It’s been many moons since Suzuki launched a brand-new motorbike. Despite updating the V-Strom 1050 in 2020 together with the Hayabusa, GSX-S1000, and GSX-S1000GT in 2021, the House of Hamamatsu has favored slight revisions over full overhauls or all-new platforms.
The remainder of the model’s lineup has skated by on new colorways and “bold” new graphics throughout that interval, however Suzuki has a looming choice to make in the case of its GSX-R1000 superbike. The European motorbike market required new type-approved bikes to satisfy Euro5 commonplace by January, 2020, whereas producers had an additional yr to homologate present fashions to the newest commonplace.
Well, January, 2021, got here and went. Yet, Suzuki’s flagship GSX-R1000 sportbike remained on European showroom flooring. That’s as a result of the agency filed for an “End of Series” extension which allowed sellers to proceed promoting non-compliant GSX-R1000 models for 2 extra years.
Also often called derogation, the “End of Series” exception supplied Suzuki a two-year grace interval to maneuver fashions approaching the tip of their run. With January, 2023, on the horizon, the corporate should resolve whether or not it upgrades or removes the liter bike from the profitable European market in lower than six months.
The most up-to-date replace to the GSX-R1000 vary occurred in 2017, which positions the superbike for a much-needed refresh in 2023. On the opposite hand, Suzuki already pulled the GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 from Europe because of emissions laws.
While skeptics discover that truth discouraging, Suzuki went out of its approach to proceed promoting the GSX-R1000 in Europe. Unfortunately, that doesn’t imply the highest Gixxer is out of the woods. Suzuki lately confirmed that it’s going to pull out of MotoGP and Endurance World Racing (EWC) by the tip of the 2022 season.
With the model specializing in sustainable platforms and bowing out of racing, it’s laborious to say how Suzuki plans to develop its superbike for future generations. Hopefully, the Hamamatsu manufacturing facility has an ace up its sleeve, however we’re holding our expectations in test.