2011 Suzuki GSR750: yet another middleweight naked for Europe

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Like the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R600 and 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750, the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 is being previewed by this official sketch ahead of October’s Intermot Cologne motorcycle show. Unlike the two GSX-Rs, this is an all-new bike.

The Suzuki GSR750 joins bikes like the Kawasaki Z750R, Yamaha FZ8, Aprilia Shiver and Triumph Street Triple in the practical, affordable middleweight naked class. Bikes like this sell extremely well in Europe where insurance prices dictate ownership costs and motorcycles fulfill actually transportation needs. Middleweight nakeds pack comfortable ergonomics and reasonable street performance into affordable packages that can massively undercut built-to-spec race-reps.

As you’d expect, the GSR750 uses a re-tuned (read: de-tuned) version of the GSX-R750 engine. Expect peak power to be reduced from 148bhp at the crank on the GSX-R to 125bhp-ish on the GSR. Peak torque should remain around 60lb/ft-ish, but the curve should now be fatter.

Also keeping costs down are a new frame and swingarm. The perimeter frame looks similar to that of the GSX-R, but is made from cheaper, cast aluminum. The naked GSX-R disguise starts to fall apart with the swingarm, which is a cheapo boxed item that belies what should be a budget price. Cost savings can also be seen in the front brakes, which use non-radial four-pot calipers. Expect the suspension to make similar sacrifices, despite featuring USD forks, expect the GSR to lack much in the way of adjustability.

High-res sketch in the gallery below.

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    Is this one of Rem Koolhaas “low-res” design? You’d have to work hard to put more straight edges and angles on a bike.

  • -TB-

    Aaaah, the cheapest box section swingarm money can buy and the rubbish Tokico calipers Suzuki fit to all their budget bikes. Even a concept sketch can’t hide Suzuki build quality.

    • Liquidogged

      Component selection and build quality are not exactly the same thing. There are many elements to overall build quality. I agree the box swinger and non-radial calipers are not exactly impressive pieces of kit, but that doesn’t mean they don’t work well.

      That said, I do wonder about a bike with 125hp putting that through a swingarm that looks identical to the one on my kaw 500r with less than 50hp. Even with that consideration, the biggest red flag here is the most horrible styling since the ducati breach. This suzook is a seriously ugly bike if the drawing is accurate.

      • -TB-

        Just think how bad it’ll look after three winters.

      • Patrick from Astoria

        It’s a drawing (and not exactly a technical one at that). Let the engineers do their job, find out if the stylists did theirs. Wait and see.

  • zipp4

    Non-radial (read: axial)

    • s0crates82

      Forgive my ignorance, but what’s the significance of radial/axial brakes?

      • Patrick from Astoria

        Look at a sportbike from more than a few years ago. The caliper is mounted on a bracket or boss directly on the fork arm. All the stress from the brake doing its thing is sent into the fork leg, pressing at that one point and to some degree bending it. Do this on both sides for a dual-disc front.

        Compare to a radial-mount caliper. It has its own independent support, so the fork is left to do its thing without the brake caliper trying to bend it.

        There will still be some bending in the fork because of the inertia of the bike pressing against the wheel gripping the pavement, but it’s reduced and not focused on one spot.

        That’s one engineering school dropout’s understanding, at least.

      • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

        The terms refer to the angle of the mounting bolts in relation to the caliper. Axial comes in from the sides to bolt the caliper to a mounting plate, radial runs straight through the caliper from the forks. In top level racing there’s some stiffness benefit with radial, but that doesn’t apply for road or even 99% of track use. Instead, radial brakes are fashionable since racers use them, so most nice calipers are now made in that configuration and only budget items don’t tend to be.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk UrbanRider

    Please Suzuki, can I get a 250 scrambler? thanks.

  • ky10fiddy

    Since when did GSX-R750′s get 86 lb/ft of torque? Sounds about 30 high to me. Is that a typo?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oops, yeah, the spec sheet I pulled up had the wrong figure on it. Fixing it now.

  • robotribe

    USA-bound? If so, it could be the upgrade from the naked SV that Suzuki fans have been waiting for (albeit inline 4 and not a twin). I’m sure they’d love for anything to cleanse the Gladius from their eyeballs.

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    So it’s detuned from race use, making it more streetable than a race replica. Parts are less expensive, but still allow for a complete range of street riding. Sounds like another bike I’ll be looking at in the future…

  • pplassm

    Looks pretty good to me. I like all these new offerings.