The 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R supersport has been unveiled at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Germany, and the bike gets smart upgrades for the new model year. The current generation GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R first unvelled in 2016, gets smart upgrades for the new year with the company taking customer feedback into account. Upgrades include new cosmetic revisions and new hardware onboard, while the changes on the litre-class superbike is also in response to the rule changes in World Superbike Championship (WSBK).
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The 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R now come with an adjustable swingarm pivot that help setup chagnes for racers and track day enthusiasts alike. Cosmetically, the bikes remain largely the same but the bulky exhaust muffler has now been finished in black instead of silver seen on the current models. This helps reduce the visual bulk as it merges with the rear tyre, which stood out like an eye sore earlier.
Another big update is the new steel braided hoses for the braking system. This should help with the front brake fade and improve lever feel for the brake, which has been a common concern for the current GSX customers. The upgrade though is only restricted to the 2019 GSX-R1000R and not the base GSX-R1000 that continues to get rubber hoses.
Other upgrades on the 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 include the up/down quickshifter from the GSX-R1000R, making it a standard feature. What's also interesting is that Suzuki will be the first one to offer the quickshifter on the base variant of the GSX, which other manufacturers do not offer at this point. Lastly, the 2019 GSX models now ride on Bridgestone RS11 tyres, replacing the Bridgestone RS10 tyres.
The 2019 Suzuki GSX-R1000 and the GSX-R1000R is expected to arrive in Europe by early 2019, while you can expect the India launch in the first half of 2019. Pricing should be similar to the current GSX range, which starts at ₹ 19.80 lakh (ex-showroom)