2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and 750Z Previews
Leaner, meaner and greener
We were definite fans of the GSX-S750 when it was new to the U.S. two years ago, and now that Suzuki appears to have addressed our chief complaints, we’re prepared to be even bigger ones.
The classic GSX-R Four-banger in question actually harkens all the way back to 2005, because that one had a more upright cylinder block that lends itself to this short-wheelbased street scrapper. And we love our torque, but it’s nice to remember how fun rpm can be, too.
For this 2018 model (which dealers should have by March, go figure), Suzuki squeezed out 8 more horsepower than before even while making it Euro 4 clean; now there are purported to be 112.6 (crankshaft) ones at 10,500 rpm. New ventilation holes in the cases reduce pumping losses, new 10-hole fuel injectors give a finer spritz, a new airbox and exhaust system breathe freer while, we’re told, making an even spine-tinglier howl. To keep you from hurting yourself, the new bike gets Suzuki’s 3-mode traction control. Like all the new Suzuki’s it also has the new Low RPM assist (that keeps you from stalling out) and Easy Start, which doesn’t overtax your starter-button thumb.
Other new things include stylish new bodywork and instrumentation that mimics the GSX-S1000, a new exhaust, a swell new swingarm, a new 41mm Kayaba fork, new 10-spoke wheels, a tapered aluminum handlebar that quells annoying vibrations… Oh yeah, the most annoying thing about the GSX-750S was that it wasn’t available in California. Now it is.
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