Middleweight Messiah: Riding the GSXR-750

Complementing the power plant are the superb brakes. They're almost too powerful. The twin 320mm discs are grabbed by six-piston calipers for a bite that will squeal the front tire with ease, and stop time after time without fade.

You'll know when to slow down, because the Suzuki is the sportbike with the best mirrors. When that Black and White slunk up behind, we shut down in plenty of time. The CBR 600 F3 rider, with his rearview dominated by his elbows, was not so lucky.

Yet another customer in line for a new GSXR.


1. Andy Saunders, Editor * * * * 1/2

A few years ago, when Suzuki introduced the GSXR 600, they built a 600 with the weight and size of a 750. Now they've built a 750 with the weight and size of a 600, and 900 class power. That's what's called getting it right. You can feel it's right, the instant you sit in the saddle. But why are you still reading all this drivel? If you want one, better get your finely tuned wallet along to the dealers right now, ready for some serious weight reduction.

2. Brent Plummer, Editor-in-Chief * * * * *

Smokin' awesome! I gotta have one, and if you don't want to spend your days watching 1996 GSXR750 owners' tailights recede into the distance, or -- if racing is your thing -- getting humilitatingly smoked at the track, you do too. For a production bike, it's flawless. Heck, for a Supersport racer, it's awesome. When we ran it against Chuck Graves' 1995 class-leading Suzuki Cup racer, it made the same amount of horsepower. And Graves' racer is built to the book (and probably a bit beyond) and in box-stock form, ours handles and stops better. What more could you want?

3. Mike Franklin, Managing Editor. * * * * *

I want one! But then I say that about a lot of new bikes -- bikes that tend to redefine the term "sportbike." It is rare when a machine comes along that can do everything it promises to do, and does it all remarkably well. The new Gixer is one of that rare breed. Other bikes make more power, one or two can turn as well, but none that I've ridden can touch the combination of power and finesse that the Suzuki dishes out at a surprisingly affordable price. For just $8999 you can buy a bike that is closer to Kevin Schwantz's Grand Prix machine than any four-stroke has a right to be. With the 1996 Suzuki GSXR750 being this good, I can't wait for the next bike that makes me say "I want one," but I'm afraid it might be a long while coming.

4. Todd Canavan, Associate Editor * * * * *

The GSXR is the best production bike I have ever swung a leg over. It is light, fast, nimble and stable, qualities that have rarely co-existed in one machine. This bike clearly ups the ante for 750 class competition, and Suzuki is holding all of the cards. I have only one reservation about this bike: It is too much fun to accelerate, a bad thing when the density of men in blue is as high as it is here in Los Angeles. Okay, I got another damn speeding ticket! The bike still rocks, but is it too much for the street?

1996 Max Hp: 117.1@11,750 -- 1996 Max Tq: 57.0@9,750
1995 Max Hp: 92.9@10,500 -- 1995 Max Tq: 49.3@9,500

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