Rebuilding the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Fast and heavy dual exhausts were the first parts to go.
We scored a gel seat from the Suzuki accessory site.
The Two Brothers slip-on sounds amazing.
A Scotts steering damper is much more predictable than the stock unit.
Hotbodies Racing makes a tidy undertray.
3-way fuel mapping... just keep it in 'A' mode.
Adjustable stock rearsets add comfort and function nicely.
RJ Moreno's Gixxer
2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000
We have a thing around here about riding stock bikes. Even monsters like the 2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000 that come out of the box with 158 horses at the wheel somehow don't give us the warm and fuzzies like they should. A lot of the time, it's a bike's minor finishing touches that annoy us-such as obnoxious turn signals or stupidly large license plate hangers-and on the GSX-R1000, it was the dual exhaust system that we just couldn't stomach.
After some ripping around town on the bone-stock beast for an impression, we sourced a Two Brothers slip-on pipe for better looks and sound. The other huge benefit of removing the stock dual exhausts was a hefty weight savings. The dyno showed this bike with the stock exhaust putting out the same power as our Hayabusa with a full system and Power Commander, yet the dramatic weight difference really shows when laying into the throttle. With the chunky catalytic converter and dual pipes gone, we then looked for major appearance flaws-but the new bike was done right, and the integrated signals in front and back do just fine. The typically obtrusive license plate hanger had to go, though, so we replaced the stock undertray with a Hotbodies Racing unit. It sharpened up the rear end and gave it the tight race look that this bike deserves and wears so well.
From the Suzuki catalog, we ordered a fancy-looking gel seat, as well as a set of frame sliders just in case we got too carried away and dropped her. After those minor mods, it was time to really rock, and with the louder and more aggressive-looking Gixxer we certainly turned some heads.
Unfortunately, one of those heads belonged to the bike, as we discovered that the new electronically controlled steering damper doesn't offer the amount of control we'd prefer. After a few twitchy moments through the canyons, we headed back to the shop to fit a fully adjustable Scotts damper. It was a quick and easy install, and we simply unplugged and unbolted the stock unit. There is an annoying warning light for the unplugged damper, and so far we haven't found out how to get it cleared (we'll update you as soon as we do).
Feeling more confident in the front end, we headed back out to stripe our favorite corner (the Bridgestone BT-015s are super-soft and lay darkies everywhere). The serious power simply allows nonsense like this through every corner.
Of course, you could always restrict those horses with the latest bit of trickle-down gadgetry to hit a production bike, but who really wants less power? Suzuki's S-DMS (Suzuki Drive Mode Selector) changes the engine mapping with three options: an A, B and C mode. The idea is that A gives full power, while B is a bit softer and C brings it down significantly to that of a 600cc sportbike (ideal for rainy riding, perhaps). Though it's definitely a cool gizmo, and you can pretend to be Ben Spies changing engine mapping on the fly, it should be said that if you don't have the throttle control and experience to ride a GSX-R1000, no engine-mapping adjustment switch is gonna save your ass.
On the opposite hand is a hydraulic clutch-another new item for the 2007 model. It's as silky smooth as a hydraulic clutch should be, and a nice replacement to the previous bike's dated cable arrangement.
Not only does the new model look and feel like a meaner and more aggressive bike, but it literally sounds like it, too. The Idle Speed Control (ISC) system is designed to assist in cold starts and consistent idle, but our test bike sounded like it had a race cam dropped in. The fluctuating idle gives no indication of the bike's beastly howl at higher revs, though, and a couple of our bike-night buddies commented on the beefier-sounding exhaust note. (Despite the obvious decibel increase with the aftermarket pipe, the motor definitely has a deeper tone than those of other piped GSX-R1000s we've ridden.)
Another welcome addition are the three-way adjustable rearsets that can quickly accommodate different riding styles and statures. For track and hard street riding, they can move "up and back," while for more leisurely rides and cruising, the "down and forward" position takes mercy on taller riders' knees.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record after all these years, we can confidently say that the GSX-R1000 just can't be knocked off its mighty perch. The ridiculously strong motor has been complemented with razor-sharp styling and competent brakes, and with some new gizmos for the tech geeks, there's really nothing negative to be said. Of course, your license will likely take an absolute beating, but that's your problem. The only part we're struggling with is scratching together a down payment to go and buy one immediately.
"I have to say I absolutely love the new Gixxer Thou! When you ride it, it almost seems like it's hard-wired to your cerebrum. You think about where you want the bike to go or what you want it to do, and it does it. This is my fourth Gixxer and by far my favorite ".
"This is my third Gixxer. I just dumped the stock exhaust and took out the SET valve. And let me tell you, it's a whole new monster. This thing power-wheelies everywhere. I have Pazzo levers, frame sliders, PP Tuning preload adjustors, a Puig screen, rim stripes, race shift, new grips, Yoshimura bar ends and some nice carbon-fiber trim. This bike totally stands out from my 2005 GSX-R1000. It's amazing! I love it! "
Armando "Godfather" Schoener
"I am a proud owner of a 2007 GSX-R1000 and so far have almost 100 percent positive feedback for the bike. I have owned a 2000 Honda 929, 954 and a 2004 GSX-R1000, and this is by far the most comfortable I have felt on a bike.
"The suspension is great, and there's loads of power, but I really see no point for the fuel trim switch. Most people who buy a 1000 want the power, and if you need a switch to do something your throttle hand should do then you should have bought a 750.
"My only negative comments about the bike do not really pertain to it directly. I am having the most difficult time finding aftermarket parts. I am one of those people who wants things now! My mods so far are a carbon-fiber front fender, heel plates and hugger, steel brake lines, 520 conversion, sprockets, mirror block-offs, short levers and a full Ti-Force exhaust system."
2007 Suzuki GSX-R1000