GSX-R omission outrage
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