Suzuki redefine grand touring with GSX-S1000GT offering
Is this one of the most anticipated bike models of 2022, Suzuki lift the bar when it comes to Grand Touring
Suzuki is set to redefine the grand tourer market, with the launch of the GSX-S1000GT, a bike that rethinks what performance-minded touring enthusiasts desire and want in a motorbike.
The lightweight performance sports tourer is built to conquer extended two-up journeys with unprecedented comfort, controllability, and connectivity, bundled in a luxurious eye-catching package worthy of the ‘GT’ designation.
The GT is the first production Suzuki motorcycle to feature a full-colour TFT LCD screen. The new 6.5-inch screen has been developed as a large multi-information display for specific use on motorcycles, with an anti-reflective coating for improved visibility.
Smartphone connectivity that allows access to a variety of apps and functions also features, as do day and night display schemes and adjustable brightness. The screen’s custom display features buttery-smooth tachometer movement and exclusive graphics.
The SUZUKI mySPIN app connects the rider’s smartphone too, enabling it to transfer its display to the GT’s large TFT screen where the contents of the phone can be viewed, including contacts, calendar, music, and map apps.
The app also has the capability to utilise a selection of supported third-party apps, optimised for use by motorcycle riders and take advantage of additional services that bring greater convenience via USB, Wireless LAN or Bluetooth.
Suzuki GSX-S1000GTThe Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (S.I.R.S.) is also included and introduces a collection of advanced electronic systems that let the rider easily optimise the performance characteristics to best suit their riding style and level of riding experience.
S.I.R.S. brings greater confidence and enjoyment by allowing the GT to be more controllable and predictable, while also being less fatiguing.
The GSX-S1000GT is additionally equipped with Suzuki’s Drive Mode Selector (SDMS), designed to offer the rider a choice between three different modes that change output characteristics to match riding conditions or preferences.
An updated version of the Japanese bike maker’s traction control system offers five mode settings, with finer incremental control. A ride-by-wire throttle system provides optimum settings to best match each of the SDMS modes.
The overall result is linear power delivery that responds faithfully to the rider’s intentions, whether riding on the street or heading out to enjoy a spirited run, as well as improved controllability when opening the throttle while cornering.
Cruise control also features on the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, along with a bi-directional quick shift system. When decelerating, the latter automatically opens the throttle valves just enough to increase rpm and match engine speed to the next-lower gear ratio.
Push button start has also been added and other niceties include Suzuki’s low RPM assist system. All the shiny new features aside, the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is powered by a high-performance 999cm3 DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine.
It’s a powertrain developed to realise the ideal of a true grand touring riding experience, through increased power output and a better balance of overall performance. The new GT delivers nimble handling and confidence-inspiring controllability too.
Whether out touring long distances on the highway, negotiating twisty roads, or simply enjoying its sporty performance on the streets, every component of the chassis and running gear is engineered to bring the right balance.
At the core is the compact, lightweight chassis design. The rigid twin-spar aluminium frame and ruggedly braced aluminium-alloy swingarm are key to great road holding ability that will go the distance, even when carrying a passenger and a full load of gear.
Fully adjustable 43mm KYB inverted front forks and link-type rear suspension combine agility and stability, with a ride that is sporty yet plush.
Carrying all this to the road surface in harmony with the suspension settings are six-spoke cast aluminium wheels shod with new Dunlop SPORTMAX Roadsport 2 radial tyres designed specifically for the GSX-S1000GT.
The GT is equipped with top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo monobloc callipers, with four opposed 32mm pistons acting on a 310mm floating-mount disc for strong stopping power. It’s combined with ABS. New LED headlights with a distinctive shape also feature.
Overall, the entire bike’s design aims to convey the refinement and sophistication of a product designed to offer advanced functions such as the intelligent rider aids, safety systems and smartphone connectivity.
It has been developed to be aerodynamically efficient, and to be easier to control and more comfortable, whether touring for long distances fully loaded with a pillion or popping out for an exciting solo blast.
The GT’s new front cowl, windscreen and mirrors are all meticulously designed to contribute to achieving the requisite level of aerodynamic performance. Each component was analysed early in the development process to identify any issues.
That was followed by repeated cycles of wind tunnel testing, analysis and refinement to ensure that all the pieces work together harmoniously to maximise wind protection and make the rider more comfortable.
Expected to arrive in March next year, the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT will be available in two colour schemes. It will be priced at $19,090 ride away. For further information, please contact your local Suzuki dealer.
All prices are quoted in Australian dollars unless stated otherwise. This article was first published on Exhaust Notes Australia.