Suzuki’s long-lived GSX-R750 returns for another round, lining up in stateside showrooms in 2023 in three different colorways. Riders will be able to choose from a Pearl Brilliant White and Metallic Matte Stellar Blue, a Glass Sparkle Black and Glass Matte Mechanical Gray, or Metallic Triton Blue and Metallic Mystic Silver. Base MSRP will be $12,849, a $250 bump over last year’s model.
With 12 years between the 2023 edition and the last major upgrade to the platform, the GSX-R750 offers a unique proposition to riders: sportbike simplicity. There are only two ride modes, no ABS, no traction control, no wheelie mitigation, no quickshifter, and no ride-by-wire system. Instrumentation remains an uncomplicated LCD screen alongside an analog tach. At this point, it’s more of a modern classic.
The 2011 update saw the bike get a bit more displacement and lose some weight, along with the addition of Showa’s Big Piston Fork and Brembo Monoblock calipers. Fast-forward to 2020, when we took a 750 out for a spin, and the bike was still as capable as ever, providing a punchy surface road ride, compliant handling that wasn’t too sharp, and braking that was more than capable in typical circumstances.
True, riders of the 2023 edition may find some features lacking if they are more accustomed to modern sportbikes, especially if they spend time on the track, but for a daily rider with some attitude, the GSX-R750 can still deliver.