And then came SRAD. Though best remembered for the
Suzuki Ram-Air Direct emblems emblazoned on its rear flanks, the all-new twin-spar aluminum frame was a much bigger deal. With geometry and dimensions allegedly lifted straight from the RGV500 Grand Prix racer, the fourth-generation Gixxer handled better than ever before. Underneath the round bodywork was a more compact 750cc motor that, along with the lighter frame, finally addressed the liquid-cooled Gixxer’s persistent porkage. The 44-lb. weight loss made the ’96 GSX-R750 almost as lightweight as the original, but with 20 percent more power.