My first experience with a Suzuki GSX-R750 came in 2006. Back then, I decided on the 750 because I felt like I needed more power than my 600. I was also a bit intimidated by the Gixxer 1000. I came across a great deal on a used 2006 GSX-R750. The bike had a beautiful Yellow and Black color scheme and I fell in love instantly with the performance. It felt like we were made for each other. You can imagine how heartbroken I was when it was stolen. I was determined to replace it, and I scoured the ads for a new bike. I learned quickly that the Gixxer 750 was the holy grail. There weren’t very many available nearby.
After a while, I eventually moved on to a Suzuki Hayabusa, but I never forgot the feeling of my Gixxer 750. So, when Suzuki offered the opportunity to take their 2019 GSX-R750 out for a spin, I jumped at the chance. Let’s take closer look at Suzuki’s 2019 mid-range powerhouse. At just 7 lbs heavier than Suzuki’s GSX-R600, the GSXR-750 is light and agile in the turns, with the power when needed to burst away from the pack. Suzuki says, “Three decades ago Suzuki revolutionized sportbikes with the introduction of the GSX-R750.
Ever since then, the GSX-R750 has remained true to its original concept and championship-winning heritage. In the road or on the track, the GSX-R750 delivers a breathtaking combination of outstanding engine performace, crisp handling, compact size and light weight. Its secret is an unequaled pairing of 750cc performance with the lightweight, compact chassis of a 600cc supersport, complimented by the technologically advanced suspension front and rear.“
While the body style doesn’t differ much from the 2018 model, the GSX-R 750’s two new, dual-color paint schemes are striking and race ready. I rode the Glass Sparkle Black/Pearl Glacier White scheme that includes red bodywork graphics and striping on the black cast aluminum wheels. It was definitely a big hit at the bike nights. Also available is a scheme that blends a shiny and flat finish via Metallic Matter Black/Glass Sparkle Black bodywork that also includes red graphics and accents on black wheels.
The Best of Both Worlds
It’s hard not to notice how light the bike feels. The GSX-R750’s fuel injected, 750cc, four-cylinder engine powers a balanced sportbike experience. This engine pulls strong off the bottom like a larger-displacement powerplant while it builds revs like a smaller mill. New for 2019, the Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) lets the rider adjust the engine’s power delivery to suit the riding conditions. The “A” mode provides 100% power, ready for the street or the track, while the “B” mode runs at 70% power, better for adverse weather conditions.
The twin-spar aluminum frame effectively connects the steering head with the swingarm pivot portion of the chassis in a way that balances light weight and strength. The engine is suspended below the frame to keep mass low and the wheelbase short to promote nimble handling. The Showa Big Piston front Fork (BPF) and remote reservoir rear shock absorber are fully adjust- able to deliver exceptional handling.
Twin Brembo Monobloc, radially mounted front brake calipers grasp fully floating stainless steel brake rotors to deliver strong stopping power.
The perfect fit for your ride
With lots of customizable features, the GSX-R750 offers various options to customize the setup, allowing you to get the most out of your personal performance. Single Showa rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.
Electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at slower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds. Three-way adjustable foot pegs, adjustable shift lever, and short fuel tank help compose a comfortable riding position that permits the rider movement required for performance riding. At 5’ 6”, I can stand flat footed on the ground.
The GSX-R750 is a lot of fun to ride, especially on a great curvy road. It’s weight and handling won’t intimidate you in the turns, and the throttle can be as agressive as you need it to be in the straights. As soon as I hit the throttle, the feeling of a perfect fit came flooding back. For more info, visit suzukicycles.com BGR
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