In 2015 I for filled a long life dream, passed my motorcycle test and bought a brand new GSXR 750 MotoGP. 10000 miles later I am truly addicted to fast road and track riding, I am addicted to the craft of riding one of these bikes well. Riding a super bike is the ultimate experience on 2 wheels. It is by far the most technical, challenging, raw and visceral experience I have had on two wheels.
These bikes shouldn’t be allowed, they probably won’t be allowed in 30 years time. My bike is a 750 inline 4, it puts out 170bhp at the crank and weighs just over 175kg wet. This is twice the power to weight ratio of a Bugatti Veyron. It is speed and performance that car drivers cannot comprehend. I am fortunate enough to have experienced some really fast cars in the past, even the monstrous 1000+ bhp 9e17 I went in at VMAX (220mph run) does not compare to opening the taps on my bike. Granted some of the most extreme performance cars can match fast bikes over 100mph, but your in a car, its still a compromise. On a bike your clinging to a missile, there’s no compromise, it’s so fast so can’t really see, everything blurs, the noise, the danger and the risk of death just extenuates the experience. And you haven’t even hit a corner yet.
- Bore / Stroke
- Front Sus
- Rear Sus
- Front Tyre
- Rear Tyre
- Max RPM
- Curb Weight
- 1/4 mile
- Top Speed
- 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC
- 70.0 mm x 48.7 mm
- Inverted Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
- Link type, coil spring, oil damped
- Brembo 310mm x 2
- Pirelli Rosso Corsa 120
- Pirelli Rosso Corsa 180
- 170bhp @ 13000rpm
- 3 secs
- 5 secs
- Sub 10 secs
- Est 20 secs
The 750 is a really fast bike out of the box. I always felt though it was being held back, really fast but a little bit polite. Most importantly the standard Cat looked absolutely horrendous and really annoyed me every time I looked at it. So after a lot of research and consideration I pulled the trigger on a major upgrade package from GT Performance. I went for a full Racing Line Akrapovic Exhaust, Power Commander V, HM Quickshifter Plus SS, built and tuned by GT performance. The upgrades cost over £3000 so I was extremely worried that it would be a disappointment and a waste of money.
All I can say for these upgrades is WOW. The bike made 140bhp at the rear wheel and improved a massive 19bhp over stock. It feels more like 30bhp more. The bike loud, loud as hell really to the point where at times its too much. But the character it’s given the thing is unreal, anything over 7000rpm and you get big flames, pops and crackles on the overrun which is such a rush. The power delivery is absolutely sublime with massive increase in mid range punch over the stock setup. The quickshifter I think is possibly the best thing about the new setup. If you haven’t got one just go and buy it, it transforms the bike, the shifts are brutal, you can float the front wheel through first, second and third gear which feels so sick. Performance is now right on par with my friends GSXR1000 K7 with a full Racefit Growler system – that’s a monster of a bike and there is nothing in it now.
Negatives? The fuel consumption is horrendous, miles on a tank has gone down from 150 – 160 to 100 – 110 :/. It is brutally loud, on long rides your ears get destroyed and obviously your attracting a lot of unwanted attention. The bike feels brutal and aggressive, it doesn’t feel like it wants to cruise around anymore it feels like it’s angry, great to ride fast but going for a chilled one the stock bike is better.
If anyone is thinking of modding their bike and wants some more info just email me, more than happy to help 🙂
Tech Stuff from Suzuki
• A 750cc, four-cylinder engine with a race-proven oversquare bore/stroke ratio provides exceptionally potent, high-revving performance.
• Engine utilizes forged pistons, shot-peened conrods, chrome-nitride-coated upper compression and oil control rings, and pentagonal ventilation holes for outstanding engine performance.
• Class leading Suzuki Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel injection system includes fine-spray 8-hole injectors, providing improved fuel atomization contributing to more complete combustion in the cylinder.
• Advanced, MotoGP-developed transistorized ignition control circuit helps maintain more precise spark timing across the range of engine temperature.
• Lightweight, durable forged pistons are designed with the Finite Element Method (FEM) and fatigue analysis technology and optimized camshaft profiles was developed using proven MotoGP racing technology.
• A 4-into-1 stainless-steel exhaust system features a titanium muffler, which carries a Suzuki Exhaust Tuning (SET) valve. The system maximizes torque and improves throttle response, especially in the low-to-mid RPM range.
• Suzuki Drive Mode Selector (S-DMS) offers push-button selection of two racing-developed engine control maps to suit road conditions and personal preference.
• Suzuki Composite Electrochemical Material (SCEM) plated cylinders integrated into the upper crankcase helps reduce friction, improve heat transfer, increase durability and provide better ring seal.
• Race-developed, lightweight 41mm Showa Big Piston front-Fork (BPF) delivers superb feedback and consistent performance.
• A lightweight and compact twin-spar aluminum cradle frame is made of five cast sections and features a cast swingarm.
• An electronically controlled steering damper provides lighter steering at lower speeds and more damping force at racetrack and highway speeds.
• Front brakes feature fully floating 310mm discs and radial-mounted, four-piston Brembo monoblock calipers.
• A single Showa rear shock features externally adjustable rebound and compression damping, along with adjustable ride height.