- Published On: 25 April 2018
- 4 min read
We ride the well-priced sport naked on a racetrack in India.
Middleweight sport nakeds are undoubtedly the most sensible sports bikes. The demand for these bikes is continuously increasing internationally. The combination of the usable riding position along with decent power makes for a practical alternative rather than a hard core super sport. The GSX-S750 is a considerably new machine; it was launched only last year. We got to sample the bike on the racetrack however, didn’t get to take it out on the streets.
When one considers the aggressive nature of the big S1000 from Suzuki, one can’t help but expect something similar from the manufacturer’s smaller sibling. Additionally, they do look very similar as well. The headlight on the 750 is also shaped similarly to the 1000 but this unit has two separate parking lights on each side. The 750 also has a similar front heavy design with large radiator shrouds.
Like the GSX-S1000, the best angle on the motorcycle is the rear. The sharp, aggressive tail works well with the small taillight that doesn’t intrude with the lines. The rider gets a large and flat seat. Another nice touch is the flat handlebar that puts you in a sporty position but not an extreme one. The instrument cluster on the bike is the same one found on the GSX-S1000 which works well and display enough data.
The motor on this bike is taken from the GSX-R750, however has been reworked for more torque. It makes 114hp and 81Nm of torque which is slightly more than the motorcycle it replaces globally. The power figures are pretty impressive, but they are delivered in a friendly and easy way. Like most inline-four cylinder engines, it can be ridden even in its highest gear at 40kph. However, when you do give it the beans, proper power comes in after 6,000rpm and dies off just before 11,500rpm.
The performance the bike offers is impressive and the speedo was showing 227kph on the straight at the track. The bike is fast but not that fast that it will lift its front wheel up with a slight twist of the throttle. Furthermore, like other Suzuki motors, it isn’t silky smooth either. The bike does vibrate and one can feel it through the handlebar and footpegs. However, the accelerator on this bike isn’t as spikey as the one on the GSX-S1000.
Suzuki also has a neat feature called ‘Low RPM assist’, what this does is stops the revs from falling too low which in turn reduces the chances of stalling the motorcycle. You can get moving with a lightly releasing the clutch on this motorcycle. This Suzuki also features a one touch start which cancels the need for you to keep the button pressed.
In terms of handling, the suspension is set-up a bit firm and we are curious to see how it will manage on our roads. The bike handles well on the track but can’t compare to the agile dynamics of the Street Triple S. This is owing to the heavy 215kg kerb weight. In terms of brakes, the bike gets twin discs ahead which work well and have minimal ABS intrusion. However, if you are an enthusiastic rider and will be frequently braking hard, you should upgrade to steel braided lines.
Should I buy one?
The Suzuki GSX-S750 is a brilliant bike but it doesn’t have a single feature that stands out. The bike is capable and powerful but the Z900 offers more power and torque. It does this while being more refined than the Suzuki.
The Suzuki is a nice package overall but it isn’t a motorcycle that will stun you in any way. However, its friendly nature is likeable especially considering its competitive price. It is priced at Rs 7.45 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) which undercuts the Z900 (Rs 7.68 lakh). However, it is a lot more pocket-friendly than the Street Triple S (Rs 9.19 lakh) and the MT-09 (Rs 9.5 lakh).