Suzuki has just unveiled the GSX-S1000GT, the brand’s latest grand tourer that is here to take on bikes like the Kawasaki Z1000SX among other models.
Design wise, the GSX-S1000GT’s key features include a raked nose, a pair of horizontally arranged LED headlights, V-shaped position light, new mirror design, and side-mounted LED turn signals. The GT’s styling continues into the standard side cases.
The main highlight of the new Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is the instrument panel which uses a new-generation 6.5-inch, full-color TFT LCD screen.
Developed specifically for use on motorcycles, this large TFT display is the first of its kind on a Suzuki motorcycle. This high-quality instrument panel is set into the inner fairing above the handlebars, for great visibility and protection from debris.
The brightness-adjustable TFT panel features a scratch-resistant surface and an anti-reflective coating that help improves visibility in bright light.
It also comes with the mySPIN connectivity application which provides easy access to a wide range of smartphone information and entertainment options.
Located to the left of the instrument panel is a USB outlet the rider may use to connect an iOS or Android smartphone to the TFT panel.
The data connection can also be established via Wireless LAN and Bluetooth. The USB outlet can also charge the smartphone’s battery.
Powering the bike is the same engine 999 cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC in-line four-cylinder engine as the GSX-R 1000.
Enhancements to the engine include revised intake and exhaust camshafts, cam chain tensioners and valve springs, as well as a redesigned clutch and gearshift components.
Complementing the engine is the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) technology, including electronic cruise control, five modes of adjustable traction control, and bi-directional clutch-less quick-shifting.
SIRS is rounded out with an updated Low RPM Assist system and Suzuki’s Easy Start System, providing improved starting control and a simpler starting procedure.
And then we have the twin-spar aluminum frame and braced swingarm, a new trellis-style sub-frame design, 36L side cases, and a comfortable passenger seat.
The GSX-S1000GT’s suspension control will also easily adapt to the needs of two-up riding, thanks to its fully adjustable, inverted KYB fork and easy-to-adjust rear shock.
Braking is taken care by dual, ABS-equipped, radial-mounted, four-piston, Brembo-front brake calipers and 310mm floating rotors.
Up front, the new cast-aluminium handlebar is wider than the prior bike’s one, and is shaped and positioned for a comfortable reach.
The handlebar’s special rubber mount damps vibration while the footrests have durable rubber inserts to damp vibration to the rider’s and passenger’s boots.
Last but not the least, the GT’s body colours include majestic Metallic Reflective Blue, and the sleek Glass Sparkle Black, each set off with distinctive GT logos.
While it is highly likely that the model will come to Malaysia, our guess is that it will only be in 2022 as we just witnessed the arrival of six new models like the new V-Strom, GSX-R 1000, and the GSX-S 1000.