LAST OF THE BREED

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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

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