Suzuki GSX-S750 first ride: 'Hard to fall in love with'

Published: 23 January 2017

As you have probably seen from my social media posts, the launch of Suzuki’s new GSX-S750 has been something of a washout. If it wasn’t raining it was threatening to rain, spitting or just plain damp. All of which seldom helps show a bike in its best light – especially one that Suzuki claims is an ‘apex predator’.

So what do I make of the GSX-S750? That’s a hard question to answer. There is absolutely nothing wrong whatsoever with the GSX-S750. Replacing the GSR750 in the firm’s model range its revised engine is more spirited than the lackluster version in the GSR. The new inverted forks, radial brakes, 12-spoke wheels and swingarm give the GSR’s chassis and extra injection of handling performance and the ABS and three-stage traction control all work very well indeed.

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In fact, the whole bike works very well and aside from a tiniest bit abrupt throttle when going from closed to open, there isn’t much to complain about. The GSX sounds, handles, stops and goes much better than the GSR750 it replaces.

So why am I failing to feel too excited about it? Here is the GSX-S750’s problem. It’s a very good bike, and at £7599 is also great value. But it isn’t an outstanding bike and that’s its issue. In a field as competitive as the premium middleweights (which for 2017 includes the revised Yamaha MT-09 and the new Kawasaki Z900 and Triumph Street Triple) you need to be outstanding and as good as the GSX-S750 is to ride, it doesn’t do anything to make itself stand out.

If you like the look and want an inline four Suzuki, it’s arguably a more refined bike than the GSX-S1000, certainly better than the GSR750 and is a really good and very competent road bike. But would I pick it over the competition? Probably not as while it is hard to fault, it’s equally as hard to really fall in love with and for me a bike needs a spark of excitement to make me want to part with my cash.

Having ridden the new MT-09, and being a fan of the old smaller capacity 675 Street Triple, I suspect in the group comparative test these new models of competitor’s bikes will demonstrate this spark of excitement the GSX-S750 lacks.

 

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