SUZUKI GSX-R750 (1996-1999) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Nothing less than a track thoroughbred"

Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle review - Riding

"Nothing less than a track thoroughbred"

  • At a glance
  • 749cc  -  130 bhp
  • 40 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (830mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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.

Build Quality & Reliability 2 out of 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 & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

13 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R750 (1996-1999) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3.6 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Bang per buck

21 September 2014 by Anonymous

Picked up my '99 srad 750 a few months back after watching a certain youtube vlogger sing the models praises despite owning much newer and far more expensive bikes. Always been a Suzuki fan at heart. Just as long as it wasnt the all to common blue... Read more and white and did come with fuel injection. Found a relatively unmodded red black one with lowish miles and had to have it. I havnt been disappointed thus far in my bargain purchase. Very comfortable for me (6'2") compared to the newer stuff, engine is a gem but you do have to rev it, more like a six hundred than a thou. Starts on the button every time with fuel injection, the manual choke (high rev) lever is kind of quirky. Fuel consumption is fine. Lots of room under the pillion hump for storage too. Lighter and quicker than equivalent era Fireblade. Six pot front brakes are fine but need to be maintained. Rear brake is sublime. If there is one thing that lets it down its the vibes around the national limit but dont generally notice it unless cruising. Had a fair few bikes over the years and to be honest this is one that Im least likely to sell. For the money you cant really beat it. Yes the model has gone out of fashion I guess, but who cares when you know it hasnt cost the earth and will still give most a run for their money when things start gettin bit tasty. Cant recommend one enough.. Great bike.

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awesome

13 April 2010 by billi808

What a bike, in it's hay day this thing was knocking on the door of the 1000's on straights, and the 600's in the corners. The best all rounder of all time!!! I have one for a year and loved the thing, everyone should own one at some point. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

***

18 September 2008 by SMITSJ

bought a 750 1999 as my first bike and absolutley love it.adrenaline rush is too soft a word for it.first and second gear wheelie,third gear pulls a house down and the rest pul you to 170 mph! yoshi rs3 and a kand n filter make the engine sound and... Read more pull better.stock brakes and suspension are fantastic for "a" road hacks,just fit a steering damper and it gives that little bit extra confidence. overall it is a lot of bike for very very little cash.ideal first bike.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

bought

31 March 2008 by sad500

an old one to muck around on. Great handling and quite comfy. Build quality excellent tho broken down 4 times got a fueling problem. Overall tho an excellent bike and lts of fun to be had on a tight budget. Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
3 out of 5

Exciting ride for the money

16 May 2006 by moonjarb

I bought the last model before Suzuki introduced fuel injection. After riding an old R1, I would say what the bike loses in power it makes up for in handling. The bike is a lot easier to turn than a lot of big bore machines. I've had a few bikes and... Read more this one was the most fun! Strengths: Quick and easy to chuck about. Weaknesses: The bars flap about on the power quite a bit. Build quality not great.

Overall Rating 3 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5
Engine 3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

1998 MODEL WITH FUEL INJECTION WW MODEL

04 October 2004 by dish9999

I had a gsxr600 before this on which I did 16000 miles in its 1st year. Traded in for the 750. The first thing I noticed was the heavy steering at low speed - caused by the steering damper - anyway I left well alone because my 600 used... Read more to shake its head when powering out of bends. If you like peaky power characteristics then get one of these (bit like a peaky 2 stroke but with engine breaking) Its reliable , very fast and always brings a smile on a twisty country road. Now done over 30k miles - took it for a dyno - 121 bhp at the back wheel . I dont want and cant afford the latest model 1000cc posing machine - this is alot more fun r1s,gsxr1000,zx9,r1 owners look twice at the engine size after a run dave. Strengths: Performance, performance, reliability and looks. Weaknesses: I go out in all weathers and some of the finish is poor. perhaps I should wash it better.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

31 July 2002 by bencolem

I have just traded a ZX6RG1 for this bike (a '99 WW). First, I've got to dispell at the rumours. Dead uncomfortable - not true. The bike is roomy enough for me and I'm 6'1". The screen is low so you do get wind blast but the bike really does have a... Read more good riding position. My wrists didn't need amputating after a long ride - its just as comfortable as the ZX6R but without the wind protection for your head (haven't tried it with the bird on the back yet, so can't give you pillion performance). No bottom end and crap-all mid-range - not true. Okay, the fuel injection means the bike does shunt when accelerating at low revs (under 4000?) from a closed throttle but after that the drive is as sweet as a nut. It is perfectly able to be driven around at less than 4000 revs if need be and the engine really gets going at 7000 revs. When it hits 10,000 the bike just goes barking mad - this is one very quick bike, don't believe the hype about it not being that quick - feels a lot quicker at the top end than my mates 'blade and you have to concentrate to keep the front wheel down, especially in second. But in terms of driveability and mid range, there really isn't a problem. Okay, you're going to get left behind by an R1 if you both need to leg it after pootling along in top and don't change down, but R1 owners I know sh*t themselves in the wet and at least you can moderate the power better in the Suzuki. But the star of the show is the bike suspension and handling. Hitting the front brakes hard on this bike is a dream - the forks hardly dive and the bike feels so solid, planted and composed that you just start taking liberties without thinking about it. I cannot tell you enough how fantastic the front end feels. I was lifting the back wheel into bends without even trying, the bike is that composed. I don't seen to be getting alot of rear wheel grip, but I'm going to change the pretty well worn D207 so I'll have to see if its the bike or the tyre. This bike looks lower and wider than the ZX6R and that's how it feels - lower to the ground and more stable with a more useable engine that is just barking at the top end of the rev. range. No wonder people call this a hooligan's tool. I just can't stop wanting to ride it and ride it hard. It is fantastic. Really. And who wants a Mondeo (sorry Fireblade) or common-as-muck R1 anyway?

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

My Review

07 June 2002 by skunk

I can't fault it, although it is starting to look a little dated, but after 6 months, what bike doesn't! Read more

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

22 May 2002 by bigjay

An utterly awsome machine. Gives loads of confidence partly due to the great tyres. I'm 6'3 so the screen is a bit low but i can live with it. Just need a new can now to make it sound like a true GSXR.
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Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

My Review

19 February 2002 by irelang

Other bikes might be better, get caught in the low revs and youll be 4 bikes lengths behind, but it still looks sexy, nice fat rear (the bike, not the wife). Gets real hairy over bumps...but what a grin factor...will sell kids before bike.
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Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 1 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1996
Year discontinued 1999
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 16 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 130 bhp
Max torque 59 ft-lb
Top speed 164 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.9 secs
Average fuel consumption 40 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

History & Versions

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.

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