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05 GSX-R1000 still blistering today
K5 GSX-R1000 0-180 mph in 21.33 seconds!
It has been 15 years since we were introduced to the K5 variant of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. In terms of looks, the motorcycle has aged relatively well and still looks as purposeful as it did at launch. Back in 2001, the GSX-R1000 was Suzuki’s answer the Yamaha YZF-R1. The Suzuki had a monster engine that eclipsed and lead the literbike class in terms of get-up-and-go performance but it was not as nimble as its rivals of the time.
Building upon the K1 with redesigned chassis and bodywork and a revised and slightly more powerful motor, the K3/4 was an attempt to sharpen up GSX-R, improve and at least match the handling of Yamaha’s revised R1 that came in 02 that was a refined grown-up interpretation of the original balls out misbehaving R1 , as well as Honda’s really sharp CBR 954RR which at the time was arguably the best handling litre bike.
In 2005 Suzuki made further revisions to the GSX-R with what looked...
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