The 2012 version of Suzuki's two-wheeled sports hero, the 2012 GSX-R1000, is now on sale in Australia, following its unveiling last year.
You won't find any of the latest electronic driver aids on the new model, but with more mid-range power, new brakes and a lighter kerb weight, die-hard 'Gixxer' fans should at least be content, if not elated.
The 2011 model's Dual Throttle Valve fuel injection-equipped 999cc engine carries over into the 2012 bike, developing 136kW.
Suzuki has shifted the engine's torque curve lower down the range, promising better mid-range power as a result. The pistons are also 11 percent lighter.
There's new dual Brembo monoblock calipers and new disc rotors (similar to the GSX-R750), and the Showa 'Big Piston Forks' get a 5mm shorter stroke and softer settings.
Overall weight is down by around 2kg, thanks to the new and lighter 4-into-1 exhaust and lighter brakes. There are also new high-performance Bridgestone S20 tyres, replacing the BT-016 rubber of the previous model.
The GSX-R1000 instrument cluster includes a lap time counter, adjustable shift light and gear position indicator, as well as speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters and LED indicators.
Priced at $17,990 (plus on-roads), the 2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000 is available in a Metallic Triton Blue / Glass Splash White or Metallic Matt Black / Glass Sparkle Black colour scheme.
All three bikes in the GSX-R range are backed by Suzuki's two-year, unlimited kilometre warranty.
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