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L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000 (2012-2016) Maintenance Schedule & Service Intervals

2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Blue Suzuki GSX-R1000 maintenance schedule cover

This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 made from 2012 to 2016, known as the L2-L6 models.

Here are the maintenance schedules for the various generations of Suzuki GSX-R1000:

  • 2001-2004 Suzuki GSX-R1000 — 988 cc engine, single round exhaust. K3-4 has a 32-bit ECU and 4 piston radial-mounted calipers, under 120 kW (161 hp) @ 10800 rpm
  • 2005-2008 Suzuki GSX-R1000 — 999 cc engine from wider bore.Titanium valves, lightweight pistons, slipper clutch. Trapezoidal exhaust. 2007-2008 has heavier dual exhausts. More power (131 kW @ 11000 rpm). Slight power bump in 2007 to 134 kW (182 hp) @ 12000 rpm.
  • 2009-2011 Suzuki GSX-R1000 — New more over-square engine, redesigned fork, still dual exhausts. Same power as 2007.
  • 2012-2016 Suzuki GSX-R1000 — Lighter pistons, revised cams. Ride modes. ABS from 2014. Brembo calipers. Similar power. Single exhaust.
  • 2017+ Suzuki GSX-R1000 and GSX-R1000R — RBW, IMU, more power (148.6 kW / 199.2 hp @ 13200 rpm)

The L2 Suzuki GSX-R1000 has the same basic block as the K9 GSX-R1000, but with lighter pistons and revised cams and a higher compression ratio, it makes its power lower in the rev range.

Suzuki also went back to a lighter single exhaust design for 2012. The GSX-R1000 is 4.4 lb (2.1 kG) lighter than its predecessor — a lot of it from the exhaust

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What you need to service the L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Below are the parts and consumable items you need to do a service on your Gixxer.

Maintenance itemSuzuki GSX-R1000 (L2-L6) spec
Engine oilUse a high-grade synthetic that meets JASO MA and API SJ rating or higher, and NOT oils that are marked “energy conserving”. A good and popular high-end option, for example, is Motul 7100 10W-40.
Oil filterUse a HF138RC, a high-quality replacement. This is the same on all GSX-R1000 motorcycles.
Spark plugsStandard plugs are NGK CR9EIA-9.
Air filterThe air filter is K&N SU-1009, the same from 2009-2016.
Brake fluidUse Castrol DOT 4 or a similar high-quality brake fluid.
CoolantSuzuki recommends Suzuki Super Long-Life Coolant, which you can get from dealers. You can also use Motorex M3.0 Coolant, a high-quality coolant with similar formulation.
Brake padsEBC FA447HH for the L2+ GSX-R’s Brembo front caliper.
Rear: EBC FA436HH.
Chain maintenanceUse Motul chain paste for easy/convenient chain maintenance.
Suzuki GSX-R1000 L2-L6 maintenance parts

Maintenance schedule for the L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000

Below is the maintenance schedule for the L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000.

The manual contains two schedules. One is for the US, and one is for Europe/Australia/NZ. The latter has much wider maintenance intervals for some reason.

Notes / Legend

  • I = Inspect and clean, adjust, replace, or lubricate as necessary.
  • R = Replace
  • T = tighten
  • Judge the maintenance interval by the earlier of the distance or time intervals.
  • The break-in service is not included as the time has already passed.

North America Maintenance schedule

The below maintenance schedule is for North America (US / Canada / Mexico).

mi x 100047.51114.5
km x 10006121824
Months6121824Every
Air cleaner element (SU-1009)IIRI
Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9)IRIR
Valve clearanceI
Exhaust control valveII
Engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)RRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)R
Fuel hoseIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationII
Evaporative emission control system (CA only)II
PAIR (air supply) systemII4 years: R
Throttle cable playII
Clutch cable playIIII
Radiator hoseIIII4 years: R
Engine coolant (Motorex M3.0 Coolant for a super long-life equivalent)4 years (when using super long-life)
Drive Chain (Motul chain paste)IIII600 mi (1000 km): C/L
BrakesIIII
Brake hosesIIIIYear: I
4 years: R
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4)IIII2 years: R
TiresIIII
SteeringII
Front forksII
Rear suspensionII
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolt and nutTT
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTT
General lubricationEvery 600 miles (1000 km)
Suzuki GSX-R1000 L2-L6 maintenance schedule

Europe/Oceania maintenance schedule

Below is the maintenance schedule for the L2 GSX-R1000 for Europe/Oceania.

Maintenance intervals are wider in the Europe/Oceania maintenance schedule for the GSX-R1000 — one year or 12000 km / 7500 miles, six months or 6000 km / 3500 miles for North America.

One significant change is that the valve clearance interval has a distance interval only — not time. This is in line with most manuals for most motorcycles.

km x 100012243648
mi x 10007.51522.530
Months12243648Every
Air cleaner element (SU-1009)IIRI
Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9)RRRR
Valve clearance24000 km (15000 mi)
(no time interval)
Exhaust control valveII
Engine oil (Motul 7100 10W-40)RRRR
Engine oil filter (HF138RC)RR
Fuel hoseIIII
Throttle valve synchronizationIIII
Evaporative emission control system (CA only)II
PAIR (air supply) systemII4 years: R
Throttle cable playIIII
Clutch cable playIIII
Radiator hoseIIII4 years: R
Engine coolant (Motorex M3.0 Coolant for a super long-life equivalent)R
Drive Chain (Motul chain paste)IIII1000 km (600 mi): C/L
BrakesIIII
Brake hosesIIIIYear: I
4 years: R
Brake fluid (Castrol DOT 4 only)IIII2 years: R
TiresIIII
SteeringIIII
Front forksIIII
Rear suspensionIIII
Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolt and nutTTTT
Chassis bolts and nutsTTTT
General lubricationEvery 600 miles (1000 km)
Suzuki GSX-R1000 L2-L6 maintenance schedule

Tire sizes and pressures for the L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000

The L2 GSX-R1000 ships stock with Bridgestone S20 sport tyres. You can of course fit whatever street, sport, or track tyres you want.

WheelTyre (Tire) sizeTyre (Tire) pressure (cold)
Front120/70 ZR 17 M/C (58W)36 psi / 250 kPa / 2.5 bar
Rear190/50 ZR 17 M/C (73W)42 psi / 290 kPa / 2.9 bar
Tyre sizes and pressures — L2-L6 GSX-R1000

About the Suzuki GSX-R1000 (L2-L6)

2012-2016 L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Blue LHS rear Action

The Suzuki GSX-R1000 almost needs no introduction. It has been front-and-center for “Gixxer” lovers since the first incarnation, the K1 GSX-R1000 (which was actually 988cc).

Since then, Suzuki has made some significant changes to the GSX-R1000. It has gotten more powerful, more refined, and lighter.

At its core, the GSX-R1000 for 2012 is the same concept of bike it always has been: a track-first fully-faired sportbike in the 1000cc class. It’s powered by a 999cc DOHC inline four-cylinder engine with 4 valves per cylinder.

The 2012 engine takes the engine of the 2009 model and gives it 11% lighter pistons, revised cams, and lighter valve tappets. The change doesn’t add up to more power, but it does make for a flatter torque curve.

Suzuki also lost the twin exhausts of the 2009 model. It’s an improvement both aesthetically and in terms of weight savings, while still remaining street legal. You can reduce weight even further by chopping off that exhaust unit again!

What Suzuki didn’t add in the L2 GSX-R was any kind of electronics. This was kind of shocking at the time (since many other superbikes had ride by wire and ABS as an option) — but if you’re looking for a no-fuss superbike, the GSX-R was still your ticket.

L2 GSX-R1000 instrument cluster
Analogue + LCD instrument cluster

Outside the motor, Suzuki made some important updates. Suzuki updated the brakes to Brembo calipers with 4 x 32mm pistons, still gripping 310 mm calipers (which would be updated in the next generation).

The suspension remained the same — Showa BPF inverted fork and a Showa shock at the rear.

In 2017, Suzuki made some significant changes with the 2017+ Suzuki GSX-R1000. They added rull RbW with the assistance of an IMU for lean angle-sensitive ABS and TC, incorporated VVT into the engine, and improved the braking again.

Manual for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L2-L6

The above was sourced from the manual for the L2-L6 Suzuki GSX-R1000, from the 2015 model year.

Below are screenshots of both the North America and Europe/Oceania maintenance schedules.

You can find the manuals here.

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