Just like the engine, it’s been a case of evolution not revolution for the Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 with few major changes from the K6.
New three-spoke wheels are lighter than before, the wheelbase is 5mm shorter and Suzuki has built in more flex into the frame and swingarm to give the rider more feel during hard cornering. Forks get high and low-speed compression damping adjustment.
Overall the GSX-R’s suspension is on the soft side, even on maximum settings, which can be limiting for really hardcore track riding. For the most part, though, the friendly set-up gives you tonnes of feel, makes it very easy to ride fast and is extremely forgiving.
With a set of really sticky tyres fitted there’s very little you can’t get away with on this brilliant handling bike.
The few changes Suzuki has made to the GSX-R’s in-line four cylinder 750cc engine have been made to make the power smoother and more useable; power and torque remain exactly the same as before.
The crankcase is stiffer and the motor gets new pistons, cylinder head and cams, which have the same lift as the K6 GSX-R750 but with less duration for more mid-range grunt. All this adds up to a smoother power delivery but with the same voracious appetite for screaming revs, scintillating acceleration and a howling top speed.
Throttle bodies have steeper injector angles and the primary injectors have eight nozzles instead of four; secondary injectors have fewer holes, down from 12 to 8. This engine delivers all the revvy excitement of a 600 but with the extra real-world torque that the extra 150cc brings.
Suzuki motors tend to be bullet-proof and although the K8 Suzuki GSX-R750 isn’t yet old enough to have passed the test of time, you can be pretty sure it will handle years of screaming abuse.
Build-quality isn’t up to the exacting standards of a Honda, Ducati, Aprilia or Yamaha; the paint finish is thin and easily scratched and corrosion will eat into the aluminium if not looked after. Avoid winter riding and the more pampering you can give it the better.
The Suzuki GSX-R750 is one of the best sportsbikes money can buy, bar none and the best thing about it is that it costs just over eight grand, which is excellent value for money. It’s one of the easiest bikes in the world to ride very, very fast and seems to be one of biking’s best kept secrets. You really don’t need a 600 or a 1000 if you’re on a Suzuki GSX-R750; it’ll smoke them all.
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Like all previous Gixers the K8 Suzuki GSX-R750 is a minimalist machine and only comes with the bare essentials, any more just adds unwanted weight. Y
ou get all the toys you need for fast riding like a slipper clutch, fully-adjustable suspension with high and low-speed compression damping at both ends, three-way adjustable footpegs, radial brakes, a gear position indicator, and for touring you even get bungee hooks on the pillion pegs!
Now that Ducati have moved the game along with the electronic toys for your sports bike like data-logging and traction control, the Suzuki only scores 4 out of 5 in this category.