2020 Suzuki GSX-R750 MC Commute Review

A review of Suzuki’s classic GSX-R750 sportbike in this MC Commute video episode.

2020 Suzuki GSX-R750 MC Commute Review

Suzuki shifted the sportbike segment into the next gear with its original 1986 GSX-R750 superbike. Although the category has again upshifted, Suzuki remains true to its roots by offering this mid-grade 2020 GSX-R750 ($12,499) in its US model lineup. Last updated nine years ago, the GSX-R750 remains a capable sportbike for street riders looking to do it all.


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We swing a leg over the original 750cc superbike with Suzuki’s 2020 GSX-R750.
We swing a leg over the original 750cc superbike with Suzuki’s 2020 GSX-R750. (Adam Waheed/)

As always, ease of use and overall friendliness are signature features of this Suzuki. It’s got a low seat height and relatively forgiving ergonomics as compared to other manufactured sportbikes. The ability to tweak the position of the rider’s footpegs and a cozy rider and passenger seat are more road-worthy features.

Suzuki’s 2020 GSX-R750 has broad front fairing which does a fine job of shielding the rider from the elements.
Suzuki’s 2020 GSX-R750 has broad front fairing which does a fine job of shielding the rider from the elements. (Adam Waheed/)

With a full 4.5 gallons of fuel, the Suzuki weighs just 420 pounds—lighter than many other sportbikes made today. On the road the GSX-R750 is agile, but not overly so. Handling is a tad on the conservative side, as compared to sharper-handling modern bikes, but we wouldn’t necessarily say this is a bad thing. It makes for an easy-riding motorcycle that won’t bite.

The GSX-R750 employs a BPF-type fork from Showa. It offers a wide range of damping and spring preload adjustment. Street and track riders will benefit from its wide range of adjustability.
The GSX-R750 employs a BPF-type fork from Showa. It offers a wide range of damping and spring preload adjustment. Street and track riders will benefit from its wide range of adjustability. (Adam Waheed/)

Cutting edge nine years ago, the Showa suspension rides well and offers a wide range of adjustment based on weight and handling preference, both on road or the track. The OE-shoed Bridgestone Battlax BT-016 tires perform well, but the technology is more than a decade old and feels more rudimentary as compared to current-generation sport rubber. Thankfully, that can be easily fixed with a fresh set of rubber.

The GSX-R750 is powered by a punched-out version of the GSX-R600’s engine. It’s good for right around 130 horsepower at the rear tire.
The GSX-R750 is powered by a punched-out version of the GSX-R600’s engine. It’s good for right around 130 horsepower at the rear tire. (Adam Waheed/)

Powertrain-wise, the 750 category splits the difference between the high-revving character of a 600 supersport and the lumpy immediate bottom-end of a literbike. The engine is good for around 130 hp at the back tire. But think of the GSX-R750 as a built, race-prepped 600 with a beefier bottom-end. This makes it ideal for street riding, with a punchy, exhilarating 14,500-rpm top-end.

Instrumentation is basic, but functional and follows the classic GSX-R theme.
Instrumentation is basic, but functional and follows the classic GSX-R theme. (Adam Waheed/)

A mixed digital/analog dash keeps tabs on everything and is classic GSX-R. It’s a tad small so it’s a tad hard to read nowadays, but it is functional and sticks to the basic script of an instrument panel. Although Suzuki was an early leader in the fuel-injection and electronics department, the GSX-R only offers two adjustable engine power modes (A and B). Think of it this way: A is fast mode, B is slow mode.

Although nine years old in its current clothes, the 2020 gloss black colorway looks striking.
Although nine years old in its current clothes, the 2020 gloss black colorway looks striking. (Adam Waheed/)

Triple disc hydraulic brakes offer just the right amount of feel for street riders and are relatively forgiving versus the brute force of a modern superbike. Still, because there isn’t ABS, some degree of care should be exercised during braking to prevent skids over slick pavement.

As usual, Suzuki’s GSX-R750 is one of the more cozy sportbikes made today ergonomically speaking.
As usual, Suzuki’s GSX-R750 is one of the more cozy sportbikes made today ergonomically speaking. (Adam Waheed/)

Suzuki’s 2020 GSX-R750 offers the de facto classic sportbike experience. It offers a level of simplicity and a riding connection that’s missing in modern bikes. And while it remains entertaining to ride, more contemporary sport riders will miss the sharpness and hard-hitting performance that they can get with modern sportbikes.

Gear Box

Helmet: Shoei RF-SR

Jacket: Rev’It Hudson

Gloves: Racer Guide

Pant: Rev’It Austin

Boots: TCX X-Cube

2020 Suzuki GSX-R750 Pricing And Specifications

PRICE $12,499
ENGINE 750cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline-four; 16 valves
BORE x STROKE 70.0 x 48.7mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted Showa BPF, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; TBD travel
REAR SUSPENSION Showa, three-way adjustable for spring preload, compression and rebound damping; TBD travel
FRONT BRAKES Brembo Monoblock 4-piston calipers, 310mm discs
REAR BRAKE Nissin 1-piston caliper, 220mm disc
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Battlax BT-016; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 23.5°/97mm
WHEELBASE 54.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal.
MEASURED WET WEIGHT 420 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, unlimited miles limited warranty
AVAILABLE May 2020
CONTACT suzukicycles.com
Suzuki’s GSX-R750 was last overhauled (2011 model year) before the wide use of LED lighting. Still, it’s halogen bulb setup works acceptably for night rides.
Suzuki’s GSX-R750 was last overhauled (2011 model year) before the wide use of LED lighting. Still, it’s halogen bulb setup works acceptably for night rides. (Adam Waheed/)Low and comfy. The GSX-R750’s seat is well suited for riders seeking to log serious mileage. Passenger accommodations are adequate, too.
Low and comfy. The GSX-R750’s seat is well suited for riders seeking to log serious mileage. Passenger accommodations are adequate, too. (Adam Waheed/)We’re big fans of the engine sound and overall character of the GSX-R750 engine. We especially appreciate its intake howl.
We’re big fans of the engine sound and overall character of the GSX-R750 engine. We especially appreciate its intake howl. (Adam Waheed/)The Suzuki GSX-R750 offers two-way adjustable (A/B) engine power modes.
The Suzuki GSX-R750 offers two-way adjustable (A/B) engine power modes. (Adam Waheed/)Front suspension damping adjustment is located atop the fork legs. Spring preload is modified at the bottom of the legs.
Front suspension damping adjustment is located atop the fork legs. Spring preload is modified at the bottom of the legs. (Adam Waheed/)Suzuki’s GSX-R750 is one of the few sportbikes that offer adjustable-position rider footpegs. It’s a welcome feature for road and track riders alike.
Suzuki’s GSX-R750 is one of the few sportbikes that offer adjustable-position rider footpegs. It’s a welcome feature for road and track riders alike. (Adam Waheed/)
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