2016 Suzuki GSX-R 1000  L7 (35)

Suzuki’s litre-class GSX-R has always been known by Malaysian bikers as the “Highway King”. The latest iteration of the legendary motorcycle, designated the GSX-R 1000 L7, is all new for 2016, and is better and badder than ever, according to the manufacturer.

Since the launch of the K5 model way back in 2005, the big Gixxer rapidly found itself outclassed by its rivals from Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki. With the advent of the L7, launched at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo e Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) motor show in Milan last month, Suzuki has brought an all-new engine and chassis to the fight.

Suzuki claims 200 hp for the GSX-R 1000 L7, packed into a 200 kg estimated weight. The engine is a 999 cc inline-four, with a steel ball-driven variable valve timing (VVT) system that acts on the intake cam by sliding the lobes along the shaft to alter the profile.

2016 Suzuki GSX-R 1000  L7 (27)

Suzuki says this will produce top-end power without sacrificing anything lower down the rev range. The VVT uses centrifugal force to retard the intake timing with the throttle wide open, allowing for more valve overlap and thus increasing horsepower numbers at the top-end.

This setup is designed to work with Suzuki’s Exhaust Tuning-Alpha (SET-A) header exhaust valves. These valves remain closed at low rpm, coming into play as the rider increases engine speed and allowing for a greater header flow volume.

Lifted directly from Suzuki’s MotoGP efforts is the Racing Finger valve train follower rocker arm that allows for better cam actuation at racetrack speeds.

While Suzuki has elected not to pursue high horsepower figures, they say they intend to provide a balanced package for the rider.

The chassis is also claimed to be lighter and more compact, with Showa’s fully adjustable and race developed Balance Free front fork, coupled with the Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) fully adjustable shock from the same manufacturer to keep the skeletal forged and welded swingarm in place.

The big Gixxer comes with a full suite of electronics, as per its other rivals. Traction control, ABS, electronic throttle, launch control, and quick shifting are included into a package designed for the racer and serious track day rider.