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Is the GSX-R1000 going to slog on for another year?

2016 commemorative edition revealed in America suggests yes

SUZUKI used the MotoGP round at Indianapolis to reveal the second of its ‘Commemorative Edition’ paint schemes – following on from the classic blue-and-white shown at the German GP.

The new version is a red-and-black model that pays homage to the Yoshimura racers that won the 1986 Suzuka 8-Hour. But mechanically it’s the same as every other GSX-R1000 made for the last few years, unless you class a tank-top badge reading “30 Years of Performance” as a technical update.

Of course, all this celebration is to mark the 1985 debut of the GSX-R750, widely seen as the bike that laid down the aluminium-frame, four-cylinder template that has been the recipe for most sports bikes since (although pedants might point out that the 1984 400cc Suzuki which was simply called ‘GSX-R’ actually got there first, albeit for the Japanese market only.)

It’s worth noting that the American Suzuki website lists the new variation on the GSX-R1000 theme as a 2016 model, something that’s backed up by emissions documents filed with both the EPA and CARB also show that Suzuki is planning to keep selling a technically-unchanged GSX-R1000 in the U.S. next year.

There have been widespread rumours that Suzuki would use the GSX-R1000’s 30th anniversary as a springboard for the launch of an all-new 'Gixxer thou'. Particularly as this is the year Suzuki returns to MotoGP with its GSX-RR.
So another year without any significant changes is a bit of a disapointment.

Of course, that’s something of a disservice to the existing bike, which remains a formidable tool in terms of performance and now has a price tag that undercuts most of its rivals, but it’s impossible to argue that it’s not lagging behind, particularly in terms of technology.

Fingers crossed for a new GSX-R1000 in 2017, then…

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