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SUZUKI GSX-S750 ABS

While we wait for Suzuki to blow us away with something brand new, they’ve blown the cobwebs off the old GSR750 instead – and came up trumps with the GSX-S750!
It’s a Suzuki, so, ya know, wheelies and all that!
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When is a new bike, not actually a new bike – but still new? It happens a lot these days, with many manufacturers recycling old or existing models. We’re not daft, we already know that most of these ‘new’ bikes are essentially fillers, while fresh fare is developed.

This machine here, the GSX-S750, isn’t new per se. There’s a great deal of the old, slightly clunky (in modern terms) GSR750 in evidence when you break this machine down. However, sometimes using old to create new works, and works very well indeed. Many berated Suzuki for their larger GSX-S1 000 in that it used a decade old engine as the basis for its heart, equipping it with new clothes, running gear and some electronic bells and whistles. We get why some were disappointed, but apart from the god-awful initial throttle response it’s a brilliant machine and comes at a price point its direct rivals envy rather a lot.

The same can be said for this 750, as it’s taken what came before, tweaked and tuned out the clunky irks, and presented it as something new. The purist may take umbrage with this, but the fact remains that if it’s a job well done it matters not where the bare bones come from.

The Emperor’ s New Clothes

Let’s crack right on, shall we? This isn’t a Suzuki job in the same vein as the new SV650 that, despite being a great ride, essentially looked like they’d just raided the parts bin. The GSX-S750’s styling mirrors that of its litre brother. It’s not as avant garde as, say, something from Y amaha’s MT range. But it is smartly presented and sharp, yet in a more traditional sense – and there’s nothing wrong with that, not everyone wants something that looks like it’s right out of a modernist’s wet dream.

There are actually a lot of neat little touches, many of which are hidden by the colour ways on the blue and black version. The swingarm is mildly sculpted, for example, not that you can tell right away as its black hue absorbs angles. There’s the ‘R’ from the usual GSX-R logo worked into the tank sides but, again, the black swallows it up and when someone is aboard, it can’t be seen. Likewise the black colour hides smart new levers and, criminally, the new ten spoke wheels which are actually gorgeously designed for a mid-range bike. I like it, I like it a lot and I’m guessing many prospective buyers will, too.

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