Way back in the last millennium, 750s were tops on the street—and in roadracing too. But in today’s market, these machines have ceded authority to larger literbikes and smaller 600s. Except, that is, for the sterling GSX-R750. A great motorcycle is all about balance, and Suzuki’s all-but-invisible 750cc DOHC four has it. It packs 25 percent more displacement than a 600cc supersport motor into a package that’s approximately the same size and weight. In fact, despite its displacement bump, at a claimed 419 pounds, the GSX-R750 is only 7 pounds heavier than the GSX-R600. The result is a 750cc sportbike that handles like a 600, accelerates much like a literbike, and doesn’t require high revs just to cruise down the road.
In engineering, the GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 are akin. Common themes include a twin-spar aluminum frame, feathery titanium valves, rider-selectable power modes, a slipper clutch that helps keep the chassis stable during quick downshifting, and plenty more goodness. If you’re in the market for a 600cc supersport, ride the GSX-R750 before inking the deal. It just might convert you.
Likes: Sized like a 600, with way more useful grunt.
Dislikes: Could use an ABS option, like on the GSX-R1000.
Verdict: Often overlooked, the GSX-R750 is a supersport gem.