For sportbike manufacturers, racing is integral to motorcycle development and there’s nothing bigger and grandeur than MotoGP. The pinnacle of motorcycle racing where the usage of technology is as paramount as the rider skill itself.
Some of the world’s top motorcycle manufacturers compete at the highest level to display and prove their technological prowess through their racing machines. Not meant for production, these bikes are like prototypes developed solely for racing on track. Various technologies used in these motorcycles get trickled down to production motorcycles depending on their feasibility.
Given the nature of the sport, it is extremely expensive and demands huge financial investment from manufacturers taking part in it. It can take a toll on companies and, at times, they are forced to withdraw.
Suzuki is one of those manufacturers that has been through this situation when they left MotoGP in 2011 due to the lack of required finances to carry on the development of their racing motorcycles. But it was only temporary until the Japanese company pulled things together and made a pretty successful return in 2015 with their all-new GSR-RR race bike.
To celebrate their return to the highest level of racing, Suzuki introduced a MotoGP edition of their flagship GSX-R1000 Superbike. It is considered one of the most rider-friendly sportbikes in its class, however, it is quite behind in terms technology compared to some of its rivals.
We sincerely thank Mr. Pavan Prakash for taking out his time and letting us ride his motorcycle.
The MotoGP edition comes with the GSX-RR livery and almost manages to look like its clone. The blue colour has a fantastic shade and looks rich. The inline 4 999cc engine is unchanged and produces 182.5 BHP of power at 12,000 RPM and 116.7 NM of torque at 10,000 RPM.
Also, there are three riding modes and a Slipper Clutch. The front suspension is Showa big-piston forks that are fully adjustable. It is almost the same as the standard GSX-R1000. However, Suzuki will likely launch their 2017 GSX in near future as they revealed an all-new GSX-R1000 2017 concept recently.