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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

In 1996 Suzuki unveiled their new Suzuki GSX-R750. The engineers had ditched the cradle frame, which had been a feature of the bike since it invented modern superbiking in 1985. They replaced it with a chassis developed from their RGV Grand Prix machine, crammed in a fallen angel of a motor and then sculpted the shape in a wind tunnel. The Suzuki GSX-R750 is nothing less than a track thoroughbred.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Early Suzuki GSX-R750s were carb-fed (injection didn’t appear until 1998), which can cause the DOHC in-line four cylinder, ram-air assisted motor some carb-icing problems on cold, damp days. It’s quite peaky as well, which dovetails neatly with its track-focus, but can be an issue if you’d rather dawdle than thrash. Some early ’96 Suzuki GSX-R750s had some cylinder head/piston clearance problems.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Refresh or replace the Suzuki GSX-R750's tired old suspension and suddenly you’ll discover a machine of dazzling handling quality. The forks are quite soft and heavier and faster riders will benefit from an extra 30cc of fork oil to firm them up a tad. The steering damper is unadjustable and can the Suzuki GSX-R750 feel lazy in slow speed turns. The six-piston Tokico brakes are sensational, but will need braided hoses now.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Make sure the bike comes with its seat hump and pillion pad – one or other usually goes missing. There’s a world of aftermarket tat available for the Suzuki GSX-R750 – Yoshimura cans are good… tinted screens and anodised bolt kits less so.

Suzuki GSX-R750 (1996-1999)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,990 (1997) - £2,000 (1997)
Private used prices
£1,790 (1997) - £1,800 (1997)
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Engine size 749 cc
Power 130 bhp
Top speed 164 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 3.5
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Suzuki GSX-R750's finish is comically poor. The paint vanishes from anything and everything from the fork legs to the mirror stems and even religious cleaning helps not a jot. Intrinsically the Suzuki GSX-R750 is very reliable – though early bikes had a problem with a fuel pump hose. A green sticker on the right hand frame spar says it’s been fixed.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The cult of the Gixer keeps the flame burning bright, but these days the Suzuki GSX-R750 is considered old hat. Pish, of course, but you should budget for refreshing the Suzuki GSX-R750's suspension and replacing the inevitably notchy, wheelie-killed headraces. Find a Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

1996: Beam frame Suzuki GSX-R750 released.
1998: Suzuki GSX-R750 gets numerous updates including improved fuel-injection.
2000: Suzuki GSX-R750 replaced by all-new model.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.9 secs
Max power 130 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 830 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 749 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium twin spar
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

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GSX-R750

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£7,695

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800 miles

£6,890

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GSX-R750

8141 miles

£5,595

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14224 miles

£5,991

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12944 miles

£3,491

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(13 reviews)

  • My Review

    wheeler750

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The bike is real fun to ride but I find the gearbox a bit clunky every now and again and the mid range was terrible till i fitted a K & N and the Yoshi end can now it's spot on.

    31 July 2001

  • My Review

    AGEE

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I've actually just part exchanged it for an Aprilia RSVR 1000 Mille. This was after I tested one from Tony Jefferies in Warrington. I'd always fancied a twin, but having never ridden one, I was a bit wary, hence the test first. Anyway, back to the GSXR. It was a superb bike, far and away the best bike I've ever owned. It was ultra reliable and never once let me down, including a 1500 mile round trip to Alicante and back last year. However it's main use was for Sunday blast's and track days. I could not fault it here. It went round bend's as if it was on rails ! It was fast enough right through the range, although it did need to be revved right round to the red to keep it up there - then I initially thought it would do. The brakes were superb ( I had fitted HH pads ) and hardly went off by the end of a trackday - you just needed to tug them a bit harder. I actually swopped bikes round the TT course with a friend of mine - he had a 99 Fireblade. The Blade did feel slightly quicker in a straight line on smooth tarmac, but once we got onto the bendy bits it was a nightmare. It just did not handle anything like my GSX. It seemed to wobble and chatter into and round the corners and the brakes were just not up to the job. He said the complete opposite and is now looking to buy a new GSXR750 ! In short, I could not fault it - best £7000 I ever spent. I just hope my RSVR performs the same.

    28 February 2001

  • My Review

    R1marky

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Overall I am very pleased with Gixer. Fantastic pinpoint handling and no funnies on the track. The only gripe is with the build quality in some areas.

    29 January 2001

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