Suzukiâ€™s new litre-naked packs a monstrous engine that provides eye-opening, exhilarating performance. The litre-engine is a reworked version of the motor from the GSX-R1000 K5, a motorcycle already considered among the modern greats. The engine feels borrowed off a race bike and is super responsive, almost intimidatingly powerful and makes a fantastic sound. ABS and traction control are welcome features to keep everything under control. The brand new chassis is also highly impressive and the whole bike feels smaller and easier to ride than expected from such a powerful machine. Fantastic engineering and a huge penchant for speed make this our Performance Bike of the Year (To know more, read our first ride review of the the Suzuki GSX-S1000).
The nominees for the 2016 CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards were judged by a panel of experts on a range of criteria (read more about our judging methodology here) including how well they suit the role, value for the money they demand and also how involving they are to drive. No matter the category, we at OVERDRIVE value driving/riding involvement. A vehicle has to put a smile on its pilotâ€™s face, no matter the power or price and thatâ€™s definitely one of the criteria in our judging process.
See the other nominees in theÂ Â Performance Bike of the YearÂ category here. Stay tuned forÂ more updates on other categories of the CNBC-TV18 OVERDRIVE Awards 2016 included Car and Bike of the Year.