Definite moto-influence can be seen throughout, especially in the visor with its alloy hardware for adjustment.
Beyond the looks though TLD helmets have protection at the top of the list.
There is little argument against the general belief that the Suzuki GSX-R750F, the very first GSX-R750, was the first true four-stroke street superbike. I mean, show just about any red-blooded sportsbike enthusiast over the age of 35 a photo of a ‘Slabbie’ (nicknamed due to its slab-sided appearance) 750 and they will drool and then say, “I wanted one of those soooo bad when I was younger.” Or, “I had one of those; I wish I kept it…” The GSX-R750 had the same impact that the 1992 Honda Fireblade or 1998 Yamaha YZF-R1 had. Nothing had ever looked so serious, being so light or so powerful and true to a racer replica.
They were heavy, poor handling but reliable and over-engineered.
We were used to bikes like Suzuki’s own GS range, the Kawasaki Zeds, Honda CB9s, and Yamaha XS11.
To understand that, we need to look at what was going on in Japan back then.
Most big four-stroke superbikes at the time were simply beefed up versions of the Universal Japanese Motorcycle.
Ware outlines the history of the GSX-R750 and compares his original GSX-R with its contemporary brother to illustrate the evolution of the sportbike over the past three decades. —Kevin Duke, Editor-in-Chief 2014 Super-Middleweight Sportbike Shootout Video 2013 Kawasaki ZX-6R vs. 2012 Triumph Daytona 675R Video The GSX-R750 sent shockwaves through the motorcycle world when it was unveiled in late 1984 at the Cologne Motorcycle Show in Germany.