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Suzuki GSX-R750 (2011-current)



Detail Value
New price £9,899
Used price range View Suzuki GSX-R750 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 750 cc
Power 148 bhp
Top speed 175 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

MCN overall verdict rating is 5

After years of gentle evolution Suzuki has gone to town on its 2011 GSX-R750. Weighing in at 190kg, fully-fuelled and ready to go, it’s a massive 8kg lighter than the old model, giving the 148bhp GSX-R750 a mouth-watering power-to-weight ratio.
The 750’s rolling chassis and bodywork is completely new, but it doesn’t get the GSX-R600’s radical engine overhaul and the resulting 1kg extra weight reduction. Aside from minor revisions to make it breath more easily, the 750’s motor is essentially the same as before, but it now promises to spin up faster and make more low and midrange power. Suzuki claims it’s 10% more fuel efficient too.
It still has the perfect mix of power and handling, but thanks to the lighter weight, acceleration is now more towards a superbike than a 600. It doesn’t have the new close-ratio gearbox fitted in the 600, so feels longer-legged in the higher gears on track, but will it will make for a less frantic machine on the road.

It’s fun, fast and handles beautifully, but crucially it’s very easy to ride fast, unlike a bigger sportsbike. Pound-for-pound we reckon it’s one of the best sportsbikes you can buy.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Unlike the 2011 GSX-R600 there are only minor changes to the 148bhp, 750cc inline-four-cylinder motor. It now has pentagonal-shaped ventilation holes in the block, instead of round, which they say reduces pumping losses inside the engine and creates more bottom end power.

The primary injector nozzles are changed from 41 to 35 degrees inside the throttle bodies. The gearbox remains the same. A revised, more efficient ECU has been moved from under the seat to the top of the airbox to save weight on the length of wiring loom.

Blip the throttle and you still get that angry, metallic GSX-R rasp from the airbox and exhaust. The revs spin up almost as quickly on the move, racing through the gears, as it does at a standstill. The GSX-R750’s performance is as much as you’ll ever need on the road or track.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

It’s still civilised, comfy and thanks to adjustable footpegs, roomy enough for tall riders too. The suspension is plush on the move and there’s lots of adjustment for track riding too. Showa Big Piston Forks give lots of support and feel, while Brembo Monobloc calipers are a big improvement over the old model’s brakes. They still fade on track, but not as much as before. With much less weight to lug around, the GSX-R750 is a joy to ride fast. It loads you with feedback and flatters your riding. There are few bikes that can cover ground as fast and are such fun at the same time. The new chassis has a 15mm shorter wheelbase, so steering is even lighter than before. In the real world, the GSX-R750 is every bit as fast as a 1000.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Compared to the latest 1000s, the GSX-R750 is sparsely-equipped, but that’s the way it’s supposed to be: it’s light, simple and fast. It does have a speed-sensitive, electronic steering damper and two power maps, which are easily switchable from the left bar. There’s a new dash, which incorporates a gear position indicator and lap timer and of course those Showa forks and Brembo brakes.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

In terms of reliability, GSX-Rs will never let you down. They’ll take any abuse you throw at them all day long – they seem to actually enjoy it. Build quality is very good, but the paint finish isn’t as deep as some machines and can stone chip easily.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The days of a sub-eight grand GSX-R750 are sadly gone, as prices of Japanese are climbing to levels that some say they should’ve been years ago. Paying over £10k for the 2011 GSX-R750 may seem a lot now, but for your money you’ll be getting a sportsbike you can really use and enjoy to the maximum. It’s not as buzzy as a 600, nor is it as wildly powerful, or as a tricky to ride superbike - you ride it, not the other way around. The GSX-R750 is close to perfection.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2011

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 175 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 148 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Weight 190 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 750 cc
Engine specification 16v, inline-four-cylinder
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 41mm Big Piston Forks forks, fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock, fully adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs with Brembo monobloc four-piston radial calipers
Rear brake 220mm single disc with single-piston caliper.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(5 reviews)

  • What a top bike!

    greenturbobob

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought one in September, and thought it was good then. But since then I have clocked some more miles and it just seems to get better and better. The engine is smooth with good midrange and top end power. Its a little lacking in the lower revs but when do you ever do that? The suspension is the best I have ridden. You approach a pot hole and expect a hell of a bang but it doesn't happen. It just soaks up the bumps but remains firm for good cornering. Its light in the twisty's, frugal on fuel, and having put riser bars on, comfy too! For those who say its slow or its not a 1000, well I know what its like to own them, I have had a few, but for everyday use it has more than enough power.

    16 November 2011

  • Gutless!

    Feakster

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    ... Maybe I'm being a little harsh because I normally ride an RSV. I ended up with this for a couple of days when my bike was in for work. As far as handling goes, I can't fault it... very sure-footed and easy apex-clipping. As far as the engine goes though... sh*te!! Everyone always raves about how it's the perfect compromise between a 600 and a 1000, but the truth of the matter is it's got less down low than my '06 636 ninja and less up top than my '06 RSVR (I think the 636 would have given it a run for its money with top end power!). It's just nothing... nothing... nothing... change, then nothing again. Makes for easy corner entry and exit because you never have to worry about getting flicked off, but the engine's never going to set your world on fire. It feels very flat/boring!

    20 August 2011

  • GSXR750 vs GSR750

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I sat on this bike. Loved the looks and overall dimensions and quality of production. I am VERY interested to buy this bike, however, I need to tailor it for the ROAD, so I can have primarily, an overall road bike with the best sporting attributes when required. Coming from a Hayabusa, I am seeking a lighter, better handling package overall, as well as a user friendly road-sport prowess without punishing my body if I should tour 4-6hrs a day on it. Can this be done, anyone? The alternative is the GSR750 and revise that upwards with better suspension. Apparently the GSR is not too shabby around the track as well.

    10 August 2011

  • one for the road

    neilybabe

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I had a gsxr750k7 prior to a bandit 1250 and longed to return to a gsxr. After I recieved a new hip I took the plunge and bought the latest L1, what a bike..better than my K7 which took some doing (although I'm not so sure it's faster), it seems a more accomplished bike with no nasty suprises, just seems to handle any road surfaces and inspire licence (and liberty) losing levels of riding. Superb in every area.

    06 July 2011

  • Completely new GSX-R750

    D Ramage

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Wow - I had the 2008 model before and loved that - thought it was wonderful, but the 2011 GSX-R750 is a completely new bike. Everything feels new, different, better. And it looks better quality too - something I know Suzuki's have received negative comments on before. Yeah it's considerably more expensive than the previous versions, but at least with the new model you can see what you're getting for the extra money - lovely Brembo mono-block brake calipers and Showa suspension. All it needs now is an Akropovic exhaust and it'll be complete.

    02 July 2011

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