Suzuki GSX-R750 Review
Often overlooked because it sits alone in the 750cc Sportsbike category, Suzuki’s new GSX-R750 packs a powerful punch…
Suzuki's 2011 GSX-R750 is a model that can trace its lineage way back to 1985, when the GSX-R was arguably the first mass-produced race replica. Suzuki has stuck to the 750 capacity class while others have dropped from the scene, leaving the GSX-R750 as the sole Japanese survivor in a sea of litre-class and 600cc sportsbikes.
It's easy, therefore, to overlook what I reckon is the jewel in the GSX-R range. The 1000 offers the grunt and the thrills while the 600 offers the nimbleness and the precision - and the 750 offers the best of both.
Suzuki says the latest GSX-R750 has a myriad of improvements, including "advanced engine technology, broader power delivery, improved throttle response and lower emissions and is built on a shorter, compact wheelbase with simplified and lighter aerodynamic bodywork".
The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) has been revised and now provides a selection of two engine maps to suit riding conditions.
The 2011 model scores an all-new chassis with weight reduction and compactness the outcome. The new twin-spar aluminium frame is made from just five cast sections and carries a cast swingarm.
Showa's inverted, lightweight Big Piston Front forks (BPF) are now utilised up front with four-piston Brembo monoblock front brake callipers handling braking duties, the callipers gripping 310mm dual floating discs. There's a single-piston calliper out back with a 220mm disc.
The aerodynamic package has been addressed via a new muffler design and a reduction in fairing overhang, which Suzuki claims maintains rider wind protection while reducing overall drag.
Cosmetic changes include a reshaped fuel tank, vertically stacked dual headlights and mirror-mounted turn signals, with the full-function instrument cluster featuring an analogue tachometer, digital LCD speedometer, LED indicators and a stopwatch and lap timer new function.
In the endless race to make sportbikes perform like land rockets, Suzuki has nipped more fat and broadened the powerband of its 750cc supersport. But what do those improvements mean to you? If you spend weekends at the track, you'll feel sharper handling, reduced mass and improved throttle response, which will help you shave those pesky tenths of a second off your lap times. But if you're like most of us, you'll likely face the realities of street riding -the traffic, oblivious tin-top drivers and the ever present boys in blue -with the knowledge that you're aboard a bike that's probably more capable than you ever might be able to test out first-hand.
The price of the 2011 model is $19,495 ride-away, with two colours available - black or blue/white. At that price it's hard to think of a sportsbike that delivers as much as the GSX-R750. Bigger isn't always better…
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Engine type Four-stroke, four-cylinder,
Bore x stroke 70.0mm x 48.7mm
Compression ratio 12.5:1
Fuel system Fuel injection
Transmission type Six-speed constant mesh
Final drive Chain
Front suspension Inverted telescopic, Big-Piston Front-fork (BPF), coil spring, oil damped, spring preload fully adjustable, rebound and compression damping force fully adjustable
Rear suspension Link type, coil spring, oil damped, fully adjustable spring preload and rebound and compression damping force, compression damping force 2-way (high-speed and low-speed) adjustable
Front brake Brembo monoblock, 4-piston, radial mount callipers, 310mm dual disc
Rear brake Single-piston calliper, 220mm disc
Weight (full tank) 190kg
Seat height 810mm
Fuel capacity 17L
Max power 110kW (148hp)
Max torque 86.7Nm
Colours Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Splash White, Glass Sparkle Black
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