Quick on the heels of the international launch of the Suzuki GSX-S1000 and the Suzuki GSX-S1000F, Suzuki has decided to launch these promising looking motorcycles here in India. The Suzuki GSX-S1000F is priced at Rs. 12,70,000/- and the Suzuki GSX-S1000 is priced at Rs. 12,25,000/-. Both prices ex-showroom Delhi. Colour options for both bikes are two in number – Candy Daring Red / Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Triton Blue. We in India will be getting ABS as standard on both the machines. Internationally the GSX-S1000 comes in a non ABS version as well. At this price point the new GSX-S twins will surely eat into the sales of Kawasaki and Triumph the biggest players in this sport segment.
Both the Suzuki GSX-S1000F and Suzuki GSX-S1000 are based on the very popular GSX-R platform and benefits from the extremely reliable engine and core design including the chassis of this series. The GSX-S series, basically is for the street and Suzuki have made both these machines with ease of use in mind. Both machines feature a 999cc, 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine that produces 107.00 kW @ 10,000 RPM (143.50hp) and 106.00 Nm @ 9,500 RPM, plenty for a street bike. The Suzuki GSX-S1000F weighs 214 kgs while the GSX-S1000 weighs 209 kgs, both being kerb weights. A bit on the heavier side but pretty much same as the competition. Both bikes are also loaded with a 3 mode traction control system, ABS, 43mm KYB inverted front forks and Brembo monobloc calipers. Suzuki are also keen to point out the multifunction instrument cluster that houses the speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, gear position, coolant and ambient temperatures, range, average fuel consumption, instantaneous fuel consumption, traction control, a clock and is white backlit.
Both machines definitely look the part and frankly we are quite surprised and happy with the pricing. Although campaigning a litre class as a daily use street bike might be a stretch especially here in India. That said GSX-S twins surely look promising. Of-course more on it once we get our hands on it for a proper detailed review.