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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.

Suzuki GSR 750 (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £6,999
Dealer used prices
£4,890 (2011) - £6,730 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,310 (2011) - £6,050 (2014)
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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

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(17 reviews)

  • 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

  • trouble posting

    ottouberswengen

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had trouble posting on several occasions and I don't know why as I'm registered. O.

    14 June 2011

  • No comparison?

    banditsprint

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Well of course the Suzuki weight is wet with a full tank of fuel where the Triumph weight is dry quite possibly without tyres or brake pads (as they're consumables so don't count)

    31 May 2011

  • Good bike but...........

    petervoros

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This is not a review as such because I haven't ridden one so have to rely on MCN for that, I have seen one and find it quite a good looking bike ruined spoilt by that swinging arm. I wonder how much more it would cost for them to fit an aluminium one with a bit more style to it than that 'girder'. There's keeping costs down but there's also wrecking a good road for a halfpeth of tar. C'mon Suzuki you've got serious competition in this sector and for a few quid you could lose out.

    29 May 2011

  • No Comparison with the Best

    bucksfizz

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Why would anyone buy this lump over the best in class Street Triple R, which is a paltry £200 more? Suzuki 210kg vs 167kg for the STR. Suzuki has non-adjustable suspension vs fully adjustable on the STR. Suzuki has standard brakes vs radial brakes on the STR. Suzuki has heavy steel frame vs aluminium frame of the STR. Keep your money in this country's economy and keep engineers here in a job by buying the best - British!

    19 May 2011

  • stood up mid corner???

    KingWasp

    Average rating rating is 3

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    i thought all bikes stood up mid corner if you brake...one of the reasons braking on bends isn't a great idea...unless you have decent ABS and then it's less of a problem...

    22 April 2011

  • cheapest shopping online

    gegedeai

    Average rating rating is 5

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    12 April 2011

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