Love is a drug

The new­est 750cc Gixxer sports bike is ad­dic­tive

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­

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

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