Suzuki GSX-S1000GT – 2022

The new GSX-S1000GT from Suzuki offers something refreshingly different. It’s not surprising, given that Suzuki apparently spent hours in the wind tunnel to give the GSX-S1000GT a modern and functional fairing for a sleek look. And all of this for a new sport tourer, or Grand Tourer as Suzuki calls it, a segment of motorcycles that seemed to have been somewhat forgotten in recent years.

Let’s be honest, breathing new life into this segment with the GSX-S1000GT is definitely a step in the right direction. Its sharp lines towards the headlights provide the sporty touch it needs, without resorting to the “Melted headlight” look that you often see nowadays. But does the GSX-S1000GT ride as smoothly as a sport tourer should?

Does Suzuki know how to hit the right note with this Grand Tourer?

To quote Suzuki themselves: ‘The Suzuki GSX-S1000GT is not only the most powerful and lightweight sport-touring machine in its class, but also remarkably comfortable, manageable, and connected. Add to that the stunning design and impressive performance of a superior four-cylinder engine, and you have a full-blooded, high-performance Grand Tourer.” That’s quite a statement Suzuki is making. So, I decided to venture away from the city to explore the southern islands and turn it into a real tour.

After a warm-up, I hit the highway to unleash the four-cylinder engine. While impressive figures about top speed are nice, even on a regular weekday around lunchtime, the road is too crowded to come close to reaching top speed. Most of the time, you’ll find yourself in fourth and/or fifth gear. So, I engaged the Cruise Control and continued at a leisurely pace.
The Cruise Control on this model has been adjusted and can be activated from as low as 30 km/h. This makes the usage even more enjoyable and versatile. The bi-directional quickshifter also enhances the daily usage experience. The engine feels smooth and familiar, which is not surprising as Suzuki has reused the engine from the GSX-S1000.

However, there are many differences between the naked and the GT, both in appearance and construction. Of course, the GT can be equipped with two color-matched side cases for an additional cost. The GT also comes with a thicker seat, which is logical for long touring distances. After more than 5 hours of riding, I didn’t even notice the seat, which is a positive sign because there were no drawbacks. Suzuki has also worked hard to eliminate the vibrations from the Naked on the GT. They made some adjustments, both small and significant. The rear frame sits lower on the GT, which helps with the riding position. Just like the footpegs, which are also placed lower. The footpegs are also equipped with a rubber top layer to reduce vibrations. Additionally, the handlebar is rubber-mounted to further reduce vibrations. In all honesty, after 4 hours of riding on the GSX-S950, I barely experienced any vibrations or wrist discomfort, so the difference was difficult to notice. However, during more active riding, I noticed that due to the changed seating position, you have to work more actively and sportier in the corners. This caused slight wrist fatigue, but that’s probably just a matter of getting used to it.

Another significant improvement between the Naked and the GT is the 6.5″ TFT screen. Here, Suzuki hits the nail on the head. The screen is covered with two layers of coating, which not only protects the screen but also helps against reflections. This TFT screen contains all the expected information but offers so much more. In combination with your phone, you can display navigation here. It also offers options for contacts, telephony, your music, and much more. To ensure that your phone doesn’t run out of battery quickly, the GSX-S1000GT is equipped with a USB charger. The operation of your TFT screen is located on the left handlebar and is relatively easy to operate. Comfort is thus a guiding principle in the design of the GSX-S1000GT. Both the front and rear suspension are set relatively soft as standard. Some adjustments were made to the suspension settings on this demo bike, allowing me to enjoy the sporty side of the GT without experiencing too soft suspension. However, you do notice with some bumps in the road or when exiting corners that Suzuki prioritized comfort over sportiness during the development of the GT. But that means this Grand Tourer can tick almost all the sport-touring boxes without any problems. After a week of commuting through traffic jams, filling the cases with vacation clothes, and a week of touring abroad, you can quickly burn through your rubber with a couple of laps around the Nürburgring on the way back home, and then simply engage the cruise control until you’re home again.


Sporty styling and cutting-edge design in the latest sport-tour motorcycle

Suzuki has opted for a completely new styling with the GSX-S1000GT, and the design of the GT immediately stands out. The front fairing is striking and wider than the Naked version. The wedge-shaped fairing tapers sharply towards the front and features V-shaped LED lights. Below are a couple of single LED lamps, with the right lamp only used in low-light situations. The mirrors are positioned on top of the fairing and are also aerodynamically shaped. A small drawback is that the mirrors are quite far forward. Adjusting them quickly while riding can be a bit challenging, especially for shorter riders. The lower side panels conceal the radiator and most of the engine, equipped with sufficient ventilation openings to dissipate warm air from the engine and rider.

In contrast to many sport-tourers nowadays and popular adventure bikes, the GSX-S1000GT is not a high-raised motorcycle. Instead, a lower profile and road-oriented tires have been chosen. The GT sits closer to the asphalt, making it more stable and precise. Like the Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, the GSX-S1000GT is focused on road trips and winding asphalt roads for a leisurely Sunday ride.

Suzuki proudly states that the GT has been perfected with many hours of wind tunnel design, and all the sleek lines help improve airflow. Part of this perfect airflow is the non-adjustable windshield. Unfortunately, this is a drawback. At my height of 1.86m, I noticed turbulence around my helmet at higher speeds. After leaving the highway, I stopped to remove the sun visor from the Nishua Enduro Carbon helmet. This helped significantly, but turbulence remained at higher speeds. A nice adjustment mechanism, like the one on the V-strom windshield, would go a long way in solving this problem. Suzuki does offer a higher windshield for the GSX-S1000GT at an additional cost.

The sharp lines of the fairing, combined with the LED position and headlamps, give this sport-touring machine a very sporty appearance. This design also provides stability at high speeds and comfort for effortlessly enduring long distances. A big plus is that the optional side cases (36 liters each) blend nicely with the sharp design of the GT. The GSX-S1000GT is available in three colors: Metallic Triton Blue, Metallic Reflective Blue, and Glass Sparkle Black, with the tank and side cases painted to match the rest of the GT’s design.

The four-cylinder engine block in collaboration with the SIRS package

Suzuki has reused the engine from the GSX-S1000 for the GT version. Naturally, the engine meets all EU5 emission requirements, but there have been some adjustments. The GSX-S1000GT features a smooth power curve and a richer mid-range. The 999cc four-cylinder engine produces 150 hp at 11,000 rpm and 108 Nm at 9,750 rpm. This means that the GSX-S1000GT is very fast when you push it. Acceleration at higher speeds is ideal for the highway. Additionally, at lower revs, it feels predictable and controllable. The beautiful corners at average speeds feel natural and easy. At real low speeds, you may notice a bit more weight/volume at the front of the bike and you may need to work it a bit more.

However, with the slightest twist of the throttle, thanks to the Ride-by-Wire technology, the GT pulls itself out of the turn and onto the next one. It responds nicely to the throttle in both riding modes B and A. The four-cylinder is very smooth in mode B, as expected from an inline-four, but manages to unleash some extra power in mode A. Of course, I have been mostly riding in mode A throughout the day.

The front brake is powerful, with the two 310mm disc brakes with Brembo 4-piston calipers causing the GSX-S1000GT to dive into the front suspension. Release the brake lever and ready for the next turn. It all feels just as sporty as the GSX-S950, but with more punch and power.
The rear brake is a single 240mm disc with Nissin single-piston caliper. Sufficient for a bit of braking, but what stood out while riding is that the ABS kicked in quite early. Not a problem, as you often only use the rear brake as a support for the front brake.

The GSX-S1000GT naturally comes with the SIRS (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System) package. As mentioned earlier, this package includes the Ride-by-Wire technology for smooth and natural throttle response. Additionally, the GSX-S1000GT also features the Suzuki Traction Control System, with 5 different modes and off. The 3 riding modes are A, B, and C, with Sporty, Basic, and Rain. Also known as Aggressive, Basic, and Comfort.

The GT comes with the Suzuki Easy Start System and the Suzuki Low RPM Assist System, which gently raises the engine speed when releasing the clutch lever when starting from a standstill. Or in low revs/tempo to prevent the engine from stalling. The GT has a Bi-directional Quickshifter, which can also be disabled.
The extra luxury of the GT comes in the form of cruise control. This can be activated at speeds between 30 and 180 km/h with an engine speed above 2,000 rpm in the second gear or higher. Ideal for the highway, boring straight 80 km/h stretches, or slow-moving traffic.

Accessory Package

The GSX-S1000GT can be delivered as standard, or with one of the two accessory packages.

The more affordable package is the S1000GT Pack. This package is essentially the package you need to complete the GT, especially if you want storage space. The package, valued at €1,220, includes:

  • Complete set of side cases (2x 36l)
  • Colored parts and locks

There’s also an S1000GT +Pack package. This package includes several additional adjustments, taking into account what many riders often change on a standard model. The most notable aspect was that the standard exhaust was still on, but the GT did come with heated grips.

In total, the +Pack package consists of:

  • Complete set of side cases (2x 36l) in color with locks
  • Tank pad & bobbins
  • High windshield
  • Heated grips

Of course, there are many diverse original Suzuki accessories available to customize the motorcycle according to your own taste.



Has the GSX-S1000GT succeeded in breathing new life into the Sport Touring segment? Only time will tell. However, we can say that the GSX-S1000GT is a strong contender in the current sport touring market. Suzuki has carefully examined what needed to be adjusted from the S1000 and utilized their time in the wind tunnel effectively to create a motorcycle that rides as sharply as it looks. After a long day of riding, everything felt very smooth with little to complain about. Ideally, the suspension could be a bit firmer, and personally, I would relocate the rear brake pedal. However, the four-cylinder engine might be the perfect choice for sport touring. The riding modes ensure a smooth transition between touring and sport riding.


4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-in-line


999 cc

Bore x Stroke

73.4 x 59.0 mm

Compression ratio



Fuel Injection with Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies

Max power

150 pk / 111,8 kW @ 11000 rpm

Max torque

108 Nm / 79.6 lb-ft @ 9259 rpm


6 gears with Bi-directional Quickshifter


Aluminum twin-spar

Front Suspension

Inverted telescopic, coil springs, oil filled

Rear Suspension

Single-shock, swingarm

Suspension travel

120mm front, 130mm rear

Front brakes

2x 310mm floating brake disc with Brembo 4-piston caliper

Rear brake

1x 230mm brake disc with Nissin single-piston caliper

Front Tire

120/70ZR17M/C (58W)

Rear Tire

190/50ZR17M/C (73W)


2140 mm


825 mm


1215 mm


1460 mm

Seat height

810 mm

Ground clearance

140 mm


226 kg

Fuel capacity

19 Liter

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