Suzuki GSX-S750 ‘The GSX-S carries its weight with ease; it’s stable and predictable’
A lot of bike for your cash
If you think Suzuki’s GSX-S750 is simply a stripped GSX-R750, then you are going to be disappointed. Yes, the GSX-S’S inline four is based around the powerful 2005 GSX-R lump, but it has lost most of its topend rush while the suspension is also much more basic.
However, there is a flip-side. At just £7599, or only £82 a month on PCP, you get a huge amount of bike for your money. This is a machine with significant road presence and a robust, dare I say, manly feel compared to the others. It’s the widest, tallest and, at 213kg, is 31kg heavier than the Yamaha. Larger riders will certainly feel most at home here.
We all praised the styling, too, while the detailing and electronics are good (it’s the only bike with traction control, which can also be adjusted on the move). The GSX-R engine may have been ‘retuned’ for life as a relatively sensible naked but there’s still a lovely induction noise when the throttle is opened, and it will happily rev all the way to its 11,500rpm redline. It’s fast but far more user-friendly than its big brother, the poorly-fuelled GSX-S1000.
The brakes and handling exceeded expectations, too. The Brembo stoppers of the GSX-S1000 have been replaced by Nissin items and, for the suspension, there’s only preload adjustment front and rear – but none of test team had any complaints. For normal riding, I wouldn’t change a thing because the GSX-S carries its weight with ease, is stable and predictable. Like the Ducati, the Suzuki’s steering lock is limited but on the open road some of the test team preferred the Suzuki.