2001 Suzuki GSX-R1000 from United States of America


A great bike, and will buy again



General Comments:

This is my first true sports bike. I've had many bikes over the past couple of decades, including Harley's, old Hondas, and even a Royal Enfield. The closest I've had to a sports bike was the Suzuki GSX1100G.

Having said that, I've taken my time to become comfortable with this bike over the last couple of weeks, in which I put over 2000 miles on it.

So how is it? As expected, performance is rock solid. If you haven't ridden a liter class sport bike before, there is no way to explain the feeling of acceleration. Downshifting completely optional, roll ons are strong throughout the RPM range, but of course increase sharply above 8000 RPM. The performance is what I expected and more.

Handling is great with this bike. It weighs only 374 pounds, which is on par with many 600cc bikes of the time! The look is great, and I prefer the look of these K1's as opposed to the newer ones, which seem like the design team is trying too hard to look too sleek. But that's a matter of preference.

The biggest issue with this bike is the operating costs. For one, insurance is high, despite my being well into my 30s and having no accidents or tickets, and a policy in good standing for years. But aside from that, the scheduled maintenance will cost you an arm and a leg, and almost none of it can be done by anyone but a mechanic. Even the oil filter requires a special tool from Suzuki to remove. I did purchase a service plan from the dealer and thankfully so; my next scheduled maintenance would have cost around $2,000 dollars (yes, two thousand) just for a 6,000 mile interval, most of which is labor.

If you count the initial cost of the bike, insurance, maintenance, and normal operating costs, it's going to run you about $1 per mile considering the life expectancy of the bike (well actually with my math I get $1.10). Yep, that's right. A dollar per mile! And that's not counting if you have any unexpected repairs to make.

The comfort level is... bad for both rider and passenger. One can see how this bike has a reputation for being called a, "torture rack", and for good reasons. But after a couple of thousand miles on it, you get used to it. It is, after all, a sport bike.

It's not fair for me to comment on reliability as I've only put a couple thousand miles on it. But, I've had zero problems in that time, so that's a plus.

All in all, this is my favorite bike, and I currently own four and have owned many others. Unfortunately, I'm feeling spoiled for any bike that doesn't have muscle. Even a 62hp cruiser (my 85 Shadow) feels so slow now I would almost swear there's something wrong with it.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th July, 2010

2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 from United States of America


Overrated piece of junk


Total mistake, I traded my ZX10 for this crap; it's been nothing but problems, electrical failure starting from the integrated fuel control at 2000 miles.

Followed by the engine oil light at 2800.

Headlight light bulb replacement at 1300 miles, and then again at 1800 miles.

I don't recommend this bike to anyone; you're better off buying a Vespa. I think this bike has been way.. overrated and commercialized by Suzuki worldwide. I'm glad summer is over because I'll be going back to the new ZX10R. Those of you with the Gixer get rid of it, better off crashing it during a stunt before you start getting those problems.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 25th October, 2007

26th Oct 2007, 21:03

I would say a lemon was bought, but the marks tell a different story. The handling, roll on, and especially the ACCELERATION marks (5/10?!?!) are way off. Even not broken in this bike will impress ANY rider, period.

The original poster A) does not own this bike, or B) is a GREEN pr guy.

Get rid of it or crash it by stunting? Gimme a break!

12th Nov 2007, 15:11

Yes, you had to have bought a lemon! I have no problem keeping up with a Kawasaki Ninja ZX14!!!

1st Apr 2008, 22:36

I own a 2007 GSXR 1000. It has been at the dealer for 7 weeks. They still haven't fixed the bike; it spits and splutters from 1200rpm to 5000rpm, then lights up. The bike has 4800 miles on it and was never laid down. Is there someone out there with a fix to my problem (I like the bike when it runs). Thanks.

Please help.

3rd Jul 2008, 12:54

Own 2007 GSXR1000 with 3 way engine mapping. One word; AWESOME acceleration and ride. Hint: C mode gets you 49mpg on the highway. Nice option when you want to conserve fuel.

Thanks SUZUKI, will buy your products again. You know motorcycles.

11th Jul 2009, 09:26

Indeed there looks like something's fishy with this review...

Suzukis unreliable...

The GSXR 1000 a piece of crap...

Yeah, we believe you.