Australia's technically-challenging Eastern Creek circuit played host to the World Press Launch of the much-anticipated, all-new 2005 GSX-R1000 last week.
In soaring temperatures, the circuit near Sydney saw journalists from all over the world put twenty years of GSX-R development to the test with the latest GSX-R1000. Suzuki Moto GP ace Kevin Shwantz and three-time Australian Superbike Champion Shawn Giles were on hand for demonstration rides and tests on the new machine.
Almost everything has changed on the 2005 GSX-R1000; an increase in displacement to 999cc, a slipper clutch as standard and 10mm larger diameter front brake discs to mention just a few. The entire machine has been redesigned with concentrating central mass as one of the many key goals. The result, claims Suzuki, is the perfect performance machine.
Comments from attending press included;
Kevin Ash, "The new GSX-R1000 raises the standards for superbike performance and adds a whole new level of feedback and controllability".
Niall Mackenzie, former multi British Superbike Champion and Two Wheels Only road tester, "A very powerful motorbike that should appeal to many riders".
Mike Armitage, BIKE, "Hard to believe it's better again. Striking looks, performance and handling, yet forgiving and easier to ride in less experienced hands".
Michael Neeves, MCN, "Faster, lighter, more compact - and easier to ride. The GSX-R is back - leaner, meaner and faster, but now even easier to get on with".
More information on the GSX-R1000 and a full list of dealers is available at www.suzuki.co.uk along with images from the launch.