Thursday, 8 February 2018

Suzuki GSX-R750

Suzuki GSX-R750

It is not every motorcycle that can lay claim to being the first of its kind.  One that can is the GSX-R750.  So closely did its design echo that of Suzuki's 1985 endurance racer, that it was dubbed a 'race-replica'.  In performance terms, too, it did not fall far short.  145mph on a road-bike was not for the faint of heart!

So, the 'Gixer' was built to go fast.  Corners were no obstacle to that mission statement!  The GSX-R's aluminium chassis - and beefy front forks - rendered it highly 'flickable'.  Powering out of bends, though, needed the rev-needle pointing to the right.  The power-band was uncompromising, to say the least.  Low-down 'grunt' was not the GSX-R's strong suit.  When retardation was required, state-of-the-art 'stoppers' responded with zeal.

The GSX-R was nick-named the 'slab-side' - due to its perpendicular proportions, especially at the rear.  Its looks definitely communicated a strong sense of purpose.  Single-handedly, the Gixer fired up the 'race-rep' revolution.  After the Suzuki GSX-R750, road-bikes really would never be the same again!

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