Although competitors were leaving the market in '98, Suzuki stuck to a rigorous two-year development cycle. The biggest news was the inclusion of electronic fuel injection, with 46mm throttle bodies using a single injector per cylinder. Also new on the 1998 were different cams sporting revised duration and more lift on the intake side, plus engine internals were lightened. The airbox gained some volume, as well as an electronic flapper valve to maintain air velocity at lower rpm. The drive chain shrunk from 530 to 525, the gearbox ratios were tightened up, a steering damper was fitted standard, and CDI ignition coils were adopted. Wheelbase was shortened by 5mm, but overall weight stayed the same-which was still 74 pounds less than the Kawasaki ZX-7R.