Suzuki GSX-S1000X Certified in Switzerland

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Certification details for a new Suzuki GSX-S1000X model have been published in Switzerland, hinting at a GSX-S1000GT variant that could be a potential competitor to the likes of the Kawasaki Versys 1000 and Yamaha Tracer 9 GT.

Suzuki tends to certify models in Switzerland by its internal model name rather than the commercial name. For example, the V-Strom 800DE is certified as the DL800 and the GSX-S1000GT as the GSX-S1000T. So, it’s possible that “GSX-S1000X” may not be its final commercial name.

Still, the “X” in the name suggests a model that leans more towards the adventure side of the sport-touring spectrum than the GSX-S1000GT like the competitors mentioned above. The data in the Swiss certification is still incomplete, but what information that is available further supports that theory.

According to the Swiss data, the GSX-S1000X is powered by the same 999cc engine as the GSX-S1000GT, certified with the same 112 kW (150 hp) at 11,000 rpm and 106 Nm (78.2 lb-ft.) at 9,250 rpm figures claimed by the GT. Despite claiming the same engine performance figures, the GSX-S1000X is certified with a top speed of just 215 kph (134 mph), compared to the GSX-S1000GT’s top speed of 240 kph (149 mph).

The GSX-S1000GT+ was our runner-up for Motorcycle of the Year in 2022, and it looks like it will be joined by a more new GSX-S1000X variant.

The GSX-S1000X is listed with a wheelbase of 1,470 mm (57.9 inches), or 0.4 inches longer than the GSX-S1000GT’s wheelbase. The X model is also 75 mm (3.0 inches) taller than the GT (2.8 inches taller with optional accessories). While the GSX-S1000X’s wheel and tire sizes are not yet available, we suspect the longer wheelbase and height can be attributed to longer-travel suspension. At 36.4 inches, the GSX-S1000X is 3.9 inches wider than the GSX-S1000GT, likely indicating a wider handlebar.

The data lists the X model as being 6 kg (13 pounds) heavier than the GT, putting the curb weight at around 511 pounds. Meanwhile, the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) is listed at 948 pounds, or 22 pounds heavier than the GSX-S1000GT, with the extra weight distributed entirely towards the rear wheel. This suggests a model better suited for carrying a passenger or more luggage.

German outlet MotorradOnline published photographs of a prototype in July, showing a GSX-S1000GT variant with handguards, stacked headlights and a taller stance, though the publication refers to it as the GSX-S1000T, perhaps mistakenly conflating the GT’s certification data with that of the new model.

Whatever the name Suzuki eventually lands on, we expect the GSX-S1000X to be revealed at EICMA in November.

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