Adam Waheed – 6’0”, 175 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750
Without question I'd buy the GSX-R750. I've owned a couple of them already and I absolutely love this bike, as it offers the near perfect blend of power versus weight. Over the years Suzuki has steadily refined it and avoided making any crazy changes which I actually like. Even today's Gixxer feels a bit similar to the ones I used to ride ten years ago and I like that. When I'm riding it everything just feels 'right' which in turn gives me the confidence to ride it like a maniac. This bike is awesome. It does killer stand-up wheelies, it's easy to endo and oh my god the slipper clutch in it works awesome for sideways slide antics coming into the corners. I also love that its motor actually has some character. When you pin the throttle the roar from the airbox makes it even more fun to ride and it only gets better the higher you rev it. And now that it only costs $400 more than the Gixxer 6, its one of the best values in the sportbike world.
Bart Madson – 6’1”, 205 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R
My mind says GSX-R600 all the way. It’s the most comfortable, both in physical terms and psychologically. Riding the Gixxer Six was just easy and fun, effortless. The problem is, I know my mind and that 750 would be too hard to resist. Only $400 bucks more for a bike that seems to cut the perfect blend between the brutish Superbikes and high-revving Supersports. How can you resist? I’ll tell you how: you ride the Triumph Daytona 675R!
As great as the GSX-R is, it feels 90% exactly like the other 600s. The Triumph doesn’t. It’s a bit bawdy and rough around the edges. The seat sucks, true enough, but my heart forgives such imperfections when I hear that Triple’s distinctive pipes. Plus, if I’m anywhere near a curve my butt should be hanging off the seat. Great suspension and brakes, playful engine... Yeah, the Triumph would easily bowl over my more sensible tendencies.
Ray Gauger – 6’5”, 180 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R
As a 6 1/2 foot tall novice rider with little interest in all-out performance, I would never buy a 600cc sport machine. But if I had a gun to my head, I'd go for the Daytona 675R. You get a lot of bike for 12 grand, not to mention the style and character missing from the Japanese machines. The Ducati is definitely a looker, but I can't justify dropping another thousand bucks just for a matte black paint-job and a sore back.
Joseph Agustin – 5’11”, 165 pounds – Triumph Daytona 675R
If I were to purchase any of these bikes, I would have to choose the Triumph. I think it has superb power and handling, and even better curb appeal. To me, it stands out a little bit more than the rest, even if it wasn’t the smoothest ride. I would buy it and make the dealer toss in a free aftermarket seat.
Brian Steeves – 5’9”, 165 pounds – Suzuki GSX-R750
First off let me fill you in with what I personally look for and value high in a strictly 'Street' shootout/test: Reliability, fit and finish i.e. bolts stay tight, wear parts last long, etc., comfort, and looks. Let's be honest, in this day and age all manufacturers have dialed in their respective machines to a level that is so high, you could draw straws and end up with what we here classify as 'last place' and it still be an all-around great motorcycle. One that will happily make a home in your garage for years and years to come. With that said, I welcomed into my bed this year the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750.
The Gixxer 750 is the perfect mix of light weight and strength. It's the perfect fighter. Speed, movement, stiff chin and knock-out power that can go the distance. A little more power goes a long way in the sportbike world. A five horsepower addition is enough for anyone to feel and add to the grin on our face when twisting the throttle. So tack on a whopping 20-25 horsepower and you've gone from a middle America '6' holding your hand, to a Vegas '9' that is so hot, jaws are hitting the ground up and down the entire Strip... Oh Gixxer 750, I miss you so.