Minichamps MIN122062215 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 Team Alstaire Suzuki Corona Extra MotoGP Bike - Fabien Foret (1:12 Scale)
"I get a call from Ducati asking if I was interested in the ride. I didn't need asking twice...!"
- Troy Bayliss, after being approached by the Ducati Factory to replace the injured "King Carl" Fogarty
The GSX-R1000 is a sport bike from Suzuki's GSX-R series of motorcycles. It was introduced in 2001 to replace the GSX-R1100 and is powered by a liquid-cooled 998 cubic centimeter inline four-cylinder 4-stroke engine.
After the GSX-R1000 had been two years on the roads and race tracks, Suzuki put out a new version of the model in late September of 2002. Suzuki engineers had been working on the three things that made a fast bike faster; weight, power and handling. The 2003 year's GSX-R1000 was improved in all three counts. It weighed less, had more power/torque and handled better.
The physical dimensions of the bike were almost identical with the previous year's model. The seat height and the overall height were somewhat lower but the geometry of the bike was exactly the same as before. The already rigid aluminum allow frame was newly designed and enforced with internal ribs. The frame as well as the wheels were now coated black.
The front brakes were also new. Suzuki decided to drop the six-piston calipers. The new radially-mounted four-piston calipers weigh 30 grams less and grip smaller 300 millimeter discs that save another 300 grams. Though smaller, Suzuki claimed that the new brakes provide better stopping and turn-in performance.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 2006 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 Team Alstaire Suzuki Corona Extra MotoGP bike driven by Fabien Foret. This gorgeous replica features a working suspension and removable fairings that reveals an extremely detailed engine. Also includes a detachable kickstand.
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Historical Account: "Same Yet Different" - The headlights of the 2003 year's GSX-R1000 were mounted vertically to enable the ram-air intakes in the front to be placed 20 millimeter nearer the bike's center line. The new design was very much inspired by the look of the Hayabusa. The instruments were also redesigned.
The cylinder displacement of the engine remained the same 988 cubic centimeters but more power/torque and better throttle response had been achieved by adding four ventilation holes between the cylinders to equalize crankcase pressure beneath the pistons, moving the air intake nearer to the centerline and upgrading the engine management system to a 32-bit CPU that monitored and controlled the engine functions, input from the rider and the exhaust tuning valve.
The entire exhaust system was now entirely made of titanium to save an additional 1.32 pounds and the tail light was replaced with LEDs.