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      09.07.2009 15:57
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      Great bike, don't know anyone who has owned one and has anything bad to say about it.

      Susuki GSXR-750. The Hooligans weapon of choice!!!

      Previous to buying my Gixxer 750 three years ago I owned a 2001 Kawasaki Ninja 600. I ended up having no end of expensive problems with the Kawasaki and in the end I part-exchanged the bike for a brand new Suzuki GSXR-750 K5 model. I bought my bike as the new model was coming out so I got a hefty discount on it. You can pick one of these up for about £4000 now. Which is good considering that they are known for their bomb-proof engines so you shouldn't get any problems. Just be careful as they are a bit of a track day goers favourite so might have been trashed around race tracks.

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      The Look
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      I bought one of the less popular colour schemes, yellow and black. I actually really like this colour. It looks good with my black windshield. A bonus is that you will see a lot less of these about than the standard blue and white Suzuki colours. Not knocking the blue and white scheme though, it does look nice. My favourite is the black paint job but I don't want to pay more just for the paint job.

      I appreciate that the newer model is a better bike. But I am not a fan of the styling. So that was another thing that helped me make my decision. The K5 has a more angular, sharp styling which I prefer. You get digital clocks which are very clear to see and look stylish.
      You will want to change the number plate bracket. It is massive as on most standard bikes and it really spoils the sporty look of the bike. The wheels are black now rather than the white ones that they had in the past. So dirt does not show up so much. The white ones must have been a nightmare to keep clean.

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      Engine
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      Everywhere I look always seem to give different BHP figures for my bike. So it is somewhere in the range of 130-150bhp. The bike is not as loud as a similar 600cc sports motorcycle. The engine does not need to rev as hard to access the power. I used to feel like I was banging through all the gears on my 600, right at the top end of the gears, but still lacking power. The 750 is far less frantic and you'll find yourself changing gear a lot less often as the engine has more torque than a 600. There is more power lower down the rev range. The gears feel quite firm and slot into place reassuringly. I love the metallic snarl that the exhaust makes on Gixxers. It seems to egg you on saying `come on you wuss, thrash me how you know I like it!!!'. It's not screamingly loud like on a 600cc but it has a very purposeful, snarly sound to it.

      You do need to be quite smooth when riding the Gixxer as it does have a powerful engine. You need to be smooth on the throttle. Also when changing down gears there is quite a lot of engine breaking and it does not have a slipper clutch as I think you get on the newer models. So if you change down through the gears too quickly the back tyre will skip and skid along if you are overly aggressive with it. But you'll get used to what you can get away with after some time on the bike.

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      The handling is great!! You have the same size chassis as on a 600cc bike but with a more powerful engine. This makes the bike very flickable around corners and very fast down the straights. I actually used a Honda CBR600RR on a track day last September at Donington Park. After riding my bike the CBR felt very lacking in power.

      When I first picked up my bike from the garage I was amazed at how easy it was to ride. It had more instant power than I was used to, so I had to take it easy on the throttle. But the handling was brilliant. The standard Bridgestone BT0014 tyres are great. They handle well in the dry and the wet and seem to get up to temperature quickly. They recommend not to rev your bike above 6k revs for the first 500 miles. This is hard to do, but it does help you get more used to the bike before you thrash it.

      The radial brakes do a very good job once up to temperature. It is important to get them up to temperature as I had quite a moment once when my brakes were cold. It took me what felt like a mile to stop =0(

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      I bought my bike from the George Whites dealership in Slough as it was the nearest one to me. Always consider where your nearest dealer is when purchasing a bike. You don't want to have to travel too far for servicing etc. I found George Whites to be reliable at servicing my bike and they also have good prices on bikes to buy.

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      My Opinion
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      I'm definitely a Gixxer convert. No looking back now. When I change bikes it will have to be the new Gixxer 750. Don't think that I'll bother making the jump to a 1000cc. I just think that it will be too much for the road. The 750 you can just about use to it's capabilities on the road, occasionally. On a 1000cc I don't think I would get anywhere near it's limits. I like the feeling of revving out all of the gears to the red line. I don't think a 1000cc would let me do that. Also I'd probably be slower due to worrying about putting down too much power and getting slung off the bike.

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        12.06.2008 21:29
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        fantastic all round motorbike

        Suzuki GSX-R750- A Review By Addy

        Having been an ardent dedicated Honda man for the majority of my biking life, I actually relented and bought a Suzuki GSX-R 750. I was definitely looking for a step up from super-sport 600's, after having 3 different models of CBR 600. I was giving serious contemplation to two other bikes at this time which were Aprilia RSV Millie, or a Honda CBR 900 Fireblade. However, after much deliberation and friend's recommendations, I went for the Suzuki. This was based on the judgement that you get the best of both worlds combining raw 750 power in a 600 chassis. The first Gixer 750 was released in 1985 and has undergone periodical changes since then.

        ==The Look==

        As in the picture above I purchased mine in the typical blue and white Gixer colours. In standard form the bike is aesthetically pleasing and ultra sexy but the beauty of motor-biking is the levels of personalising. I wanted a bike that looked sweet on both the track and on the road so I made a fair few modifications. I added a carbon fibre rear hugger, I realised that a hugger adds weight but it's a compromise. Carbon fibre is very light and in winter riding you will be grateful for this accessory as well as some carbon fibre around the tank and fairing. I changed my indicators for micro to add to the beautiful lines of the bike. I changed the screen to a blue one making sure that it is double bubble to increase air flow over my skid lid, as well as an Akropivic exhaust race system boosting performance and BHP. This exhaust system will set you back around £800.00 but think of the performance and the loud growl is music to the ears. I also had fitted HEL braided steel brake lines for that extra sweet stopping power whilst braking deep into bends. Additionally I had fitted a set of special spark plugs that fire twice that are around ten pounds each. After these and few other modifications my personalised babe was ready to go and looked beautiful. Initially the finish on the bike as standard is in my opinion excellent but just slightly inferior to Honda finish. It is mainly the rear sets and pegs etc but I get rid of all that and personalise with aftermarket products. The clock is a digital gauge and the lights are fair but I use Halogen bulbs that are better. This model just as all those post 1996, are liquid cooled engines. It also features electric starter and six speed gear box

        ==Power==

        On the CBR 600's for a standing start it was a case of running first gear up to 5000rpm and bang into second then push each gear to maximum before changing gear. You can just bang through the gears but I would deem this as abusing my baby and eventually it will cause problems. Then suddenly the bike feels very light as the ram air kicks in and it's a riot. Don't get me wrong any biker will understand that although 600's {Sport bikes} will kick the crap out of any car on the road, with a 600 you still need to grab it by the testimonials and thrash the living hell out of it. Genuine top speed I was getting on these bikes was around 145-150mph whilst travelling to work but back B- roads with lots of sweet twists were fun. However, I soon noticed the difference with this beauty. Mother of god this thing just goes and she accelerates faster than I can change gear. This is where the advantage of track days comes in since you can practice your standing starts amongst honing your other skills. Furthermore not only is 175mph top end speed a reality, but it gets there in mere seconds. This is all actually from standard but adding the Akrapovic race system adds a few more brake horse power, and removing non essential parts keeps weight down to a minimum. If you are as extreme as me you can even invest in Oz Wheels etc for even more weight loss and keep pillions off the bike since they only make it ugly anyway. This is a bike that definitely makes me feel inclined to join the dark side.

        ==Handling==

        Once this bike is set it up to your specs it handles so sweet but that is somewhat more applied to track days, but even from out of the crate after scrubbing your tyres, getting your knee down is a cinch. On the road it will require minor tweaks to suit your riding style etc, but other than that just adjustments are required if you do ride two up. The bike comes with a steering damper which I always feel is a necessity on bikes of this calibre and it certainly keeps things upright on poorly maintained roads. You can get a superior after market damper but there really is no need as the Suzuki's own is more than adequate. Therefore if you are not fussy with the standard damper that is fitted there are loads of companies that have bought out their own model. The bike is very light and has a frame almost like a 600 so it steers in beautifully. Even in wet weather riding the bike instils confidence. I tend to run Bridgestone's on mine and the compatibility is excellent. In winter I run Continentals. These are designed in such a way that you have a touch more tyre on the road at any lean angle, compared to other bike tyres and in winter these are a delight. Additionally they are cheaper than Pirelli Diablo and Bridgestone. It really does not make a great difference to handling in general, the bike still steers in the same etc, but in crappy weather conditions they really do make a difference but as necessary with all tyres and bikes get some heat into them prior to pushing things. Tyre management is fair but if you are miles crunching they will square off that bit quicker. The costs for the sorts of tyres I run are around £250 a pair. The bike is a total hoot and I feel is very user friendly it certainly does inspire confidence but definitely needs a real experienced rider. The bike is quite roomy for a sports bike I am 5' 8". So taller guys n' gals may disagree I simply cannot speak for them. Seat height is a bit of a pain in the arse and bike lowering kits are available but I manage. Comfort is no issue either since I often travel from Scotland to England around 500miles each way. With one or two toilet and petrol stops I find it no real chore other than a wee bit of stiffness. At this distance do find the seat getting a little hard but I push hard with very little stopping time so I guess it is to be expected.

        ==RELIABILITY==

        I have never had any issues with my bike beyond normal wear and tear. This is such as chain and sprockets which do have to be replaced every so many thousand miles. I keep the bike regularly serviced, washed and I frequently change the spark plugs etc. I purchase the more expensive spark plugs that fire twice. Keeping a stringent routine of maintenance has seen the bike being very reliable. On cold wintery mornings the beast fires up first time like a dragon. Servicing costs are scary so shop around. I purchase the parts and do most of the servicing myself such as spark plug, oil. Oil filter, air filter changes and it is so much cheaper. The bike has an automatic choke which is no bad thing. I do feel the body work needs a little more care than some other bikes such as Honda but be strict with yourself and keep road salt off by hosing down after wet weather riding. I also use WD40 on hoses to prevent dryness and splitting as well as on suspension. I also use a little copper grease etc on callipers to prevent seizing and every time that I change pads I do a full strip down process and completely cleanse all the parts then re-assemble with fresh copper grease. Give this bike your loving commitment and you get lush, hassle free ride-outs every time.

        ==SUMMARY==

        Ok, I love my bike. I do not think the finish is quite as good as Honda bikes, but if you look after your bike, it will still be lush. The best way is if wet weather riding or the like, always wash of the salt when you return home. It is awesome value for money, and a proper hooligan tool producing around 150bhp. You don't go through the tyres at quite the same rate of 1000's but get much better fun than a 600. Sadly the 750 market has all but dwindled but hopefully with the GP's running 800's the market will change soon. UNTIL THEN THIS BEAST AWAITS........

        Thanks 4 reading/rating, Addy

        © 2008

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          20.07.2000 04:32
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          Hello I have purchased a 2000 GSXR-750 Suzuki three months ago. I love the bike. It is everything a bike should be and more! I have two Honda Friends that just got the CBR 929 (blade) he in California and lookout. The GSXR-750 blows them away. It is faster running up the gears, and top end is BYE-BYE 929.... On the cornering it is like a superbike. Because it is a superbike and corners like it is on "RAILS". Up at 4000 revs its a little short until 7000 revs then it really wakes up and then again at 10000 revs to 14000 (redline) it is a ROCKET. WOW and I mean WOW. So, it you are looking for a SBK street bike, this is the one. I just love it and must ride it everyday or I feel sick. Suzuki did it right. 2500 miles now, 2 oil changes, and there is nothing wrong with the bike. Still runs like a Missile launched down the road. Steve

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            08.07.2000 20:51
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            The GSX-R750WV was one of the best bikes I've ever had the pleasure of getting my leg over. Light, fast and very, very responsive. For tearing up the twisties of Scotland I don't think there's much to beat it - except maybe the Y2K model. I certainly never had any problem keeping the Suzook ahead of any of my mates out on runs, inlcuding Blades and 916s. OK you have to thrash the engine but believe me, it has no problem coping with being constantly caned to within an inch of its life. Rock solid engine. The gearbox is the sweetest I've ever come across. Slick and reliable with no false nuetrals and no crunching or clunking. Out on the aforementioned twisties, it was the GSXRs incredible handling that gave it the edge over other bikes. It's almost as if you just have to look in the direction you want to go and the bike's there. It's the total package that allows the Suzuki to carve up the roads like it does - the incredibly light weight, stiff suspension, rigid frame and racing geometry all add up to a bike that can leave just about anything else for dead on the bends. There were never any chicken strips on the Suzuki's tyres. Braking's no problem even when hauling up for Gatsos from the claimed top speed of 166mph. Getting up to that kinda speed is a bit of a laugh too. Open the throttle and very little happens until you get to about 8,000 revs. It picks up a little until it hits between 9,000 and 10,000. Then it launches off like an exocet! It feels like it's trying to rip your arms from their sockets and it just keeps pulling all the way up to the redline. Later models were fitted with a steering damper and to be honest, when I bought mine I considered fitting a damper too it. A friend persuaded me to wait until I was used to the bike. He had a GSX-R750 and never felt the need for a damper. I'm glad I took his advice, because although it did some mild tankslapping on occais
            ion, it never really got out of shape. I've got an R1 now - another top bike. But even though the 750 is outclassed by the big R1, I don't reckon there's all that much in it. My guess is the new GSX-R750 will give an R1 a run for it's money on the twisties and probably leave it behind on the track. Brilliant bike!

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