Could an updated 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 be just around the corner?

With an update imminent, we think the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 might be the bike to win back your affections


WITH the current generation bike being in its fifth year of manufacture, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 is more than due for an update, and with the sports bike pack now smashing through 200bhp, nothing below that figure will do.

In truth, we’ve had nothing official regarding the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 from the factory, although after five years, and having only seen one small update in that time, the bike is ripe for a much-needed refresh.

Indeed, with the update to the 2021 Suzuki Hayabusa taking place earlier this year, the GSX-R1000 is, as it stands, not the most technologically advanced motorcycle in the range. That obviously can’t stay like that for long, as any firm’s flagship sports bike should always sit at the top of the selection.

How could the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 shape up

In-fighting aside, the GSX-R1000 has always sat slightly behind the established competition, although Suzuki’s aggressive pricing strategy has been enough to maintain the bike’s viability. For 2022 though, a cut-price PCP deal might not be enough, and with Honda, Ducati, Aprilia, and Kawasaki all becoming either more powerful, technologically advanced, or more closely related to their racing cousin, the signs are that the 2022 Suzuki GSX-R1000 might just have to follow suit.

While full electronic suspension, as found on some of its counterparts, might be a stretch too far for the Suzuki, we’d expect the 2022 model to make a genuine 200+bhp (not PS), and IMU control across both the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R would be welcome.

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Given that Suzuki has just claimed the 2020 MotoGP rider’s title and came 3rd in the constructor’s battle, they could follow Honda’s lead and make the 2022 version of the bike more heavily related to the machine being campaigned by Joan Mir and Alex Rins.

For anything more than that, we will have to wait for official confirmation from Suzuki, we expect the 2022 bike to be announced by them in the autumn, just in time for the motorcycle show season – hopefully!