So after riding a few litre sportsbikes, when none of them grabbed me enough to throw my money away on the spot, I decided to try another couple of bikes I had been intrigued by for quite a while.
1. Suzuki GSX-R750 (2010)
I was hoping it would be the GSX-R 750 so I jumped on one. OK, all they say about this one is true too. It does handle incredibly well. I’ve never actually ridden a modern 600 supersport so I can’t confirm what all the journos say “handles like a 600, powers like a 1000” but fuck it handles great. You can chuck it into corners at the last minute. I was really revving the shit out of it and getting carried away with lane changing when a guy riding a K1600GT in a t-shirt went past me flapping his arms about. I thought he was trying to tell me I looked fully sick so I gave him the thumbs up but he didn’t look too impressed. I then pulled alongside him and he started screaming at me. The only words I got were “…..Cop…..fucken…” but I decided not to pursue the matter. He was probably one of those few “good” cops we keep hearing about. He didn’t pull me over or anything, just wanted me to slow down. To be honest, I WAS riding like a muthafucka! But that’s what the gsxr makes you do. It is ridiculously easy to throw around and revs so high so quickly that that’s the only way you want to ride it. It doesn’t have the mid-range of a 1000cc so no, it does NOT power like a 1000cc but you just rev it more I guess, it spins up pretty quick…
I liked it! It seemed a bit more uncomfortable than the Beemer and Honda but I’m young, I can handle it.
The bike is a feather weight. You get on it and flick it side to side between your legs and it feels like a toy. It’s ultra-slim, with a high seat and low clip-ons. The ride position is racy but not terribly uncomfortable. The one I rode had heli-bars and an arrow exhaust, both of which offer a positive return on investment on this bike.
You take off and the engine is smooth and refined with a nice burble to it. It’s certainly more like an inline 4 than a v-twin but it’s quite pleasant. As soon as you hit the first corner or roundabout though, you know exactly why everyone raves about this bike. It is so fucking keen to steer that you actually have to take drastic action to avoid crashing into the kerb before you’ve even entered the corner! The fucking thing freaked me out! The racy ride position places your head over the front wheel (that’s the way it feels anyway) and you get tremendous feedback from the forks. It’s all very involving but because the damn thing is so light and turns so quickly I just spent my half an hour on the bike trying not to crash before the apex of every corner.
The power is definitely lacking compared to the GSXR 750. It’s more like a 600, which it is really so I should never have expected any different. Overall this bike just wasn’t what I was looking for. It’s light and nimble but the power isn’t there and it is just not a substantial enough motorcycle. You could go very very fast through corners on this thing, undoubtedly.
So it looks like the GSX-R 750 is it. But did I buy it? To read what happened next, go HERE