GSX-R750 chassis updates for 2002
Suzuki is hoping a raft of chassis changes to the GSX-R750 will change its fortunes in World Superbikes next year.
This year’s changes include a different swing-arm pivot point and revised steering head angle, which required the GSX-R750 to be re-homologated by the FIM. The Suzuki can also be built lighter this year now that the FIM have allowed the fours a 159kg weight limit compared to twins at 164kg.
Changing the swing-arm pivot mount – which will be featured on all new road-going GSX-R750s – will allow a greater range of adjustability of the rear suspension. Making the steering head angle steeper will allow the bike to turn-in quicker.
Race rules require any chassis changes made to superbikes to be checked and homologated for racing and the changes are then incorporated into road bikes.
Other bikes currently being inspected include the new Honda’s SP-2 superbike plus the Yamaha R1, Honda FireBlade and Kawasaki ZX-9R, all of which are eligible to race in superstock and world endurance.