Video: 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R v BMW S 1000 RR

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Like it or not, BMW’s S 1000 RR has been the benchmark superbike since its inception in 2009. Not only was it the original electronics instigator, the S Thou’ ended Japanese domination and has consistently outsold every other model in the litre class.

BMW made no secret of basing the original RR on Suzuki’s GSX-R1000. Ironically, Suzuki has been in dire straits ever since. Until now. The all-new GSX-R1000R – which costs the same as a fully-loaded S 1000 RR – is packed full of the good stuff with some additional innovative offerings to boot. Like the VVT (Variable Valve Timing) motor, which initially sounds like a bucket of rusty nails but manifests into something far sexier.

With an offer of unconditional Spanish sun and an open pitlane at Jerez, we jumped onboard the pain train to Malaga and spent two days spanking the crème of 2017 – with some surprising results. Before the cantankerous bastards among you ask why there was no Fireblade featured in this test, Honda couldn’t supply one, which was a shame.



  4 comments for “Video: 2017 Suzuki GSX-R1000R v BMW S 1000 RR

  1. April 20, 2017 at 8:23 pm

    my choice is as always BMW’s S 1000 RR

  2. phil
    April 23, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Interesting test, so I’ll be trading my S1000rr in for a bike that has worse brakes, snatchy throttle, inconsistent autoblipper, no cruise or heated grips and is just a couple of tenths faster around a sunny circuit (although I guess that depends on who’s riding?), oh yes and costs the same because it’s a bit more fun – my S1K is a dull bike after all, hmm.. Looking forward to the UK road test next chaps.

    • Alastair Fagan
      April 27, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      No need to be defensive! Not saying the BMW is dull by any means. The Suzuki is more fun ridden hard, that’s all…

  3. Nick
    April 24, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    So.. y’know.. If you guys ever need a new camera guy or something to go with on these horrendous trips to ride these ugly machines, I could fill in if nobody else wants to. I mean idk..

    Keep being you, love the content. You both deserve so much more attention for all the hard work you do to give us this free awesome content.

    (That’ll be 50 quid thanks.)

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