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Farewell to the Suzuki GSX-R1300 Hayabusa has not come alone, unfortunately. Another icon among sports bikes, another icon of Hamamatsu, has also left us this season: The Suzuki GSX-R750.
As with the GSX-R600, the Suzuki GSX-R750 has abandoned the plane of living motorcycles definitively on the European market, and there is no sign that such a charismatic motorcycle whose production has been extended uninterruptedly for more than three decades will be reborn.
The original Superbike leaves us
Since his arrival in the year 1985, the Gixxer established itself as a revolutionary motorcycle among the supercars of the time. Its double round headlight, the aluminum chassis and an engine that easily exceeded the barrier of 100 HP for an overall weight of less than 200 kg immediately turned it into a dream machine.
It was the GSX-R750 which forced the rest of the brands to react, making the escalation of power and the war on weight an obsession for all manufacturers, but especially for the Japanese. In their particular code of honor, they all tried to improve themselves year after year and thanks to that race to make the best sport both on the road and on the track, today we have an excellent technological level in the world of two wheels.
During the more than 30 years that the Gixxer 750 has remained active It has always been a private bet of Suzuki, especially since the regulations of the World Superbike Championship changed for 2003 banishing the 750 cc four-cylinder forever.
Despite the fact that a displacement between 600 cc and liter Superbike ceased to have a place in the competition, for the street the Suzuki GSX-R750 has always enjoyed the approval of the Japanese firm. A motorcycle with the physiognomy and handling of a Supersport but with an extra power more or less close to 1,000 cc made this motorcycle an extremely fun weapon on the road, a bit oldschool with minimal and affordable electronics. below 13,000 euros. Up to now.
The Euro 4 standard It arrived in 2017 and forced lovers of this balanced proposal to hurry to get one of these motorcycles. From then on, the moratorium only allowed brands to sell the motorcycles they had in stock. As of 2019, that moratorium has already expired and there are no more possibilities to buy a GSX-R750 unless the second-hand market is resorted to.
As a small saving loophole, both the Suzuki GSX-R750 and the Hayabusa are still available for purchase in the US market. In both cases they are outdated models only suitable for nostalgic and lovers of motorcycles prior to the fever for electronics and aerodynamic appendages (although the Hayabusa is an aerodynamic appendage in itself).
But putting all this into consideration, Could Suzuki get the GSX-R750 back? If there is a brand that could do it, it is undoubtedly Suzuki. They have been the only ones who have shown fidelity to this proposal and, in fact, they have part of the necessary material to do it.
Without going any further, the Suzuki GSX-S750 is neither more nor less than a naked motorcycle made from the base of the latest update of the GSX-R750. Chassis, engine, brakes, suspensions (simplified), swingarm and part of the electronic management are inherited from the sports car.
Suzuki could build a GSX-R750 that would meet the new emissions regulations without too much effort, going the other way and radicalizing the naked model, but at the same time it would be a trifle effort. The sports bike segment is in the doldrums and only those brands with a real sporting interest such as Ducati, Kawasaki or Yamaha pull the car.
Currently Suzuki is not for many efforts. It is enough to see that its only relevant novelty for 2019 is the arrival of the Suzuki GSX-S1000S Katana, a motorcycle that is little more than a GSX-S1000 with a different fairing. Recovering a sports car to sell it between little and nothing, without sports interest and with an outdated proposal should not go through Suzuki's plans.
We will miss you, Gixxer.