A more affordable and detuned version of the GSX-S1000 has been unveiled. Suzuki calls it the GSX-S950, which complies with the A2 licensing criteria for riders in Europe.
Suzuki Two-wheelers has introduced the GSX-S950 in the international market. The motorcycle is based on the 2021 Suzuki GSX-S1000, which recently made its international appearance. The GSX-S950 is purpose-built to fulfil the A2 license restrictions in Europe.
The overall styling of the GSX-S950 is very loyal to the family design. The mono-focus type LED headlamps, positioned one below the other, grab attention. The sharp styling continues from the headlamp cowl to the fuel tank and bikini panels, which double as winglets, surrounding the radiator.
The litre-class motorcycle is initially available with a limited power output of 46bhp, but once the rider upgrades and receives their unrestricted riding license, the motorcycle can be tuned to offer 93bhp and 93Nm – which is not even close to the 145bhp power output of the 2021 GSX-S1000.
The GSX-S950’s 999cc inline-four-cylinder engine has been borrowed from the GSX-S1000. While most powertrain components stay the same, the cycle parts have been downgraded to make the motorcycle more accessible to new riders.
The fully-adjustable KYB up-side down forks have been replaced by the non-adjustable KYB forks on the GSX-S950. And the Brembo brake units have been replaced by Tokicos, perhaps, to keep the prices in check.
What’s unchanged is the set of tyres. Suzuki continues with Dunlop Roadsport 2 tyres for the 950. The electronic package includes three levels of traction control, ride-by-wire, and low RPM assist.
The 2021 GSX-S950 compete with the Kawasaki Z900, which can also be had with a similar A2 license spec in the international market.