2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Special Edition - First Look (Video)

Suzuki will build only 100 of these factory-customized Open-class GSX-Rs, and 50 of them are coming to the U.S.

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 Special Edition studio 3/4 view

Suzuki chose the Indianapolis Grand Prix as the place to celebrate its first 50 years in the U.S. market and to reveal there a special-edition GSX-R1000.

One hundred GSX-R1000SEs will be produced worldwide, each of which will be distinguished by a brilliantly polished and chromed chassis, unique “candy apple” blue wheel spokes (rims are machined and polished) and engine covers, and blue-anodized upper fork legs and other selected parts. Of this 100, 50 will be made available in the U.S.

In Suzuki's compound in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway infield, a large "wall of success" was displayed, commemorating Suzuki's accomplishments and its presentation in American motorcycle journalism through the decades. Several historic GSX-R racers were shown, as well. In the afternoon, the winner of a Hayabusa custom judging was declared. Hayabusa's strong and passionate clientele is served by an extensive aftermarket of custom and high-performance accessories challenging that of Harley-Davidson, testifying to the popularity of this "too much is just enough" powerhouse.

Phantom over the Indy speedway and Suzuki tent

Lest anyone forget, the original air/oil-cooled Suzuki GSX-R750, designed by a team under engineer Etsuo Yokouchi, was a revolution in power-to-weight ratio when it was introduced here in 1986. Essentially 100 pounds lighter than other machines in its class, the GSX-R quickly became the enduring backbone of high-performance motorcycling in the U.S.

Why chrome, translucent paint and blue anodizing? Why not special performance features derived from the bike Suzuki will use in its return to MotoGP in 2015? I may be a motorhead, but I understand that few Americans buy a bike for its compression ratio or valve overlap. They buy the look and they buy the rep, both of which this GSX-R has in plenty. Suzuki studies the market and builds to suit.

Pricing and availability were not announced.

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - studio front 3/4 view

Studio front 3/4 view - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - studio right-side view

Studio right-side view - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - front wheel

Front wheel - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - fork

Fork - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - air intake

Air intake - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - instrument panel

Instrument panel - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - badge and triple clamp

Badge and triple clamp - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - key

Key - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - paint

Pain - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - graphics

Graphics - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - gas cap

Gas cap - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - frame

Frame - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - side cover

Side cover - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - swingarm bolt

Swingarm bolt - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - exhaust

Exhaust - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - adjuster-sprocket

Adjuster-sprocket - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - chain link-sprocket

Chain link-sprocket - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - rear shock

Rear shock - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - rear wheel

Rear wheel - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - seat and cowl solo

Seat and cowl solo - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE

2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE - seat and passenger

Seat and passenger - 2014 Suzuki GSX-R1000 SE