Suzuki's aggressive stance in the market, belting out a string of upgrades to its already popular models, is good news if you are a bike lover. The GSX-S750 is essentially an upgrade of the 2005 GSX-R 750, which was never launched in India.
The engine, the same as that of the GSX-R750, sits comfortably cramped in a twin spar frame, with the short 1,455mm wheelbase making the S750 an excellent handler: Whether you are zipping through traffic or tipping into fast corners, this bike can change direction effortlessly. Flick it from side to side and the S750 gives you a good feel of its weight. Weighing in at 215kg (kerb weight), it is certainly not the lightest bike in its segment.
The new GSX-S makes 114.2 ps @ 10,500rpm, and 81Nm @ 9000rpm. The new machine makes 80 per cent of the power as compared to the older generations, peaking at 82 per cent of the revs. Its torque is 94 per cent of what it was 12 years ago, but now it touches the mark at 70 per cent of the revs.
With a lighter framework and a compact body, the bike is ready to go at the smallest twist of the throttle. The clutch is not hydraulic, but the cable’s smooth, and the action light enough.
Another highlight of the engine, or to be more specific the exhaust system, is the clever combination of air-box and exhaust tuning. The bike goads you into winding the throttle back a little more each time you are getting out of a bend and heading for a straight.
Keep the RPM around or above 7,000 and the S750 is quick on its wheels — the racket it makes as revs reach closer to the red line is almost addictive and the rev limiter does not interrupt you abruptly which in turn leaves your adrenaline rush uninterrupted.
The bike accelerates relentlessly as you pass the 150kmph mark in a blink of an eye and reaching speeds up to 200kmph is also achieved in significantly less time. The engine refinement and the performance of the bike are aided by the slick shifting six-speed gearbox.
The S750 gets the LCD dash straight off its 1000cc sibling and a three-step traction control system, which can be toggled off, with the flick of a switch on the fly. Your legs may feel a bit tucked up initially, but you get used to it after a few kilometres on it. The S750 is a comfortable bike to sit on and the low seat height makes parking easy.
The suspension is on the firm side, which makes it a perfect tool for some track time. However, out on the road, the smallest of bumps make the ride uncomfortable.
The fact that Suzuki has not overloaded the bike with electronics makes it more intuitive to ride. Add to it the three levels of traction control (you can also turn it off when in the mood for those massive wheelies) and the ABS, that cannot be turned off, and you know you are riding an impressive package.
The twin 310mm rotors upfront offer ample braking prowess, though any true blue biker will vouch that ABS can be slightly intrusive at times. All the information is accessed via the same, all-digital instrument cluster as the GSX-S1000.
A faster bike needs better brakes and the Nissin two-piece radial mounted callipers work brilliantly in the S750, with more than enough performance to pull the bike down from any speed. The pressure needed to apply the brakes is minimal for the effect achieved.
That the bike comes without a fairing, the windblast, though not major, could become a problem for some. There is a decent amount of space under the seat, which in most cases goes unused except probably to store documents. Nevertheless, it can comfortably accommodate a small medical kit.
I have a love-hate relationship with this bike because it is so close to being perfect, the only thing probably holding it back is the limited number of adjustment options on the suspension. It was time well spent with the bike, and for its form factor, it is surprisingly good.
Following a legend's footsteps
1. The GSX-S750 will compete with the likes of Kawasaki Z900, Triumph Street Triple, Aprilia Shiver 900 and the Ducati Monster 821
2. It is available in two new colour options — metallic matte black and pearl glacier white, both with updated graphics
3. The GSX-S750 can accelerate from 0-100kmph in 4.31 seconds
4. It has a wheelbase of 1,455mm and a kerb weight of 215kg
5. Sharp creases on its bodywork, including the fuel tank, side panels and the belly pan, give the GSX-S750 a muscular look. The fat upside down front forks make it look even more aggressive.