It’s remarkable how random chance can shape the world. Back in 1985, as Suzuki launched the game-changing GSX-R750, the sportbike industry was in a full-scale technology war, with ever-quicker, faster, and more aerodynamic models arriving annually. But somewhere along the line, someone threw one of these full-blown sportbikes down the road, and after finding replacement body panels too costly, stripped down their bike instead. The modern naked bike was born. Fast-forward three decades, and that expeditious solution to an expensive problem have given us brilliant factory-developed bikes like Suzuki’s GSX-S750 and ABS-equipped GSX-S750Z.
Sharing much technology with Suzuki’s top-rung GSX-R series, for 2018 the GSX-S fraternal twins boast a new engine based on GSX-R750 architecture, rider-selectable multi-mode traction control, a closer-ratio six-speed gearbox, a trick trapezoidal-beam swingarm, race-inspired wheels, radial-mount Monoblock front brake calipers, and thoroughly revised styling. The GSX-S750 is available in blue or red, and has a gold-anodized fork, while the GSX-S750Z comes in matte black only.
Likes: Nice mix of powertrain, traction control, and styling upgrades.
Dislikes: Suspension and lighting haven't kept pace with engine and brakes.
Verdict: Among the most striking—and fun!—middleweight naked bikes.