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Old 02-09-2012, 04:45 PM   #1
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2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review


There's a reason why national superbike grids around the world are stacked with Suzuki GSX-R1000s. With 37 championships in the past 10 years, the pedigree and performance potential of the venerable Gixxer speaks for itself. Making up at least 45% of the AMA Superbike field since 2009, the GSX-R has a reputation for winning. Of course, just when you think it can't get any better, it always does. Introducing the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

At first glance, the new GSX-R looks pretty similar to the outgoing model. It still has a funky trapezoidal headlight, familiar lines and the distinctive blue and white color scheme. According to Suzuki, the 2012 model is a "refined version of the fifth generation." Perhaps the first thing visually different is the single exhaust that replaces the twin exhaust setup of the 2011 version. Another visually obvious change is a switch to Brembo monobloc calipers (in gold to separate them from its silver 600/750 brethren) and red pinstriping around each wheel.

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Old 02-09-2012, 05:19 PM   #2
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There's a reason why national superbike grids around the world are stacked with Suzuki GSX-R1000s. With 37 championships in the past 10 years, the pedigree and performance potential of the venerable Gixxer speaks for itself. Making up at least 45% of the AMA Superbike field since 2009, the GSX-R has a reputation for winning. Of course, just when you think it can't get any better, it always does. Introducing the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

At first glance, the new GSX-R looks pretty similar to the outgoing model. It still has a funky trapezoidal headlight, familiar lines and the distinctive blue and white color scheme. According to Suzuki, the 2012 model is a "refined version of the fifth generation." Perhaps the first thing visually different is the single exhaust that replaces the twin exhaust setup of the 2011 version. Another visually obvious change is a switch to Brembo monobloc calipers (in gold to separate them from its silver 600/750 brethren) and red pinstriping around each wheel.

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Man I would love to be part of this next shootout, I know some hold here at Willow Springs every year......awesome story
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:51 PM   #3
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stupid exhaust is one piece on the 2012. You need a full system right off the show room floor to replace that thing.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:12 PM   #4
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stupid exhaust is one piece on the 2012. You need a full system right off the show room floor to replace that thing.
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Old 02-12-2012, 10:46 PM   #5
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i still love it
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Old 02-16-2012, 10:23 PM   #6
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where can i buy those calipers? i want to put them on my 2011
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:35 AM   #7
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I thought I saw a clamp on the muffler.
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:44 AM   #8
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Old 02-26-2012, 09:17 AM   #9
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stupid exhaust is one piece on the 2012. You need a full system right off the show room floor to replace that thing.
that part does blow but i wonder if guys who own it will find away around it like we did on th k8 to Lo 600/750s
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where can i buy those calipers? i want to put them on my 2011

They may not fit. The rotor slot is narrower, and the pads are a different thickness to account for thinner rotors on this bike. Your rotors may simply be too thick to work properly on it.
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Old 03-01-2012, 10:28 AM   #11
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Love it! New bikes always make me sad tho....Was pumped with the Showa, but I always want the new bits too! Bembo....Mmmmm
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Old 03-07-2012, 02:50 PM   #12
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Looks good, but they didnt do much revising. A couple of tweeks here or there, thats it?I was really hoping they would come out with a BMW 1000 killer this year.
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Old 03-16-2012, 01:28 AM   #13
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:43 AM   #14
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Re: 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Review

got my first glimpse of the 12' 1000 and I must say the hair stood up on the back of my neck..

Suzuki never fails to come through, its a thing of beauty.. never mind the HP wars and European looks, I want tried and true proven success thats a cinch to work on, a Suzuki!

hoping Hopper gets well so we can see what this thing can do on the world level, I feel Hopper will get that Crescent Suzuki on the box more than once in a while and give those SBK politicians insomnia!
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Looks good, but they didnt do much revising. A couple of tweeks here or there, thats it?I was really hoping they would come out with a BMW 1000 killer this year.
this is a guess, but i'm fairly certain suzuki doesn't wanna squeeze out the type of money bmw spent in r&d to create a s1krr killer simply for another year of production on their already proven (by sales and coverage in top tier racing) liter bike. just a guess tho.


beautiful bike. easily the best design i've ever seen suzuki produce
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Looks good, but they didnt do much revising. A couple of tweeks here or there, thats it?I was really hoping they would come out with a BMW 1000 killer this year.
they already have a s1000r killer..the hayabusa
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:03 PM   #17
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Looks good, but they didnt do much revising. A couple of tweeks here or there, thats it?I was really hoping they would come out with a BMW 1000 killer this year.
reading fast bikes magazine and they recon its just like the old bike with a power commander and exhaust fitted!!
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Old 03-23-2012, 01:32 PM   #18
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Fast bikes would be wrong, sortof. There are significant enough changes to the power delivery and all that it is a differnt bike.

The way they are right though is that the AVERAGE rider would be hard pressed to notice msot of those differences.

The bike stops better. It handles a little better, and its midrange power is MUCH better. The SDMS is better. The weight is slightly better.

Many of those things the average rider would either not notice, or only notice if he rode the two back to back though.
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I dont get the whole idea behind "the BMW killer"

Its short by what, 10hp? How much does the Fireblade and the RSV4 have? They are the ones that usually come top of the group tests.

And in terms of the tweaks that were done to the 2012, well thats the fairly standard stuff from most manufacturers. Lighter, more power, easier to ride.
What more do you actually want as a rider?
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:14 AM   #20
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reading fast bikes magazine and they recon its just like the old bike with a power commander and exhaust fitted!!
That's why the discounted 2011's are such sweet deals
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