What is a Suzuki GSX-R?
Suzuki’s legendary GSX-R motorbikes have been around since the 1980s, but there’s nothing dated about this family of superbikes. If you own one (or want to), you’ll be aware that insurance costs vary across the range. Here’s all you need to know about covering your precious investment.
Frequently asked questions
What’s the history behind the Suzuki GSX-R?
The bike that started it all back in 1985 was the GSX-R750. It was a revolutionary new breed of bike, a true race machine designed for the road. Suzuki developed it as its answer to the growing trend for superbikes – then added mirrors and lights to comply with road laws.
The result was a 100hp superbike which at 394 pounds was almost 80 pounds lighter than other 750cc competitors. Success came quickly as it took first and second at the Le Mans 24 hour race as well as the Isle of Man TT in the year of its launch.
Offering a slightly less nerve-shredding ride, the GSX-R1100, a bike designed with the sports-touring market in mind, followed its sibling onto the roads in 1986.
Although it was built for touring, this wasn’t a bike for the faint hearted. The 1100 was developed with racing technology and became a popular platform for many motorcycle drag-racing bikes.
What’s the GSX-R range today?
For many, the GSX-R1000 is a reincarnation of the GSX-R1100 made even better. It’s light and aerodynamic, while offering blistering power and acceleration from its 202PS engine. Bought new, it will set you back £13,699.
Then there’s the extra-advanced version, the GSX-R1000R. At launch, Suzuki boasted that it’s the ‘most advanced, most exciting GSX-R in history’. Like its sibling, the GSX-R1000, it has a 1000cc engine delivering 202PS of power, with additional safety, tech and design features that lift the price to £16,299.
Aimed at those seeking a smaller and more insurance-friendly 125cc option, the GSX-R125 and GSX-R125 GP arrived in 2017. Typically Suzuki, they’re designed to be best in class when it comes to power to weight, and torque to weight ratios, not to mention acceleration. These bikes could well appeal to new bikers looking for a first taste of the GSX-R range. The GSX-R125 starts from £4,099, while the GP version is slightly pricier at £4,199.
What affects my insurance costs?
The price you’ll pay depends on a number of factors, including:
The actual motorbike you’re riding. The model, age and value of your GSX-R will all make a difference to your coverage price.
How old you are and how much experience you have. Younger, less experienced riders typically pay more for their bike insurance.
The postcode where you live, and where you keep the bike when you’re not riding it. Adding security features and keeping your bike in a locked garage can help keep your premiums down.
How often you use your bike. If you ride relatively few miles, you’re less of a risk than someone who rides frequently or over long distances. Restricting your mileage is a way of ensuring that you don’t pay more for your insurance than you need to.
Your occupation. Certain professions pay more than others as they’re considered a higher risk.
How can I find insurance for my Suzuki GSX-R motorbike?
When you start a quote on our website, you can find your model in the drop-down menu. Then just answer a few questions about yourself and your bike, and we’ll generate a list of quotes from leading insurance providers.
You might want to include add-ons like breakdown cover for a little extra security. You can also add extra cover for your helmet and leathers to protect these vital investments. You can also give us details of any security features, which may reduce your premium.
Start a quote for motorbike insurance today and see how much money you could save on your bike’s annual costs.