While it’s unclear if the iconic “GSX-R” nameplate is set to expire in at least 1000cc trim, the smallest of Suzuki’s “Gixxer” motorcycles – the GSX-R125 – has been given a new lease of life as it becomes Euro5 compliant.
Of all the models to bear the hallowed name over the decades, it’s the affordable, small-bodied GSX-R125 that has – unsurprisingly – become Suzuki’s most popular sportbike by sales worldwide.
As a result, it may well be the last one standing – barring the Hayabusa or GSX-R1400 – in Europe, as the current generation GSX-R1000 nears the deadline to meet the Euro5 emissions standard before the end of the year without updates. or any new replacement seemingly on the horizon.
Nonetheless, the bare-bones GSX-R125 and sister GSX-S125 will continue after an under-the-skin update earned it a reprieve as it tries to stave off the threat of new rivals, such as the Yamaha MT. -125, Yamaha MT-03 and KTM RC125.
Tweaks under the skin see the 124cc engine still pump out 15bhp but do it in a cleaner way, with both models now themselves listed as Euro5 compliant.
Elsewhere you’d need a microscope to spot other changes, but that means you’ve still got a nice little sportbike – arguably more attractive than the clunkier GSX-R1000 – with LED headlights, a display digital instruments and a Suzuki easy start system.
Suzuki’s pursuit of a sportier line had been called into question by the announcement that it was closing its motorsport program at the end of the season, withdrawing from MotoGP and the World Endurance Championship, two series’ he was crowned world champion in 2020 (and again in EEC in 2021).
Meanwhile, the Suzuki GSX-600 – which was discontinued in 2018 – lives on in the US, along with the GSX-750.