Suzuki’s new sports-tourer, the GSX-S1000GT, goes head to head with the hugely-popular Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX when it arrives in dealerships next month.
Priced from £11,599, the new GT is designed for speed and comfort, providing all-day riding ability to cover distances effortlessly.
It uses the naked GSX-S1000’s smooth, characterful 152PS four-cylinder engine, agile chassis and comprehensive suite of electronic rider aids and adds a tall screen and wind-cheating bodywork.
A comfortable, upright riding position is ideal for long rides while a plush pillion seat and optional hard luggage, which can hold full-face helmets, make two-up touring a breeze.
The 6.5-inch TFT dash features cruise control, a bi-directional quick-shifter, traction control and selectable power modes. It also supports the smartphone connectivity features of the new Suzuki mySPIN app, specifically for motorcycles. The free mySPIN app lets riders access an array of useful functions, including navigation maps, imported contact lists and hands-free communication, music connectivity and calendar updates.
The GT gets a radical new look with horizontal LED headlights and position lights, hinting at a new face for future Suzuki motorcycles. Rear combination lights and indicators are also LED.
The new style is complemented by a new seat design, slim tail section and short, compact muffler.
The Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) helps the GT fill its role as a versatile sports tourer.
A ‘ride-by-wire’ throttle delivers smooth, linear engine response with three selectable engine maps to match road conditions or riding styles.
Five-mode traction control supports a variety of riding conditions – touring in adverse weather, enjoying a sporty ride, riding alone, with a pillion or carrying luggage.
The GT is has three colour options – Metallic Triton Blue, as used on Suzuki’s MotoGP machines, Metallic Reflective Blue, a dark blue with a luxurious gloss finish, and Glass Sparkle Black, a combination of glossy and flat black.