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After riding the new GSX-S750, I am happy to say that the development team has nailed it; the GSX-S750 is a very good road bike. But is that enough?
Taking over from the GSR750, the GSX-S uses the same GSX-R750 K5-derived motor but, thanks to a bit of internal reworking, it now boasts an extra
8bhp, traction control and a more spirited character and sound thanks to a revised airbox, exhaust and one-tooth larger rear sprocket. This motor is then hung in the GSR’S frame but with new swingarm and suspension, radial brakes and ABS. A cool set of 10-spoke wheels complete the transformation.
The revised engine delivers the same linear drive as the GSR while adding welcome zing. This is mainly thanks to its new raw soundtrack and improved top-end kick. The throttle response has a slight hint of the abrupt, going from closed to partially open, but it’s not bad (certainly nothing like the GSX-S1000), and once the tap is open it’s wonderfully fluid. We rode the new GSX-S in some very damp conditions and the throttle’s clear connection to the rear wheel made it a very easy bike to ride quickly in the wet, aided by impressive traction control, and suspension firm enough to offer feedback without being too stiff.
The riding position is as expected for any naked; comfortable for slower journeys, but missing wind protection on faster rides – and the seat is just the right side of firm. The ABS never made itself known despite some fairly hard braking, and there isn’t much wrong with the new radial brakes’ performance, although experienced riders may crave more initial bite.
If you like the look of the GSX-S, and inline-fours are your thing, you won’t be disappointed.