The new 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 is basically a restyled GSR750. Yes, it gains new suspension, wheels, swingarm and radial brakes. True, it now boasts three-stage traction control and ABS. And okay, the engine modifications have seen its power boosted by 8 horsepower and a bit of character has been injected thanks to internal tweaks and a new airbox.
But it is still all based around the engine of the GSX-750 K5. Clearly the big question is: why aren’t Suzuki moving on? The Suzuki GSX-S750 is not bad at all, in fact it’s very pleasant, but it just feels a bit like we’ve seen it before.
When you ride the Suzuki GSX-S750 there is very little to criticize. Compared with the lacklustre GSR750 the modified engine feels and sounds livelier. It’s a solid performer with a good throttle connection and a wide spread of torque with a bit of pleasing top end zing. If you are into inline fours, it won’t disappoint. But by the same token it doesn’t really excite either, certainly not in the same way as the Yamaha MT-09 triple does.
No doubt it does tick all the right boxes, and after riding in some truly abysmal conditions I can confirm the traction control and ABS are more than up to the job, but does it leave me feeling thrilled? Not really. Despite the lowered gearing when compared with the GSR750, it doesn’t have any standout characteristics. And the same is true for the chassis.
Suzuki have clearly sought to create a very accomplished road going motorcycle, which is a sensible thing for them to do. In the wet it does inspire a lot of confidence in corners and the new suspension feels well damped and compliant. As with most Suzuki models, the radial brakes lack a bit of initial bite, but they are up to the job and the ABS is good. However, can I see it matching the new Triumph Street Triple 765 in the bands? Or the for 2017 updated Yamaha MT-09 with its new fully adjustable forks? Not really, it gives away around 20 kilograms to both in terms of wet weight yet makes roughly the same power.
The Triumph Street Triple 765 is only 8.13Nm behind it in terms of torque while the Yamaha MT-09 is 6.8Nm ahead. So what has Suzuki’s GSX-S750 really got going for it? The 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750 will set you back only 367,000 THB for a Japanese made big bike.
If you like the look of the new Suzuki GSX-S family, enjoy a smooth inline four engine and want a good, solid, road performer there is absolutely nothing wrong with the new 2017 Suzuki GSX-S750.