Suzuki Motor Corporation today unveiled the 30th Anniversary production GSX-Rs at Sachsenring in Germany that will be available soon from Suzuki dealerships. Finished in the same striking limited-edition paint scheme that will be debuted on-track by Aleix Espargar and Maverick Viales at this weekends MotoGP World Championship race.
Since its launch in 1985 as a ground-breaking 750cc Superbike, the GSX-R range of Race Replica motorcycles has always set new standards with cutting-edge design and class-leading innovation and performance; winning a huge following of more-than a million GSX-R customers worldwide.
The GSX-R has also dominated on the racetrack with a long history of success in world and domestic championships globally with new technology being directly employed in its production machines. In 2005, the Suzuki GSX-R1000 dominated the FIM World Superbike Championship with Australian Troy Corser.
Suzuki Endurance Racing Team (SERT) and the Suzuki GSX-R is the most successful team in the FIM Endurance World Championship with a total of 13 victories.
Suzuki is also the most successful manufacturer in AMA Superbikes with Matt Mladin, Wes Cooley, Jamie James and Ben Spies collecting a total of 13 national titles aboard their Yoshimura-tuned GSX-Rs.
The Suzuki GSX-R has also dominated domestic championships globally with nine Australian Superbike Championship titles between 1987 and 2013 in the hands of Tony Armstrong (1987), Peter Goddard (1996), Shawn Giles (2000, 2001, 2002), Craig Coxhell (2003), Josh Waters (2009, 2012) and Wayne Maxwell (2013).
The evolution of the GSX-R lies with its predecessor, the GS, which started many riders and teams on the path to victory.
The Suzuki GS series was Suzuki Motor Corporation’s first full range of 4-stroke road bikes, launched in 1976 in 750cc guise; which then expanded to include smaller GS550, GS1000, GS125 and GS1200SS models over the years. However, it was the 750 and 1000cc models that drove development on the race track and led-to the development of a new breed of motorcycle; the GSX-R.
The GS had a great handling chassis and a reliable engine that made Suzukis four-cylinder GS machines ideal for road racing with the GS1000; and tuned by the legendary Pops Yoshimura winning the 1978 Daytona Superbike race, the 1978 Suzuka 8-Hours in Japan and the AMA Superbike national championship in 1979 and 1980 with Wes Cooley, it set new standards. In Europe, Graeme Crosby won the Formula TT World Championship in 1980 and 1981 with his Yoshimura-powered GS1000 Suzuki. Similar success came with the GS for Schwantz and also SERT; both scoring major success with the 750 and 1000cc machines.
SERT, in its third year in the World Endurance Championship racing the GS-model Suzuki, clinched its first world title in 1983 with Richard Hubin and Herve Moineau in the saddle aboard the GS1000. Then in 1985, in America, Schwantz gave the GS its final race victories before moving to the GSX-R and then onwards to compete in the World 500cc Championship where he became World 500cc GP Champion in 1993 for Suzuki.
Today, as well as celebrating 30 years of the GSX-R, Suzuki Motor Corporation is proud to be once again part of the MotoGP paddock with a new team of exciting young riders and a brand-new machine in the GSX-RR. Suzukis philosophy from development on the racetrack has, for 30+ years, led to improvements and developments in Suzukis road-going production machinery that will include the next generation GSX-R and other models from Suzuki in the future.
Introduced to the Australian market for the first time the GSX-R1000 will be available with Anti-lock brake system (ABS).
The 30TH Anniversary Edition GSX-R1000 ABS will be available in a striking Pearl Red/Gloss Black colour scheme for a recommended price of $18,490* on sale September.
The 30th Anniversary edition GSX-R750 will be available in the heritage racing Pearl Blue/Pearl White livery for a recommended price of $15,990*, limited to 30 units in 2015 and will be on sale early October.
Both anniversary models will feature a special 30 Years of Performance commemorative badge on the fuel tank.
*Recommended Price excludes dealer delivery and government charges.