By MT Bureau| Apr 27, 2021

Suzuki Unveils 2021 GSX-S1000, India Entry Unlikely

Suzuki has unveiled the specifications of the 2021 GSX-S1000 naked motorcycle that is set to be launched internationally in June.

Visually, the new GSX-S1000 is subject to new bodywork and lighting, with a focus on sharp, angular and aggressive lines. The super naked is available in traditional metallic triton blue, a new mechanical matt grey, and stealthy gloss black colour options.

Further complementing the looks are textured radiator shrouds, MotoGP-inspired winglets, and side panels that feature an urban camo-inspired design. The vertically-stacked LED headlight, apart from setting an intimidating posture, also provides great visibility. There’s a new LED taillight, too, flanked by LED indicators on both sides.

Mechanically, the inline four-cylinder engine produces more power and a broader spread of torque in the lower rev ranges to deliver ideal naked sports bike performance. Fundamental changes include a new intake, exhaust camshaft, valve springs, clutch, and an exhaust. An additional catalytic converter ensures the Japanese superbike meets Euro 5 emissions requirements; this, paired with the new electronic throttle body kit, results in unparalleled refinement through the rev range.

  • 2021 GSX-S1000 gets a new look, with sharp, aggressive bodywork and futuristic LED lighting design.
  • An updated, Euro 5 compliant 152PS inline four-cylinder engine with enhanced mechanical changes.
  • Gets new electronics, including a quick-shifter and auto-blipper, selectable engine maps and more levels of traction control.
  • Gets a larger fuel tank and wider-set handlebars.

Suzuki’s Clutch Assist System partially disengages to reduce negative engine torque and mitigate the effect of engine braking when downshifting from high RPM. This helps prevent the rear wheel from locking up or hopping and provides smoother deceleration, enabling the rider to shift down with greater confidence and maintain better control when downshifting into corners.

The GSX-S1000 comes with an updated ride-by-wire throttle making it possible for riders to more accurately and finely control the relationship between throttle actuation and engine response. The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) allows riders to choose from one of three engine maps, all of which deliver the same peak power, but at varying aggression, depending on the riding conditions or personal preferences.

Performance is enhanced thanks to a bi-directional quick-shifter, which reduces the need to operate the clutch during gear changes or close the throttle on upshifts or blip it on downshifts. A new traction control system comprises five modes that can also be switched off. All the information is displayed on an updated and easy-to-read LCD dash.

The skeleton of the highly capable motorcycle is a twin-spar aluminium chassis mated to a rigid, GSX-R-derived swingarm for agile, sporty performance and handling. The new 23mm wide tapered bars are set 20mm closer to the rider to improve comfort without compromising handling.

Fully adjustable KYB front forks and a preload and rebound damping adjustable rear shock take care of suspension duties, while 310mm front discs are paired with Brembo monobloc callipers to ensure confident braking. A larger, 19-litre fuel tank returns a range of close to 194 miles and the tyres are custom-engineered Dunlop Roadsport 2 models. (MT)


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