Suzuki GSX-R750 K8 (2008 - )

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2008
The bike we all should own.
Power delivery like a rev-happy 600, not a torquey 1000. More's the pity
The thinking man's superbike

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Submitted by GSXR Geezer on Tue, 17/02/2009 - 17:40

Overall Review

I love my Gixxer it has the Power when asked but is a bike that gives positive feed back, so gives you confidence. The more I ride it the more I'm loving it. Comfort isn't great but if you want comfort don't buy a sport-bike. If you want a fast sports bike and a bike you can commute on and a bike that will give you more of a buzz than a 600 without the weight of a 1000 this is the bike you are looking for. 9.5 out of 10

Strengths

Easy to turn, Light weight, Heaps of power, Stable at slow speeds in traffic, Equally stable at high speeds on the open roads. I have the Black/Orange version and I get a lot of positive comments.

Weaknesses

Seat is a little hard although you can get a softer one from Suzuki, I would like the seat to be adjustable, 4th gear seems a little flat compared to the other gears. At 100kph some vibrations seem to resonate through the grips but bearable. Too many stickers all over the tank I removed all these I wanted to ride it not read it!

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Submitted by jimlindsay on Tue, 24/02/2009 - 16:22

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It's a great bike. A bit of work on the suspension will make it even better. I love the raw, silly power of my Fireblade but for road riding, the Gixer has all the power I need (well more than I can use in truth).

Strengths

Light weight, great engine, super slick gearbox. Good handling. It's comfortable too. I did 700 miles in a day on it with no comfort problems. As quick A to B as my Fireblade and lesstiring to ride.

Weaknesses

I ride all year and you need to lavish lots of TLC to keep it looking good. I was it after every winter ride and soak it in Scottoiler 365 which, so far, has kept it looking OK. I find the forks a bit too bouncy with the stock setup. Now that I have some spare time looming, I'm planning to go through the whole setup routine from scratch and if that doesn't work, I'll be looking to modify the internals. Drive mode selector is a complete waste of time as far as I am concerned.

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Submitted by Butcakes on Fri, 14/08/2009 - 15:11

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Great allrounder that provides the ideal compromise between 600/1000's. Head banging race pedigree on a bike that is just as useful as a tourer. Replace the exhaust and it's almost perfect.

Strengths

Engine = fantastic. Smooth throughout and pulls when you need it most. Handles great and looks even better. Low seat height is a big bonus for those of us that may be vertically challenged.

Weaknesses

The atrocious oversized exhaust but easily remedied with an aftermarket (plenty of choice). The seat I find very uncomfortable but hopefully this will ease over time. The mode selector is just a waste of time really.

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Submitted by gt_lad (not verified) on Wed, 21/07/2010 - 22:55

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Brilliant, apart from the smell of antifreeze that developed this eveing. Service booked before warranty expiry in a month or two so hopefully that will get sorted without hassle.

Strengths

The engine and gearbox are great, all very smooth and loads of grunt whatever gear I'm in. Perfect balance of power meets agility without the insurance premium of the litre bike category. Lots of bits on the market to make it look even better and fairly comfy... even beat the VFR in a touring test in an old issue of TWO! Bike of all tricks!

Weaknesses

I'm 6'5 so a bit of a squeeze but better than everything else I tried in this class. Comes with BT016 as standard. I'm not that experienced with tyres yet but, a lot of people pass comment on them being vague. I'll being able to judge fairly when I change as a pair as soon as my new rear is spent. The standard exhaust looks whack, I've changed mine. Just a point to note, the trim from a Remus K6/7 Megaphone slips straight onto the cat if you fancy the moto gp look without the expense of the Yoshi R55. Bit load but looks fab!

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Submitted by paullord on Fri, 05/10/2012 - 13:37

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buy one you do not need a thousand

Strengths

razor sharp planted steering smooth linear power delivery balanced

Weaknesses

a bit focused for some maybe

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Submitted by Carlos2 on Mon, 03/02/2014 - 20:46

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I have been riding for 34 years now, I really love my GSXR although my friends think I have gone daft.

Strengths

Comfy, smooth, looks good, handles well enough. Put on decent tyres (Dunlop Racesmart2's)

Weaknesses

Some of the components are a bit cheap, needs a bit of TLC to stop rust. Brakes were poor, new master cylinder (Thanks Suzuki) and braided hoses help as well as decent fluid. I seem strangely attracted to flammable clothing and all things anodised....

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Overall Review

When reading new bike reviews, I'm usually left with the impression that evolution = forward progress. So it was with high expectations that I bought a 2013 L3 GSXR750. I'd ridden the 2010 L0 GSXR, and the press claimed the revised engine, reduced weight, brembos and Showa BPF’s had evolved the bike to near perfection. But the thinking man's sportsbike has taken more steps back than forward. Firstly, the L0’s engine is turbine-like throughout the rev range, whereas the L3 has 2 engines. Above 7k revs it's fantastically smooth and powerful, but below 7k it’s gruffly, gravelly and vibey. The trade off is better fuel economy, but overall the L0's lump is better. The L3's Showa BPF on the L3 are awesome at high speeds on smooth, sweeping corners (i.e. motorways), but on A and B roads the ride is harsh and a bit numb. The L0 was better suspended for my 10st frame, and not even a trip to the usually reliable Kais could sort the L3. The Brembo front calipers have not sorted the L0’s weak brakes; they still lack bite and power. For a bike capable of 180mph they are woeful, and only a £300 brembo master cylinder sorts it. Finish is also a step backwards, weight has been reduced but plastics are paper-thin and the bike had a dozen stone chips within 500 miles. Unforgiveable. Overall, what should have been a great bike was a bad buy. I loved the idea of being ‘on a GSXR750’ but the riding experience isn’t up to scratch. So I’ve chopped it in for a ZX6R 636. It’s better, everywhere.

Strengths

The engine (above 7k revs) Noise Power to weight ratio Comfort Fuel economy Looks and colour scheme (although not to everyone's taste) The Gixxer 750 'brand' Value (8k deals now possible on a 2013 model)

Weaknesses

The engine (below 7k revs): it's vibey and a bit 'gravelly' Front brakes lack initial bite and power Quality / thickness of plastics Harsh suspension (for my 10st weight) Gearbox / finding neutral Fallen behind rivals on electronic rider aids Feels a generation behind when ridden back to back against the latest kit

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Submitted by GSX-RMike on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 11:57

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Fantastic all round sports bike. Mine commutes, attacks the roads on the weekend and always leaves me feeling good. Do I miss the extra 30/40 bhp a litre bike would offer? Not sure, although I do know that I can wring the 750's neck (most of the time) without feeling I need any more. Proud of my bike.

Strengths

The motor: It has grunt in the mid range and revs out to 15,000. Add a can (preferably also remoce the Cat) and an air filter to release the full potential. Handling: Fit decent tyres and don't look back...Super handling from the Supersports frame. Build Quality: I've had mine for 3.5 years and the finish still leaves me proud. Look after them and they will reward back. Reliability: 100% track record

Weaknesses

Hmmmmmmm Struggling here to be honest. Image?

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