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Suzuki GSXR1000R 100th anniversary

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Is this the special edition Gixer that isn’t really that special? Suzuki has announced a 100 unit, UK run of the 1000cc superbike in the 2020 Moto GP style paint job. Visually the paint job is stunning, but much like the whole bike industry at the moment it just lacks some imagination.

Read our thoughts on the GSXR1000R here

Old special edition Suzuki bikes were exceptional, even recent ones like the Buildbase BSB replica was quite something. But looking at the photos of the new 100th anniversary it lacks everything, barring an excellent paint job. No Yoshi can, or other tasty bits as standard. Of course, all of these will be available aftermarket, but indeed the whole point of having a special edition bike is for it to be special, right?

I just feel a trick has been missed here.

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It just feels rather disappointing in typical Suzuki style of recent years. Nothing NEW or different is happening, and that is coming from a Suzuki fan. With Ducati are releasing the Superleggera and Aprilia releasing the Tuono X being all bells and whistles, with more extras than you can shake a stick at, a standard bike with a paint job seems just underwhelming, especially to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Suzuki. This bike should have been dripping in bling, carbon fibre and Yoshimura everything and trick parts, making it unique.

Needs wings.. – Suzuki

Surely I’m not alone in thinking this should have been so much more exciting? Let me know!