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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX750F is a competent sports tourer with one of the worst images in biking (its nickname is “the teapot”). Renowned for being ugly and lacking passion, the Suzuki GSX750F is certainly underdog to the likes of the Honda VFR750/800s but owners love them and their “quirky” looks. The Suzuki GSX750F may not be hardcore but it’s reliable.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX750F hosts a “retuned” GSX-R engine, it’s flat at lower revs, only coming alive after around 5000rpm. But it’s got considerable power and a very decent top speed, validating its position as a sports tourer (performance figures are very close to those of Honda’s VFR). The Suzuki GSX750F's delivery is silky smooth and reliability is excellent.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

The Suzuki GSX750F is a heavy beast and, twinned with budget suspension, the ride can be wallowy. Steering’s a bit laboured but, generally, the handling’s not too bad. The brakes are passable but the gearbox is great: plenty of smooth precision. Comfort’s a strong point on the Suzuki GSX750F and there’s plenty of room for pillion and luggage.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

There’s a centrestand but some Suzuki GSX750F owners reckon it’s difficult to utilise… The Suzuki GSX750F’s weight won’t help. The huge fairing provides protection and the screen works for all but the tallest riders. The large tank is a bonus for long journeys. Post 2004 Suzuki GSX750Fs got a funkier tail end, headlight, mudguard and seat.

Suzuki GSX750F (1998-2005)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,460 (1999) - £1,540 (1999)
Private used prices
£1,310 (1999) - £1,380 (1999)
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Engine size 750 cc
Power 93 bhp
Top speed 150 mph
Insurance group 12 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Suzuki GSX750F's bodywork’s pretty budget but seems to stand the test of time fairly well: there are many high mileage models out there. Complaints about the Suzuki GSX750F are few and far between and the strong engine is singled out for lots of praise. It’s also easy (and therefore cheap) to work on.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There’s plenty of power and motorcycle for the money but Suzuki GSX750Fs don’t hold their value too well. Great news if you’re a buyer though… Suzuki GSX750Fs are cheap to run and boast excellent fuel economy, especially if you tone it down a bit. The Suzuki GSX750F's sports touring rivals, across the board, all cost a hell of a lot more. Find a Suzuki GSX750F for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 12 of 17

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Model History

1989: Suzuki GSX750F launched.
1998: Suzuki GSX750F completely updated with engine modifications, a new exhaust, new fairing and bodywork, headlight, seat and fuel tank.
2004: Suzuki GSX750F gets new mudguard at the front, updated tail section, new seat and headlight.
2005: Suzuki GSX750F discontinued.

Other Versions

Suzuki GSX600F: Originally launched as a sports bike in 1988, the 600 got a major overhaul (in 1998, like the 750) and gradually fell in to the sports tourer bracket. Visually, very similar to the Suzuki GSX750F. Discontinued in 2002.

Specifications

Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.8 secs
Max power 93 bhp
Max torque 49 ft-lb
Weight 211 kg
Seat height 790 mm
Fuel capacity 20 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 185 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 12 of 17
Engine size 750 cc
Engine specification 16v inline four, 6 gears
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment Rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes Twin 290mm discs
Rear brake 240mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 150/70 x 17

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£795

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£1,485

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£1,495

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12632 miles

£2,699

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(19 reviews)

  • Odometer stuck

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'm dissapointed. The odometer got stuck st 99,999. I felt like I was robbed. I estimate it now has 150,000k on it. Just replace the consumables and get back on the road. I'm 6'3" and have ridden it every day. The side stand - well you just stand on it hard. The bike has been parked outside at work in the Aussie sun. I think next services is going to be discs, tyres, brake pads, chain and sprockets. Looking at the prices, for $4000 I can go get another one with only 20,000k and see if I can lock up another odometer!

    03 June 2012

  • Average rating rating is 3

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    After writing off my last bike due to an inconsiderate deer crossing my path needed a new sports tourer. My decision to plump for the GSXF was decided totally on budget. Picked up a 2001 with 21k for £1100. VFR800s were easily double that and sometimes more even for a 98. Having owned a VFR800 I was disappointed I couldn't stretch to get another one. However I was surprised by this. Way more low down power and similar but not quite as significant top end rush. The power is more accessible but it won't keep up with similar sized bikes flat out and easily eclipsed by litre plus bikes. Probably due to the weight of the bike, plus my 15 stone more than any faults with the engine itself! More comfortable, but felt heavy and less darty into the corners. Terrible standard screen, being 6'3 might make me bias though. 150 miles from a tank about right. Does what you need and looking objectively I don't know of any other bike that delivers as much for the same price.

    28 October 2011

  • solid all rounder

    matt clayton

    Average rating rating is 2.5

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    This was my first bike. Heavy, bulbous dated looks and a massive exhaust all belie a solid all rounder. The one outstanding feature is the super powerful engine which, despite its aged design is sheer fun, especially when in the powerband. The bike's sidestand has a tendancy to tip forward when the machine is idling and drop with little warning. Reliability is awesome as is the price. Not great for a new rider due to high power and weight but still worth a look for many.

    06 September 2011

  • Suzuki GSX750F

    Bluesplayer59

    Average rating rating is 5

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    The best bike ive owned to date . Engine is a beauty . Very smooth and sweet , but the best bit is the mid range . From 4000 it pulls like a Pullman . I leave this thing in top and cruise everywhere up the steepest of hills without any chew . The handline is superb to . I do most of my riding 2 up and i get no wallowing and scary moments . Brakes are mint to . Fuel economy is acceptable . I love the looks of this beast to . A real proper muscle bike that will not let you down .Only bad bits if i had to pick something is maybe the finish on painted areas . Like most Jap machines it flakes off , but its easy sorted . Agreat bike .

    07 May 2011

  • what's it like to live with

    roosterman

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    This is a good bike, often underated by those who've never owned one. There's nothing flash about it but it does what it's been designed to do very well. The engine is great, revving freely and reasonably smoothly. I had no problem regularly holding it at 190 km/h on the freeway. The gearbox is quite smooth but I also found it somewhat inconsistent. Ride is a bit soft but can be firmed up. Handling is predictable but not as stable as a bigger bike. I found the bike a bit tight for my height (6'1"). Equipment is pretty basic, but the price is relatively low so that's fine. Quality was ok; nothing to complain about but nothing outstanding either. I had the odd elctrical niggle but nothing major. An honest bike that grows on you the longer you own it. The only bike I've ever bought a second time. Personally I think it looks better than most modern sports-tourers (I had a red then a black one), and the only reason I sold the second one was to buy a bigger bike for two-up touring.

    13 July 2009

  • 2 Good years

    Bigdog365

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought my GSX750F two years ago this month, a week after I passed my test. It was 8 years old then, with 19,000 on the clock. It's now over 30,000. The engine is 100% reliable, and has never missed a beat, but it does suffer a little from carb icing at start up when it's very cold weather. The handling could be sharper, but it was never meant for racing, so I guess that's to be expected. The biggest failing is the brakes, which have a habit of binding, and are not the best even when they're working ok. Don't get me wrong, it stops, but not as quickly as it could. It's a great bike for long days out and touring, as it's really comfy, and on a run I've had over 50mpg too! I'm loking for a change soon, and the only question for me is, what do I get to better the GSX?

    18 June 2009

  • easy an cheap

    H2pots

    Average rating rating is 3

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    i owned a 1999 gsx750f for 4 years. i had mine as a second bike for 2 up touring. at the time funds were the deciding factor as to what the second bike ws gonna be. plumped for a gsx because i could get a cheap low mileage bike that i knew i could do all the servicing and repairs on. what a bargain... the gsx did it all, 2 up camping holidays, 2 week tours and all day riding. ive upgraded to a 1200 bandit now, mostly because 2 up riding destoyed the performance of the gsx. comfort on the gsx was great, me and her indoors could ride all day and still feel fresh at the end of the day. reliability was superb, i did all the work on the gsx, it never went into a dealers for anything. things to look out for: look at exhaust collecter, prone to corrosion, keep it clean, keep it painted. keep your eye on front brakes, they need stripping every year, old hat brakes that need to be in tip top shape to be even adequate, rest of it is just normal servicing. the bike is nissan reliable, easy an forgiving to ride, low seat height (will suit shorties), handles ok and is cheap to buy and fix. the engine will do great miles if looked after (old gsxr750 motor)and even has good weather protection but you'll work a bit harder with the gearbox when you're riding 2 up... it's a pretty good bike though, even if it seen as a poor mans vfr

    24 February 2009

  • Look further than looks

    Bosunthedog

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Yes the GSX 750F is ugly damn ugly but look further at the bike and what you get is a lot of bike and as a novice you feel confident riding it. No its not gixer fast off the mark the top end is plenty fast enough. There are great bargains out their and you get more bhp for the same insurance as el bandito 6's. Be safe and enjoy!!!

    18 February 2009

  • CBT and 3 lessons later...

    DaftAlly

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    Got this recommended by a biking mate. I only got my licence recently because I was too stupid before- but the doc says I'm ok now. It was recommended as a user friendly, economical, reliable straightforward bike which would teach me about the feel of a bike. It is doing all these things. Perhaps the marking by owners is often a bit high, because this bike is often rated by new riders or riders returning after a break. The GSXF won't set the world on fire, but it has a nice flat torque curve, smooth oil tight engine, quiet until I get a decent can and generally novice friendly. I thought is was scary fast to begin with, but now I see it is a fairly long bike which weighs a bit, so the front wheel is unlikely to come up. I'm not glad I got the 750, as I think I'd be bored with the 600, and I also like the low down flexibility of the engine. It will go to 12k (revs), but it's done it's best by 10.5k, so no point screaming it. The brakes are good and progressive, but the forks dive more than I would like. Perhaps progressive springs are on the cards. The controls are all smooth and easy to use. The bike seems to handle well, but it's weight means dropping into a turn is not as fast as sports bikes, but on the Bridgestons BT021s, it is stable, predictable and grips well. I couldn't ask for more. Wind protection is good now I have a double bubble screen (they need this). Avoid flip-ups for the GSXF, I've been told. So far I've managed a maximum 2000 miles a month. Although the headlights are good for a bike, I fitted Philips Extreme power headlamp bulbs- very good now. I have yet to find an ignition advancer for it as standard it will accept 91 RON. There is good space for throwover painers and a pillion, and being 6'3", I like having to reach for the bars slightly. The suspension is a nice compromise, but it is a little unsophisticated. I'm getting usually about 135 miles without having to use the 5 litre reserve, but I suppose I do make good progress. When touring, about 150 miles is as far as I want to go and need a 15 minute stop. The chicken lines have all but dissapeared now- testimony that even a clot can ride this. Easy to work on and straightforward. Even the fairings only takes about 20-25 minutes to remove and refit which allows the real work to take place. If I was doing less mileage or weekend only stuff, then I'd have a Bandit. I'm not so this fits just fine for a year or so more until I find a Guzzi to rack up the miles. Maybe a Duke for weekend jaunts as well.

    18 October 2008

  • Does wot says on the tin

    grumpy greaser

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I had a GSX600F till some bloke tried to wipe me off so the prospect of the 750 was exiciting and scary. I'd restarted riding 12 months before and at 64 you think 3 times before you jump. But its everything I want, it commutes, tours and goes quick enough when needed all with impeccable behaviour. With my partner aboard there's 120 years of biking enthusiasm and boy do we enjoy it. If it weren't the bike it is I sure wouldn't do pillion trips or commute 4000 miles over the autumn and winter. I have added a double bubble cause it saves me bending so far, a fender extender to save the down pipes, a Scott oiler and heated grips. The latter help me to hold and control cause I have a bit of arthritis in the left thumb - show me another bike that would be as good I might change---- nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnah!

    15 April 2008

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steveGSX

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Teapots

Love em or hate em they're reliable, I bought mine last year after a 15 yr lay off from bikes and didnt want anything to intimidating, found the F to be very comfy on long runs and handles well enough last bike honda cb750fb !! rubber frame :lol: I take my son on the bike as well and he rates the pillion room so all in all Im really pleased with it. Will look for larger sports tourer next but will have fond memories of my Teapot would recommend it to born again bikers and newbies.

04 September 2007 13:54

kenco

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Buying another one

Had a 750F, stopped biking a while, then shopped around. Same inputs - long commute, reliable, economical, not boring as hell. Same output - GSX750F. I guess it gives around same performance as a VFR but is half the price (an 01 for less than 1700!). Big plus is the supreme comfort - no problems spending all day on a tour and you can still walk at the end. Downside is slight ponderousness cornering - you won't keep up with a well ridden nimble 600. But even that can be a plus - it's very stable on the Motorway. Only reliability things to check are binding brakes if you don't keep 'em clean and they can wear cams. I had to replace inlet camshaft on my old one but counted myself unlucky, And being air/oil cooled they're easily maintained anyway - only cost me about 150 at a non-dealer. Difficult to go wrong with this bike.

16 May 2007 17:58

lukasz469

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ok, krotka lekcja jezyka polskiego. Suzuki-u nas potocznie nazywana jajeczkiem,to bardzo dobry motocykl. Oferuje wiele przyjemnosci za rozsadne pieniadze i dysponuje niezniszczalnym silnikiem od GSX-R rocznik 85. Polecam wszystkim tym, ktorzy potrafia czytac po polsku. Peace:)

30 April 2007 10:36

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