LAST OF THE BREED
Suzuki GSX-R750 v Ducati 749 125bhp and 163kg v 110bhp and 196kg
By 2004, only the GSX-R750 and Ducati 749 remained as true 750cc sportsbikes, rivals on the road that never met on track despite sharing a capacity, which is something of an irony. But could a small-capacity Italian sportsbike and an inline four Japanese bike really be viewed as competitors?
Despite its rule-bending capacity (which allowed the 748 to win a WSS championship) the 749 was always billed by Ducati as the firm’s entry-level sportsbike with ease of use taking precedent over outright performance. With the GSX-R1000 the firm’s flagship performance model, this banner could also be applied to the GSX-R750 and with only £1200 splitting the pair it wasn’t too much of a jump for potential buyers. That said, the 749’s looks and high running costs did little to tempt riders.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the GSX-R750, Suzuki released an Anniversary Edition in 2005 with retro paint and a few bolt-on extras.
Result: Victory to the GSX-R750