Suzuki stays true to its theory of continued evolution with a the new 2022 GSX-S1000. As with the recently announced Hayabusa for 2022, the GSX-S1000 appears more “extensively renovated” rather than the “all-new” of the company’s announcement. The constant progression is nothing to scoff at as the heritage of some components, like the engine and chassis, go back to previous generation GSX-R1000 and nobody is going to scoff at that machine. The very fact that Suzuki has taken that chassis and made something ergonomically friendly is admirably enough. But progression means more and to that end the motor with electronic throttle control has tweaked intake and exhaust systems to comply to EURO5 emission standards but the improved emission rates come on top of increased power.
The most obvious difference between the new and old model are visual. The 2022 GSX-S1000 adopts the stacked headlight look that is becoming a family feature in several Suzuki models. While not as aggressively styled as some other naked streetfighter bikes, the protruding headlight structure and a set of MotoGP-ish winglets provide the necessary suggestions of menace.
Suzuki adds to the never-ending acronyms of motorcycle rider aids with the installed SIRS system which stands for Suzuki Intelligent Ride System, which in Suzuki’s words:
… includes outstanding features, such as the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) with a selection among three different modes for various engine output characteristics, the updated Suzuki Traction Control System (STCS), now with a wider selection of 5-mode settings, and the Bi-directional Quick Shift System, which allows up or down shifting without clutch lever operation. These systems enable riders to optimize performance characteristics to best suit their level of confidence and experience as well as varying road surfaces. The all-new GSX-S1000 is engineered for the excitement of street fighter motorcycle riding, covering from aggressive sport riding to everyday usage.
Oddly the company left out Suzuki Easy Start and Low RPM Assist in that blurb but it comes with those two features as well. The bike also gets a wider handlebar and an updated seat.
That all sounds good and in the scheme of things, a big, comfortable sport bike is never an unappreciated addition to the motorcycle landscape whether it be “all-new” or “extensively renovated”. The 214kg, 150hp 2022 GSX-S1000 carries a Canadian price yet to be announced. The previous bike, the 2020 model, came in at $13,399 so that would in theory would be the ballpark for the new bike – plus the cost of the winglets.