We have already heard that Honda will not be updating their CBR600R, and is no longer importing them to Europe.
Now this, an announcement of the new GXS-R750, with a caveat. SUZUKI TO RELAUNCH GSX-R750 | MANUFACTURE NEWS | NEWS
Rarely is a jumble of letters and numbers as evocative as the combination of G, S, X and R when combined with 750. Now fans of the bike that started the whole modern superbike class can start celebrating as we get word there’s a new GSX-R750 in the works.
While sales of Suzuki’s genre-defining superbike have long since fallen from its 1980s and 1990s peak, for many the GSX-R750 still hits a sweet spot that others fail to reach.
That 750cc engine is in the Goldilocks zone, not tearing your face off like today’s 1000cc superbikes but offering more power and grunt than any 600. And as the cost of 1000cc superbikes spirals ever higher, the 25 per cent capacity reduction to the GSX-R750 results in at least a similar proportion coming off the list price in most markets.
However, the current bike’s days are numbered due to new regulations in Europe. Suzuki is still flogging 2016-spec GSX-R750s there because there’s no official 2017 model. The same applies to the identical-looking, smaller-engined GSX-R600.
Officially, the 2016 bike shouldn’t even be on sale in Europe. Since 1 January, all new bikes over 125cc need to have ABS brakes and meet Euro 4 emissions rules. They should also meet a host of other requirements included in Europe’s latest type-approval regs.
The GSX-R750 and 600, last revamped for the 2011 model year, don’t comply with the new regs. Instead, Suzuki is relying on ‘derogation’ allowances, which let it sell small numbers of non-compliant, pre-2017 models for up to two years.
Come the end of 2018, if any are left over they’ll have to be re-exported (or, more realistically, registered and sold as used bikes). Weak GSX-R600 sales mean Suzuki is likely to cancel the model when stocks run out. Honda has already dropped the CBR600RR in Europe and Kawasaki is expected to do the same with the ZX-6R, also currently being sold under derogation rules in 2016-spec.
But Suzuki insiders say the GSX-R750 won’t be allowed to die so easily.
Understandably, the firm has an attachment to the GSX-R750 that’s stronger than almost any other model in its line-up.
The original version, introduced back in 1985, was the first aluminium-framed superbike and as such set a template that virtually all its rivals went on to follow. Suzuki to relaunch GSX-R750 - Australian Motorcycle News
I think they will stay in the US for a little longer, but long term who knows?