Suzuki’s GSR750 always had one tyre in the ‘hit’ camp, and one in the ‘miss’. The problem was less what it delivered, but more what it had promised. When the idea was mooted of a naked GSX-R750, the excitement was too much for the GSR to live up to. A naked GSX-R750 it was not – but it was a decent enough middleweight naked roadster.
For 2017, the foundations remain largely the same, but in terms of design, attitude and performance, it looks like Suzuki have given this newly named GSX-S750 a ruddy good tickle in the adrenal gland and delivered more of what we’d all hoped for the first time round.
The four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 749cc inline-four engine, is a still a ‘street-tuned’ version of the legendary 2005 GSX-R750 engine, but newly-added crankcase ventilation holes to reduce pumping loss, have resulted in an extra 8bhp in peak power.
The injectors have been boosted to 10-hole long-nosed units, giving 25% more pinholes than before, helping to deliver both increased fuel volume and improved combustion efficiency. At the other end of the combustion chain, the exhaust system has been lightened and redesigned, too, while also inheriting the catalytic converter from the
The new GSX-S750 gets Suzuki’s advanced traction control system, which continuously monitors front and rear wheel speeds, the throttle position sensor, crank position sensor and gear position sensor, and reduces engine output when wheel spin is detected.
Riders can select between three different levels of intrusion, or turn the system off completely.
The inverted fork is a gold-anodised 41mm KYB inverted unit that’s adjustable for preload, while the rear monoshock is also pre-load is adjustable only – meaning there’s not much room for tailoring your ride – but the base setting is likely to be pretty flexible if the old GSR is a gauge of the new GSX-S’s set-up. Braking gets a decent upgrade though, with Nissin radial calipers mated to 310mm floating discs, and ABS as standard.
Style-wise, the GSX-S obviously shares a family resemblance to the bigger Thou, and includes a much-improved swingarm design, newly- designed 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels wearing Bridgestone S21s in 120/70ZR17 and 180/55ZR17 fitments, and tapered handlebars. Gone are all the cheap-looking chrome details, replaced with matt black for a far more modern feel.
Available in Metallic Triton Blue / Glass Sparkle Black, Pearl Mire Red and Metallic Matt Black, let’s hope it goes as well as it looks.