Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - The 1990's -

Suzuki en­dured a pe­riod in the sports­bike wilder­ness in the 1990s; their liq­uid­cooled GSX-R750 couldn’t com­pete with ri­val 750s and the RF900 was a nice bike but never a ’Blade ri­val. By the mid-’90s it was look­ing a bit bleak for the big S – un­til the 750 SRAD turned the game round. With an all-new, com­pact, liq­uid-cooled mo­tor mak­ing 128bhp and an al­loy beam frame with the sil­hou­ette of Sch­wantz’ RGV500 GP chas­sis, the new GSX-R750 fi­nally dom­i­nated its class – even if it was, by then, turning into a class of one.

At any other pe­riod in his­tory, the SRAD would’ve blown ev­ery­one away; but by 1996, the ’Blade was in its third gen­er­a­tion and we were only a few years away from the R1.


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