2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 25th Anniversary Edition
Anniversary special edition motorcycles are usually outrageously overpriced "commemorative collectibles" which end up to be not much of either. The 2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 25th Anniversary Edition could be one of the leading candidates to avoid this unfortunate pattern as it is striking enough to most certainly set itself apart from the conventional Suzuki superbike mold.
The metallic matte Titanium Silver / Pearl Mirage white paint job is one of those that you either adore or despise. Admittedly it doesn't harken to any other Suzuki color combination in history, but the combination is strikingly attracive and the side view contrast between the creamy whiteness of the fairing and tank bisected by the diagonal slice of coppery bronze is both classically elegant and alluring. The rest of the Anniversarization is a bit hit and miss, as the large gold embossed side R is too bold to fit with the elegance of the rest of the theme, the laser pinstriping on the rims is easy to miss, and the muffler graphic is too complex and busy in contrast with the overall refinement of the rest of the motorcycle.
Although the GSX-R1000 25th Anniversary Edition is definitely unique, the differences to the conventional GSX-R1000 are limited. That's not necessarily a bad thing as the 2011 model year has seen significant improvements to this superbike standard.
This year Suzuki's Drive Mode Selector has been relocated to the left handlebar to facilitate shifting among the three performance settings. The awe-inspiring 999 cc powerplant has been redesigned to be lighter and is almost 6 cm shorter from front to rear, which allowed the swingarm to extend 32 mm while still shortening the wheelbase by 10 mm. The trend towards pistons resembling serving platters continues with the GSX-R1000, as the bore has been increased 1.1 mm to 74.5 mm and the stroke shortened 1.7 mm to 57.3 mm.
The compression ratio is up from 12.5:1 to 12.8:1, so it might be a good idea to keep your GSX-R1000 away from the no-name discount gas pumps. Regardless of the "official factory recommendation," with close to 13:1 compression, the fuel had better be premium and have a stratospheric octane rating unless you want your rides to sound like infinite loops of "knock knock who's there?"
The exquisitely engineered suspension system of the GSX-R1000 25th Anniversary Edition has always distinguished it in the sportbike wars and the 2011 model is no exception. This is definitely a bike you can ride to the track and then win with it, if you dare to take a chance at exposing that pretty and collectible exterior to a potential case of gravel rash.
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2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 25th Anniversary Edition At A Glance
Base MSRP: $16,599
Engine Displacement: 999 cc
Engine Type: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Bore & Stroke: 74.5 mm x 57.3 mm
Ignition Type: Electronic ignition
Compression Ratio: 12.8 : 1
Transmission Type: 6-speed, constant mesh
Final Drive Type: Chain
Front Tire: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Rear Tire: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Wheelbase: 1405mm (55.3 in.)
Saddle Height: 810 mm (31.9 in.)
Curb Dry Weight: 203kg (448 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity: 17.5 L
* Specs/pix apply to 2010 model, updates as released