SUZUKI GSX-R750 (2004-2005) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Almost perfect. New radial brakes, the styling's on the money and the motor and chassis are better than most of us can ever hope for"

Suzuki GSX-R750 motorcycle review - Riding

"Almost perfect. New radial brakes, the styling's on the money and the motor and chassis are better than most of us can ever hope for"

  • At a glance
  • 749cc  -  146 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The 2004 and 2005 Suzuki GSX-R750s are almost perfect. The new radial brakes solved the slight stopping issues of the last incarnation, the styling’s on the money and the motor and chassis are better than most of us can ever hope to fully exploit. The only fly in the 10/40W is the K5 GSX-R1000, which is so utterly brilliant there have to be utterly convincing cost savings on the Suzuki GSX-R750 to prefer it.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The new radial brakes effectively cure the K4/5 Suzuki GSX-R750 of its one weak point with fade-free power and sensitivity. The soft-ish stock suspension settings still need stiffening up for hard track work, but even small adjustments mean a real difference. Comfort’s something of a premium and bigger riders may feel a little cramped on the Suzuki GSX-R750.

Engine 4 out of 5

The DOHC motor is a revised version of the one slotted into the excellent 2003 Suzuki GSX-R750. This time it gains revised engine internals including new injectors, lighter camshafts and increased cam inlet profiles for more rpm and more power. The Suzuki GSX-R750 spins up quickly and sounds superb, with the traditional metallic rasp so beloved of GSX-Rs all over. Some bikes suffer a stiff-ish gearbox.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

Suzuki's build quality hasn’t got better, sadly, though at least the Suzuki GSX-R750's black wheels don’t show up the brake dust like the previous model’s white items. The paint’s thin on the tank and if the Suzuki GSX-R750 is left outside the whole plot quickly looks dowdy.

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5

The elephant in the living room is the K5 GSX-R1000. It’s faster, newer, more sophisticated and easy to ride. Dealer prices for the Suzuki GSX-R750 are high, and for re-sale reasons the newer-shaped GSX-R1000 is the better buy. Find a Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale.

Insurance group: 16 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX-R750's digital dash and analogue tacho supply you with almost everything you need to know on the move – trips, speed, reserve light, water temperature and a shift indicator feature. Legions of aftermarket firms are standing by to help you make your Suzuki GSX-R750 K4/K5 lighter and even faster.

Owners' Reviews

8 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R750 (2004-2005) 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 4.8 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.9 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

What more do you need?

05 August 2011 by neilf

I agree with pretty much everything that MCN has written about the K5 except for the bit about comfort and the GSX-R1000K5; Even at 6' 2", I find the K5 better than my previous K1, because the tank is narrower and the seat is longer so you have... Read more more room which allows you to move around and not be locked into position. I managed over 1,500 in France last year on it and without it being too uncomfortable. A 1000K5 is only useful is you want a 1000cc bike. I test rode one of these, along with an '07 R1, before settling for the 750 and I found the former to be too much for the road. It frightened me to see how fast I could go, with such little effort without really noticing that I was doing it. I hit 140mph going up Fish Hill, the A44 just outside Broadway in the Cotwolds, and the K5 was barely ticking over.

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

The daddy of sportsbikes

08 May 2010 by diamondgixxer

Quick, Comfortable and reliable..... Best bike i've ever had..... enough said!! Read more

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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

First bike

26 March 2010 by sanmarco1910

Hi folks - not rode since I was 17 - wife wouldnt let me - so I divorced her and got a beautiful 750 instead after all the bollox of 4 different tests. Paid 4800 for a 55 plate from DK and what a revelation it is. Yeah Im a new rider and cant... Read more really match it against anything else but what I can say is that it excites me so much that I love to ride it - so much so that I have been out nearly every week over the crap weather winter. The only downsides for me are I really could do with a gear change indicator (aftermarket one I can do I guess) riding position leaves my grip tired and I am quite tall so its a bit of a squeeze - but who cares.

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

power

05 March 2010 by marktwin

hi bikers i just got my gsxr 750 04 plate and all i can say is quality at its best.been after one of these for a while and its been worth the wait five stars all round Read more

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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

GSXR 750 K5

22 May 2009 by walters61

Great bike for every level of riding. At home on the track and on back roads. Even used it to tour on. Found it quite comftable, but did get some vibration through the bars at high speeds on motorways. The only flaw was the gearbox. I found several... Read more false neutrals.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 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
4 out of 5

Excellent

08 July 2008 by browell103

I bought one of these new in 2005. Since I have done 17,000 miles on it. This has consisted of weekend blasts, commutes to work and two two week trips abroad. The suspension was a bit soft on standard settings, much better stiffened up abit! I have... Read more put a hugger on, it should have come with one! It now has a power commander and a leo vince can, K&N Filter and Iridium plugs. The power figure quoted above is optimistic, standard these make 124/125 at the back wheel, with the above mine makes 131 (Quoted above is with the Ram Air effect which you wont get on a dyno). The paint is thin on the tank, mine was starting to look a bit worn around where your knees touch but it has polished up a bit. The paint on the wheels is a bit thin as well and has started to flake slightly. I have run mine on fully synthetic (mainly motul 300v) since it was run in and it doesnt burn a drop, changed the brake fluid and coolant after two years and the battery at the start of this summer. The bike doesnt miss a beat and she rides a dream. Would defiantely recommend.

Overall Rating 4 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 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Amazing

18 August 2007 by Hondavfr800

Purchased a pre registered K5 and the first ride was amazing. I never felt any need to adjust the standard suspension set up as it inspired so much confidence for my usual road riding. The brakes are phenomenal, which was just as well, as you tend to... Read more arrive at junctions and roundabouts at a greater rate of knots than expected unless you've kept your eye on the digital speedo. The classy blue and white colour scheme on the K5 is adoreable and whilst the paint on the tank may be a little thin the overall finish on the bike is superb. According to my significant other, the pillion seat whilst in the land of the gods, is comfy and doesn't look out of place on the bike, unlike some after thought on the K6 models. Even two up, you still don't need to redline it to pass cars, because of the extra grunt over the 600's. Complaints? well mirrors, like all sports bikes and for me, numb hands and painful wrists, that has resulted in the best bike I've ever owned (longest kept also)going to a new home. Sad? yes, but poor circulation is the culprit. Would highly recommend you try one as they really are probably the best all round sports package.

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 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Awesome

07 March 2007 by weatie

I have this bike for almost three years now since I purchased it new, and I still think it is awesome and very usable. I previously had a 2004 R1 prior to this and that was nowhere near as usable. With the Gixer 750 you get the ride style of a 600... Read more but almost the power of a 1000 so best of both worlds. It has been faultless and has an excellent build quailty.

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
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2005
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 146 bhp
Max torque 64 ft-lb
Top speed 175 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.7 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame type Ally twin spar
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 163kg
Front suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, compression, rebound
Front brake Twin 300mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

1985: First Suzuki GSX-R750 released. It weighed 179kg and made 90bhp. The first race replica.
1996: Beam frame Suzuki GSX-R750 released.
1998: Suzuki GSX-R750 Gains fuel-injection.
2001: Suzuki GSX-R750 gets new frame, new swingarm, engine updates and new bodywork.
2004: Suzuki GSX-R750 gets new shape, engine and frame mods, radial brakes.
2006: Suzuki GSX-R750 gets new shape, slipper clutch, nitrided forks, new frame, 150bhp.

Other versions

None.

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