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Suzuki Brings Big Changes to 2018 GSX-S750 and S750Z

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When we rode the 2015 Suzuki GSX-S750 at the press launch, we had to deal with pouring rain in Austin, Texas. In those conditions, we actually liked the bike, but couldn’t form a solid opinion given the circumstances. In general, the press felt the GSX-S750 couldn’t compete with the likes of Yamaha’s FZ-09. In response, Suzuki is bringing big changes for the model year 2018 (you read that right, 2018).

With boosted power from a new engine derived from the 2005 GSX-R750 architecture, together with new electronic rider aids, Suzuki hopes the new model (which will be in dealers in the U.S. in March of next year, price TBD) will have a better footing when competing in the middleweight naked class. Here is the full press release from Suzuki:

Brea, Calif, (October 4, 2016) – Suzuki continues to roll out improvements and updates to its line of standard-class streetbikes, and now announces the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z to go along with the 2017 GSX-S1000/F. Featuring significant engine and chassis advancements, these performance-focused street bikes deliver the energetic power that could only come from the GSX-R lineage. Suzuki offers this 750 in two striking styles, the original GSX-S750 and the GSX-S750Z which features Suzuki’s Anti-lock Brake System and dramatic matte black body work.

2018 GSX-S750 & GSX-S750Z
The new 2018 GSX-S750 brings significant engine and chassis advancement over the prior version to firmly establish itself as the second model in Suzuki’s innovative lineup of performance street machines. As with the GSX-S1000, this new GSX-S750 inherits its heart and soul from the 30-year racing heritage of the GSX-R750. With boosted engine power and a suite of new rider-friendly features, this restyled GSX-S750 is ready to capture hearts and turn heads as the new leader in its class.

With styling influenced by its bigger stablemate, but with its own aggressive turn, the GSX-S750 new bodywork looks wild and forceful, yet keeps the rider comfortable at all times. The new headlight nacelle houses provides a visual focal point while the under cowl connects the chassis styling to the engine and new exhaust system.

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Nestled in the headlight nacelle like the GSX-S1000, the new lightweight and compact instrument panel uses a LCD display that includes speedometer, tachometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, a clock and a variety of other functions that can be controlled via the rocker switch on the left-hand handlebar. Below the panel are new, large-diameter, matter-black tapered handlebars that damp vibration while adding style and good control leverage for the rider.

The potent 749cc 4-cylinder fuel-injected engine uses 2005 GSX-R750 architecture so the power delivery is an excellent bled of strong low-end and a muscular top end. This also permits a shorter chassis which greatly enhances handling and makes the GSX-S750 the only motorcycle in its class with an engine with SuperSport lineage.

Suzuki’s advanced traction control system* lets the GSX-S750 rider control the throttle with more confidence in various riding conditions. As a result, the rider can enjoy sport riding with less anxiety. There are four traction control modes (1, 2, 3, and OFF) that the rider can easily adjust at rest or on-the-fly via a handlebar-mounted control. The difference between the modes are their sensitivity to road conditions.

This new GSX-S750 is equipped with Suzuki’s Easy-start System that requires just a simple touch of the starter button to fire up the engine (without pulling the clutch lever if the transmission is in neutral).  Suzuki’s patented, Throttle-body Integrated Idle Speed Control (TI-ISC) stabilizes the engine idle speed and includes Suzuki’s Low RPM Assist feature that seamlessly adjusts engine speed during take-off and low-speed riding to smooth the power delivery and to help reduce the possibility of the rider stalling the motorcycle.

The unique chassis integrates the best qualities of a tubular girder streetbike frame and a twin-spar sportbike frame with a new trapezoidal, beam-type swingarm that tapers down to new chain adjusters adding strength and style.  Controlling the road is a KYB pre-load adjustable shock and inverted fork with gold anodized outer tubes. Radially mounted to the fork are new, four-piston Nissin Monobloc brake calipers squeezing twin, 310mm wave style brake rotors with a single-piston caliper and wave-rotor out back to help deliver controlled stops.

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For an additional injection of technology and style, there’s the GSX-S750Z. This bike includes the Suzuki Anti-lock Brake System** plus aggressive blacked-out styling that surrounds the ergonomically comfortable, yet sporty riding position.

Choosing the GSX-S750, or the dark personality of the GSX-S750Z delivers discriminating riders the perfect sportbike balance of engine punch, chassis response, great looks and smart value. This new GSX-S750 looks better and outperforms its popular predecessor – and other entries in the class. It is nimble, comfortable, and an exhilarating, fun ride. Color and Pricing for the GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z are TBA with units hitting dealership floors on March 2017.

* The Traction Control System is not a substitute for the rider’s throttle control. It cannot prevent loss of traction due to excessive speed when the rider enters a turn and/or applies the brakes. Neither can it prevent the front wheel from losing grip.

** Depending on road surface conditions, such as wet, loose, or uneven roads, braking distance for an ABS-equipped vehicle may be longer than for a vehicle not equipped with ABS.  ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering.  Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.


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15 Comments

  1. Frank says:

    Coming to CA ..?

  2. VEGA says:

    Well… I’d rather have The Kawasaki Z900…!

    G’Day!

  3. Ron Gordon says:

    They need a new proof reader.

  4. JR says:

    Not a bad attempt by Suzuki but looks like they cut corners on that swingarm and ugly exhaust! Yamaha and Benelli would be a good comparison to see.

  5. Randy in Ridgecrest says:

    Natural competition to the current Street Triple?
    Looks just as weird. I wonder if Suz will sell these in Kali?

  6. Wendy says:

    I thought ABS was mandatory on Yurp now.

  7. VLJ says:

    So stupid to make ABS only available in the matte black version. Actually, it’s stupid to make a matte black version at all. Most people are entirely sick of matte black sportbikes; assuming people ever liked them in the first place.

    Just offer the bike in normal colors, and make ABS standard. This isn’t rocket science, Suzuki.

    • bmbktmracer says:

      Amen!

    • Jeremy in TX says:

      I guess matte black must still be popular in Europe. I got pretty tired of it years ago as well. That said, “Colors and pricing to be announced.” Hopefully we’ll get another color option. I doubt it though.

  8. Trent says:

    So Kawasaki had a Z750S and now Suzuki will have an S750Z .. okay 🙂

  9. mickey says:

    what is with these tail sections pointing up?

    • Grover says:

      The bike is in heat. Probably get knocked up by a Gixxer 1000 and give birth to a GN250.

  10. joe b says:

    Now, take this bike, and make a replica GS1000S or first year Katana look a like. I would buy it.

  11. MGNorge says:

    Good to see Suzuki back again! The more, the merrier!