Though it retains its signature blue and white color scheme, the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750 incorporates chassis and engine tweaks to enhance its road-devouring prowess. Its 750-cc inline 4 has been re-tuned for a broader powerband, better throttle response and a 10 percent bump in fuel economy. The emissions are also improved, thanks to the new 4-into-1 stainless steel exhaust system, which features a titanium muffler. New front Brembo and rear Nissin brakes help to bring the curb weight down to 419 pounds; that lighter weight and a shorter wheelbase enhance the handling.
Many high-performance motorcycles have small shock absorbers mounted at the steering head, but the GSX-R750’s steering damper is electronically actuated and speed-sensitive. That means you can move the bike easily at a parking lot pace, and it automatically adjusts to stability-enhancing stiffness at swifter velocities.
As with virtually any serious sportbike, mounting the Suzuki GSX-R750 involves a back-flattening reach to the handlebars, a rearward leg stretch and a small saddle that’s about as padded as your local baseball stadium’s cheap seats—though the 2011 model gains a resculpted fuel tank and the handlebar has been opened by 1 degree for comfort. But, oh, the sounds it makes when the engine fires up. A crack of the GSX-R’s throttle produces a feral scream and front-wheel-lifting acceleration as the engine winds its way to its 14,250-rpm redline. Effort at the handlebar increases as speed builds up, thanks to the electronic steering damper, and the bike’s numerous chassis tweaks and Showa suspension bits contribute to a surprising combination of smooth-ride quality and an uncanny ability to turn. Just as satisfying as the Suzuki’s awesome acceleration is the stopping power of its new four-piston front Brembo brakes. Their monoblock calipers (that is, cut from one solid piece of aluminum) offer an intuitive feel. The Suzuki Drive Mode Selector lets you easily switch between two engine settings. But even in the mild-mannered mode, this motorcycle still feels like a beast.
Ride this superbike like you stole it and the engine wails with a wake-the-dead exhaust note that sounds perfect on the racetrack—and scrumptiously obscene on the street.
Uncompromising sportbikes are ideal track weapons but often a bit too committed for the road—and the Suzuki GSX-R750 is no exception. Though incrementally improved, its stretched-out ergonomics can be taxing on long rides. And you’ve got to pay close attention to the Suzuki not just because of its extreme capabilities, but because that performance so easily draws the attention of the law.The Bottom Line: In the endless race to make sportbikes perform like land rockets, Suzuki has nipped more fat and broadened the powerband of its 750-cc supersport. But what do those improvements mean to you? If you spend weekends at the track, you’ll feel sharper handling, reduced mass and improved throttle response, which will help you shave those pesky tenths of a second off your lap times. But if you’re like most of us, you’ll likely face the realities of street riding—the traffic, the menacing motorists and the looming law enforcement—with the knowledge that you’re aboard a bike that’s probably more capable than you ever might be able to test out firsthand.
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