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Suzuki tweaks GSX-R1000 range for 2019

Detail updates for Suzuki’s sweet Gixxer Thousand range

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Submitted by Alan Dowds - editor on Tue, 02/10/2018 - 00:12

2019 GSX-R1000R

WE REALLY liked the current GSX-R1000R when we rode it on our litre bike test this summer. And the wildly grunty litre weapon is getting a nice little spread of upgrades for 2019.

2019 GSX-R1000R

First up, on the posh ‘R’ version, we get a new adjustable swingarm pivot point. That’s more for the benefit of the likes of Brad Ray and Billy McConnell than me and you – moving the pivot is for very advanced racers and top teams lookng for ultimate track setup abilities. But the neat adjuster plates do add a dash of race chic to the Suzuki’s frame. The R also gets new stainless steel braided brake hoses, which will give improved braking power and feel, and also last longer.

2019 GSX-R1000R adjustable swingarm pivot

The base GSX-R1000 gets the excellent up- and down- quickshifter as seen on the ‘R’ model last year, putting it on par with the best in the class. It’s 2019 people, litre-superbike riders shouldn’t be wearing out their talus bones with needless foot movements…

2019 GSX-R1000R new exhaust can

Finally, both bikes now come on Bridgestone RS11 instead of RS10 tyres, and the massive exhaust can is now a slightly more subtle black, with a brushed finish heatshield and end cap.

2019 GSX-R1000

Expect UK prices and availability on the new GSX-Rs at the NEC bike show next month.

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