Let’s play the anticipation game for a bit, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 2017 has been introduced for quite a while back and it has yet to arrived to our shore. Is it coming here soon and if it is; how soon it’s going to be? Well, this is where the game begins as we are hearing that it might be very near from the publication of this article, in fact; we have spoken to Suzuki’s representative and there is somethings going on behind the curtain as we discuss about this right now.
It’s going to be a very exciting piece of machine to look out for in 2017 as the gixxer has been given some great reviews from our counterparts across the globe. Earlier this year, the bike were tested by few of those “International” media brand and most of them says that it’s punchier than before with an easy to ride capability. That’s a good news to the many of motorcyclist out there who are mostly not too keen with the Suzuki brand. Despite being one of the easiest bike to ride and as what our associate test rider explains last year during his short test with an older gixxer; it definitely was a friendly bike to be handled. So why was it not too popular on the streets of Malaysia?
Maybe it’s because of their weak presence and support that makes the brand less desirable here in Malaysia. If we are to compare it with the other big names of Japanese manufacturer, we can clearly see how they are slightly being left behind in terms of interactions and engagement with the public and the media. For now, we can ignore those things for a while and let’s focus on what’s interesting about the new generation of Suzuki GSX-R1000 and also it’s racier version the “R1000R”. It comes with a great deal of electronic assist and we really like how it kinda has that MotoGP DNA to it. Really, this is the very first time that GSX-R1000 will be equipped with a lot of cool stuff. Autoblipper, quickshifter, ride by wire, anti-stall (have no idea how it really works, supposedly for the RPM when you’re exiting a corner) and many more.
Back to the topic of the article, is it going to be here soon? Let’s hope it does and lets hope that we got to test them very soon too. The price, we’re estimating it to be around RM90,000 to RM120,000 for a standard going GSX-R1000. All in all, we’re sure that the local group of Suzuki bikers here might already have the answer to whether it’s coming or not. On other interesting news is, Hafizh Syahrin currently spending his summer break from Moto2 to compete in the upcoming Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan with team Kagayama; and he already spent some quality time to ride the new GSX-R. Let’s hope he will have another podium from the race and bring back the momentum into his world grand prix campaign this year.