Bike Reviews

Bike reviews

Suzuki target Ninja 1000SX with new GSX-S1000GT sports tourer

A sporty tourer for under twelve grand? Now that doesn’t sound bad at all.

Sports tourers have always been incredibly popular throughout the years, as they tend to offer not only a decent amount of performance, but also a much more comfortable ride than a traditional sportsbike, especially if you ride with a pillion. And while adventure bikes have wrestled sales from these all-rounders in recent years, Kawasaki’s best-selling Ninja 1000SX has shown that there’s still plenty of appetite for a well-priced sporting all-rounder.

Suzuki’s GSX-S1000F has also been at the forefront of this sector, but after six years in the showrooms the updated GSX-S1000GT is here – essentially a faired version of the GSX-S1000 we saw earlier in the year and a motorcycle that very much appears to have the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX in its sights.

Equipped with near enough the same chassis components as the GSX-S1000, not to mention the very same GSX-R1000 K5 derived engine, the GT has been given a host of modifications to turn the supernaked into what they claim is an impressive mile-muncher.

Most obviously, you now get a full fairing equipped with a hefty screen and a new seat design, with a slim tail system, a compact exhaust pipe and a new seat for the rider and pillion too, which Suzuki say is designed for comfort and high mileage. The riding position has been altered to be more upright and therefore more comfortable and alongside this, the GT comes equipped with a different set of cast-aluminium wheels and Dunlop Roadsport 2 rubber.

It comes with all the tech that you might ask for in a grand tourer, including rider aids, rider modes, a quickshifter and autoblipper, cruise control, LED lights and a new, chunky, Bluetooth compatible 6.5” TFT dash, which allows for more functionality, especially when using Suzuki’s mySPIN app.

The bikes will be available in dealerships from November this year and prices start at £11,599, right in the ballpark of its green coloured competition. As with the Kawasaki, that price is for the base model – without panniers – and matching side cases adding around £1000 to the price.

Bike News

You also may be
interested in...

Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Honda MSX 125 Grom

Not only has Honda’s MSX 125 been given some performance updates for 2022, but it’s also officially adopted the Grom name too. So why are these bikes so popular, and just how good is the new model?

Read more Bike Reviews

Keep up to date with our news & blogs

Bike News

Yamaha’s scooter line up gets a new look for 2022

There are colour updates for nearly all of Yamaha’s small capacity scooters.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Motorcycling’s electric future?

With climate change firmly in the spotlight and a ban on petrol and diesel cars from 2030, we wanted to take a look at the electric motorcycle scene, and how it might develop in the coming years.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Triumph unveil new Bonneville Gold Line Editions

If you’re a fan of Triumph’s Bonneville range but want something with a bit more personality, then the eight new Gold Line Editions may just take your fancy.

Read more Bike News

Have some questions? Check out our tips & guides pages for some great information

Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Honda MSX 125 Grom

Not only has Honda’s MSX 125 been given some performance updates for 2022, but it’s also officially adopted the Grom name too. So why are these bikes so popular, and just how good is the new model?

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Harley-Davidson Street Bob

See a bright orange Harley-Davidson and you instantly think of XR750s flying sideways round a dirt track oval.

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda’s Africa Twin range has seen quite a few updates over the years. But are they enough to keep it at the top of the adventure segment?

Read more Bike Reviews