Posted: 27 Oct 2011
For some reason the Japanese have struggled to make a decent middleweight of late, this year Suzuki eventually solved the puzzle. The formula was quite simple as it turned out - take the engine from a GSX-R750, re-tune it for more midrange, stick it in a decent looking bike and give it a reasonable price tag. Bob’s your uncle you have a GSR750.
The issue that previous 600cc middleweights suffered from was they felt underpowered, something that the re-tuned GSX-R motor more than addresses. The 750cc capacity has long been seen as the ideal balance between the huge power of a 1000 and the screaming sensation of a 600 and the GSR exploits this to the full. The motor has a strong bottom end but should you be looking for a bit of excitement, keep the revs up and there is a typical GSX-R zing at the top. And it handles too.
Suspension is always an area that budget bikes suffer in and although there is no doubting the GSR’s isn’t of the highest of quality, it is more than acceptable and when combined with the Suzuki’s steel chassis and excellent weight distribution delivers a sporty ride. There isn’t the wallowing sensation that you get with budget bikes, instead the GSR feels taut, agile and responsive.
Add to this a fresh and angular look, excellent price and nice touches such as the gear indicator and fuel gauge and you get the feeling the GSR is punching above its monetary weight.
The biggest thorn in the side of the GSR comes from Britain, Triumph’s amazing Street Triple. While the GSR is easily the best of the Japanese middleweights, some would argue that the Triumph is more than its match…
+ points – Good handling, decent price, nice engine
- points – Looks a bit quirky, will date quickly
Power: 105bhp, 59ft.lbs
Seat height: 815mm
Colours: Red, white, black