In the words of the Kaiser Chiefs - I predict a riot. Well maybe not a riot, but certainly a serious scrap and more than one manufacturer is set to get a bloody nose this year in the enormously competitive premium middleweight market.
A few weeks ago Yamaha launched the revised MT-09 with updated suspension, a new look and a quickshifter, next week Kawasaki is set to release the all-new Z900 and Sunday I’m riding Suzuki’s new GSX-S750. But is it fair to call the GSX-S new?
Reading the specifications, the GSX-S appears more a re-branded and slightly tweaked GSR750 than an all-new model. But is there anything wrong with that? The GSR750 was a good, if not outstanding, machine and a few changes here and there could move it up a level. And if the noises from Suzuki are correct, that’s what they have done.
Unsurprisingly, Suzuki say the GSX-S750 outperforms its predecessor. Powered by the same re-tuned 2005 GSX-R750 motor, the GSX-S gains 8bhp on the GSR thanks to a bit of engine work and it should stop better as well with new radial brakes. The electronics have been updated with 3-stage traction control, the look sharpened, suspension and wheels changed and apparently the airbox has been altered to produce a more exciting intake sound…
So on the face of it the Suzuki ticks all the right boxes. It costs £7599 compared to the Yamaha’s £7799 and the Kawasaki’s £8249 and weighs roughly the same as the Kawasaki but is 20kg heavier than the Yamaha. The MT and GSX-S make around the 112bhp mark, the Z ups the game to 123bhp and produces more torque than its rivals. It’s going to be one hell of a fight and while I’m happy to predict a riot, I’m most certainly not going to put any money on which the victor will be.
However after riding the GSX-S750 on Sunday, hopefully I may get a slightly clearer idea of which fighter to back…
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