Suzuki’s range-topping superbike, the GSX-R1000, is being updated for 2012, the manufacturer has just announced. The latest developments on the bike are said to be increased chassis and engine performance as well as reduced weight.

In summary the developments include a number of weight savings across the bike thanks to the latest MotoGP technical innovations, resulting in an overall weight loss of 2kg. It may not sound like much, but Suzuki are only really making minor refinements to what is already a strong bike (as demonstrated in the BSB championship this year).

The updates also include the fitting of the well-proven Brembo Monoblock calipers for uprated stopping power. Another visible tweak is the new lightweight 4-2-1 exhaust system with a titanium silencer, similar to that of the current GSX-R600 and 750.

Suzuki say that the 2012 GSX-R1000s pistons are 11% lighter, which combined with an increased compression ratio, help the motor to spin-up quicker and deliver more mid-range power and better acceleration.

The bike will be officially unveiled in Milan on 8th November but UK fans can check it out at Motorcycle Live from 19th-27th November.

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