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Suzuki GSR 750 (2011-current)



Detail Value
New price £6,999
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Engine size 749 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4.5 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4.5

The GSR750 is an entirely new bike – not just a GSX-R750 with flat bars and no fairing. As you'd expect it’s far more user friendly and practical than the GSX-R, and is designed to compete with Yamaha’s FZ8 and Kawasaki’s Z750.  It delivers supernaked looks in a usable, stylish middleweight body, with the 105bhp 749cc engine offering enough poke to have fun with.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The 749cc in-line four-cylinder engine started life in Suzuki’s 2005 GSX-R750. The motor has received a significant makeover to improve low-rpm to midrange performance and torque – at the cost of top end power. Suzuki has adjusted the cam profiles, tailored the valves, inlet and exhaust ports and given the cylinder head iridium spark plugs for improved ignition. The end result is a quoted 105bhp with 59ftlb of torque.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

41mm inverted forks control the front end and are adjustable for preload only. On the rear is a Kayaba shock, again only preload adjustment with a seven-way adjuster. Despite the basic suspension and set up it works 90% of the time straight out of the box. It’s easy to ride, predictable and stable. When pushed very hard, its inability to dive into apexes was a slight concern and it also stood up mid-corner if you applied the brakes mid-lean.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

As you expect from a ‘budget’ middleweight it’s sparsely decked out. However, inverted forks are a nice touch and Suzuki haven't skimped in terms of styling – the funky design is very European and eye catching. Clocks come with a clear gear position indicator, digital fuel gauge, clock, trip and fuel consumption meter. There are some nice touches too; there are two small loops that are part of the pillion seat which can be used to hold on luggage.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Reliability shouldn’t be an issue from the GSX-R750 derived engine. Suzuki have obviously tried to keep costs low, but there are no glaring areas of shoddy budget manufacturing or componentry.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

At £7125 it’s competitively priced, being considerably cheaper than Yamaha’s FZ8 at £7999 but a fraction more expensive than Kawasaki’s standard Z750, at £6649 (Kawasaki’s Z750R comes in at £7149). But the GSR does lose its bargain status when you compare it to Suzuki’s own Bandit 650 at £5725 and the Gladius at £5465

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

2011: model introduced

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Specifications

Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.2 secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Weight 210 kg
Seat height 815 mm
Fuel capacity 17.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 45 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification Liquid cooled inline four
Frame Steel twin spar
Front suspension adjustment 41mm inverted preload only
Rear suspension adjustment Single shock preload only
Front brakes 2x310mm discs two piston
Rear brake 240mm single piston
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 180/55x17

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(16 reviews)

  • A year with my GSR750

    gtufnell

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having owned my GSR for a year I thought I'd post my review. I changed from a Fazer 8 to the GSR after a demo day at Crescent in Verwood. There were a few differences I didn't expect as the bikes look very similar on paper. The first thing was the stronger and cleaner pull through the rev range. The gearbox is also a lot slicker and handling is definitely sharper. Small things like the gear indicator on the clocks are really useful. There were a couple of things that I wanted to improve. The 2 big changes have been the Puig screen which gives great wind protection and changing the stock seat for a comfort seat from SHAD. The stock seat is ok for short journeys but I found this with all the other street bikes I tried before buying the GSR. I now have a fun street bike which is capable of long journeys. I've had a few bikes from Crescent and will definitely be back for another. Oh... One last thing to mention. After 3,500 miles I have averaged 55.6 mpg :)

    24 August 2013

  • 3 months on...

    PaulM29

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I traded in my Yamaha XJ6 for this bike which seemed the natural upgrade short of getting the FZ8. I look at this bike now and see the XJ6 lines on it and try not to think of the hurtful 'transformer' styling jibes that the XJ6 attracted! My reason for going back to Suzuki was the gear indicator as standard on most models (other manufacturers take note!). My GS550 from the early eighties had one and they should have become a standard feature on all bikes (rant over!). For 'oldies' thinking of coming back to 2 wheels, this 750 has more than twice the power of the GS550 and probably 50% better fuel consumption?! You'll read some negative press about a steel swinging arm rather than aluminium alloy - and that matters to the average Joe?? There's more than enough grunt for the commute and country roads at weekend. Let's face it, you only need a GSX-R if you're heading to a race track and forking out £140+ for those few hours of pleasure?? Although the brochure states 58 MPG, I got 66 MPG from a recent run where I wasn't exactly dawdling about @ 2,500 rpm and 35 MPH. Both trip milometers have average fuel consumption in MPG which saves me doing a litre to MPG calculation at the pumps (nice touch Suzuki). With 70 MPH @ 5,000rpm, The dealership claim that it'll indicate 152mph flatout if you've a mind to try that out on the public highway (who would do such a thing?!!). In the 3 months I've had it I've done some 4,000 miles which contrasts sharply with my 6,000 annual average on the Yam. In short, this bike is fun and I want to be riding it at every opportunity. My dealership has 3 years free servicing and the Pirelli replacements front and back at that service have made things even better. I should point out 2 negative points: 1. If this bike is pitched at the born again commuter/motorcyclist from the 70/80's, then we expected (and got!) a centre stand for our dosh. This bike feels lighter than the XJ6 and the side stand does not seem to lean either far enough forward or to the side which leaves me worried about the gale force winds in my works car park this winter... To rub salt in that wound there's no Suzuki or after sales centre stand that I can find on the net. 2. The Yam service was every 6,000 miles and the ridiculously overpriced valve check at 24,000 miles was £500 (those were 2010 quotes). Suzuki services at 3,500 miles and 11,000 miles respectively are twice as onerous. Now I know this engine is derived from a GSXR-750 but if you're not spinning it up to near 14,000 revs (GSR is11,250 btw) does it really need an oil and filter change every 3,500 miles??? The above having been said, if the other manufacturers are loathe to equip their models with a gear indicator, it'll be another SUZUKI for me in 3 or 4 years before I have to personally pay for the nightmare 22,000 mile valve clearance service?! Paul M

    07 August 2013

  • Dubstep on two wheels ! :)

    suzukigsr750

    Average rating rating is 5

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    I own this bike and i ride it hard on roads you can`t even imagine (here in Bulgaria we have them all ;)) And the only thing i can say for it is that I Love this bike ! It does what ever u want to do and what ever u push it for ! It`s light ,it`s sexy,it`s powerful enough , handles brilliant ,it`s fun and most of all it forgives your shit when you try them ! I would recommend this bike to everyone.

    27 May 2013

  • The only Japanese naked sports bike?

    charlesq_70

    Average rating rating is 4

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    OK, I don't own a GSR750 but I recently had an extended test ride on one, back to back with an FZ8 (which I've ridden before). The GSR stands out because it's the only Japanese bike in this class that feels like a true naked sports bike rather than an all round street bike. It isn't as high spec or adjustable as some European streetfighters but it's as close as you'll get from Japan -- the suspension isn't fully adjustable but it works well and is better damped than the obvious competition, the riding position is much more perched on/leaned forward than an FZ8 or Z750 and the bars are lower and narrower, meaning more leaning and less countersteering. But the trump card is the engine -- it's beautifully fuelled, seems to have power everywhere without being boringly linear, and howls like a proper Suzuki in the higher ranges. More aggressive than other Japanese middleweights and maybe not a beginner's bike or commuter, but a well sorted package and a very involving ride.

    22 May 2012

  • First Impressions

    rw100589

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Good Points: Awesome looks. Fantastic engine. Fairly priced in its market segment. Bad Points: The seat is quite hard and slippy when riding a steady long distance ride, there doesnt seem to be any aftermarket replacements yet. The rear swingarm is a let down compared to its competitors.

    13 February 2012

  • It's good

    zx7rdelboy

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought this at the tale end of September and I have to say am not dissapointed, looks good, goes well and handles well. Was tossing up between this & the Z750R but this definately looks better. My only criticism are the brakes are a tad weak but nothing a bit of modification won't cure!

    06 December 2011

  • Just got this bike

    Tuggers16

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Brought this bike last week and picked it up thursday when the new 61 plates came out have done 200 miles on the bike already and love it. Handles great and has given me alot more confidence then any bike i have had before. Would recommend this bike to everyone.

    03 September 2011

  • Getting mine next week

    stefmeister

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Why the GSR750 over the STR?? Several reasons; Cheaper to insure, more torque, better quality engine and more reliable, better fuel consumption, cheaper to service and face it - far better looking! I tested one today, getting mine next week. This bike is very easy to ride, comfortable seating position. I commute into work every day through the city, it's going to be a breeze with this one! I've recently passed my licence and I have a Yamaha XJ6 at the moment, after riding a BMW S1000RR for a week I was completely unsatisfied with my XJ6, not so much any more! Love this bike! Can't wait to hit the road!

    27 August 2011

  • got one

    meatbaws

    Average rating rating is 4

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    as it says i have made the leap and bought one, its one of the best looking streetfighters in my opinion and the ride itself is one of confidence and smoothness. ok the swing arm has been slated and rightly so but the overall package is what we should look at, power where you need it for around town and it's no slouch on the back roads, pretty comfy on long rides too. I speak highly of the bike and have found no faults so far.

    24 June 2011

  • having a go

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Alright, I seem to have successfully posted. First of all, what's this "bronze" tag? Is this some kind of Olympics? I would like to say that I very much looked forward to reading the above review, only to find 3 lines and 3 words in the overall summation. I needed more because I am genuinely interested in buying this bike. For instance, how is the fuelling? Is the clutch (cable/hydraulic?)+gearbox smooth and seamless? What about the slow (parking lot) speed handling or u-turn stability? More than anything the OVERALL verdict/summation ought to shed light on these areas because they determine 99% of everyday use for which this bike is intended. Not whether it has x number of suspension settings suitable for track use or cracking on at 9/10th in the mountains. I have rated this bike on past Suzuki performance and quality. Everything ought to be top notch except for perhaps ride and handling, that is, when you compare this to the best sports bikes, which is why I would give it a 4 star rating. Under "normal" use, that is not racing, this could very well be 5 stars. The thing is, what gets omitted in reviews is the appraisal and use of a certain machine for which it is intended. Naturally the GSR 750 is no match for the GSX R 750 and such sports oriented bikes, but the other way is true too, that sports bikes through and through are not suited to everyday use on general roads. For my money this bike looks like it will do 97+% of all it is required to do extremely well, so therefore criticism of the forks and lack of suspension sophistication is largely not relevant. The suspension is obviously meant for riders in the 80-95kg region. For track use, this would not be a suitable machine. I also think the styling is refreshingly contemporary in a sea of Retros these days (read CB1100, V7, Bonneville, W800)which are bikes vying for the dollars and road conditions of TODAY. Unless there is a quality glitch in the manufacturing the GSR 750 is brilliantly conceived and deserves success. It just might be the alternative Busa you want on days when you don't need the Busa's almighty 0-300kph capabilities.

    14 June 2011

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