Suzuki UK has announced details of the GSX-S950, a naked sport-bike based on the recently refreshed GSX-S1000. This newbie-friendly version of Suzuki’s liter-class naked will be available in UK dealers starting August, and can be restricted to 46.9hp or 35kw—the maximum allowable power for riders on an A2 license.
In case you were wondering, an A2 classification is the first full motorcycle license that UK riders 19 years old and above can obtain after completing their Compulsory Basic Training. Riders with this kind of license are allowed to ride motorcycles of any displacement, so long as the power output doesn’t exceed 35kw. In the case of the GSX-S950, it has been designed with these new riders in mind and thus, can be fitted with a restrictor kit that brings power down to A2-compliant levels. Once the rider has graduated to an unrestricted license, the restrictor kit can be removed and the bike’s full output is unlocked, essentially giving the rider two bikes in one.
The 950 uses a less aggressively-tuned version of the GSX-S1000’s 999cc DOHC in-line-four cylinder engine. It is derived from the GSX-R, but with 93.7hp on tap instead of the 1000’s 150hp. Torque is reduced as well, with the 950-trim mill good for 92Nm of torque as compared to the 105Nm attained by the engine in full-fat spec. Suzuki’s Clutch Assist System also makes its way to the 950, ensuring slicker shifting even under hard acceleration.
Housing the motor is the same twin-spar aluminum frame, and bringing up the bike’s rear end is the same superbike-derived swingarm and rear shock. To help the 950 achieve a more accessible price point, a lower-spec 43mm inverted KYB front fork comes as standard instead of the gold-colored setup on the 1000. Further bringing the price tag down are Tokico front brake calipers instead of Brembos—a reasonable move considering this machine’s more street-oriented purpose.
Components carried over from the GSX-S1000 include the bespoke Dunlop Roadsport 2 tires, a 19-liter fuel tank, a redesigned seat, stacked LED headlights, an LED taillight, Suzuki’s low RPM assist feature, an easy-start function, and ride-by-wire throttle. As with nearly all bikes of this caliber, a full electronics package with three-mode traction control and other rider aids comes standard.
The 2022 Suzuki GSX-S950 is stylistically almost identical to its larger sibling, in that it features the same angular and robotic design language, and aerodynamic winglets. Aside from looking at the different-colored fork, the easiest way to tell the 950 apart from the 1000 is the 950 graphic found on the radiator shrouds.
While official pricing for this tame version of Suzuki’s supernaked has yet to be announced, UK residents can now place a deposit and reserve a unit.
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