Suzuki's magic balance of power and weight add up to the perfect sportbike, but only if you're good enough
Way back when some folks were sniveling about a 72-year-old actor in the White House, or about missing the last episode of M*A*S*H, sportbike fans had a real dilemma. Literbikes were too much, it seemed, but middleweights weren't quite enough. The answer, when it finally materialized here in 1986—a year later than the rest of the world—was the Suzuki GSX-R750. Not too big. Not too small. It was, as Ms. Goldilocks said before the bears came home, just right.
Looking more like some bug-eyed refugee from the Bol d'Or than any other streetbike, Suzuki's groundbreaking light heavyweight sent 87 horses to its countershaft sprocket and weighed 464 pounds soaking wet. For those who absolutely, positively had to get around the next corner ahead of everyone else, that GSX-R750 was in a class by itself.
The rationale for staying in the 750 game is as emotional as it is empirical. The GSX-R is an icon cast in pure 14-karat marketing gold. It's been the heart of Suzuki's bike lineup and the soul of its corporate persona for years.
That was a good article on the bike. I will probably want to step up to a 750 one day, but I've only been on a Kat 600. So I'll just step up to a GSXR-600 for now. Don't think I need too much power just yet.
Me not being a pure-bred suzuki guy, I still gotta give props to the only manufacturer that continually pumps a sportbike, like this, where everyone is has long since forgotten about this class...for the everyday rider.