448 lb.

2017 Suzuki GSXR 1000 Price.

Well, you can acquire the latest Gixxer model for nearly $17,000.

Our Final Thoughts.

It’s crystal clear that Suzuki Cycles have made some serious improvements to their GSXR 1000 model. However, is it really worth the $17,000? We guess it’s your call after all. If there’s one thing that we are sure of, it’s that Suzuki is back in the game with its 2017 gixxer model.