SUZUKI GSX-R750 (2008 - 2010) Review
At a glance
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Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
New for 2008, the K8 was the latest incarnation of the giant-killing Suzuki GSX-R750. With only minor tweaks for this year and a facelift, the 175mph K8 is now the smoothest and most refined GSX-R750 ever.
Suzuki say it has the same claimed crank power and torque as the K6/K7 model (150bhp/64ftlb), but during MCN’s Road Test it made a staggering 133bhp at the rear wheel on our dyno.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||16-valve, 750cc in-line-four|
|Frame type||Aluminium twin spar|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Front brake||2 x 310mm discs|
|Rear brake||220mm disc|
|Front tyre size||120/70 17 in|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 17 in|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||32 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||-|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||133 bhp|
|Max torque||57 ft-lb|
|Top speed||175 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||11.29 secs|
|Tank range||120 miles|
Model history & versions
2008 – Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 launched.
Owners' reviews for the SUZUKI GSX-R750 (2008 - 2010)
9 owners have reviewed their SUZUKI GSX-R750 (2008 - 2010) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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just picked up my 60 plate at the weekend. pure value for money. £7399.00 from lloyd cooper. it only had 2 miles on the clock. still scrubbing the tyres in so not had it to the full potential but i was grinning like a cheshire cat on the straights. brill!!!!!
Just picked up my 25th Anniversary limited edition GSXR 750 and i love it - superb ride and great quality all round - plus it looks outstanding. Highly recommended motorcycle. Best pound for pound bike on the road.
I have had loads of bikes over the last 20yrs - mostly sports 600s and a few 1000s. My favourite up to now was an 08 yamaha r6 - the gsxr has just that little bit more oomph and is a little more supple in the suspenders. The handling is very similar, and the only thing I would knock it for is its looks - a bit plain - however tail tidy, db screen and a fancy end can should spruce it up a bit. I think the r6 had better build quality but the overall usefulness of the gsxr just about outweighs this - time will tell
I passed my test in late September and for my first bike I ordered a brand new GSX-R 750 K9 in black/gold. The insurance was pretty steep but it is a decision I do not regret. I took it nice and steady at first as the step up from the 500cc I learnt on was a big one. I've found the mode selector extremely useful in the beginning. Being able to get used to how the bike handled without the full power was beneficial. There is a big difference between the lowest setting(c) and the highest(a). Now that I've gotten used to the bike I'm on mode A all the time. The only exception may be in the wet. For an experienced rider it's pretty much pointless. The performance for something that cost me a little under 8k is mind blowing. It's accelerates extremely fast and the sound and feeling you get is intoxicating! The only bad things I can think of is comfort and a fuel tank range of approx 115miles. It is a sports bike though so if you can't deal with it don't buy one. I've done almost 1500 miles and loved every minute and mile of it. My only regret is that I didn't take my test earlier.
i had a gsxr-750 the tt edition the bike is awsome bike easy to ride+ the power it great 1s when going adove 6000 rpm its shame it got nick.i getting a k8 model
You can't get better, I bought this bike new in August 2008, and although i have only done a few miles on her they have been hard miles and she has been prefect and not missed a beat. This is my 4th Gixer now as prior to this i had a GSX-R600K7 before that a GSX-R600K4, before that i had a GSX-R600K1 which were all excellent bikes, the K1 had 22k miles on it which shows the strength of the engines. When i decided to get a new bike i thought i would go a bit bigger to help on the straights on the track and decided on the GSX-R 750 and i was sooooo glad i did. I was annoyed i didnt do it years ago. The 750 is simply perfect, great handling, great brakes and lots of grunt, fuel consumption is literally the same as my old 600. It turns in so easily and as it doesnt seem as snappy as the 600 it powers out of the bends with a lot less fuss. On my K7600 i used to get a slight bit of head shake when i really opened it up but there is none at all on this bike not even at full throttle in every gear. Seat is pretty comfy but pillion beware, riding postition is very good and very nimble in and out of traffic....Go on treat yourself, forget the 600's or the 1 litre, This bike is simply PERFECT
This is the first time i have ever been compelled to write anything good about, well anything! I passed my cbt in May 08 and passed my DAS in July 08. and what did I do. Yep, went straight out and bought a brand new, off the shelf, spank GSX-R 750 K8. Without a doubt, the best thing I ever did. I must say, I was 35, looking at 36 and felt it was now or never after denying my feelings for fast bikes and freedom. I had little respect for speed in my younger days (ha ha) and always felt that I would do something really silly if I had a sports bike. A lot more respect for speed now, I can tell you. The bike is faultless, amazing, responsive, fast, stable, sure, reliable and all the other mind blowing things you could say about a bike. The 750 commands respect, but treat it good as I have and run it in properally and once you hit 1000 miles, open her up and blast into the sunset. That sound over 10500rpm is something else. Why on earth would anybody buy anything else?. All I hoped for and much much more. It was suggested that I get an SV – ER6 – Frazer etc for my first big bike. Glad now? What do you think! Kieran P.S all I need to do now is learn how to really Motor-Bike-It
I rode the K7 750 which I loved. I now ride a K8 750 and again love the power, easy and rasp of the air intakes. A fantastic bike for the road and of course track.
I totally agree with the MCN review above - this bike is (for me) the best value and most user-friendly superbike around. I passed my test earlier this year and after a unhappy experience with the Yamaha FZ6 Fazer S2 (see my other review...), I decided to buy the bike I always wanted. It is very easy to ride, inspires confidence, doesn't require thrashing like a 600 nor handling with extreme caution like a 1000. For a newbie like me, the three option mode control has enabled me to start slow and build up from there. It is comfortable, and even with my short legs I can flat foot it (which I couldn't with the Yamaha, which even had a lower seat height). The brakes are excellent, the front brake lever is span adjustable, and you can move the footpegs into three different positions. The engine is very smooth and the throttle response direct and pretty linear. Gear changes are easy and it starts first time every day, even in the depths of the UK winter. It is well equipped for what I need (speedo, tach, gear position, trip counters), and comes with a seat cowl and pillion seat as standard. With a thick coat of ACF-50 I am still riding it all winter. My gripes are minor, the main one being the mirrors - not a problem on the track, but quite important in congested UK traffic. Although they look cool with the integral indicators, I can only get a good view of my shoulders. But a set of Rizoma bar end mirrors and flush mounted indicators in the mirror slots has changed that. I'm now looking forward to taking it to the California Superbike School next year!