Suzuki GSX-R750

Suzuki GSXR-750

The Suzuki GSX-R750 is the original GSX-R. Starting what we know now as one of the biggest sportbike dynasties of all time, 1985 saw the release of the Suzuki GSX-R750 and the beginning of an era. As one of the first true sportbikes, the original Suzuki GSX-R750 featured a steel frame and air-cooled engine, but for its time was light-years ahead of the competition, dominating racing from the first moment it took to the track.

Suzuki GSX-R1000
Delivering open class racetrack performance in a middleweight sized package. It’s as if the engineers responsible for the GSX-R750 designed a racebike with street equipment.

Several changes ensued throughout the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, but it wasn’t until 1992 that the Gixxer 750’s biggest redesign took place, with the Suzuki GSX-R750 making the switch to a liquid-cooled Inline-Four engine will all-new frame and bodywork. This once again established the Gixxer as a class-leader, as it did again when the GSX-R got ram-air, or SRAD (Suzuki Ram-Air Direct), as they so famously named it in 1996. Several further redesigns followed, including fuel-injection and several styling and chassis updates, to bring the GSXR-750 to its current form today, most recent update in 2008.

Since the late ‘90s until now, the GSX-R750 has shared a nearly identical platform as it younger sibling the GSX-R600, and the differences between the two with the latest incarnation aren’t much more than a larger bore and stroke. Thus, like its little bother, the Suzuki GSX-R750 now features innovations such as Suzuki’s S-DMS fuel map selector, titanium exhaust, fully adjustable suspension and top-of-the-line radial brake calipers. And while Suzuki in now one of the only 750cc Inline-Four sportbike producers left, judging by its strong sales numbers and cult-like following, it surprising more don’t follow suit.

We have done extensive testing with the latest Suzuki GSX-R750 and one word always comes to mind: Versatility. With low-end and mid-range power like a 1000, plus handling on par with a 600, Suzuki’s GSX-R750 really does combine the best of both worlds to make one of the most capable all-around sportbikes currently on the market.

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2014 Suzuki GSX-R750 Street Comparison Photos

Can the Suzuki GSX-R750 beat the competition on the street? See photos in the 2014 Suzuki GSX-R750 Street Comparison photo gallery. Read the full review in the 2014 Heavyweight Supersport Road Shootout.