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2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 – lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

By • Mar 21st, 2009 • Category: ! Daily Info & Reviews, Vehicles

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000: 191bhp, 87lb/ft, 167kg
The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is here and its lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever

Engine: 60mm shorter from front to rear. Over-square with a bore of 74.5mm and a stroke of 57.3mm. Compression ratio increased from 12.5 to 12.8:1. Suzuki claims increased tuning potential.Valves are larger and titanium, the pistons are forged and the conrods are shot-peened. The Drive Mode selector is now located on the left handlebar and offers three power delivery maps. A slipper clutch keeps everything in line while slowing down.

Exhaust: Swoopy titanium cans replace the chunky old ones.

Suspension: 2009 Kawasaki ZX-6R-style Show Big Piston Front (BPF) forks. They’re supposed to be lighter, stronger and give better feedback. The rear shock has rebound damping, a collar preload adjuster and high- and low-speed compression damping adjustment.

Brakes: 310mm front discs with monoblock calipers.

Rider comfort: The fairing has been designed to reduce turbulence, while the footpegs are adjustable.

Overall: A little faster, a little lighter, a little more powerful and a little smaller than before. But these are evolutionary, not revolutionary changes. The 2009 Yamaha R1 has its crossplane crankshaft. The 2009 Honda CBR1000RR has ABS. Like GSX-R1000s before it, we’re sure this new one is a masterpiece of engineering, but will it compete in showrooms with flashier bikes?

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

In the sportsbike world, the unveiling of a new Suzuki GSX-R1000, every year, is a fairly momentous occasion. Reduced weight, more power, more electronics (to safely harness all that power…), bigger/uglier exhausts and new colours (some of which can actually be quite bad). Those few things more or less sum up what we expect from new GSX-R1000s every year. And the 2009 model doesn’t disappoint.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

The 2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 gets a lighter, more compact 999cc inline-four, which delivers more power and torque and offers enhanced throttle response across the engine’s entire rpm range. The K9 GSX-R1000 engine is now more oversquare than before, and the compression ratio has also gone up from 12.5:1 to 12.8:1.

For those who may be interested, here’s a ton of technical details: The new GSX-R1000 engine employs bigger titanium valves, forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, Iridium spark plugs (for a stronger spark, for better combustion) and Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) plated cylinders integrated into the crankcase, reducing friction and improving heat transfer, durability and ring seal.

New, 12-hole fuel-injectors produce a finer fuel mist for more complete combustion, reducing fuel consumption and exhaust emissions. And as before, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of three performance settings to suit riding conditions and personal tastes. However, the switch has now been relocated on the left handlebar control module.

The cable-operated back-torque-limiting clutch makes for efficient clutch operation with superb feel, claim Suzuki. And the new Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) uses an under-engine chamber and low-slung, large-volume MotoGP-inspired titanium mufflers.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

The 2009 GSX-R1000’s wheelbase is 10mm shorter, the swingarm is 33mm longer, for improved high speed handling. The bike’s twin-spar frame is made of five cast sections, mated with an arched swingarm made of three castings and one-piece die-cast rear subframe. Big Piston Front (BPF) forks, with an endurance-race-proven design, deliver superb feedback and responsive, stable operation, and are very lightweight.

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

The rear shock absorber features adjustable rebound damping, spring preload, and both high-speed and low-speed compression damping. Twin 310mm brake discs at the front, with monoblock radial-mount four-piston calipers, handle the stopping duties. And the bike rides on 17-inch cast aluminum alloy wheels, shod with 120/70 (front) and 190/50 (rear) ZR-rated rubber.

The 2009 GSX-R1000’s kerb weight is 203 kilos. And while there is no official word on the power output, we’d say there should be at least 170 rear wheel horsepower available, so you know what the performance is going to be like…!

2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 - lighter, shorter, more powerful and faster superbike than ever.

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