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Launched: Suzuki GSX-S 1000 and GSX-S 1000F
After the Gixxer SF, it's not a scooter or a 100cc, 90kpl commuter that Suzuki has brought to India. The Japanese bike maker is finally talking big bikes again. We've been greeted by not one, but two new superbikes from the Suzuki stable: the GSX-S 1000 and GSX-S 1000F.
Both these bikes are based on the GSX-R 1000, but their motors have been tuned for better road manners. The GSX-S’s naked design is meant for the city, while GSX-S 1000F’s full fairing, tall front visor will suit riders looking for a touring bike. The 999cc motor is sourced from the GSX-R, but now pumps out 143bhp, 50 horses down on the GSX-R. The drop in power will sober up the GSX-S 1000 and 1000F a bit without really compromising the fun factor.
On the road, electronic assistance is available in the form of a three-level traction control system (shared with the GSX-R) with level one being the least intrusive, and three offering a full-sized safety net. For track use, the traction control can be completely switched off.
The S1000 is priced at Rs 12.25 lakh, while the S1000F retails at Rs 12.7 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).