Fair pts, my only concern would be if this is going to be a bike to keep for several yrs I'd want the most up-to-date model.
I can respect that. However, my perspective has changed. I've been to NYST here in New York about 4 times this year and I met the local fast guys. One of them runs within 4 seconds of the outright lap record on a 2006 CBR1000RR with your typical mods.
Having the most "up to date" model has more to do with our inner vanity and less to do with what's practical or actually needed at our skill level to go fast. If you're honest with yourself and can simply admit that you want to have the latest and greatest then that's all good too.
All I'm saying is that the current GSXR1000 will very likely be fast around all of our US tracks for the next decade. Regardless of what comes out.
I was doing some research on horsepower and my findings are quite interesting. (Sport Rider is the source)
Let's take my bike as the 10 year old example.
2005 MV F4 1000S - It makes [email protected]
,500rpm and is 489 lbs Wet
Now look at some of the current offerings of the other Manufacturers in recent memory:
2013 RSV4 Factory = [email protected],500rpm / 465 lbs Wet
2014 S1000RR = [email protected],200 / 461 lbs Wet
2013 1199 Panigale R = [email protected],600rpm / 421 lbs Wet
*I couldn't find reliable 1299 Panigale data.
2014 CBR1000RR SP = [email protected],400rpm / 450 lbs wet
2014 CBR1000RR = [email protected],700rpm / 447 lbs wet
2012 ZX10R (US) = [email protected],600rpm / 442 lbs wet
2013 F4RR ($25k version) = 167.2[email protected],500rpm / 469 lbs Wet
2012 GSX-R1000 = [email protected],600 / 447lbs wet
2012 YZF-R1 = [email protected],800 / 475hp Wet
* Various reports show that the new 2015 R1 (US version) has been dyno'ed at 169hp.
So this begs the question, outside of the electronics, you're paying a very high premium for a small gain in performance (obviously with the BMW out of the equation). It doesn't matter if you're talking about the BPF technology in the front forks either. They're only incrementally better than the forks from the 2nd generation liter bikes.
You may also argue that the weights have come down. The truth of the matter is that 1st, the MV F4 1000S exhaust is a boat anchor and replacing it cuts almost 20lbs from the bike. So now you're in the ballpark of wet weights with the current offerings. Additionally, my bike wasn't the class leader back in '05. The '05 ZX10R was, and that bike had a wet weight that rivals and even trumps many of the current offerings on the market today.
On the other hand, what I WILL say is that tire development has come a long way in 10 years and that is the main cause of the discrepancy in lap times. Throw any new gen tires on 2nd gen liter bike and you've got laptimes that are all pretty darn close. Dunlop Q3 tires are probably worth 5 seconds a lap over the Michelin Pilot Power that was all the rage back in '05. Maybe even more time.
On another note, we are in a time of rapid development of traction control systems right now and all of these traction control units are unrefined with the exception of the Yamaha and the Aprilia. The rest of them kind of suck or are really intrusive. As a result, it's hard to justify the cost of these bikes even with the hyped up electronics. At least it's hard for me. As a side point, as much as I love the Ninja H2 (not the R), the electronics package was actually criticized in one of the expert reviews.
So, getting back to my original point, the Suzuki is a very attractive buy. For the reason that it's in the ballpark of adequate power in stock form. Flashing the ECU and doing some smart mods gets it in the high 160hp range. Very close to 170 or more at times. You don't pay the high cost of the bells and whistles like with some of the other bikes and instead of getting an unrefined TC system that you paid a premium for, Suzuki saves you money and eliminates it altogether. Add to that they are cheap to fix, easy to source parts for, and easy to set up for very fast riding.
$10,000 GSXR1000s and you got a real winner for budget minded and smart buyers who don't buy into the hype and novelty concerning the sportbike market today.
I'll take mine in Red please. ....