I want to be just like Andrew Trevitt
There are certain bikes out there that just make sense. For me the GSX-R750 is one of those bikes. It's got more grunt than a 600 so I'm not always screaming the little engine, but it's not making the freakish horsepower the literbikes pump out. Whenever I twist the throttle on this bike I'm not holding on for dear life, nor am I waiting for the engine to wail past 10 grand. It's got just the perfect blend of acceleration that my feeble brain can handle. Add in the fact that it feels as small as and changes direction like a 600, and I gravitate toward it more and more every time. Thank you to the powers that be at Suzuki for sticking with tradition and keeping this bike alive (and updating, too!). If ever there was a real-life example of less being more, the GSX-R750 is it.
The next American Idol
It seems to me that with every iteration the GSX-R750 gets closer to being what you'd expect-and want-it to be: a GSX-R600 with a lot more power. Just as we've found before, the 750's chassis components are all slightly higher-spec than those on the 600, and each works accordingly better by a noticeable degree. But whereas those bits couldn't quite bridge the handling gap between the two bikes in years past, now they do: On the same roads we just finished testing all the 600s and 1000s on, I thought the 750 handled every bit as well as any of them.
The last time we tested a GSX-R750 I hinted in my SRO that Suzuki had it easy with no competition in the class and that the GSX-R would have trouble if Yamaha, for example, were to build an R7 again. The '08 model nicely addresses what few complaints we had with the old bike, and it's fitting that the issue with that old test (Dec. '06) is sitting on my desk. The cover blurb asks the question, "Best sportbike ever?" I can't wait for this year's Bike of the Year test to find out.