Race Track Meets the Road
When the invitation came to test ride the Suzuki GSX-S1000GT+, I leapt at the chance to combine two of my favorite things about motorcycling—sport touring and the Suzuki “liter bike” (1000cc) platform. I have a special place in my heart for Suzuki’s liter motorcycle because my first dedicated land speed race bike was a 2010 GSX-R1000. I never set a record on that bike, but you can’t deny how beautiful it was on the Bonneville Salt Flats with the custom wrap sporting my company’s name and logo.
Fast forward a dozen years, and the sport-touring version of Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 roadster also does not disappoint. For the rider who wants superbike performance with long distance touring comfort, this is the motorcycle for you.
History of Performance
In the United States, we call multi-day asphalt travel riding “sport touring,” but in the rest of the world it’s known as grand touring (GT). The GSX-S1000GT+ begins with the base GSX-S1000 motorcycle, then adds a wind-tunnel-developed fairing and windscreen and ergonomic creature comforts to make longer distance traveling a pleasure.
GSX-S1000 GT+ Engine and Performance
The GSX-S1000GT+ engine is based on the GSX-R1000 design that my beloved race bike had, but over the last dozen years Suzuki has made some significant improvements to the power and performance.
Suzuki commissioned custom tires from Dunlop for the GSX-S1000GT+ and made the wheels lightweight by using cast aluminum. All of these details contribute to the “sport” part of the GT+’s great sport-touring ride.
Travel and Touring on the GSX-S1000 GT+
While definitely a sporty ride, the GT+ is also an incredibly comfortable ride. It will make a great bike for long distance travel, as the riding position is relatively upright and the hand positioning is relaxed. Also, while the GT’s windscreen provides plenty of protection, the GT+ (shown below) adds an extra 2.75 inches of height to protect the rider.
One of the features that makes the GT+ earn its moniker as a grand touring bike is all the thought that Suzuki put into the side case design. With 36 liters of storage space, the cases easily fit a full-face helmet or extra jacket. With all that capacity one might expect them to be heavy, but I found them light and easy to remove for around-the-town riding.
Other Styling and Ergonomics
While some sport touring bikes opt for a rounded aesthetic, Suzuki’s GT and GT+ are very angular, which adds to their sporty and aerodynamic look.
Pack your bags and plan your riding journey because the Suzuki GSX-S1000 GT and GT+ are comfortable for long distance with sportbike handling. Built on the powerful base GSX-S1000 platform, the GT+ version adds wind protection, storage capacity, and a more upright seating position that make it an ideal week-long road-tripping machine. This motorcycle is perfect for the rider who wants superbike performance with long distance touring comfort.
Specs at a Glance: 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000 GT and GT+
Engine Size: 999cc
Seat Height: 31.9 inches
Fuel Capacity: 5 gallons
Wet Weight: 498 pounds (not including side cases)
Colors: Metallic Reflective Blue and Glass Sparkle Black
MSRP: $13,149 (GT); $13,799 (GT+)