Suzuki GSX-S750

750 fours were once top-class rac­ers – but can they now make top-class nakeds?

RiDE (UK) - - Contents - Words Bruce Dunn Pic­tures Mark Man­ning

YOU HAVE TO credit Suzuki for stick­ing to a plan; mak­ing 750cc bikes. It’s been pro­duc­ing three-quar­ter­l­itre ma­chines since the mid-1970s with bikes like the GT750, a wa­ter-cooled two-stroke triple, though more re­cently its 750s have all been in­line fours. And it’s not done yet, be­cause this year we got the new GSX-S750.

Well, we say ‘new’: the GSX-S750 ac­tu­ally re­places the GSR750, Suzuki’s last ur­ban naked. Both share a steel twin-spar frame and use a 749cc four-cylin­der pow­er­plant based on the 2004/5 GSX-R750. But the new-for-2017 GSX-S has re­ceived a few tweaks to make it Euro4 com­pli­ant and more pow­er­ful.

Other man­u­fac­tur­ers have been slowly in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of their mid­dleweights to off­set emis­sions-re­lated power degra­da­tion, or flirt­ing with new con­fig­u­ra­tions to help them stand out. But Suzuki has per­se­vered with its in­line-four 750, count­ing on a few fu­elling and map­ping tweaks and sav­ing it­self a tonne of de­vel­op­ment costs in the process.

The ques­tion is whether this 12-year-old en­gine de­sign man­ages to be cleaner with­out com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance – or is Suzuki’s trusty 750 in dan­ger of get­ting left be­hind.

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