Suzuki launched its middleweight streetfighter offering, the GSX-S750 in the Indian market today filling the void it had in the segment. The bike competes against a higher powered Jap, the Kawasaki Z900, and a slightly higher priced Brit, the Triumph Street Triple S. We find out how the Suzuki GSX-S750 fares against its biggest rivals on paper-
In terms of performance, the Kawasaki Z900 is the most powerful bike in this list thanks to its higher engine displacement. It is powered by a 948cc, inline-four cylinder engine that puts out 123bhp and 98.6Nm of torque. This unit is mated to a six-speed gearbox and slipper clutch as standard.
The Suzuki GSX-S750 comes in second, powered by a 749cc, inline-four cylinder engine that produces 113bhp and 81Nm of torque via a six-speed gearbox. Suzuki does not offer the bike with a slipper clutch or quickshifter even as optional accessory.
Triumph swears by their inline three cylinder engines and the Street Triple 765 is no different. It is powered by a 765cc, inline three-cylinder engine that generates a slightly lower 111bhp of power and 73Nm of torque via a six-speed gearbox. The manufacturer offers a quickshifter for clutch-less upshifts as an optional accessory.
Braking on the GSX-S750 is taken care of by twin 310mm discs at the front and a 250mm disc at the rear. On the other hand, the Street Triple 765 also uses 310mm disc brakes for the front but gets a smaller 220mm disc at the rear. Stopping power for the Z900 is done by 300mm twin petal discs at the front and the single 250mm rear disc.
The suspension setups on all three motorcycles are taken care of by similar hardware. They get a 41mm inverted forks up front and mono shock at the back; all units are adjustable for rebound damping and spring-preload.
Design and Features
The design language of the GSX-S750 is inspired by its bigger sibling, the GSX-S1000. Following the mean streetfighter’s styling elements, the bike gets a sculpted fuel tank and sharp tank shrouds along with an upright riding position for a raw appeal. It sports an LCD instrument cluster that has also been borrowed from the GSX-S1000. The electronic package includes a three-level traction control system and ABS as standard.
The Street Triple 765 sports the distinctive ‘bug-eyes’ headlamp setup with LED DRLs. The bike also gets an exposed trellis sub-frame and svelte rear section that add elegance to its streetfighter stance. The Triumph is the most electronically advanced machine in this list. It features a ride-by-wire throttle system, switchable traction control, two riding modes- ‘Rain and ‘Road’ and ABS along with a 5-inch TFT instrument cluster.
The Kawasaki Z900 inherits the manufacturer’s aggressive ‘Sugomi’ design. While the bike’s design is out worldly; the Z900’s electronic package is quite the opposite and only features ABS as standard. The instrument cluster houses an analogue tachometer along with an LCD screen.
The Suzuki GSX-S750 is the most affordable bike amongst the three priced at Rs 7.45 lakhs. The Kawasaki Z900 is priced at Rs 7.68 lakhs while the Triumph Street Triple is the most expensive for Rs 8.62 lakhs (all prices ex-showroom, Delhi).