By now you should know quite a bit about the new, 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (and, by extension, the GSX-R1000R), since we’ve written a lot about them lately. We’ve gone over technical details and riding impressions mainly, and while those are obviously the most timely and important things people want to know about the bike, we’ve got even more nuggets of information about the new GSX-R, learned from the recent U.S. press introduction of the standard model the Monday following the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas. Factoids, if you will, these little bits of info didn’t really find a home in our First Ride reviews, but we had to share them with you somehow. So, herein are nine things you didn’t know about the 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000.
1. Shinichi Sahara
Chief engineer for the GSX-R1000, Shinichi Sahara is a former racer. He started his Suzuki career working on the TL1000, then later moved to the Alstare Suzuki World Superbike team, and then eventually to MotoGP, where he helped developed the variable valve timing system now being used on the GSX-R.
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