To round out my 3rd AIM Orlando Expo, I took a ride on the Suzuki GSXS 1000 F, the faired brother to the GSXS 1000. Last year, I took the GSXS 750 for a spin, and I instantly fell in love.
Having ridden the 750 version of this bike, I did not expect much more in terms of power. I was right, there was a little more torque, down in the rev range, but it was not like going from a Grom to a Hayabusa. The engine felt a little bit more street rideable because it did not want to be wrung out for power. It did want to be ridden though. I clicked down from 3rd to 1st and it sung the song of my people.
The clutch was not as heavy as the Z1000, it almost felt a little too delicate. The friction zone felt like a falling off point and then there was power. It might have just been how it was adjusted, but I felt like it was a little too short.
Only one complaint that can be easily fixed: the shift lever was too far down. I had to really dig my foot down and under to be able to click it up a gear. I liked the fairing, it did push the air up higher on my body, basically from my chest area, to my helmet area. It was comfortable and easy to push through the turns.
No complaints with how it handled. It went in to the corners fairly easily. Suspension was a little too soft for my liking, it did squat too much for a decent hard braking maneuver. But, that could easily be fixed.
The GSXS1000 is almost styled like a sportbike, things are more function over form. The front end is butt ugly. It looks like a Multistrada front end with the beak removed. It looks too squinty. The rest of the bike is fine, and I was digging the maroon color. Nobody really does a good red anymore.