In the Indian two-wheeler market, Suzuki has one of the most varied set of products; their line-up starts with a diminutive 113cc scooter, and extends all the way to a monstrous 1340cc hyperbike! To add a little more variety to the mix, the company has launched two new superbikes in the country, the GSX-S1000, and the GSX-S1000F.
2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000
While the S1000 is a naked streetfighter, and the S1000F is a fully-faired sports tourer, both are essentially the same motorcycle underneath. Nestling in the midst of their carefully-crafted frames is a potent 1000cc in-line 4-cylinder engine that was poached from the previous generation GSX-R1000 superbike, and tuned for better mid-range performance. The result is a tarmac-scorching 144 bhp & 106 Nm torque at a relatively low 10,000 rpm and 9500 rpm respectively.
2016 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
Normally, that sort of power would ensure the front wheel stays clear off the ground in the first few gears, but the thoughtful boffins at Suzuki have fitted these bikes with a clever three-mode traction control system, which should keep all that horsepower reigned-in and under control. Other common features include a Renthal Fatbar handlebar, brakes with Brembo Monobloc calipers & ABS, and a fully-digital instrument panel.
While S1000F has just one direct rival in India, the Kawasaki Ninja 1000, the S1000 has a lot of company, with bikes such as the Honda CB1000R, the Yamaha FZ1, the Kawasaki Z1000, and the Triumph Speed Triple, all offered for sale here. The GSX-S1000 is priced at Rs 12.25 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi), and the GSX-S1000F is priced at Rs 12.70 lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).