The 750cc category used to be a massive class, with almost every manufacturer offering a 3/4 litre sportsbike. But changes in capacity rules for racing have reduced the popularity of 750s, and Suzuki’s GSX-R is the only 750 currently available.
Which is surprising, because in many ways, it offers the best of both worlds – almost as much peak power as a full-bore 1000cc machine, and the fine handling and unintimidating nature of a 600.
The inline-four engine has more torque than a 600, which allows more relaxed progress on the road, yet has a more controllable peak power output – around 150bhp – that can be less ‘scary’ for less experienced riders! Sophisticated fuel injection uses a computerised secondary throttle valve to smooth out the power delivery, while titanium engine valves allow sustained high-rpm operation. The exhaust system is tucked underneath the engine to keep mass low and centralised, and contains a catalytic converter to reduce emissions.
The GSX-R750 is virtually identical to the firm’s GSX-R600, and this smaller capacity machine offers similar performance at an even lower price.