This is the only picture of the 2000 GSX-R750 given to Suzuki dealers at the Las Vegas dealer show earlier this week. A single prototype of the bike was on display for the dealers to view, but was clearly a prototype, and not a production quality bike. Moreover, dealers were given a specification sheet which was incomplete, with items such as the length, width, height, seat height, ground clearance, wheel base and dry weight of the new 750 “to be announced” at a future date.
Suzuki is either still working on the final specifications of the new bike, or is waiting until next week’s Paris show to announce the final specs. In any event, the new design is quite better looking (our opinion) than the Hayabusa – like design apparently rejected by Suzuki earlier on for its revised 750 sportbike. Moreover, the performance of the bike is reportedly dramatically improved due to a combination of lower weight and increased horsepower.
According to Suzuki, the revised engine is lighter and more compact, and the cylinder head has a narrower included valve angle and straighter intake tract. Additionally, both the Ram air and fuel injection systems have been redesigned to improve performance, and a new close-ratio 6-speed transmission is provided.
It is all the rage to increase the length of a sportbike’s swingarm, and the new GSX-R750 includes “revised frame geometry and increased swingarm length for improved weight distribution.” Some of the parts that are lighter than last years include the brake calipers (now four piston instead of six), wheels, shock absorber, oil pan, drive sprocket, clutch cover and starter clutch cover.
All in all, the new 2000 GSX-R750 looks promising, but development is incomplete. Suzuki indicates an on-sale date of April 2000 (more than six months away).
Interestingly, the 2000 GSX-R600 is unchanged with the old styling intact.