Suzuki GSR750 (2011 - present)

If ever there was a hunting ground for the GSR750, surely the tightly-packed London streets is it.
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Available from
2011
Sharp-looking, nimble urban tool
You buy it with your head, not your heart
The GSR750 trounces the GSR600 in every respect.

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Riding 28 years wanted something very different. I traded in my ZZR1400 for this. What you say? But it will not be mass owned, sharp looks, fun to play with and a bargain new. Most bikes are too powerful to max out on UK roads and are unfulfilling, but this can be fully exploited which is far more rewarding than something that barely gets going engine wise before brakes are required or licence lost. I wasn't sure when I test rode it, so I tried a Street Triple to compare. The press rate the Street over the GSR but I found the riding position better on the GSR, the smooth engine is not tiring like the vibey and noisy Street (ear plugs mandatory). I really like the clocks on the GSR, the best I have ever come across on a naked with enough information as you would expect on a tourer. With the comfort, the economy and touring range and lovely GSXR engine it won me over. The only compromise is the brakes. You just have to be prepared to pull the lever harder than normal. Some braided hoses, adjustable levers and some HH pads might well sort this issue out for very little money. If you like GSXR's but don't like pain this is the one! Give it a try.

Strengths

Super smooth engine. Clutchless changes going up are a must as it is much smoother. Suspension well suited to most roads except when really bumpy. A doddle to manouvre in slow moving traffic, an ideal bike to nip through town. This is my first naked bike for over 20 years and I love it. The air is clean and quiet with no buffeting. I am 6 foot and can ride for an hour and a half without aching butt or legs - much more comfortable than it should be. Due to neck injury I have given up lean over sports bikes. This is a sit up GSXR and still makes me want to cane it. Excellent economy 47mpg.

Weaknesses

Brakes are its weak point. They work OK but you have to pull hard on the lever. 2 fingered braking is not an option when shifting. Throttle is very sensitive so bike jittery when braking on bumpy surfaces that cause small throttle openings. This is a cheap bike new but I anticipate significant depreciation as it is not established yet as a "cool" bike. There are a few budget parts like swinging arm and stand. Everything exposed so cleaning after use is a must to keep it good. About another 20 bhp would have been nice but it might be too much for a new comer as this is more aimed at novices.

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Overall Review

I had a choice between the GSR or the triumph street triple. All reviews and most people i have spoken to say that the triple wins every time. I dont think so. The GSR's engine and gearbox are alot smoother, Its no where near as noisy as the triple, Its 110 percent more comfertable. The Triple handles a little better but you wouldn't notice it on the road. Maybe the track, but not the road. This is a great not so little bike, its great for commuting and having a blast at the weekend! It filters great and is a dream to flick through traffic. On the open road it is a brillant machine, clutchless changes are a must. It shoots straight into gear as if by magic as the speedo climbs and climbs. The bike makes a beautiful raspy in line four scream as the revs rise past 7500rpm. Overall, its a fantastic piece of kit with a few budget eye sores that get the job done but dont look overly pretty.

Strengths

GSXR 750 Engine (Detuned) 105BHP Digital speedo/analoge Revs Very very comfy Fantastic Suspension (Lacks adjustment but is very capable) Pulls quickly through the gears with its super smooth engine and gearbox Very sharp and aggressive looking

Weaknesses

Budget swing arm sub standard brakes when you are really flying budget levers, stand and the odd few other parts standard mirrors are a real eyesore

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Submitted by Rich67 on Sun, 30/08/2015 - 07:56

Overall Review

I live in London, and do a lot of riding on the North Circular, plus lots of riding through streets. This bike is great at doing those things, feeling steady at both high and very slow speeds, and easy to move around stuff. If that is the riding you do, put this at the top of your shopping list. For longer journeys I've been getting 55mpg, which is way better than I thought, it's comfy too, although I used to have a Tiger and it's not as comfy as that. I have red one with a yoshimura exhaust, seat cowl and small screen, and I think it looks great, and it gets looked at, maybe because there aren't many of them. The sound from the exhaust is nice too. If the bike had 10-15 more bhp (why not, It's a gixer 750 engine), better brakes to cope with more power, and a lighter swingarm, I think it would be one of the class leaders, if not the leader. Although it's ok in lower revs, the bike pulls really well over 6k revs, with fast filtering on motorways a doddle and fun. I had a Hornet 600 directly before this, and although the GSR only has a bit more power, it feels like a lot more once in the higher revs. It wasn't initially on my list to buy, but did a test drive as the Suzuki dealer wasn't far from me. The test put it on my list, so I recommend adding it to yours. Hope this review was helpful.......

Strengths

Easy to handle at any speed, especially slow filtering. Looks like it means business Comfortable riding position The way it pulls once in higher revs Clutchless shifting 50+ MPG

Weaknesses

Bike feels it could handle more power Brakes feel a bit soft Heavy swingarm

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