This GSX-R hits the spot with a similar blend of pure performance and aggressive character to the one that made the original and K5 models so popular. Styling is unexceptional, and not helped by the large silencer, but the bike is unmistakably a GSX-R and its MotoGP-replica paintwork (the alternative is black) adds to the racy look. The new LCD dashboard is informative, if less colourful than some, and the switchgear does a good job of controlling the electronic options that include a choice of three riding modes.
Even this higher-spec GSX-R1000R doesn’t quite match some rivals for glitz, but it looks like being competitive on track and should also make a hugely effective and entertaining street bike. And Suzuki’s payback comes with a price of £16,099 that gives an edge over upmarket equivalents from rivals including Honda and Yamaha. After too long in the shadows, the big GSX-R is back and fighting as hard as ever.
Price tag of our bike: £16,099 (standard GSX-R1000 £13,299)
Photography by Steve Duggan & Andrew Gosling.