The legendary GSX-R has reached the end of its illustrious career in this part of the world now that Suzuki have decided not to update it to meet Euro5 regs.
I owned a pre-SRAD 750 in the late 90’s until some oiks ran off with it. A fabulous bike that I bought one day (from a bloke at the BBC - we shook hands on the deal where they film Top Gear now, outside the old Television Centre) and rode to the Bol d’Or the next. It had an incredibly noisy exhaust that was enormous fun in the tunnels of the Boulevard Periphique. At that point the bike was still a bit tatty until I had it resprayed in what was a actually GSX-R1000 purple/white colour scheme. I don’t seem to possess any pictures of it, sadly.
For those wanting to indulge in a little nostalgia, or read about what you missed, there’s one last test ride in this month’s Bike magazine, and an article about Chris Walker’s BSB GSX-R750.from the classic 2000 season.
Even the older bikes still look great, go like stink and are guaranteed to put a smile on your face. They say every four-wheel petrolhead should own an Alfa at some point. I say anyone with a love of two-wheels should have a GSX-R in their biking history. I’d buy another one in a heartbeat, in fact.I nearly did at this year’s Stafford Bike Show.