Suzuki is ready to play ball in the sport-touring segment with its new 2022 GSX-S1000GT and integrated side-case-equipped GSX-S1000GT+. The GT and GT+ feature an assortment of bells and whistles that touring riders have come to expect, and both models will be available in early 2022. The GT costs $13,149 and the GT+ will carry a $13,799 MSRP.
The GT expands Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 family, which includes a variety of models built around a revised version of the brand’s 999cc inline-four that powers the GSX-R1000 sportbike. The GT’s mill gets its own special treatment, with more power in the low- and midrange compared to the GSX-S1000F, the previous go-to for GSX-S1000 sport-touring riders. Suzuki used new camshaft profiles and valve springs, updated the electronic throttle bodies, reconfigured the air cleaner, and revised the exhaust system.
These changes also contribute to a smoothed-out torque curve that provides riders with plenty of pull throughout the rev range, with an emphasis on improvements to mid- to high-rpm performance.
The GT is equipped with a quickshifter and Suzuki Clutch Assist System, which acts as a slipper clutch while also increasing plate pressure under acceleration.
Power delivery is managed by a 32-bit engine management system, feeding information to the Suzuki Intelligent Ride System. The SIRS offers a drive mode selector, with sport, all-around, and softer throttle options, along with a traction control system and cruise control. Suzuki’s Easy Start System and Low RPM Assist System come standard as well. Bike and ride data is displayed on a new full-color 6.5-inch TFT screen.
The GT and GT+ are also Bluetooth compatible and able to connect to the Suzuki mySPIN app, which provides additional functions such as navigation information, along with phone, music, contacts, and calendar access.
LED lighting is utilized throughout and integrated into the GT’s new aggressively-styled bodywork. Suzuki’s fairing design from peak to tail is intended to optimize aerodynamics while keeping the bike slim and sleek. The design was wind tunnel tested, and though most riders will sit just above the stock windscreen, Suzuki promises that the shape will move airflow away from the rider. There is an optional touring windscreen available that sits 2.5 inches higher for riders who want extra protection. As mentioned at the start of the article, the GT+ will come with clip-on hard luggage standard, each offering 36L of storage capacity. The luggage will be an optional add-on for the GT.
Suspension duties are handled by a 43mm KYB fork with full adjustability and a link-type shock with seven-way spring preload and rebound damping adjustability.
The bikes feature cast aluminum, six-spoke wheels wrapped in Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires, and braking is handled by dual Brembo Monoblock calipers at the front and a single Nissin caliper at the rear.
Both models will be available in either Metallic Reflective Blue or Glass Sparkle Black colorways.
2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT & GSX-S1000GT+ Technical Specifications and Price
|Engine:||999cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled four-cylinder; 16 valves|
|Bore x Stroke:||73.4 x 59.0mm|
|Fuel Delivery:||EFI w/ ride-by-wire|
|Clutch:||Wet, multi-disc w/ SCAS|
|Front Suspension:||43mm KYB USD fork, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel|
|Rear Suspension:||Linkage-type shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.1 in. travel|
|Front Brake:||Brembo 4-piston calipers, 310mm discs w/ ABS|
|Rear Brake:||Nissin 1-piston caliper, 240mm disc w/ ABS|
|Wheels, Front/Rear:||Cast aluminum; 17 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear:||120/70-17 / 190/50-17|
|Seat Height:||31.9 in.|
|Fuel Capacity:||5.0 gal.|
|Claimed Wet Weight:||498 lb.|