Like its stablemates - the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000GT - it delivers superbike-derived performance from its 999cc inline four-cylinder engine, and like the GSX-S1000GT it provides high levels of comfort, and connectivity through its colour TFT dashboard, and a premium sports touring experience.
However, despite shared similarities, there are also significant differences that separate the GX and GT. Longer travel suspension gives extended front and rear wheel travel, increased ground clearance, and a more comfortable upright riding position. Furthermore, it achieves a whole new level of suspension performance by introducing Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension (SAES) - Suzuki’s first electronic suspension - and by adopting Suzuki’s new Suzuki Road Adaptive Stabilisation (SRAS) system. These technologies combine to make the GX comfortable and controllable on road surfaces ranging from urban asphalt and cobbled streets to country roads and motorways.
The result is an exciting new crossover machine that sits comfortably between Suzuki’s sport tourer offering and adventure bikes. While delivering superbike levels of performance and sporty looks that distinguishes it as a member of the GSX-S series, the GX also provides long-distance touring comfort thanks to its upright riding position and equipment features.
This new model offers riders the versatility of a machine built to offer comfort and ease of control, while also being equally suited to responding to a rider’s mood when wanting to enjoy an enthusiastic, sporty run or tour long distances.
-The styling embodies the concept of Suzuki’s first luxury crossover model.
- A thoroughly modern design speaks of aggressive superbike-derived performance, blended with long-distance touring elegance and the tall, upright riding position and long-legged proportions of a crossover model.
- New front cowl features a sharp nose that culminates with a compact LED headlight, with compact LED position lights running along the sides forming a sharp pair of ‘eyes’.
- The contrasting colouring and upswept lines of the cowl’s side panels create an aggressive, yet sophisticated, look that complements the tall seating position.
- Exposed side rails and gold front forks and rear suspension motor unit contrast with the blacked-out silencer and engine to emphasise the long-legged nature of the crossover design.
- The lineup of three available colours were carefully selected to convey the model’s appeal.
Research to find the optimum crossover touring riding position led to angling the handlebar grips 55mm closer to the rider than on the GSX-S1000GT. This allows the rider a more upright posture, which enhances comfort. The new handlebars are 50mm longer than the GT, too, and feature a 14mm wider grip placement, making them comfortable to hold and giving the rider greater control over steering with less effort required.
The extended suspension travel and new seat design also lengthen the distance between the rider’s hip point and foot point by 15mm, which further contributes to comfort by reducing the amount of bending at the knees. The overall result is a comfortable upright riding position that is less tiring and provides greater control, whether touring long distances or heading out to enjoy a sporty run.
The GSX-S1000GX is fitted with a practical rear carrier made of lightweight aluminium. Solid grab bars on each side provide the passenger with a firm grip but are also designed not to interfere when removing the optional side cases. Because the carrier is a key visual accent at the rear, the design underwent a number of revisions in development to achieve the desired impact and presence.
Both the rider and pillion seats are designed to provide maximum comfort. They also feature a sporty and attractive design.
The rider seat cushion is 15mm thicker than on the GSX-S1000GT. In addition, its top surface is flatter from side to side than on the GT. This enhances comfort by increasing the area that supports the rider’s weight from the middle to the rear of the seat, while the seat front is tapered to provide freedom of movement when enjoying a more aggressive, sporty run. The pillion seat is also 10mm thicker than on the GT, and its firmness revised for the GX, and its top surface made 26mm wider.
The lightweight, six-spoke, cast aluminium wheels feature a highly appealing design that also contributes to positive handling and sporty performance. They are shod with the latest generation of Dunlop SPORTMAX Roadsport 2 radial tyres (120/70ZR17 front, 190/50ZR17 rear). Designed to perform optimally and provide sure grip, these tyres have been fine-tuned specifically to match the weight and performance characteristics of the GX, and to deliver the right combination of agility and stability. Dunlop’s proven tread pattern uses a silica compound that enhances positive grip in wet conditions and features durable wear resistance
A 19L fuel tank makes it appear compact, though its capacity combines with the engine’s excellent fuel efficiency to provide an extended riding range.
Aerodynamics and wind protection are critically important to achieving the dynamic performance and level of comfort desired when touring for long distances on a large-displacement crossover machine.
The front cowl, windscreen, and hand guards were all designed through a process that involved both wind tunnel testing and feedback from test riders. This was performed while still paying keen attention to achieving attractive styling. The goal was to maximise wind protection and make the rider more comfortable, reducing fatigue when touring for long distances at speed.
6.5-inch colour TFT multi-information display
The GSX-S1000GX’s instrument cluster uses a 6.5-inch colour TFT screen designed to be easy to see and understand, and to provide the rider with instant access to desired information. It achieves this, even with the comprehensive suite of electronic assist systems and other information vying for space. Developed specifically for use on motorcycles, the large display also features a scratch-resistant surface, an anti-reflective coating that improves visibility in bright light, as well as the ability to connect to smartphones.
In addition to keeping the rider fully aware of all the bike’s systems, settings, and real-time operating status, the TFT screen can also display maps, incoming and outgoing phone calls, contacts, and music when connected to the rider’s smartphone for even greater convenience, functionality, and fun. The look is one of high quality that helps instil pride of ownership.
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