SUZUKI GSX750 (1997-2002) Review

Published: 24 November 2006

"Suzuki's answer to the Zephyr 750 never really caught on"

Suzuki GSX750 motorcycle review - Riding

"Suzuki's answer to the Zephyr 750 never really caught on"

  • At a glance
  • 749cc  -  85 bhp
  • 43 mpg  -  150 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

This was Suzuki's answer to the Kawasaki Zephyr 750 and although the Suzuki GSX750 has its admirers, it never really caught on in the UK and there aren't very many about secondhand. The Suzuki GSX750 is a competent performer but the soft suspension and indifferent finish detract from an otherwise user-friendly package.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

If you ride it slowly the Suzuki GSX750 makes a decent commuter/all rounder, but the suspension is too soft and the front end dives during hard braking. To be fair, the Suzuki GSX750 is as good as many late 90s roadster bikes like the Zephyr, Honda CB750 etc but a Fazer 600 feels like an R1 by comparison.

Engine 3 out of 5

Based on the old GSXR750 from the 80s, the Suzuki GSX750 motor is in a softer state of tune, with smaller carbs, but still has enough poke to get you on to the naughty side of 120mph. Ultimately it doesn't feel much faster than the Bandit 600, which is one reason why the Suzuki GSX750 never proved a strong seller.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

There's no question over the motor, but like the Bandits or GSX750F model, the Suzuki GSX750 roadster can suffer from a patchy finish, which leads to it looking shabby. The Suzuki GSX750's downpipes and their linking sections are especially vulnerable to rust.

Value & Running Costs 3 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX750 is a bit of an oddball, many people mistake it for a Bandit. But when there are so many 600 Bandits around secondhand, offering very similar performance to this model for less money, it starts to get difficult to find a reason to buy a Suzuki GSX750, as pleasant as it is to ride. Find a Suzuki GSX750 for sale.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

The Suzuki GSX750's retro clocks look good, there's a fuel gauge, centrestand and grabrail - plus the saddle is really comfortable if you want a bike that can handle a 40 mile per day commute. For a roadster the Suzuki GSX750 has all you need, plus some useful extras. 

Owners' Reviews

6 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX750 (1997-2002) 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 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Just bought

12 April 2014 by Homercj

Have had my 2000 suzuki GSX 750 Inazuma for 4 days and so far great bike ,it is my first bike in 30 years the last one being a suzi GT 380 back in the 80s This time around i was looking at cruisers but after trying some out could not get on with... Read more the handling . So went on to look for a bit more of a retro bike 750 after all those years was a bit daunting at first but after the first couple of minutes on the bike it felt right ,this bike has 50000km on the clock start well and runs great with plenty of power also the island i live on Fuerteventura is very windy most of the time but does not seem to knock the ride Will do and update soon

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 5 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5
4 out of 5

GSX750

21 September 2012 by MacLipp

I really love my 2001 classic Suzuki GSX750 Inazuma. It's really good in town traffic, engine runs good from low rpm. Handles very good. Brakes seem a bit soft. One thing altough, is really annoing - it's very difficult to find aftermarket parts... Read more from online stores, because this model is hardly listed anywere... Usually closest thing You get is gsxr750 or gsx750f. Or, with body parts You have to guess, will gsf600's parts fit. You need different search words like gsx750y ((k)(w), gsx 750ae, gsx 750 inazuma... and lists You will find, are way too short...

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

Just bought GSX 750

25 November 2009 by Ted1974

These reviews have been really usefull! I've just bought a GSX 750 and have yet to collect it but I'm really looking forward to it. I didn't want a racing bike, I just want to get from A to B in one piece but it's nice to know you have a good amount... Read more of power available if you want / need it. My first bike was an 883 Sportster and I loved it but was putting too many miles on it commuting - 5K in 4 months!! The GSX 750 ticks all the boxes for me and I love the Retro styling. It's good to read positive comments about my new machine, especially from instructors! Thanks MCN :0)

Overall Rating 5 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

A Diamond

29 January 2009 by kevincbt

I am the proud owner of a gsx750w i use her for giving bike lessons and for pleasure and would not change her for the world. I have never been let down by this bike in ice snow and rain which we have a lot of in wales she has never failed to start... Read more or run all day long the same could not be said for a bandit i once owned which gave me nothing but trouble when cold. Plenty of poke when needed or an all day cruiser this bike is so underated a real same.

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

GSX 750 W

25 March 2008 by stormrider79

I've now done about 600 miles on mine in all different conditions, the bike is 10 years old and had 5600miles on the clock (poor girls been locked up all her life). Overall this is an easy bike to live with! Bad points first, The suspension is budget... Read more (we all know that but) it dives quite a bit on the brakes which realy upsets it going into a corner and it doesnt do well at speed, push it to 110mph and you get a (steady) speed wobble, you have to fight to keep it straight. Also if you want to change you angle mid-corner you have to jump off the seat and swing on the bars. Hopefully this is all because the fork oil has never been changed and the tyres have a realy steady profile (bt020's) so i'll use some progresive fork spring, new oil and some d208 tyres, might drop the forks through the yokes by 5mm too. Now the good bits, She's pretty! sooo comfy though i'm adding a GS1000S style headlight fairing just for longer and cold jorneys. The finish is pretty good for a suzuki, the engine is almost spotless and the paintwork looks like a brand new bike. The engine is great, not the fastest engine and the top speed is'nt that strong but that's not what it's all about, sit at 2500revs in top gear and wack the throtle open, it gets up to the ton faster than that big grin appers on your face. I'd love to see a top gear roll-on comparison with a modern Gixer 750! This bike can sit at 90 all day long. It's got a good tank range and the petrol gauge is handy, good pillion provisions, good size space under the seat etc. brakes are well ample and rear suspention seems quite nice. I'm well happy I bought this bike and it's increadable value. Don't buy it if you want a sporty retro (maybe something like a Z750 would be better) but if you want a good all rounder that puts a smile on your face, looks good and you can be proud of, it's a winner!

Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 2 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

GSX750 Retro

23 February 2008 by Anonymous

I've owned one now for 10 years, using it everyday all year round. It's been superbly reliable and a regular head turner too. Good points are looks (esp in black), a lovely upright riding position, comfortable low seat, great mirrors and a tight... Read more turning circle. It makes a great town bike with the added bonus that there are so few around it attracts no interest from thieves. And the engine has an old-fashioned deep growl to it(esp with replacement Arrow can). Best of all though is the peerless and classy styling which looks great from every angle and works as well now as it did 10 years ago. Bad points are few. It takes a good while to warm up and run smoothly on the coldest winter days. The finish is a little patchy: the chrome on the rear springs went off after only a couple of years and the "chrome" clocks are plastic. OTOH the paint still looks really good and there is no rust other than a little pitting on the handlebars and mirror stems. Pretty good considering its kept outside and washed only a couple of times a year. The brakes are a bit soft but improve with braided lines. Reliability. The only real problem has been the front brake calipers which needed a couple of rebuilds after about 7 years. Road salt is probably the culprit. After the first time the calipers had been stripped and blasted clean the piston seals seem to need more frequent replacing which can be expensive. Other than that and routine service parts the only other thing to go in 10 years was a single headlamp bulb. You might like to know that there was also a 1200cc version but it was never officially imported into the UK and I've only ever seen one. So, despite the small number sold I think this is one of the best of the retros. Ironically it was probably a retro before it's time and would do better now the market for nakeds has opened up. Of course it might not blow your skirt up if you like race reps or inter-continental touring but if you want a stunning looking all-rounder, a bike that's fast, good handling, reliable, and practical but doesn't look like a Hondeo or a plastic toy aimed at 8 year old boys make the effort to find one of these beauties.

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
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1997
Year discontinued 2002
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 12 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 85 bhp
Max torque 66.7 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.1 secs
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Tank range 150 miles
Specification
Engine size 749cc
Engine type 4 stroke, in line 4, 6 gears
Frame type Steel cradle type
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 201kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 300mm disc
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 170/60 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

1997: Suzuki GSX750 launched in the UK.
2002: Suzuki GSX750 discontinued from Suzuki GB range.

Other versions

None.

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