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2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX Launch Ride

It’s not about the destination, it’s about the journey, and never is that more evident than in the 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX. While its name might be a bit of a mouthful, the experience of piloting the new touring machine is nothing but a pleasure.

We had the chance to take on one of Australia’s most iconic bits of tarmac as part of this new machine’s local media launch, with the sports crossover more than demonstrating its capabilities.

Suzuki’s GSX-S1000GX represents a number of firsts for the Japanese bike maker including their first foray into this market to take on the might of the European offerings that have dominated this market segment as well as being the first Suzuki to feature fully adjustable electronic suspension.

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2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

The term sports crossover is quite fitting as the style of the new GSX-S1000GX fits perfectly between the V-Strom 1050 and the GSX-S1000GT models that are featured in the current Suzuki model line-up for 2024.

Our launch ride would have us head inland via varying road surfaces including a little corrugated dirt section, as we made our way towards the Great Ocean Road and our digs at Warrnambool for the evening.

We would cover just over 400klms to test the mettle of the new offering in roads that offered up nice open sweeping bends, tight switchbacks and straights, pretty much a mixture of all conditions you would encounter on a typical road trip not to mention signature Victorian weather conditions.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Of course there would also be freeway where we be afforded the opportunity to test the cruise control and one of the bikes slated new features of being able to click up and down gears via the bi-directional quick shifter whilst cruise control is engaged.

Visually the GSX-S1000GX is a good looking bit of a kit. Suzuki stacked headlights flanked with further LED lighting either side looks trick and if the standard screen isn’t your thing, there is also an optional shorter sports touring screen available from the accessories catalogue.

Available in Metallic Triton Blue and Glass Sparkle Black which is a combination of glossy and flat black finish, both colours look sharp and matched against the gold forks offer a premium finish.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

The ergonomics of the S1000GX are relaxed, with the handlebars being within good reach the pegs being low enough to assist in offering a relaxed rider triangle but still being high enough to offer plenty of lean clearance for more enthusiastic and spirited riding should the mood occur.

On the road, the tried and trusted inline four cylinder K5 power plant is bulletproof. Providing 112kW and 106Nm of torque the motor is more than willing and matched to a six speed gearbox with silky smooth bi-directional quick shifter.

Offering up plenty of mumbo and grunt the K5 power plant provides a great platform for cruising the open road with power delivery being effortless with plenty of grunt for overtaking.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

There is also plenty of power available when pulling hard out of a corner with a fist full of throttle whilst the 19 litre fuel tank should see you reaching 300klms between fuel stops which off course will be a little dependent on your right wrist.

To help get the power to the tarmac there is Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-A) which offers integrated riding modes that provide the right balance of control and comfort under a wide variety of riding situations.

Modes A,B and C are available for the rider to choose from with A being at the top of the power curve and filtering down to C having the least responsive throttle map similar to other models in the Suzuki range.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Through sweeping bends the S1000GX feels planted and rewarding when pushing the Suzuki hard through the apex of the corner. The bike also feels happy when just cruising through open bends and just doing its thing.

Get into the tighter corners and you will start to notice the bikes slightly higher centre of gravity, but it doesn’t hinder the riders will to get down and dirty with the bike and push it hard.

Now one of the many highlights of this new model from Suzuki is the bunch of acronyms the Japanese bike maker has utilised to explain all the tech. We have only mentioned a few thus far, so stay with us while we make a start on explaining some others and making sense of them all.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

To Start there is Suzuki Advanced Electronic Suspension (SAES) which refers to  Suzuki’s first electronic suspension and add to this Suzuki’s new Suzuki Road Adaptive Stabilization (SRAS) system.

In a nutshell these technologies combine to make the GX comfortable and controllable on road surfaces ranging from urban asphalt and cobblestones to paved country and winding mountain roads just about all of which our Victorian press launch covered.

We had the opportunity to test Suzuki Road Adaptive Stabilization (SRAS) which is designed to activate automatically when riding on cobblestones or other uneven surfaces to smooth the ride and absorb the bumps, which we tested on a dirt corrugated road and some unforeseen road work sections with the system coming up trumps.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

The Active Damping Control offers four electronically controlled damping settings – Hard, Medium, Soft and a customisable User setting. You can either use the predetermined setting which can be preselected via riding mode selection or select on the fly between settings which was very easy to do and the bottom of the dash would flash to confirm the selection which was a nice touch.

As if you weren’t spoiled for choice enough the electronic rear suspension preload settings also offer a choice of four modes to match the load requirements and traction control can also be adjusted and electronically selected through the TFT dash as well – there are more acronyms for these features but no need for them now.

Speaking of the dash, the GSX-S1000GX utilises a 6.5-inch full-color TFT LCD multi-function display featuring a scratch-resistant surface, an anti-reflective coating, and support for displaying Suzuki’s mySPIN smartphone app content. There is also a handy USB outlet for charging the rider’s smartphone is built into the left side of the TFT LCD instrument screen.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

Four-piston Brembo mono-block front brake callipers mated with 310mm floating-mount twin discs deliver reliable braking performance on the front of the bike, whilst on the rear a single hydraulic disc provides stopping power to the rear wheel. Overall the stopping package works well in pulling up the GSX-S1000GX’x 232kgs mass.

Suzuki have created a very competitive package with their debut sports crossover model and it sharply priced to boot with pricing starting from $25,890 ride away. Have Suzuki missed a trick though with not having a higher specification model lined up alongside the entry point model though.

We would have liked to see a variant that came standard with the hard panniers, heated grips and the touring seat at a slightly higher price point We reckon fans of this Suzuki would pay a little more for such an option.

2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX
2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX

There is however an extensive range of genuine accessories that can be had from the Suzuki catalogue including those mentioned as well as some other aesthetic details to make the GSX-S1000GX look even sharper.

Our test bikes were provided by Suzuki Motorcycles Australia as part of the Australia and New Zealand media launch. To find out more about the 2024 Suzuki GSX-S1000GX you can visit the website here or contact your local Suzuki Motorcycles dealer.

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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