Power and Reliability to go the distance
The high-performance 999cm3 four-stroke DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine that powers the GSX-S1000GT inherits true winning superbike DNA. This street-tuned engine is based on core architecture that benefits from know-how acquired over decades of developing the GSX-R1000 to win countless production race victories, while also incorporating advanced technologies developed for MotoGP racing.
The new version delivers superbike-level performance while minimising vibration to make riding more exciting, more comfortable, and less tiring, whether travelling long distances on the highway or enjoying a ride around town. Its broad, smooth torque curve featuring greater cumulative torque production consistently delivers abundant power throughout the engine’s operating range and makes this grand tourer equally adept at street riding as it is at high-speed long-distance touring, even under load when carrying gear and a passenger on the back.
The new GT complements its slipper clutch, which helps provide smoother deceleration when downshifting, with a new assist function that increases the clutch’s clamping force under acceleration to allow the introduction of softer springs. The result is a light touch to clutch lever operation that helps reduce left hand fatigue on long rides, especially when caught in busy traffic.
Another development goal was to further enhance the durability of an already highly durable engine design. Attention to detail extends to a change from cut threads to rolled threads for the holes in the upper crankcase cover. Rolled threads are harder and less prone to cracking from wear, so help maximise holding strength for the journal bolts that support the crank.
The new engine produces greater torque than its predecessor at low rpm. The broader, smoother torque curve has fewer peaks and valleys than before, it also achieves greater overall cumulative torque production across the engine’s operating range.
This results in more predictable and controllable response and consistently abundant power delivery for a more exciting riding experience, particularly in the mid-to-high rpm range where the enhanced torque output is most noticeable.
The GT is equipped with top-of-the-line radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers. The calipers each have four opposed ø32mm pistons acting on a ø310mm floating-mount disc for strong stopping power.
An antilock braking system (ABS) helps the rider stay in directional control even during hard braking. The system is programmed to monitor wheel speed and match stopping power to the available traction. The ABS control unit has a compact, lightweight design that contributes to the bike’s nimbleness.
The ø43mm KYB inverted front forks feature 120mm of travel with fully adjustable damping, rebound, compression and spring pre-load settings link-type rear suspension boasts 130mm of rear wheel travel with adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load settings that react efficiently to varying road surfaces to maintain an agile and stable feel.
The suspension settings were thoroughly tested and tuned to optimise to suit the new Dunlop SPORTMAX 2 tyres achieving nimbler handling and improved steering into corners.
A CHASSIS ENGINEERED FOR DISTANCE
The twin-spar aluminium frame on the new GT is built to deliver nimble handling and great road holding ability that will go the distance, even when carrying a passenger and full loaded with gear. When viewed from the side, the main tubes run straight from the steering head to the swingarm pivot. This design helps achieve high rigidity and lighter weight than competitor models.
Newly designed subframe rails serve two benefits. Firstly, they provide more rigid and secure attachment points for the optional side cases. Secondly, the new design lowers the height of the seat rails, making it possible to increase the thickness of the pillion seat for greater passenger comfort.
The sturdy aluminium swingarm comes straight from the GSX-R1000. Ruggedly braced and with the appeal of its superbike looks, this swingarm features great road holding ability and the strength to withstand long rides, heavy loads, and the demands of sporty runs.
LED Tail Light and Indicators
The rear combination light and new indicators use LEDs for high visibility and long life. With a clear lens covering the LEDs, the design of the rear combination light conveys a premium feel that emphasises the stylish lines of the compact tail section.
A more relaxing ride
The rider and pillion seats feature a sporty and attractive new design that aims maximise comfort on long rides. Both are covered in a new skin material that provides positive grip. The rider’s seat is also shaped to offer freedom of movement when enjoying a sporty ride. Special effort went into designing the thickness, shape and size of the pillion seat to maximise passenger comfort, and into designing the new grab bars at the back of the seat for comfort and ease of use.
In-line four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
6-Speed constant mesh with back-torque-limiting clutch
FRONT SUSPENSION43mm KYB inverted forks with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload
REAR SUSPENSIONLink type, KYB shock with adjustable rebound damping and spring preload
FRONT BRAKESBrembo Monobloc Radial-mount 4-piston calipers, dual 310mm floating discs with ABS
REAR BRAKESNissin single-piston caliper, 220mm disc with ABS
WARRANTY3 Year Unlimited Kilometre (2 Year Std + 1 Year Bonus)