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2022 GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z ABS First Look Preview

The base GSX-S750 comes in Metallic Matte Black No. 2, no doubt an improvement over Metallic Matte Black No. 1.

The base GSX-S750 comes in Metallic Matte Black No. 2, no doubt an improvement over Metallic Matte Black No. 1. (Suzuki Motors of America/)

If you’re reading news about a new motorcycle with virtually no new features, it’s either an enduring classic or walking the green mile. It’s too early to say if the Suzuki GSX-S750 and Suzuki GSX-S750Z ABS fit in either camp. But after seven years, the GSX-S class might be settling in for an extended stay.

In the unlikely event you need to be reminded of the GSX-S750′s existence, let’s review. Naked-bike styling, upright ergonomics, and revised tuning came together in 2015 (in America, anyway) to make the legendary GSX-R more tractable. That’s a boring term for making fun things more fun by making fun possible in more fun places. Who wouldn’t want an upright, naked, streetfighter-ish GSX-R750?

Building on this idea, Suzuki updated everything in 2018 to make the GSX-S750 fall in line with its larger GSX-S1000 sibling. Traction control, an easy-start system, low rpm assist, and ABS (on the GSX-S750Z ABS model) were all added.

More importantly, bodywork and styling were subtly matched to the GSX-S1000′s aggressive stance and posture. A bellypan was added, while the talon-shaped air filter and radiator trim were revised to match the GSX-S1000′s distinct R-shaped form.

The GSX-S750Z ABS gets hi-vis safety green accents on wheels and bellypan chin.

The GSX-S750Z ABS gets hi-vis safety green accents on wheels and bellypan chin. (Suzuki Motors of America/)

For 2022, you still get a fuel-injected, GSX-R750-based engine, with tuning and torque placing power down low and in midrange. Traction control again gives you four modes (including off), while the GSX-S750Z ABS still comes with four-piston front brake calipers with wave-style rotors and ABS, obviously. The familiar tubular girder/twin-spar frame comes with KYB suspension, of course.

The paperwork clocks in at $8,549 for the base GSX-S750, $8,949 for the base GSX-S750Z ABS. Despite pandemic-related market swirl, both figures are nearly identical to 2020 MSRP. A 12-month warranty puts the bow on top.

For those keeping track, the 2021 GSX-S750Z ABS featured Pearl Brilliant White and Champion Yellow No. 2 livery. But like the 2018 GSX-S750, it’s now Metallic Triton Blue with Glass Sparkle Black. To avoid complete redundancy, hi-vis green accents have been added to the 2022 edition, see the pics. The 2022 GSX-S750 keeps its Metallic Matte Black No. 2 from 2020.

You get a lot to like—the unchanged and unbowed Suzuki GSX-S750.

You get a lot to like—the unchanged and unbowed Suzuki GSX-S750. (Suzuki Motors of America/)

Fun fact: The 2007 GSX-S1300 BK, or “B-King,” came in Metallic Phantom Grey and Metallic Mystic Silver, before reverting back to gold rims and the iconic Suzuki blue and white in 2010.

And there’s your object lesson. Unlike the cult favorite (and ill-fated) B-King, the 750cc variant of GSX-R’s and GSX-S’s haven’t gone anywhere. Thought to be on the chopping block in 2019, the 750 (and 600) stuck around the US market, despite WSBK moving on from 750cc powerplants nearly 20 years ago. Hmm, 750cc must be shorthand for nine lives.

So to recap, 2022 comes with new colors, livery, and virtually nothing else. When you’ve nailed it, put the hammer down. Time will tell whether the 750 branch of the GSX tree becomes a chopping block or not. But for now, it’s one of the best naked middleweight classics to thread the needle between liter-beater and liter, period.

The GSX-S750Z ABS, in Metallic Triton Blue with Glass Sparkle Black.

The GSX-S750Z ABS, in Metallic Triton Blue with Glass Sparkle Black. (Suzuki Motors of America/)

2022 Suzuki GSX-S750 and GSX-S750Z ABS Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $8,549 / $8,949 (Z)
ENGINE 749cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled 4-cylinder
BORE x STROKE 72.0 x 46.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.3:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ SDTV
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 112.7 hp @ 10,500 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 59.7 lb.-ft.- @ 9,000 rpm
FRAME Twin-spar aluminum cradle
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm KYB inverted fork, spring preload adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION KYB shock, spring preload adjustable; 5.4 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 4-piston Nissin radial-mount calipers, dual 310mm petal-style discs / w/ ABS (Z)
REAR BRAKE 1-piston sliding-pin caliper, 220mm disc / w/ ABS (Z)
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum; 17 x 3.50 in. / 17 x 5.50 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.1 in.
WHEELBASE 57.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.2 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 465 lb.  / 470 lb. (Z)
WARRANTY 12-month unlimited mileage
AVAILABLE N/A
CONTACT suzukicycles.com

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