This is the maintenance schedule and associated service intervals for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021), the current model of the GSX-R1000 as of 2021.
The Suzuki GSX-R1000 is a sport bike from Suzuki’s iconic GSX-R or “Gixxer” series. The GSX-R1000 was originally introduced in 2001 to replace the GSX-R1100. But Suzuki brought down the capacity, bringing it closer to 1000cc (originally 988cc, but increased to 999cc from the K5 GSX-R1000 in 2005).
Suzuki released the latest 2017 model at EICMA in 2016. It’s has the first major redesign of the Gixxer’s 999cc engine since 2009. The 2017 model has a higher RPM limit and no balancer shaft to quell vibration. Regarding electronics, the 2017 GSX-R1000 is also the first with an IMU to manage ABS and traction control.
Suzuki also released the even racier GSX-R1000R with a few additions like the Motion Track Brake system, a bi-directional quickshifter, and launch control. The R model also have Show Balance Free Forks and Balnace Free Rear Cushion that come standard on the 2016+ Kawasaki ZX-10R. The GSX-R1000R’s maintenance schedule is the same as that of the standard GSX-R1000.
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Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021) Maintenance Schedule
Below is the maintenance schedule for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017+) as well as the GSX-R1000R.
Maintaining your GSX-R1000 L7 is not significantly different from previous generations, or indeed from other sport bikes! You have four cylinders, a liquid-cooled engine, a chain, and the regular number of brakes.
Core things to remember are
- Lube and clean your chain regularly (just stop it from rusting!)
- Change the oil and filter sometimes
- Grease external pivot points to stop them from sticking.
There you go. Major work done.
Notes on reading this maintenance schedule:
- Interval: This interval should be judged by number of months or odometer reading, whichever comes first.
- I= Inspect and clean, adjust, replace or lubricate as necessary.
- R= Replace
- T= Tighten
- CA only items: these items’ maintenance intervals only apply to the California models.
|Air cleaner element (SU-1017)||–||I||I||R||I|
|* Exhaust pipe bolts and muffler bolts||T||–||T||–||T|
|* Exhaust control valve||I||I||I||I||I|
|* Valve clearance||Inspect every 24,000 km (14,500 miles)||–||–||–||–||I|
|* Spark plugs (NGK CR9EIA-9 iridium plugs)||Replace every 12,000 km (7,500 miles)||I||–||R||–||R|
|* Evaporative emission control system (CA only)||–||–||I||–||I|
|Engine oil (High-grade, e.g. Motul 7100)||R||R||R||R||R|
|Engine oil filter (HF138RC)||R||–||R||–||R|
|Throttle cable play||I||I||I||I||I|
|* PAIR (air supply) system||–||–||I||–||I|
|* Throttle valve synchronization||I|
|Engine coolant (blue variety “Super long life”, e.g. Honda coolant)||Replace every 4 years or 48,000 km (29,000 miles)||–||–||–||R|
|Clutch cable play||–||I||I||I||I|
|Drive Chain (Motul chain paste/ Motul chain care kit)||Clean and lubricate every 1,000 km (600 miles)||I||I||I||I||I|
|Brake hose||Replace every 4 years||–||I||I||I||I|
|Brake fluid (DOT 4 only)||Replace every 2 years||–||I||I||I||I|
|Chassis bolts and nuts||T||T||T||T||T|
|Lubrication (Lithium soap-based grease)||Lubricate every 1,000 km (600 miles)|
Tyre size and tyre pressure for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021)
Here are the tyre sizes and pressures for your Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7. You might have seen these pressures and tire sizes before…
|Tyre||Size||Tyre pressure (cold)||Brand(s) shipped with|
|Front||120/70 ZR17 M/C 58W||250 kPa (2.50 bar), 36 psi||BRIDGESTONE: BT011F F|
|Rear||190/55 ZR 17 M/C 73 W||290 kPa (2.90 bar), 42 psi||BRIDGESTONE: BT012R F|
Most owners of GSX-R1000s (or indeed any sportbikes) would run their own tyre pressures and brands of tyres. The above is optimised for longevity, low emissions, and low cost of ownership.
About the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021)
The L7, released in 2017, is the latest (and still current) iteration of Suzuki’s GSX-R1000.
It’s another significant upgrade on the 1,000cc line. There’s roughly 10% more peak power, with a claimed 199 hp (149 kW) @ 13,200 RPM, and max torque of 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) @ 10,800 RPM. Peak torque has been climbing higher since the legendary K5, but so has the RPM at which it has peaked.
The engine’s bore and stroke measurements are more over-square at 76.0×55.1mm vs the 74.5/57.3mm of the past model. This is part of the reason the engine is able to rev slightly higher at 14,500 rpm vs the previous block’s 13,500 rpm, with other contributing technologies being lighter titanium valves and lightweight aluminium pistons, optimised for rigidity and weight. The new engine is also 22.2mm shorter and 6.6mm narrower.
Suzuki has retained a traditional “even firing order” engine design for the GSX-R1000 and even the GSX-R1000R, unlike their MotoGP engine which has an uneven firing order for maximum traction.
One of the most interesting innovations in the latest generation GSX-R1000 is the all-mechanical variable valve timing system.
It’s all-mechanical because they derived this technology from MotoGP, which prohibits electronic or hydraulically actuated variable valve timing. Suzuki uses centrifugally-actuated mechanism on the intake camshaft sprocket — little ball bearings that fly outward and change the timing.
Aside from engine tech, the new-for-2017 L7 Suzuki GSX-R1000 uses a full ride-by-wire system. Instead of a throttle cable, the EFI system takes a signal from the throttle, controlling electronic throttle boddies by servo motor. The ECU also improves cold starting by adding automatic idle speed control.
To increase top-end power without losing lower rpm performance, Suzuki engineers added stacked air intake funnels for the two outer cylinders. This simple design allows good air flow at all intake speeds without requiring a mechanism that adds weight or complexity.
The GSX-R1000 also has ram air intake ducts, to give a turbo-like effect as air speed increases.
The GSX-R1000 has always been a sharp handler, but the L7 model is an improvement even on the last iteration. Reviews comparing the L7 GSX-R1000 with earlier generations confirm that there’s a night-and-day difference.
Manual for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021)
Below is a screenshot from the Suzuki GSX-R1000’s manual with the maintenance schedule.
The above maintenance schedule comes directly from the user’s manual for the Suzuki GSX-R1000 L7 (2017-2021)
You can download it from here.