The street-naked segment, what used to be known as the “standard” motorcycle segment, is heating up this year as another Japanese OEM enters the fray with the official announcement of the 2011 Suzuki GSR750. Suzuki’s answer to the growing middleweight street bike segment, the GSR750 is like the Yamaha FZ8 in that it uses a de-tuned sportbike motor (sourced from the GSX-R 750), and employs a relatively cheap and basic frame and component set to make an affordable, yet punchy, bike for the street warrior.
With power in the 120hp range, and weight expected to be under 420lbs dry, the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 stacks up decently well on the spec sheet (compared to its competition at least), and knowing that swap-over aftermarket parts from the GSX-R line should bolt up nicely, the new Suzuki GSR750 should be popular with the modder crowd. No word yet if Suzuki plans on selling the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 in the United States, but we expect the Japanese company will take a page out of Yamaha’s book, and make a late entry into the model year.
To help make the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 easier to ride on city streets, Suzuki has fitted a different camshaft profile, and revised the intake and exhaust valve ports. The result is more torque down low, and a smoother throttle response from the launch. The 2011 Suzuki GSR750 receives the same engine modifications to its 750cc power plant as the 2011 Suzuki GSX-R750, namely a very narrow and compact combustion chamber. With 27.2mm intake valves, 22mm exhaust valves, and a compression ration of 12.3:1, the Suzuki GSR750 make its power in the low and mid-range, and Suzuki is touting better acceleration, fuel economy, and lower emissions because of the modifications, which is just fine by us.
As is the trend with 2011, the 2011 Suzuki GSR750 will have an available ABS option, should you feel the need to have maximum braking performance on uncertain road conditions.