Nonetheless, the Suzuki GSX-R750 symbolizes the beginning of the modern sportbike. Based on Suzukiís works endurance racer, the no-nonsense, purpose-built GSX-R was the first production race-replica from a Japanese OEM. The Suzuki GSX-Rís combination of light weight (387 lbs. dry) and power (100 hp at 10,500 rpm) was a performance package unmatched by other sportbikes, while its aluminum frame, clip-on handlebars, rear-set footpegs and full-fairing with twin headlights completed the GSX-Rís distinctive, made-for-racing architecture.
Unlike its 400cc counterpart and other contemporary sportbikes of the era, the Suzuki GSX-R750 was powered by an air- and oil-cooled engine, the same engine format powering the 750ís big brother, the Suzuki GSX-R1100, also launched in 1986. Cast from essentially the same mold, the Suzuki GSX-R1100 upped the 750ís horsepower (125 hp) and top speed (155 mph) figures. Both models became the bike of choice for privateer motorcycle road racers competing in respective displacement classes.
For the next five years Suzuki GSX-Rs would receive performance tweaks to keep the bike competitive against new models from Honda, Yamaha and Kawasaki. A lot of these tweaks, however, increased the bikeís weight, thus defeating the original design mantra of light makes right.
In 1992 (í93 for the U.S.) the first major change to the Suzuki GSX-R was the adaptation of a liquid-cooled engine. The new engine produced nearly the same power as the previous oil-cooled motor, but exhibited a much broader power curve. A sleeved-down version of the 750 was on showroom floors in 1992, but the overweight Suzuki GSX-R600 failed on the racetrack and to lure customers. The 600 was discontinued after 1993.
The last remaining component from the original Suzuki GSX-R, itís double-cradle frame, was replaced in 1996 with a new twin-spar frame. The Suzuki GSX-R1100 continued for one more year using the old frame and received the new twin-spar frame in 1997, the same year Suzuki reintroduced the GSX-R600. The new twin-spar-framed Suzuki GSX-Rs returned to the original formula of low weight and high horsepower.
For a decade, with the exception of Nicky Hayden riding a Honda RC51 in 2002, Mat Mladin and Ben Spies won every AMA Superbike championship riding Suzuki GSX-Rs. The 750cc class was replaced by 1000cc superbikes in both AMA and World Superbike racing series, and most manufacturers have abandoned producing 750cc sportbikes. Currently, the Suzuki GSX-R750 is the last remaining three-quarter-liter sportbike in production.
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2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 ReviewSuzukiís 2011 GSX-R750 is a compelling package for anyone enraptured with the idea of owning the best inline-Four middleweight sportbike around. Its not quite as flickable as its little brother, the GSX-R600, but the Gixxer 750ís power is enthralling.
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 ReviewWhile the engine in the new Suzuki GSX-R600 is probably more potent compared to the previous model, whatís more significant is the bikeís unmistakable handling agility. Can the latest Gixxer knock the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R off the supersport throne?
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 RevealedAmerican Suzuki surprised the industry last year by deciding not to import 2010 streetbikes while it tried to clear inventory in a depressed market. But for 2011, itís rebounding in a big way with the revamped GSX-R600 and the GSX-R750.
2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 UnveiledHere it is, the first new sportbike released from Suzuki since the introduction of the revamped GSX-R1000 in 2009. Itís a new GSX-R600, which will again share its platform with the 750cc version to also be sold in 2011.
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 ReviewSuzuki gives its flagship sportbike, the GSX-R1000, its first full model change in years for 2009. Read all about the sweeping updates to the highly venerated Gixxer as we take our first ride. Weíll test it against the worldís top literbikes soon.
2009 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K9 Unveiled in ParisAt Suzuki's 2009 model launch held in Paris an all-new GSX-R1000 K9 model was unveiled, alongside the new Gladius 650 naked standard. The new GSX-R1000 has an all-new compact engine, shorter wheelbase and updated styling.
2008 Suzuki GSX-R600 ReviewDuke takes us on a ride of the revamped GSX-R600, America's favorite sportbike, around the Misano World Circuit
First Look: 2008 Suzuki GSX-R600/GSX-R750Suzuki reveals the '08 GSX-R600 and GSX-R750 at the Paris Motorcycle Show. Suzuki Drive Mode Selector appears on both machines this year.
2007 Suzuki GSX-R 750 ReviewChristmas in Southern California is a very strange thing - sunny, warm weather, sandy beaches and a mysterious absence of the flakey white stuff.
2004 Suzuki GSX-R600During the Milan show, when everybody was busy guessing if the new biggies had indeed 180 or just 175 hp, it was easy to overlook the unassuming 2004 GSX-R 600.
2003 GSX-R1000: Dis be de one, HuckIs it February, mate? Next time I start going off on how nobody needs anything bigger than a 600 sportybike, will somebody please just smack me and tell me to shut up.
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2009 Supersport ShootoutThe Supersport class is a never-ending tussle of one-upsmanship among the Japanese manufacturers. Can the new Ninja upset the class pecking order? Also, why did two bikes lose power?
2012 Japanese Superbike Shootout - VideoHonda, Suzuki and Yamaha have all tweaked their respective contenders for 2012 Ė the CBR1000RR, GSX-R1000 and YZF-R1, have significant changes, while Kawasaki returns for 2012 with the same traction-control-equipped machine it introduced last year.
2011 Supersport Shootout - Track [Video]With Suzuki's new GSX-R600 getting rave reviews we figured it was high time to see how it compares to the rest of the 600cc sportbike class. Read on to see how the new Gixxer fares against the Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R and Yamaha YZ-R6.
2011 Supersport Shootout - Street [Video]We awarded the all-new Suzuki GSX-R600 top position in the racetrack specific portion of the 2011 Supersport Shootout. Who will win when we take these 600cc sportbikes to the street?
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2009 Supersport Racetrack ShootoutYouíve read our 2009 Supersport street shootout. Now see how these 600cc sportbikes compare on the race track. We head to the Streets of Willow circuit to test the Honda CBR600RR, Kawasaki ZX-6R, Suzuki GSX-R600 and the Yamaha ZYF-R6.
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