Everyone knows that in Superbike racing, the bikes aren’t stock. But Suzuki’s top-shelf GSX-R1000R bridges the gap between the standard-spec GSX-R1000 and the dedicated race variants. Adding 17 percent to the base GSX-R1000’s MSRP, upgrades for the GSX-R1000R include premium Showa suspension and a pair of racing-oriented electronic rider aids. Up front, the R model has a Balance Free Fork to provide more consistent damping and better feedback, plus a special upper triple clamp. A Balance Free Rear Cushion shock improves control, comfort, and feel, especially on bumpy surfaces and during heavy braking.