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Digital Subscriptions > Fast Bikes > Issue 333 > TESTof TIME


A lot can change in a year, as Suzuki’s GSX-R family goes to show. But is last year’s GSX-R1000 L6 still worth a space in your garage?


Last year I was a very happy chappy on my GSX-R1000 L6, clocking over 6,000 miles and scraping my knees more often than a haphazard youngster on an icy playground. For me, it was a ‘good’ bike. Not perfect, but decent handling, plentifully potent and comfortable enough to consume long blasts to Europe without the onset of piles. But it was also a bit old-hat, as highlighted by the lack of enthusiasm on peoples’ faces when turning up at bike meets.

Bruce needed the new bike’s advantages to keep up.

Not even biker chicks were interested, which was lucky for my missus, as their focus was fully fixed on those hi-tech hustlers with S1000RRs, R1Ms and ponypacking 1299s. With more power, more gizmos and more appeal, there was little my primitive Gixer could do to rebalance the proceedings, but that didn’t bother me too much. I’m antisocial at the best of times, and my playmate was all the company I needed. To be honest, I thought it was all the bike I needed too, and poo-pooed the idea of another 17bhp, traction control and umpteen different power modes.

What kind of crazy fool would want all that, I quizzically reasoned with myself, right up until the point I actually cocked a leg over the latest incarnation and felt its staggering potential first hand. That was a life changing moment on its launch in Australia, akin to discovering alcohol as a fun deprived teenager. There was no going back. And since then the joy’s been ongoing across a plethora of adventures on road and track. Suzuki’s built something exceptional, and as a consequence it’s left me questioning just how much better this new bike is over the one that came before? A back-to-back shootout was called for.

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