The first GSXR was introduced in 1985 and is considered the first of the modern race-reps with many race derived technology's and the looks of a Suzuki Endurance race at a affordable price.
Even now they are still ahead of the pack.
The GSX-R is not the be all end all of sport bikes and is usually piloted by someone new to bikes who has no clue how to handle the power, and only bought it cause its a GIXXER! Usually accompanied by someone riding in a wife beater, shorts, flip flops, and optional helmet.
Ninja Guy: "Dude, wheres your helmet?"
CBR Guy: "Hey let's go hit some twisties."
*** Half hour later
Ninja Guy: "Dude where did Gixxer guy go?"
CBR Guy: "Oh man, we lost him around turn one. The typical GSX-R rider is less of a threat than a Ninja 250 with your grandma riding."
Ninja Guy: "Ha you're right."
CBR Guy: "Haha."
ex; GSXR's are the leading cause of DUCATI owning more titles than any other manufacturer.