Suzuki has pulled the covers off of its 2012 GSX-R1000, and the bike brings a smattering of mechanical improvements to an already capable platform. All told, the machine is just under 4.5 pounds lighter than last year. Part of that savings comes from specially-developed pistons that are 11 percent lighter than those found in the previous-generation GSX-R1000. Suzuki says the components were developed using technology borrowed from its MotoGP efforts. The same goes for the engine tappets, which are 2.5 grams lighter than the old pieces. The new hardware means that the 2012 GSX-R1000 can use a revised exhaust cam profile for reduced valve overlap.

Engineers also turned up the compression from 12.8:1 to 12.9:1, and a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system caps off engine modifications. Suzuki turned to a set of Brembo Monoblock calipers for 2012 for increased braking performance, as well a lighter wheel and tire combination. Suzuki isn't saying exactly how much horsepower the engine produces with its new internals, nor has the company released any performance specifications, but we imagine improvements all around. Hit the jump for the press release.
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SUZUKI ANNOUNCES 2012 GSX-R1000 DETAILS

Suzuki Motor Corporation has today revealed details of its 2012 flagship Superbike – the GSX-R1000, offering enhanced capability thanks to technical innovations that provide heightened engine and chassis performance as well as weight-loss for the new model.

Announced in unison across the world today, the 2012 GSX-R1000 retains its original styling but with a host of revisions all implemented to make this the very best GSX-R1000 ever produced.

Shaving two kilograms from its kerb weight, the new GSX-R features a plethora of updates, incorporating Brembo's highly acclaimed Monoblock calipers for incredible braking and engine revisions that provide even more mid-range power.

Engine technical highlights include the adoption of MotoGP derived finite-element-analysis and fatigue-analysis techniques, which allow for newly developed pistons that are now 11% lighter and aid acceleration and overall performance. This combined with a finer material for engine tappets shaves a further 2.5 grams off per tappet, resulting in optimized valve lift with a revised exhaust cam profile for a slight reduction in valve overlap. Compression ratio also increases from 12.8:1 to 12.9:1.

Along with the utilisation of the Brembo Monoblock calipers, the 2012 GSX-R1000 features further chassis enhancements that offer greater manoeuvrability thanks to a reduction in weight for the front tyre and axle, offering superior unsprung weight advantages. This weight saving is amplified with the return to a lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system, further enhanced with a new lightweight titanium silencer also.

With the current GSX-R1000 a proven track performer, narrowly missing out in this year's British Superbike Championship by just 0.006 seconds, and current holder of the Brands Hatch Superbike lap record, the 2012 GSX-R1000, with its detailed update looks set to continue Suzuki's front of the pack performance.

The 2012 GSX-R1000 will make its European debut on the Suzuki stand at the Eicma International Motorcycle Exhibition in Milan on 8th November 2011.


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      grandprixc
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mmm, nice. Do want, but 1000s have too much power for me. <-- Have owned 3 GSX-R600s, currently on an '09, club racer, all of my bikes have gone to the track for track days or races. Still, I know I would hurt myself on a "Giggy Thou."
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @grandprixc
        "Giggy Thou"??? Man I'm getting old! I remember when we called them SRADS (Suzuki Ram Air Direct). Then I remember Gixxers... now it's a giggy thou... I really hope that's regional and the people in the Phila area aren't calling it that. When I felt the "need" (want really) to step up.. instead of the 1000 I went to the TL1000R.. man that was a gorgeous bike back in the day. I loved the Full exhaust M4's the sound was amazing. 132whp - it was a bit heavy.. would have benefited greatly with the gsxr weight saving measures. Too bad they killed it off. That and the RC51 were a great alternative to the crazy power inline bikes.
          kcroc10077
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          I really liked the TL1000R. Nice bike with a beautiful sound.
          speedracerx808
          • 3 Years Ago
          @graphikzking
          I have never heard "giggy thou" either. Sounds kind of stupid. 90's and early 2000 was SRADS. Now everyone calls them "gixxers."
      Remy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love superbikes! It gives the mere mortal the chance to own something exotic without breaking the bank. Coming from a SV650S owner.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        NissanGTR
        • 3 Years Ago
        Squids cant do their wheelies, stoppies, and assorted tricks with the aids in place. Suzuki has to appeal to their greatest market.
      Erik
      • 3 Years Ago
      Mechanically capable, but why do Suzuki's designers always make these things so unpleasant to look at? At least the S1000RR is ugly in a charming way, this thing's nose reminds of a barnacle. There's nothing charming or sexy about that.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        kericr
        • 3 Years Ago
        WHY ARE YOU GUYS VOTING THIS DOWN? DON'T YOU WANT TO MAKE $77 AN HOUR ON THE COMPUTR?
      Marloun Bayari
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don't believe the rhetoric. 4.5 lbs was lopped off by eliminating the plumbing from the 4-2-2 to 4-2-1. I'd rather buy a used or backstock 2009, and use the money savings in mods that will easily blow this "new" one away.
        hevace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Marloun Bayari
        Bikes don't blow away other bikes; rather, it's riders who blow away other riders. A skilled rider on an old, slow bike will humiliate an unskilled rider on the latest and greatest. How can "mods" to help a bike go faster help you when you can't even use the performance you already have?
          NissanGTR
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hevace
          With his king of mindset, he will easily kill himself.
      samagon0
      • 3 Years Ago
      Allowing stupid kids to kill themselves even quicker than before! Don't get me wrong, I love to ride, but I also hate to read about kids who injure themselves doing stupid things while riding bikes above their skill levels.
        REMUSRM
        • 3 Years Ago
        @samagon0
        you can not help in darwin awards, simple... I am a new rider and got a cbr250r and do not think i will go up to that level ever... but if someone wants to kill themselves, let me be, less to go around
      REMUSRM
      • 3 Years Ago
      real nice
      Sandy Lee
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you're taking weight off of rotating parts, such as pistons and wheels, then yes, it will have a greater effect than lopping off the same weight in static parts (such as exhaust). The bike will rev quicker, accelerate faster, etc. It's also about keeping weight low and centered.
      m
      • 3 Years Ago
      The level of refinement on these production machines never ceases to amaze me.
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