By presenting the 2010 GSX-R 750, Suzuki gives a big slap on the necks of those who expected them to stop making this superbike. A motorcycle that was successfully produced for decades and has even inspired the introduction of the GSX-R 600 back in the early 1990s carries on as a unique presence on a continuously growing market, but, apparently, one in which competitors can’t see the effectiveness of the 750cc sport bike.
Suzuki definitely got the recipe right with the GSX-R series, starting with the 600 and finishing with the Hayabusa, but one particular bike gets our attention for one good reason: you don’t see this every day! The Suzuki GSX-R 750 situates just between a middleweight and a liter class sport bike, but offers its own kind of riding excitement.
With a fuel injected 750cc liquid-cooled, inline-four, DOHC and 16 valves engine improved by the always efficient and reliable six-speed gearbox, having both reached the highest levels of development and performance, there is no wonder why some riders simply can’t jump straight on the 1000cc GSX-R and choose the 750cc model as being the most adequate for them. Another good reason is the chassis, which makes it more of a sharp handler and confidence provider, perfect for those who feel like going through all the steps in motorcycling.
Having come a very long way, the 2010 Suzuki GSX-R 750 takes a short pit stop break this year in expectancy of that major revision, so this is a good time to recapitulate its evolution.
Suzuki’s marketing department surely knew why it was keen on staying with the GSX-R 750 as the bike would have soon ended up situated in a class of its own when most motorcycle makers simply relied on 600cc and 1000cc bikes to continue building their reputations in this industry.
The strategy proved very efficient and the Interceptor and Interceptor ABS is Honda’s way of saying that Suzuki was right. Still, the Honda Interceptor is a sport-touring model, so we must say it is unfair for the Gixxer to be compared with a Honda that isn’t called CBR, but we must admit this is quite the alternative for it.
With a fuel-injected 781cc liquid-cooled 90 degree V4, VTEC DOHC, four valves per cylinder engine, the Interceptor is more sport than touring, but the riding position trims the scale. The $11,999 MSRP also makes the Interceptor suitable for this battle even though we still don’t know if it will take place either on the track (GSX-R) or on public roads (Interceptor), we do know that both bikes will make a great impression in the other’s domain.
In the end, you can search the world and you won’t find a better competitor than the Ducati 848 .
But there is one chapter where the Suzuki won’t get beaten pretty soon at and that is looks. A veritable super sport motorcycle that offers an enough comfortable riding position without sacrificing the racing appearance that practically sells it, the 2010 Suzuki GSX-R 750 is a light (437 lbs curb weight) and compact motorcycle that gives more than a clue on the powerful engine that sits behind that nice looking fairing.
Given the shape of the bike, once the rider takes the top speed position, he is practically part of the aerodynamic design of this GSX-R. All pieces unite perfectly to create a winning puzzle combination: the air intake, headlight, signal lights and windscreen result in a wind tunnel master. The gas tank, well positioned into the frame, allows enough space for the rider to tuck into the fairing while the seat is positioned almost horizontally, setting the GSX-R series apart from more aggressive accommodating bikes and yet which have the same results.
The GSX-R 750 has also been hooked up with a new, more aggressive exhaust which stands as the smoothest pass from plastic to metal. And this is what we love about it, the fact that you almost can’t tell which piece is part of the fairing, frame or engine and tranny, especially when you take a look at it from one side.
That effect is also created by the Blue/White, Brown paintjobs available in 2010.
"Having decent low and mid range power makes the 750 an easy bike to ride in traffic as well as tearing up the tarmac on the open road. The 750 is frugal too sipping just 5.1 litres for every hundred Kms of our test and that was a combination of commuting, high speed breakfast runs and freeway cruising." – drivemagazine
"The new 750’s power spread is far smoother and easier to access than before, and there’s no longer a big dip at 5500 rpm, meaning you can let the revs drop and not be punished for it as you would on a 600. There’s simply more power available practically everywhere in the lower rpm ranges..." – sportrider
"Keep the throttle pinned and the tachometer moves rather wildly towards its 15,000 rpm redline. Things never feel out of hand though, as the 750 makes a steady stream of useable, un-intimidating power. Induction noise sings in unison as the rpm’s climb but doesn’t sound quite as raspy as the 600." – motorcycle-usa
"Overall the GSX-R’s suspension is on the soft side, even on maximum settings, which can be limiting for really hardcore track riding. For the most part, though, the friendly set-up gives you tonnes of feel, makes it very easy to ride fast and is extremely forgiving. With a set of really sticky tyres fitted there’s very little you can’t get away with on this brilliant handling bike." – MCN
"The ergonomics, meanwhile, are unchanged, which means an excellent compromise between track and road use. Distance riding is feasible, with the low-fuel warning lighting up at 130 miles in more restrained riding, while the bike is light and manageable for town use." – telegraph
With each year that passes, motorcycle manufacturers add a few hundred bucks to each bike’s retail price and the 750 Gixxer now starts at just under $12K.
The 2010 Suzuki GSX-R 750 might have a hard time finding a decent competitor for himself, but this doesn’t apply when it comes to finding owners. In fact, with a price that is close to the one of a middleweight sport bike, but offering a whole distinct touch to the GSX-R series, the 750 is easily recommended to riders who often come down from the seat of a GSX-R 600. That is not a common situation in motorcycling these days.
Engine and Transmission
- Engine: 750 cc (45.8 cu. In), 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC
- Bore Stroke: 70.0 mm (2.756 in) x 48.7 mm (1.917 in)
- Compression Ratio: 12.5 : 1
- Fuel System: Fuel Injection
- Lubrication: Wet sump
- Ignition: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
- Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
- Final Drive: RK525ROZ5Y, 116 links
Chassis and Dimensions
- Suspension Front: Inverted, telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
- Suspension Rear: Link type, coil spring, oil damped
- Brakes Front: Disc brake, twin
- Brakes Rear: Disc brake
- Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
- Tires Rear: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
- Overall Length: 2040 mm (80.3 in)
- Overall Width: 715 mm (28.1 in)
- Overall Height: 1125 mm (44.3 in)
- Seat Height: 810 mm (31.9 in)
- Ground Clearance: 130 mm (5.1 in)
- Wheelbase: 1405 mm (55.3 in)
- Curb Weight: 198 kg (437 lbs)
- Fuel Tank Capacity: 17.0 L (4.5/3.7 US/Imp gal)
Features & Benefits
- Compact 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine designed for optimum combustion efficiency and maximum power delivery
- Instruments - Compact, lightweight instrument cluster features a step motor controlled analog tachometer, LCD speedometer, dual trip meters, clock and a convenient gear position indicator
- Fuel Injection - Electronic fuel injection system features Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system - with dual fuel injectors per cylinder and new compact 8 hole, fine spray injectors for improved fuel atomization.
- Steering Damper - Electronically controlled steering damper uses a solenoid valve to move a tapered needle reducing or increasing oil flow to adjust damping force.
- Bold Headlight - The GSX-R750 features a sharp and aggressive look utilizing a bold headlight design, angular tail section and compact overall layout.
- High volume exhaust - High volume Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) with an innovative under engine chamber leading to a large volume muffler with a distinctly shaped triangular silencer
- Titanium Valves -Lightweight titanium valves with steel alloy springs and aluminum spring retainers operated by thin-wall hollow camshafts to reduce weight and inertia
- Radial Mount Brakes - Radial mount four piston front brake calipers works with 310mm front brake rotors and a radial pump front brake master cylinder
- S-DMS engine managem - S-DMS engine management system allows the rider to choose from three engine settings to match riding conditions with a handlebar mounted switch
- Adjustable Footpegs - Three way adjustable footpegs now feature die-cast construction and can be moved into three different positions with a 14mm horizontal and vertical range
- LED Tail Light - The LED combination taillight and brake light is built into the rear of the tailsection, featuring a red, mirror lens, covering LED’s.
- 32 bit ECM features 1024 kilobytes of ROM for maximum engine performance working in conjuction with the new S-DMS engine management system
- Aluminum clutch cover and oil pan feature internal ribs for increased rigidity and reduced engine noise
- Compact 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine designed for optimum combustion efficiency and maximum power delivery
- Crankshaft and transmission shafts are positioned to create a compact engine design and the engine itself is rotated slightly forward in the chassis allowing for straighter and shorter intake and exhaust ports
- Crankshaft features forged steel construction and a secondary balancer shaft for reduced vibration at high rpm.
- Cylinder head with narrow valve angles creating a compact combustion chamber design, 12.5:1 compression ratio, large intake and exhaust ports for optimum intake and exhaust efficiency and new Iridium spark plugs
- Electronic fuel injection system features Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) system - with dual fuel injectors per cylinder and new compact 8 hole, fine spray injectors for improved fuel atomization.
- High capacity large trapezoidal-shaped radiator provide efficient engine cooling - includes compact cooling fan assembly designed for improved air flow
- High volume Suzuki Advanced Exhaust System (SAES) with an innovative under engine chamber leading to a large volume muffler with a distinctly shaped triangular silencer
- Hydraulic cam chain tensioner automatically adjusts while reducing noise and mechanical losses.
- Ignition coil outer diameter is smaller for reduced weight and the starter motor uses new rare earth magnets for a compact lightweight design
- Lightweight forged aluminum alloy pistons with short skirts, cut away sides and an anti-friction surface finish along with shotpeened chrome-moly steel connecting rods for improved strength
- Lightweight titanium valves with steel alloy springs and aluminum spring retainers operated by thin-wall hollow camshafts to reduce weight and inertia
- S-DMS engine management system allows the rider to choose from three engine settings to match riding conditions with a handlebar mounted switch
- SRAD ( Suzuki Ram Air Direct) force feeds cool, pressurized air into the airbox at highway speeds, improving engine efficiency and throttle response
- Suzuki Idle Speed Control (ISC) system for improved cold starting, consistent idle quality and reduced emissions
- Under deceleration the back torque limiting clutch reduces pressure on the clutch plates for smoother downshifting and corner entry
- A braced aluminum alloy swingarm features a large 22mm swingarm pivot and is designed for optimum rider feel and maximum rear wheel traction
- Compact, lightweight instrument cluster features a step motor controlled analog tachometer, LCD speedometer, dual trip meters, clock and a convenient gear position indicator
- Electronically controlled steering damper uses a solenoid valve to move a tapered needle reducing or increasing oil flow to adjust damping force.
- The fuel tank features an innovative design and fuel capacity is 17.0 L (3.7 Imp gal)
- The GSX-R750 features a sharp and aggressive look utilizing a bold headlight design, angular tail section and compact overall layout.
- Innovative rear suspension linkage utilizes a forged aluminum alloy link and a forged aluminum link rod that reduces side loads and helps the rear shock absorber move in a smooth arc
- Inverted 41mm Showa cartridge front forks are fully adjustable for high and low speed compression, spring preload, and rebound damping
- Lightweight cast aluminum wheels featuring an angled spoke design for improved rigidity, reduced unsprung weight and improved acceleration
- Radial mount four piston front brake calipers works with 310mm front brake rotors and a radial pump front brake master cylinder
- Showa 41mm aluminum alloy rear shock with a 16mm rod diameter are fully adjustable for high and low speed compression, spring preload and rebound damping for maximum rider control
- The lightweight frame is built entirely of aluminum alloy castings and is engineered to deliver optimum rigidity, unmatched accuracy and maximum cornering performance.
- Three way adjustable footpegs now feature die-cast construction and can be moved into three different positions with a 14mm horizontal and vertical range
- The LED combination taillight and brake light is built into the rear of the tailsection, featuring a red, mirror lens, covering LED’s