Endorsed by many as the best superbike in 2006. The K6 Gixxer holds a special place in the heart of Niall Mackenzie, here's why...
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The standard GSX-R1000 is the best performing bike in its class on the racetrack. Fact. In 2006 Brendan Roberts, then a 21-year-old UK-based Aussie racer, picked up his new bike in March, fitted a Power Commander and pipe then proceeded to demolish the superstock opposition.
The Suzuki isn't a revver so using tall gears and the midrange torque is the secret to track satisfaction. Meanwhile, knowing this bike will do a genuine 98mph in first gear has always made me nervous when I get bored in 30mph zones. Just think, one mad moment pulling away from the lights and you could spend a few months slopping out!
Handling is neutral although I have had a few flighty front-end moments on road and track. This foible, I'm told, will be eliminated with new geometry on the K7. I'm in the minority having always liked the tri-oval exhaust but I do agree a scaled down version is always preferable. Best bike on the track? Definitely. Best 1000cc sports bike for the road? Maybe, but the Fireblade and the R1 are right up there too.
Engine 999cc, liquid-cooled inline four DOHCPower 151bhp @ 11,200rpmTorque 75.5 ft/lbs @ 8,500rpmCompression ratio 12.5:1Bore x stroke 73.4 x 59mmDry weight 166kgSeat height 810mmTop speed 186mph
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