• Feb 4, 2009
Suzuki, makers of the GSX line of sportbikes, has issued a recall on 26,082 GSX-R1000 motorcycles from 2005 and 2006. The trouble area is reportedly the bike's frame, specifically behind and below the steering neck near the front triple clamps. When ridden particularly aggressively – which we'll get to in a moment – this area is susceptible to cracking. If Suzuki finds any damage to any frame, it will be replaced with a newly reinforced unit. If no damage is found, a special brace will be added and covered by a new five-year warranty.

So, what constitutes aggressive riding? Let's be honest. A good portion of literbike riders enjoy lofting the front wheel from time to time, even on the street where such antics can get you into big trouble. The reality, though, is that these bikes were designed to perform at the highest level under a relatively narrow window of operation, specifically in rounding a race track as quickly as possible. Stunting and hard landings after long wheelies puts lots of stress on the bike that engineers weren't necessarily counting on dealing with. That said, we applaud Suzuki for recognizing a dangerous situation and rectifying it.

[Source: Clutch and Chrome]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually saw that happen last year. One of the guys at the track lowsided at slow speed and when he picked up his bike frame was cracked on the weld on both sides of the bike while fairings were barely scratched.

      Any bike should handle that type of fall with no problem.

      It's a good thing they are actually doing something about it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Eff em...the squids who are doing the wheelies and stoppies on the street.
      Darwinian selection....don't make them wear helmets either. Too bad they survive to breed more squids.

      I've had these A$$holes run up behind me on the street and haul on the front brake for fun/stoppies....then wheelie away. Dang, they won't let me have a rocket launcher anymore.

      The bike was not designed for this, it's clearly abuse, and were it not for our litigiousness Suzuki wouldn't bother.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't ride a GSXR but I do Ride a Triumph 675 and I am really happy to see a big company like Suzuki step up and take care of an issue with the frame.

      As for Iridium, I hope when your driving your cage while talking on the cell phone and drinking your latte you swerve off the road and hit something hard! Your the A-hole for saying something so rude and talking about hitting a biker and taking them off the bridge what did they ever do to you?

      If I was on my bike and ran across you I would make sure I left a huge dent and scratch down the side your car! I wish you nothing but the worst!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ruh Roh

      I prefer to keep my front wheel on the ground (faster and easier to exit the corner that way) but i'll be a little nervous next time I hit a big pothole...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If you want to pop a wheelie at 75mph on the highway and you become asphalt paint, well I have no sympathy.

      Bikes are not meant to deal with that kind of stress and should break if you abuse one like that. I think fixing the frames is a bad idea. The more obnoxious people end up splattering, the less there are to pollute society. If you are dumb enough to pull tricks like that then you deserve any fate, nomatter how gruesome.

      When a pack of sportbikes surrounded me on I480 taking turns popping wheelies I almost couldn't resist the urge to nudge half the pack off the Valley View bridge. A nice 500 ft fall would give them a few seconds to contemplate why being a flamboyant asshole wasn't such a good idea.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Public roads aren't the time nor place to be doing that, BUT a lot of road bikes are taken to tracks etc…..a much higher percentage than cars.

        And yes bikes are designed to be able to take such stresses, hence why Suzuki are fixing them…..good on them, they stuffed up and they are correcting their mistake

        Sorry but perhaps you should only comment on what you have at least some understanding of, this topic is not one of them.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nice man, you might be kidding, but to desire violence on others is a poor way to go through life. I don't like squids either, but being a nuisance isn't punishable by death.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The thing is, their families will then sue Suzuki, if the problem isn't fixed and they're instead allowed to die, and then the end result will be them pulling out of the US market entirely, or not giving the good bikes to the US market.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not only the legal implications, but a large number of Suzuki's customers will do such antics, and might gravitate towards another brand if the Gixxers prove weak and problematic. Suzuki is just protecting the relationship between them and their customers. I've never popped a wheelie on my 600 so people like me won't have any trouble either way, but those who stunt on their bikes will appreciate this move.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Regardless of your opinion of wheelies and where they belong (Iridium, you're a MUCH larger a-hole than the people you're talking about), all bikes should be able to handle any wheelie landing you can dish out without having the FRAME fail. As others have pointed out, hitting a pothole or road debris at speed will put as much stress on the frame as landing a typical (or even poorly landed) wheelie. In fact, that will put much more stress on the frame than a properly-landed wheelie. I hit a chunk of wood in the road once on my bike and the impact was so hard it bottomed the suspension severely and sent the front end slightly airborne - and I've never bottomed it while landing a wheelie. I suppose if you jammed on the rear brake in the middle of a high-speed wheelie and slammed the front end down extremely hard, that might do it. Maybe that's what's happening to some of these GSRXs. I think it's more likely that Suzuki went a little to far in their quest for weight reduction and made the frame too weak in this critical area. They really have no choice but to own up to this problem and make it right - or risk a serious class-action lawsuit and loose credibility. Kudos to them for doing the right thing before it got to that point.
        • 5 Years Ago
        HAHA. I love it when idiots with no protection get hurt.