Suzuki Motorcycles has revealed their latest superbike, the 2012 GSX-R1000 and to start with hasn’t come out with any significant visual changes. The major chunk of the tweaks carried out is subtle and also internal. The list of key changes include Better throttle response, acceleration and fuel efficiency thanks largely to a new exhaust with a single end can rather than two. Moreover, less weight, particularly at the back of the bike thanks to the single can this improves handling too.

Inside the engine, the pistons and valve recesses have been modified. The new pistons are 11% lighter and the cylinder bores have got better ventilation holes. The compression ratio has also been improved from 12.8 to 12.9:1. Chassis changes include Brembo monobloc brakes, thinner discs, 7mm shorter forks with 5mm less stroke, a lighter front tire and a lighter front axle. Apart from this, new high-grip seat leathers and lighter wiring harness have been added. Exhaust aside, styling changes are limited to red pinstripes on the wheels, black fork legs and new GSX-R graphics with a bit more blue paint on the bodywork. Oh, and the rev counter is black now, instead of grey.

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2012 Suzuki GSX-R1000