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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

2022 has been a huge year for Suzuki, with multiple key model announcements, including the GSX-S1000 and its GT sibling, which we’re testing here. Breathing new life into the sports touring segment, it’s practical, as well as delivering a fistful of adrenaline.

The 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT brings plenty of punch to the party with a high performance 999cm3 four-stroke DOHC liquid-cooled inline-four engine. Combine that with some funky new tech -namely the integrated Suzuki MySpin app and mix in some rider modes, chassis development and some sharp focused looks and Suzuki have produced a very enticing GT package indeed.

The soul of the GSX-S 1000GT, the engine – it is a beauty. It feels raw and powerful, exciting like a 1000cc motor should but it is also refined enough to make touring enjoyable and not tiring.

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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Producing 112kW @11,000rpm there is plenty of grunt at the twist of the right wrist. Although labelled a sports tourer the GSX-S1000GT’s is sensational in the backroads and will have you giggling like a schoolgirl girl as you throw it from corner to corner.

One of the big improvements for the updated motor performance, is the fact that the new engine produces greater torque lower in the rev range. This assists in having the torque curve feature fewer peaks and valleys than in previous generations, it also helps achieve greater overall cumulative torque across the entire rev range.

This is most noticeable when comparing to the naked GSX-S1000 we rode earlier this year. We mentioned that we found the throttle a little snatchy. This issue seems to have been greatly negated with the GT model.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (SDMS) is a collection of three riding modes that offer the rider the ability to select a riding mode (bike output characteristics) that match the riders preferences or riding conditions.

Known simply as A, B and C, the former provides the sharpest throttle response and is akin to a Sport or Sport+ mode. Even on our daily commute up the freeway, the bike offers a more refined riding experience, with smoother power delivery.

Mode B allows maximum throttle output with a softer response, while Mode C is a comfort mode, although it’s essentially rain mode. Matched with a quick shifter, the setup works well and makes life easy when flicking through the GSX-S1000GT’s 6-speed gearbox.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

As for the traction control, well it does it’s job admirably without being to intrusive. We did notice its intervention when tipped right over and feeding the gas but it seemed to do its job without fuss and help steady the GSXS-1000GT when required.

The chassis for the new GT has also under gone revised design with an emphasis on delivering great handling and road holding characteristics whether riding solo or with a pillion on board.

Featuring a twin spar frame, which when viewed from the side you can see the main tubes run straight from the steering head to the swingarm pivot, which aids high rigidity and decreases weight. In fact for a grand tourer the GSX-S1000GT is quite nimble weighing in at 226kgs.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

The  aluminium swingarm design is straight from Suzuki’s powerhouse GSX-R1000. Ruggedly braced and with the appeal of its superbike looks, this swingarm features great road holding ability and the strength to withstand long rides, heavy loads, and the demands of sporty runs which is perfect for the touring nature of this bike.

Suspension is far more plush and comfortable on the GSX-S1000GT than the naked GSX-S1000 again endearing itself to touring. There is a nice mix though that the suspension is not to boaty or wallowy that the GSX-S1000GT loses its sports bike handling or precision.

43mm KYB inverted forks that feature 120mm of travel with fully adjustable dampening, rebound and compression, as well as spring pre-load settings find a home on the front of the Suzuki allowing plenty of rider customisation.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

On the rear link-type rear suspension utilises 130mm of rear wheel travel with adjustable rebound damping and spring pre-load settings that react efficiently to varying road surfaces. This setup matched to Dunlop SPORTMAX 2 tyres offers great cornering confidence.

The Suzuki GSXS-1000GT comes fitted with radial mount Brembo monobloc calipers. The calipers each have four opposed 32mm pistons acting on a 310mm floating-mount disc for strong stopping power. They offer the rider good feel and bite and provide plenty of rider confidence when squeezing hard on the brake lever. Braking also features ABS which is to be expected in this day and age.

Aesthetically the GSX-S1000GT looks sharp, featuring modern lines that look aggressive and flow attractively. If there is one negative to this kerb appeal however it is that the right hand side pannier can be a little awkward to get a leg over at times especially if you are not fully paying attention.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Climb aboard and the riding position is comfortable, whilst still being dynamic enough to push the GSX-S1000GT in and out of the twisty stuff with real vigor. Highway cruising and  touring benefit from the ergonomic focus put into the the Suzuki at the design stage.

To achieve a better riding position, Suzuki have angled the handlebar grips 14mm closer to to the rider than on previous touring models. Combined with the new sculpted seat design this allows the rider to remain more upright and maintain a more comfortable riding position.

New tapered handlebars have also been lengthened to achieve a 23mm wider grip placement for the rider. The philosophy behind this is to allow the rider greater control whilst exerting less effort piloting the GSX-S 1000GT.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Hand controls are positioned well and easy to use. We particularly liked the positioning of the cruise control function although if the engage button for the cruise control was moved about 3mm closer to the grip it would be perfect, although riders with bigger mitts may disagree with us.

The final piece of the ergonomic triangle is the placing of the foot pegs. For this rider whom is approximately 6 foot tall the foot peg position is nice relaxed without a huge amount of bending at the knee required.

The peg position is nowhere near as tucked up as you will find on a supersport bike, however does find a happy medium for touring riding and more enthusiastic endeavours. Another nice touch is that the footpegs are covered with vibration absorbing rubber, real world experience does suggest that there is still plenty of harmonic feel though.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GT features a new windscreen that not only is integral to the bike’s sharp styling package, but provides focus on providing wind protection for the rider.  Suzuki have done well here in mixing form with function, not only does the screen look good and add to the overall visual appeal of the bike, it additionally adds good protection for the rider as we experienced on our freeway riding journeys.

The panniers offer good storage capability, whilst testing we found we could fit a standard sized backpack in each with a little maneuvering and of course there is also the option of fitting a top box for extra luggage carrying capability. The fastening system is easy to operate and completely lockable as well. The only downside is they are an optional extra.

The GSX-S1000GT features a full 6.5 inch colour TFT display and is a huge step up when compared to its naked sibling. The TFT LCD panel features an anti- reflective coating and scratch resistance surface. All info is laid out in an easy to read on the fly layout and is quite comprehensive for all rider info.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

The new display also features Smartphone connectivity that allows access to Suzuki’s MySpin app which allows features including music integration, navigation and phone calls. A nice touch is the charging port in the fairing to ensure easy charging of your device whilst riding.

Suzuki’s GSXS-1000GT comes with a good range of standard equipment including quickshifter, cruise control, colour TFT display and full LED lighting package. However having the moniquer GT we would have liked to have seen the hard panniers as well as heated grips standard issue and not optional extras.

Overall Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is a bike that does everything well. Sure it is probably does not feature the same spec as some of it’s more expensive rivals such as the Kawasaki H2 SX or BMW R1250 RS or S 1000XR, but it does not carry the same premium price tag either.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

In fact you can have a Suzuki GSX-S1000GT parked in your garage for under 20K and that is a hell of a lot of bike for the money.

Pricing starts at $19,990 ride away and the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT comes in 2 colour options Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Reflective Blue as tested. The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is backed by a three year unlimited kilometer manufacturers warranty.

Our test bike was provided by Suzuki Australia. To find out more about the 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, contact your local Suzuki dealer.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Pros – outstanding value; good all-round sports touring performance.
Cons – panniers an optional extra; heated grips should be standard.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Ride Experience
9
Style and Comfort
9
Braking and Handling
8.5
Overall Bike Performance
9
Value for Money
9.5
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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2022 has been a huge year for Suzuki, with multiple key model announcements, including the GSX-S1000 and its GT sibling, which we’re testing here. Breathing new life into the sports touring segment, it’s practical, as well as delivering a fistful of adrenaline. The 2022 Suzuki...2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT