Fancy a test ride on the new Suzuki GSX-S1000 – the naked GSX-R K5 with three stage traction control? From April 18 you can get out on a test ride of the big bruiser because that’s when demo bikes arrive in dealerships as part of a nationwide Suzuki test ride roadshow.

We really like the sound of this bike, under £9,000, an all-new lightweight frame, GSX-R1000 K5-derived engine, Brembo monobloc calipers and three-mode traction control with ABS as an option, it could end up being a rebirth of the original Bandit philosophy by Suzuki.


With the GSX-S1000 currently being launched to the world’s motorcycling press in the south of Spain, the test ride bikes are being specially airfreighted in from Japan immediately after, meaning customers in the UK will be among the first in the world to test ride the new model.

A fleet of eight bikes will be making their way around the country, starting at Preston Superbikes, Bill Smith Motors in Gwynedd, HBC Motorcycles, Mission Motorcycles, Alpha Motorcycles, Haslemere Motorcycles, Anton Parris, and GS Motorcycles in Ballymena, on 18 April.

Rob Cooper, Suzuki GB Marketing Manager, said: “This is a great opportunity for riders interested in the new GSX-S1000 to get along to their nearest dealership and take one for a ride. Advanced test rides proved popular for the V-Strom 1000 and given the demand we have received for GSX-S1000, we are really pleased to be able to offer them on this model too.”



Suzuki has recently announced pricing for both the GSX-S1000 and GSX-S1000F (the faired version). The GSX-S1000 is available from £8,999 with the ABS model available for £9,499. The GSX-S1000FA comes with an RRP of £9,999.

For a full list of dates and to find out when the GSX-S1000 is available to test ride at a dealership near you, go to:

Tony Carter

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