Suzuki brings the GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z to the U.S. Can it compete with Yamaha's FZ-07 and FZ-09?
Suzuki is tossing its hat into the U.S. middleweight naked ring; late last week, the brand announced the introduction of the GSX-S750 and slightly upgraded GSX-S750Z to the American market.
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From Suzuki’s press release: "Bringing a new level of performance to inline four-cylinder streetbikes, Suzuki is excited to introduce the 2015 GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z, motorcycles that are sure to shake up the popular “streetfighter” class. These 750cc thrillers delivered balanced performance that is bred from the heritage of the GSX line and reimagined for the street. With an upright seating position, Renthal aluminum Fatbar handlebars, and potent 749cc fuel-injected inline four engines, the GSX-S750 and 750Z are ready to carve corners and turn heads out on the street."
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To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, we’re not sure that the word “new” means what Suzuki thinks it means: those looking for a “new” Suzuki inline four aren’t going to find it on this bike, as it’s powered by an engine that’s been in production for at least four years. And those looking for an ABS option will be disappointed (as is this author, who feels that there’s no reason not to give street riders who want ABS the opportunity to have it).
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Nevertheless, there’s definitely some appeal here for riders who are looking for a mid-level streetfighter. Claimed curb weight of 470 lbs and a seat height of 32.1 inches, along with presumably manageable power (Suzuki has not released performance data for the bike’s engine) make it approachable. Those who like the angular styling found in Yamaha’s FZ models will like the looks of the GSX-S750 and 750Z; we’re suckers for gold-anodized fork tubes. The big draw here for those looking to choose between this bike and the FZ-09 might be the price: MSRP for the GSX-S750 will be $7,999, and will be $8,149 for the S750Z. (No performance difference between the two; the S750Z simply sports the blue and white color scheme.) That’s right on par with Yamaha’s pricing for the FZ-09. We’re eager to see how the GSX-750 performs and if it’s going to give the popular Yamaha bikes some real competition. What do you think? Does Suzuki have a potential winner with the GSX-S750?
SUZUKI GSX-TECH SPECS:
Engine Type 4-stroke, Inline 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Engine Displacement 749cc
Bore x Stroke 72.0mm x 46.0mm
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Compression Ratio 12.3:1
Ignition Type Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Overall Length 2115mm (83.3 in)
Overall Width 785mm (30.9 in)
Overall Height 1060mm (41.7 in)
Wheelbase 1450mm (57.1 in)
Ground Clearance 145mm (5.7 in)
Seat Height 815mm (32.1 in)
Curb mass 210kg (463 lbs)
Suspension Front Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Link type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc, twin
Brakes Rear Disc
Tires Front 120/70-ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear 180/55-ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank 17.5 L (4.6 US gal)
Color GSX-S750Z Metallic Triton Blue / Pearl Glacier White
GSX-S750, Metallic Matte Black