GSX-R omis­sion out­rage

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Ps Mail - Frank Dick­in­son, Lon­don

En­joyed the 10 best en­gines ar­ti­cle last month (PS Dec 2018), but can’t for the life of me un­der­stand why the Suzuki GSX-R750 didn’t qual­ify. It was way ahead of any­thing else in its time, and that in­cludes the FZ750. It made more power than the Yam, the en­gine was way lighter and hence the whole bike weighed in at more than 30kg less than the lardy FZ.

It com­pletely changed the way ev­ery man­u­fac­turer had to think about sports bikes be­cause it was such a rad­i­cal de­par­ture from the norm. It was the first true sports­bike en­gine.

The GSX-R project leader Et­suo Yok­ouichi fa­mously said, “What works on the race­track will work on the street. The mo­tor­cy­cle does not know where it is be­ing rid­den.” Maybe you all thought too hard about tech and not enough about what makes an en­gine truly great.

Yeah, it broke our hearts to leave this out too

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