Hi everyone, first post here. Just one question... (strong username to post correlation)
I'm in the market for a new bike. I'm looking to trade in my SV, which was my 1st bike. I'm looking to stay with Suzuki, and the 750 has caught my eye. Truth be told, my motorcycles are my only transport & daily commuters to school, work, parties, functions, etc. I hear I-4 600s are too "revvy" for any street use. Any truth to that? I know literbikes have the torque & pull downlow but is it worth the extra insurance to be oozing with unusable power? That comes to the 750, which I hear is the right balance between torque & horsepower. Opinions? Suggestions? I don't care about ergos or anything I'm young so I can handle that lol. Price is somewhat of a factor. If a 600 fits the bill I'll take the lower price/insurance, but whatever it takes.
Too long, didn't read?
-OP wants new bike
-600 vs 750 vs 1000cc for commuting
-No care for ergos, comfort, blah blah blah
-Price has minimal input
Last edited by justonequestion; 10-30-2012 at 02:39 PM.
I think the 750 is a good next step up from the SV. It's more powerful for sure but from the time I got mine it really didn't feel that intimidating. It really doesn't seem that much faster to me until I pull the old SV out for a flogging and I realize that I'm just used to the 750 now. I do most of my riding in the midrange, so I think that has a lot to do with why it hasn't felt like a huge adjustment. It pulls really well in the midrange, but doesn't feel like there's a big rush of acceleration until the revs are higher. The 750 does require a lot more finesse with the throttle, especially when going from closed to open mid-corner. It's pretty easy to upset the chassis if your throttle control isn't good. I've only ridden a couple of 1K supersports and they seemed a bit overwhelming to me.
After owning bikes of all 3 sizes and using them for commuting, weekend fun rides and many trackdays I prefer the 750.
The 750 is the perfect balance of useable power, handling and price. It's only about $600 more than a 600 is while the 600 to 1000 is about a $2K bump in price.
Not sure about your area but the 750 seems to be forgetten at the dealerships, since anyone stepping up from a 600 will typically get a 1000 so normally there are big discounts for a 750. At the end of 2009 I got my "leftover" 750 for less than they would drop the price on a 600, if I remember correctly about $5-600 less than they would negotiate a 600 to, all because there "wasn't a demand" for the 750 like there is for the 600/1000.
Most 600 parts are interchangeable to the 750 so there are plenty of parts.
09' Suzuki GSX-R 750 - Street
03' Yamaha R1 Red/Black Flame Edition - Track Bike - Sold
98' Suzuki GSX-R 750 - Street Bike - Sold
97' Suzuki GSX-R 600 - Track Bike - Sold
I love litrebikes. In traffic, the wider range of torque makes for easy commuting. When you NEED a emergency snap of power to put some distance between yourself and anything, it's easier to do.
Ergos? They're all the same size
Unusable power? I'd argue that... Then again, I bought my first litrebike 25 yrs ago after learning for years on smaller bikes. Even then, I often found myself lucky to survive the situations all that extra power got me into (until I was well-used to it).
If you're a learning rider coming from the SV, get the 600. It'll already be a whole new world of get up & go to get used to and you'll be far less likely to kill yourself as a result of false confidence.
They are all three good bikes and more than anyone really needs. It's about taste and fit. Go test ride, or at least sit on them. I ride a 600 everyday and I like it, a lot. I have had two bikes that were "bigger" a 750 and a 1k, and 3 600s. I still like my Gxs-r600 just fine compared to them. A 750 is really the best of both worlds. I would love to have one, and another 1k.
And if the choads at Starsbucks won't hit the mountain twisties with you then they need the tampons and make up.