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So I picked up a new to me 2003 GSXR 1000, very clean , low mileage , one owner bike. My other bike at the moment is a 2014 KTM duke 690, with full exhaust/ fueling and geared. all things considered an absolute weapon under 100mph. I have had a few Big bikes, most recently being a 2012 triumph speed triple and an 04 Yamaha R1. I was very curious to see how the GSXR compared. Numbers may say different, but by rider feel the GSXR has the grunt of the Speed triple and the top end of the R1....which in my books makes it about perfect. I need to look into raising the bars an inch over the winter and then it would be dam perfect. Honestly never ridden anything that had so much low end and mid range punch but a monster up top too. I loved my R1 but it was very mellow below 7k rpm. Which for where I live you spend most of you time. Thank you Suzuki, its an incredible bike. I have a pic in my garage, for some reason I can't seem to post pics in the forum yet. Cheers all, thank you to everyone on this board that contributes and help make owning these bikes that much easier.:cheers
 

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It was a big deal to fans of the earlier R1s when the 2004 "underseat" model was released and it lacked the midrange of it's predecessors. Almost everyone who had ridden the prior gens was disappointed even though the 2004 had more top end. The low to mid range power of the pre-2004 models combined with their shorter wheelbase made for an intoxicating combination and is probably the reason you don't see many of those models left on the road today. They were a handful and there was nothing mellow about them below 7k on the tach. Your Gixxer still is better everywhere!:thumbup
 

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I also have a 03 K3 with over a 150k on it . I have a 17 R1M that lacks the same torque you’re talkin about. I love both bikes , but I will say the gixxer is a better street bike due to the stump pullin torque. The R1M will kill it top end wise , but by then you’re into triple digits. Great motor . Suzuki built some of its best bikes that era
 

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I also have a 03 K3 with over a 150k on it . I have a 17 R1M that lacks the same torque you’re talkin about. I love both bikes , but I will say the gixxer is a better street bike due to the stump pullin torque. The R1M will kill it top end wise , but by then you’re into triple digits. Great motor . Suzuki built some of its best bikes that era
Wow 150k, that's awesome man. Is motor original? I recently found an 04 with only 4700 on it, I ride a lot and plan on keeping it forever so one day ill be up there in that club!
 

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Wow 150k, that's awesome man. Is motor original? I recently found an 04 with only 4700 on it, I ride a lot and plan on keeping it forever so one day ill be up there in that club!
Wow...that's really low miles for the year!
 

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I have a K3 1000 and love it ... brilliant bike that was overshadowed by the k5/6.

Im 6.4 and can ride it a lot longer then other sport bikes I own ...
 

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I love these tales of first ride impressions. Thanks for sharing.

I was fortunate enough to be trusted with a ride of a friends K3 1000 only a few months after he picked it up new. The mid range made me feel like I was sitting on a low flying UFO. I have my eyes on an L7 or L8 as an updgrade but to be honest I think finding a well looked after K3 or K5 would still be a great upgrade for me.
 

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Riding a K1 1000, no electronic aids or ABS, smooth delivery all round currently 140bhp, just fitting a power commander V, K&N oil and air filter, Samco Hoses, Hel braided lines front and rear, brembo pads, new chain and sprockets. I prefer the older bikes, they're considerably easier to work on than newer modern bikes.
 

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Wow...that's really low miles for the year!
Yeahp, im ready for spring so I can get to racking the miles up! Since I got it I don't even ride my 09 1000RR anymore, this bike is such a blast! Next week I am going to go -1 up 2 for even more fun.
 

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Wow 150k, that's awesome man. Is motor original? I recently found an 04 with only 4700 on it, I ride a lot and plan on keeping it forever so one day ill be up there in that club!
Yes original motor. I changed out the timing chain at 100,000.
just clocked 156,000! You better get riding that thing lol!
you got a pic of that bike?
 

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Yes original motor. I changed out the timing chain at 100,000.
just clocked 156,000! You better get riding that thing lol!
you got a pic of that bike?
Dang man that is so awesome!!! What a great bike, Hey im up to 5400 now :cool: Just got new tires ready for the season, this is the second time ive own a k3/k4 and I cant get over it. Here you go
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So I picked up a new to me 2003 GSXR 1000, very clean , low mileage , one owner bike. My other bike at the moment is a 2014 KTM duke 690, with full exhaust/ fueling and geared. all things considered an absolute weapon under 100mph. I have had a few Big bikes, most recently being a 2012 triumph speed triple and an 04 Yamaha R1. I was very curious to see how the GSXR compared. Numbers may say different, but by rider feel the GSXR has the grunt of the Speed triple and the top end of the R1....which in my books makes it about perfect. I need to look into raising the bars an inch over the winter and then it would be dam perfect. Honestly never ridden anything that had so much low end and mid range punch but a monster up top too. I loved my R1 but it was very mellow below 7k rpm. Which for where I live you spend most of you time. Thank you Suzuki, its an incredible bike. I have a pic in my garage, for some reason I can't seem to post pics in the forum yet. Cheers all, thank you to everyone on this board that contributes and help make owning these bikes that much easier.:cheers
Thanks for sharing your viewpoint on the bikes you mentioned.

If you like the lower-midrange grunt of this 03, try one from the 05/06 version. You'll be amazed I think.
Stay safe!
 
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