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Check out this awesome illustration from our Japanese friends at the brilliant Young Machine magazine.

Called the Vision GSX-R, the bike is a computer generated image of where Suzuki’s plans to keep the 750cc version of the bike alive may lay. But it’s not a wild flight of fancy. This illustration has been put together based on ACTUAL factory illustrations surrounding a new engine registered in Japan!

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Suzuki has made no secret of keeping the 750 in the range for the future. As an icon of the brand, the GSX-R750 has long established itself since it was launched in 1985. As a model that kick-started the modern sector of sales success for the Japanese factory, the GSX-R750 has virtually guaranteed it’s place forever in the Suzuki line-up.

But whilst the sporty models in the GSX-R line, like the 1000cc and 600cc options, have from time to time been competitive on track and sold well in dealers, the 750 has always occupied a no-man’s land between the capacities. Fans of the three-quarter machine have faithfully stuck by the bike, but there’s no denying that a 750cc sportster has a limited appeal.

So, to keep the legacy of the GSX-R750 going – and to hark back to the glory days when the original GSX-R three-quarter litre bike was a goalpost-moving king – we could see something along the lines of the Suzuki Vision GSX-R.

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So far, the only nod towards the bike has been a set of Japan-office-only patents that centre around a new version of the firm’s old oil-cooled motorcycle.  We’ve put them in this article below.

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The puzzle is as to WHY Suzuki has patented this engine at all, given the troubles a 1985-inspired oil-cooled engine will have to pass strict Euro 4 and the coming-soon Euro 5 legislation. But patent it Suzuki has and at the moment they want to keep this patent very close to the chest.

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The patents that have been filed for the engine do have similarities to the small-capacity Feel-Free-Go! town bike that was shown as a concept at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show (above) and on the patent also is a design for an Indian-market motorcycle that can clearly be seen as a finished bike, complete with a Saree guard cover the sides of the rear wheel (see the illustration, below).

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So what we know so far is that Suzuki HAS patented a NEW oil-cooled motor. That Suzuki IS continuing with the GSX-R750. That Suzuki WANTS to make a large (750-ish) capacity bike for markets like India based around the motor and Suzuki HAS already shown the tech in concept form to the public.

With the Suzuki GSX-R750 struggling to maintain its position in the range naturally, and the increase in modern-retro bikes that are now seeing a growth in sales again, it makes perfect sense for Suzuki to honour its pledge to the bike in this way.

Keep it in the range, somehow make the oil-cooling motor work for modern markets and style it like 2017 has had a motorcycle child with the best of 1985.

Sounds like an absolute winner to us. What do you reckon? Would you buy a Vision GSX-R750? We would. In a second.

 

 

Tony Carter

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