2022 Suzuki GSX-S750 - Performance, Price, and Photos

More tractable power and more control over power delivery on the new GSX-S750

Suzuki continues to refine the GSX-S750 and its in-line four banger ahead of MY2022. Tweaks to the airbox develop more tractable power lower in the rev range, and new ride-control electronics provide more options to tailor power delivery.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S750 Performance and Capability

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Tuned for stronger low- and mid-range performance the engine comes from the GSX-R750

Suzuki’s mid-range four-cylinder lump in the GSX-S750 has a well-earned reputation for reliability, garnered from years of dutiful service and is well deserved at this point. Decidedly oversquare, the mill runs a 72 mm bore and 46 mm stroke with a medium-hot compression ratio of 12.3-to-1, so yeah, high-octane pusholine and all of that.

What you get in return is a reliable output of 114 ponies at 10,500 rpm and 61 pound-feet of grunt at 9 grand with liquid cooling for temp stability and stamina. Since it’s an in-line four, and due to the factory’s diligence, the power delivery is buttery smooth even by four-banger standards.

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Each cylinder comes with its own dedicated throttle body complete with a ten-hole injector nozzle. Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve system runs a second set of ECM-controlled butterflies that help reconcile differences between rider demand and engine output for seamless transitions through the range. Additionally, a Low RPM Assist feature prevents stumbling at low revs and during the initial roll-on from a standing start.

A stock traction control system provides three levels of protection plus an “Off” setting for a full-raw ride. “Mode 1” has minimal levels of intervention for experienced jockeys.“Mode 2” is good for the average rider, and “Mode 3” has the highest spinout-mitigation properties for riding in inclement conditions.

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An Idle Speed Control feature rounds out the electronic goodies with further anti-stall protection for the engine to save you the embarrassment of having to re-light the fire at a stop. The six-speed gearbox runs close ratios for blistering holeshots and acceleration, and much to my surprise, the factory relies on an old-school standard clutch to couple engine power to the tranny rather than a slipper-style unit. This means you’ll have to develop and rely on your sense of timing on the downshifts to stay out of trouble, but it’s a good skill to have.

A tough, quiet O-ring chain carries the power to the rear wheel with an overall gear ratio that turns in a 142 mph GSX-S750 top speed, which is still a lot of bike for the buck. You can’t trust an inexperienced rider, even with the granny mode engaged.

Engine & Drivetrain
Engine: 749cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 72.0 mm x 46.0 mm (2.834 in. x 1.811 in.)
Compression Ratio: 12.3:1
Fuel System: Fuel injection with SDTV
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK 525, 114 links

Design

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The bodywork on the GSX-S750 is minimal, yet modern and edgy, with an appropriate amount of aggression sprinkled about.

Just because it’s due for an update to the visuals, doesn’t mean it looks stale or dated. Far from it. The bodywork on the GSX-S750 is minimal, yet modern and edgy, with an appropriate amount of aggression sprinkled about.

It leads off with the typical inverted front end that sees the molded front fender’s uprights used as a spoiler for the exposed inner fork tubes. Blackout forks, triple clamps, handlebar, and controls on the base model leave it looking dark and sinister if one is to be kind, or if you want to be mean, boring.

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The GSX-S750Z model, however, is rather snazzy with its Triton Blue trim, glossy Glass Sparkle Black, gold stems, and chartreuse graphics on the chin fairing and rims. It still looks mean, just in a more colorful way.

A cyclops headlight housing comes with a vestigial flyscreen up top and an old-school halogen headlight to split the night, but out back, an LED taillight keeps you visible to following traffic regardless of lighting conditions.

Instrumentation comes tucked away within an LCD screen with adjustable light levels that let you dial in for the ambient light. Plus, high-vis LED idiot lights finish out the rider interface.

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Since this is a Gixxess, and not one of its Gixxer cousins, the rider’s triangle is a bit relaxed. Short risers and a short-rise bar push the pilot’s hands back to enable a comfortable upright posture while leaving room for a tucked-in racing posture, so you have options in that regard.

The 4.2-gallon fuel tank tapers nicely to meet the narrow seat entry and skinny waist with a GSX-S750 seat height of 32.3 inches that will be comfortable to all but the shortest riders. A lofted pillion pad and fold-up footpegs let you accommodate a passenger right off the showroom floor.

Suzuki GSX-S750 Specs
Overall Length: 83.7 in. (2,125 mm)
Overall Width: 41.5 in.(1,055 mm), “Z”: 30.9 in. (785 mm)
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.(1,455 mm)
Ground Clearance: 5.3 in. (135 mm)
Seat Height: 32.3 in.(820 mm)
Curb Weight: 465 lb.(211 kg), “Z”: 470 lb. (213 kg)
Fuel Capacity: 4.22 US gal. (16.0 L)

Chassis

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The GSX-S750 is every bit as nimble as its more race-tastic cousins, but with a little street comfort built into the ergonomics.

Steel lends its great strength to the twin-spar frame on the GSX-S750 with tubular members and a stressed engine to complete the structure. The steering head establishes a 25.2-degree angle of rake with 4.1 inches of trail to make sure the Gixxess is every bit as nimble as its more race-tastic cousins, so you don’t have to sacrifice fun by going with a standard build.

A 33-degree steering angle delivers a turning radius of 9.8 feet, which isn’t unreasonable and makes for decent parking-lot behavior. Cast-aluminum rims round out the rolling chassis in a typical, 17-inch diameter with stylish “Y” spokes that give them an edgy appeal all their own. They come lined with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 radials in a 120/70 ahead of a 180/55 with that all-important “Z” speed rating that keeps them from shredding under the kind of acceleration and speed this machine can produce.

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When it comes time to haul it down, Nissin anchors take care of business with dual, four-bore anchors and 310 mm discs up front and a single-pot caliper out back. Suzuki dropped ABS from the GSX-S750 after 2019, so if it’s important, you’ll have to spring for the “Z” model.

KYB stems float the front on 4.7 inches of travel with 5.4 inches out back, which is fairly plush, but the lack of adjustments leaves the suspension bits looking like plain vanilla. That said, cutting corners like this is how Suzuki keeps the price down on this streetwise sled.

Chassis & Suspension
Suspension, Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front: Nissin, 4-piston caliper, twin disc
Brakes, Rear: Nissin, 1-piston caliper, single disc
Tire, Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tire, Rear: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless

2022 Suzuki GSX-S750 Price

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MSRP starts at $8.5k for the base model and $8.9k for the “Z.”

Suzuki lets loose of its 2022 GSX-S750 base model for $8,549, and the GSX-S750Z ABS trim package for another four bills. This leaves Suzuki looking pretty competitive in the standard/street bike sector.

Pricing
Warranty: 12-month unlimited mileage limited warranty, optional Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)
Colors:
└ GSX-S750: Metallic Matte Black No. 2
└ GSX-S750Z: Metallic Triton Blue / Glass Sparkle Black
Price:
└ GSX-S750: $8,549
└ GSX-S750Z: $8,949

Competitors

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Once again, British motorcycle giant Triumph has a suitable Euro-centric counter to the Japanese style Gixxess with the Trident 660 from its roadster family.

Triumph Trident 660

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The Trident 660 price is very competitive coming in just below the Gixxess for what is a comparable bike.

Similarly naked, the Brit rolls with a dearth of bodywork to an even greater extent than the GSX-S750 as it skips the cheek fairings and belly pan. A heavily whacked front fender and dual hugger spray containment out back join with a trim rear end for an overall cleaner look. The cockpit is also streamlined with minimal switch gear on the handlebar housings and a single round digital display for the instrumentation and electronic controls.

Power comes from a 660 cc triple with 81 horsepower and 47 pounds of grunt against 114/61, so in brute force, the Gixxess is hands-down head and shoulders above the Brit. This limits the Trident 660 top speed to around 132 mph, a skosh shy of the Suzuki, but still plenty over-fast for public road use, to be honest.

The suspension is straight vanilla, and the ABS comes stock with no non-ABS version on offer. The Trident is very competitive, all the way up to the checkout counter. [Triumph lets loose of its Trident 660 for $8,395 for its solid-color packages, and $8,520 for the two-tone colorway-art191508] to slide in just under the Gixxess.

He Said

“The GSX-R family may get all the glory, but this GSX-S is a solid street machine with none of the pretentious wannabe-racer vibes. I usually don’t go for the naked-sportbike products, but there is a certain je ne sais quoi about this bike that makes it rather attractive. Certainly, it doesn’t hurt for want of curb appeal, at least on the color “Z” model.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The bike is no slouch. The engine is derived from the GSX-R750 but it’s tuned for stronger low- and mid-range performance and changes to the airbox for 2022 bring that out even more so. These Gixxess have been hit or miss on the import front over the last couple of years, but they’re both in our market for 2022 and worth a look if you’re interested in the mid-displacement, street bike-comfort thing.”

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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