Introducing the GSX-R Patrol…

44t_patrolSay hello the Suzuki GSX-R Patrol: an exclusive 44Teeth production in attempt to create the most adventurous, most versatile sportsbike ever made. If you didn’t know, 2015 is the 30th anniversary of the iconic GSX-R, so what better way to celebrate a birthday than to bastardise one in the name of amusement? 30th birthdays usually involve a big party and this is no different.

We’re not going to giveaway too much at this stage but the concept is simple: take one GSX-R1000 and transform said GSX-R into a world-beater, into the GSX-R Patrol. After careful consideration, number crunching and the fundamental fact we have no budget, the notion of buying a 2015 GSX-R1000 was soon dismissed. But where would we find such a utensil? Much hassle and a few punches thrown later, I managed to prise the keys to a GSX-R1000 K7 from Baron – yes, the K7.

Why are we carrying out such tomfoolery? Well, apart from the underlying fact it’s going to be fucking cool, bikes like the GSX-R may be getting left behind on paper but, in reality, they’re still utterly brilliant and highly proficient in a wide range of environments. During the last few years, 200bhp and enough electronics to blow-up a small hamlet have been creeping onto mass-produced bikes with discernible financial consequences. Stick a racer onboard, and he’ll extract every possible tenth from each machine. The majority of us will go just as fast on a nice, friendly, undiluted GSX-R than a £30,000 Panigale R with all the toys. And until 2015 – the year of the sportsbike – adventure bikes and all their ‘versatility’ have been stealing the headlines in recent times, but sportsbikes are where it’s at. Despite what people say and the fact the K7 is more Sonia from Eastenders than Sinitta, you can still do everything on a sportsbike that you can on a GS and you’ll look much cooler.

Over the next few months, we’ll be ripping the K7 apart, examining for any impairment (which is highly likely given its green-laning/debauched history), selecting the prerequisite componentry for the arduous jobs in hand and reassembling to create the Patrol. Think of it as an A-Team shed-special, where they enter a derelict building with just a fire extinguisher, some barbed wire and an aging copy of Razzle, and blow the back doors on exit in an armoured utility vehicle. I’m Hannibal, Baron is B.A Baracus.

Creating the most adventurous sportsbike the world has ever seen comes with obvious stipulations and stringent testing criteria. We’ll be starting off in the UK, lapping the M25 and letting Baron dissect central London to gauge commuting skills. Then we’ll cross the pond to prove its touring aptitude before attending a Spanish trackday somewhere. We’re not finished there. Oh no. There are plans in the pipeline to visit the Austrian Alps in the winter to test snow capabilities. There’s more, but we can’t divulge yet…

Snow, mud, touring racing: the GSX-R Patrol is the adventure. Smell the cheese.

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Say hello, and goodbye, to the K7 as we know it…

  14 comments for “Introducing the GSX-R Patrol…

  1. Scott
    March 25, 2015 at 12:47 pm

    YES! that is all

  2. Baz
    March 25, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Brilliant. Can’t wait. :-)

  3. Nathan
    March 25, 2015 at 1:11 pm

    That sound like a great idea and I would love to see that happen.Can’t wait for the video.

  4. Jamie
    March 25, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    Awesome, can’t wait! RIP to Baron’s trusty K7 ;)

  5. Seb
    March 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    That green lane won’t know what hit it!

  6. Rob
    March 25, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    This is a really good idea, im really interested in it as i live in northern British Columbia. Everything is far apart and there are lots of gravel roads, but there are also perfect smooth mountain roads that you NEED a sports bike on.

  7. Andrew
    March 25, 2015 at 9:59 pm

    Nooooo dont wreck a good K7!! Ahhh f@@@ it why not. Sounds like good fun will be had

  8. March 26, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Awesome idea, but you’re a wee bit late.

    I’ve already taken a K9 GSX-R1000 74,000 miles around the world through 54 countries! It’s crossed the Sahara and Atacama Deserts, been to the Arctic, done water crossings, mountains mud passes, been shot at, and lots more.

    Check out teapotone.com or the YouTube channel ‘TeapotOneVids’ for more.

    You’re more than welcome to have a look at her if you want, just drop me a line anytime.

    Cheers,

    Bruce

  9. tim
    March 26, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    ^^ Vlog him!!!!

  10. Ray
    March 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    Holy shit!! I’m super excited for this build!

  11. GW
    April 14, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Nobody has ever looked cool on a Gixxer…. until soon that is.

  12. JD
    June 25, 2015 at 2:11 am

    Even a good track day bike as it will force you to increase corner entry speeds without brakes. lol. No but seriously, really cool bike. Look forward to it.

  13. October 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    It’s quite odd seeing that K7 get a facelift. I feel like I got to know it pretty well watching Baron’s videos. They actually sold me on the versatility of what I’d considered a sport/squid bike.

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