Suzuki GSX-S750 – The new middleweight champion?
So, Suzuki has launched one of the most awaited motorcycles of this year in the country – the Suzuki GSX-S750. This bike was recently unveiled at the 2018 Auto Expo and was ultimately launched yesterday at the Buddh International Circuit. It is the second CKD motorcycle in the Indian market from Suzuki’s stable after the legendary Hayabusa and is available at a price tag of INR 7.45 Lakh (Ex-showroom Delhi).
Text: Sunil Gupta
Photos: Mohit Gena & Avinash Noronha
We got to spend some time yesterday at BIC astride this middleweight contender and came back mighty impressed and with a wide grin on our faces. Here’s the first impression:
Looks & styling: The Suzuki GSX-S750 is a streetfighter and the styling is clearly inspired from its elder sibling, the Suzuki GSX-S1000, and it is very difficult differentiate between the two when parked side by side. The S750 looks aggressive and menacingly sharp without looking alien’ish or too radically designed. The sculpted tank accentuates the overall design appeal of the bike.
There are two color variants available – Metallic Triton Blue/Glass Sparkle Black and Glass Sparkle Black/Candy Daring Red.
There is a fully digital LCD instrument console displaying speedometer, tachometer, odometer, gear position indicator, coolant temperature, fuel range, average & instantaneous fuel consumption, traction control mode, fuel gauge, and clock apart from other tell-tale lights.
It has 3-level traction control and that can be switched off completely, and it also comes fitted with ABS by Nissin.
Swing a leg on the bike and you’ll find the riding posture pretty relaxed and upright, in congruence with its street bike nature. That means a comfortable ride that doesn’t put too much pressure on your wrists, shoulders, or back. The legs grip the tank firmly and the hands reach the handlebar without having to stretch too much. The seat height is 820 mm but the bike actually feels lower than it should with that number, and even the not-too-tall riders like me find it very easy to manage the bike.
The GSX-S750 is fitted with Suzuki’s Easy Start System, which means that you only have to press the starter button once for the engine to come to life and not hold it in that position. You also don’t have to press the clutch lever to start the engine as long as the bike is in neutral gear. Then, there is this Low RPM Assist system, which senses when the bike is running at very low RPMs, e.g., heavy traffic, and increases the RPMs slightly if it senses that the bike is going to stall.
The Suzuki GSX-S750 uses a 749 cc, inline-four, liquid cooled, DOHC engine, which is borrowed from the 2005 Suzuki GSX-R750 and is tuned to match its street bike character and give better mid range torque. Suzuki says that they used the 2005 engine instead of the current one because of its near vertical mounting angle, which helped them to achieve a shorter wheelbase on the GSX-S750. Suzuki also claims that this is the only product in its category to use a super sport engine.
This engine makes a very healthy 112.6 bhp of power at 10,500 RPM and 81 Nm of torque at 9000 RPM. This power is transferred to the rear wheel with the help of a slick 6-speed gearbox and the power delivery is super smooth and linear.
Open the throttle and it lunges ahead with eagerness but without threatening to leave the rider behind. Those 113 horses are easily tamed. The fun begins once the RPM needle is above the 4000 RPM mark and the sweet humming of inline fours turns into a meaty exhaust note. The exhaust note on the GSX-S750 is one of its USP and will keep most of the buyers happy without them having to look for an after-market exhaust for better aural pleasure.
It feels a little heavy when standing still and running slightly above idling RPMs but once set into motion, the weight disappears into thin air and the bike shows its true colors. Suzuki stated that when they started designing the new GSX-S750, they wanted to make a motorcycle that is very rider friendly and manageable without compromising on the fun part. And full marks must be given to Suzuki engineers for achieving that goal. The Suzuki GSX-S750 is by far one of the best handling street motorcycles that I have ridden. It packs a heck of a punch without being intimidating. It does exactly what you want it to do and is very forgiving if you make mistakes. The few laps that I had on the BIC astride this bike were some of the best biking moments for me of late; it was that much fun thrashing it around the corners on the best race track in the country. And I could see around 225 kmph on my speedo on the back straight before backing off to negotiate the turn 4. Full marks to the Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S21 tyres as well, that were specially developed for this motorcycle. The tyres gripped the tarmac perfectly. I was riding with the traction control set at medium (2), which worked rather silently without being too intrusive. I had so much confidence exiting the corners with the throttle wide open and not even once did I feel the tyres sliding away or losing grip on the tarmac. The bite from the brakes was progressive and confidence inspiring, and the 310 mm dual petal discs at the front aided by 4-pot radially mounted calipers and a single 220 mm petal disc at the rear with ABS did their job remarkably well.
Overall, the Suzuki GSX-S750 is a cracker of a street motorcycle that has the heart of a super sport. It is feature packed and seems to tick all the right boxes. It has more than enough power to make you grin every time you open the throttle and handles like a charm. It is one of the best handling street motorcycles and comes with a set of tyres that are specially made for this bike and do their job with aplomb. The exhaust note is like icing on the cake. It is going to be worthy upgrade to all those bikers who are graduating from 400-500 cc and want to buy something bigger, something in the 100+ bhp range, but something that is not scary either. Apart from very minor finishing issues, I couldn’t find anything that I really didn’t like about this bike. Though, it would take a longer road test to reach a comprehensive verdict. And at a price tag of 7.45 Lakh INR Ex-showroom Delhi, the Suzuki GSX-S750 is a value for money package. There are 2 bikes in its category that it would be competing with – The Triumph Street Triple and the Kawasaki Z900 – the former is dearer by around 1.75 Lakh INR and the Z900 lacks on the features front (no traction control)! The Z900 makes more power (123 bhp) and the Street Triple is the lightest of the lot at 166 kg kerb weight.
So, from the pricing to the features and to the handling, the new Suzuki GSX-S750 has everything working in its favor. All it needs is matching marketing strategy and of course a bit of luck as well to actually reach out to its potential customers. As far as I am concerned, I can’t wait to ride it again when Suzuki invites us for a proper long-term road test.