Love is a drug
The newest 750cc Gixxer sports bike is addictive
THE latest version of Suzuki’s 750cc sportsbike should come with warnings on drugdependency. The induction howl as the in-line, fourcylinder engine sucks air is almost as addictive as the adrenalin flood as the Gixxer warps off the line at a rate that shames many supercars.
This is a two-wheeled missile but, with the engine crammed into the 600cc version’s chassis, is eminently more
‘‘ chuckable’’ than a 1000cc bike with a larger frame. It still doesn’t have the razor-edged responsiveness of a 600, though, despite being just 3kg heavier at 190kg fully fuelled.
The baby Gixxer dips, flicks and turns like a quarterhorse against the 750’s more thoroughbred stance on the track, and the 750 has to rely on its longer legs to give it the edge at Darwin’s Hidden Valley raceway.
The more muted reactions help the 750 on the road, where it won’t be nearly as nervous as the 600 over corrugations and the extra low-down grunt will mean fewer gearchanges during the daily commute.
As with all Gixxers, riders feel as if they’re sitting in— rather than on— the bike, and the riding position won’t wreck the wrists in the first 100km.
The brakes are phenomenal. Suzuki’s decision to go with Brembos is as much marketing as physics but the results don’t disappoint, with a constant track-day pounding only needing a few clicks of adjustment on the brake span lever. Fit top-end brake hoses and that should go away, too.
Suzuki Australia has been a pioneer of affordable ABS here, but the Gixxers just don’t need the system, motorcycling general manager Perry Morison said.
‘‘ We apply [ABS] where it’s appropriate across the model range, but that’s not on sportsbikes that will spend a lot of their time at track days rather than on the road,’’ he said. The Showa Big Piston Forks are effective for preload, rebound and compression damping. A pair of screws at the top of the forks gives onthe-fly adjustment and the rear shock has the same level of adjustment but with high-and low-speed damping.
Missile: The adrenalin floods as the Gixxer warps off the line at a rate that shames many supercars