A journey with Suzuki GSX S1000........!
The Suzuki GSX-S1000 is the latest example of a track-focused litre-class bike that wants to go street-fighting. Suzuki’s designers have given the compact bike a minimalist but purposeful look.
The daytime running LED lights jut out from either side of the headlight, like fangs. The fighting stance is further exaggerated with the heavy front, and with the chassis tightly wrapped around the engine. All you can see is the big radiator and four pipes coming out of the inline, four-cyl motor and merging into one single exhaust.
The in-line, four cylinder, liquid-cooled engine makes 143.5bhp and 106Nm of torque, and is a joy to ride. To keep power in check, the S1000 comes with three levels of traction control, ‘3’ coming into play in wet riding conditions.
Set it to level one, though, and you will afforded a glimpse of the bike’s dark side. The S1000 is fairly easy to ride both on winding roads and in city traffic. A seat height of 810mm means it’s easy for riders of average (Indian) height (around five and a half feet) to handle the motorcycle in traffic and stop-and-go situations. The ride is pretty well sorted. Our only grouse? The 140mm ground clearance. While the motorcycle did not scrape its underbelly at any point during our ride, we had to be extra careful negotiating speed-breakers.
The other thing that takes time getting used to is the instrument cluster that packs a lot of information in limited real estate. And, it’s no fun trying to spot the traction setting indicator you’re on while on the move. The Suzuki GSX S1000 is the most sorted street fighter we have ridden in a long time. The design may not be as flashily attractive as the Kawasaki Z1000, but it is tastefully put together. It delivers aggression when you want it, but, thanks to electronic aids, you can aimlessly and comfortably putter around town when you feel like it.
Last but not least """buy this one"""
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