A favorite here at Ultimate Motorcycling, the Suzuki GSX-S750 is back as an early release 2018 (there won’t be a ’17 model) with a host of updates. There are quite a few of them, and they should improve a motorcycle that we already find appealing.
Traction comes to the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 GSX-S750. There’s nothing fancy about the traction control, but it has four levels of intrusion—high, middle, low, and off.
There’s more power produced by the new Suzuki GSX-S750. Suzuki claims the new GSX-S750 will have 112 horsepower at 10,500 rpm, compared to a peak of 105 horsepower last year. A hair of torque is also added, but not enough to notice. They’ve slow geared it down a bit to enhance acceleration.
Part of the power comes from a clever design update. New crankcase ventilation holes in the bottom of each cylinder are designed to reduce pumping loss, while still conforming to Euro 4 emissions standards.
The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 gets new fuel injectors. Last year the GSX-S750 had eight-hole injectors, for 2018, the motor gets 10-hole, long-nose fuel injectors to move more fuel in and improve combustion.
It should sound better. A new airbox has three inlets that are designed to enhance the sound when you twist the throttle.
The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 will be sporting new wheels and tires. The GSX-S750 gets the latest Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S21 rubber, and they are mounted on new 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
There’s a new swingarm. Replacing the old clunky squared-off swingarm is a nice-looking tapered arm that incorporates a new chain adjuster.
ABS is now standard. It cannot be defeated, and it’s part of a new front braking system that features radially mounted Nissin monobloc calipers.
Suzuki has removed exhaust components. Gone for 2018 are the Exhaust Control Valve and its actuator. This saves weight. A new muffler cover updates the styling.
Like many other Suzukis, the 2018 GSX-S750 gets the Suzuki Low RPM Assist. This raises the idle speed as you let out the clutch, in an effort to reduce stalls. We’ve tried it on other models, and it works. However, most experienced riders won’t need or notice it.
The dash and switchgear are updated. The higher-end instrumentation comes from the GSX-S1000, and the new switchgear is more organically shaped, as well as offering more functions, such as adjusting traction control settings.
The 2018 GSX-S750 gets a new headlight and plastic. The cowling, belly pan, and tail section are all redesigned for a more aggressive look, and the headlight matches them. The headlight still uses a traditional bulb, but the taillight is now LED.
Various pieces are now blacked out. The bars, pegs, and levers are now painted black.
The 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 is now 50-state legal. California riders will rejoice.
As soon as we can get the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 to review, we’ll let you know if all of these updates add up to a better motorcycle.
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