Richard Jones Blog: Swiss Army GSR

/ July 30, 2013

Stereophonics guitarist and long term Suzuki fan Richard Jones took delivery of Suzuki’s latest GSR750 middleweight recently. The bass player for the world-famous Welsh rock group shares his thoughts on life with the GSR so far.

I’m no stranger to Suzukis having ridden most over the last few years. Back in 2010 I was lucky enough to have a B-King for the summer which was a very impressive thing, and I guess it was the B-King that opened my eyes to naked bikes a bit more.

Previously I’d only flirted with naked bikes having been a long time sports bike fan, but the B-King made me realise that there’s more to life than a racing crouch.

The timing has been perfect with the GSR as we started rehearsals for the summer festivals just as I took delivery of it, so I began using it to commute into London pretty much straight away. The biggest surprise to me initially was how easy to ride it is.

After the B-King, I guess that’s no surprise, but you can safely navigate London traffic almost with just the power of thought – I just think about a manoeuvre and before I know it, the GSR has dealt with it.

The other really impressive thing for me in London especially was the fuelling. The GSR features a version of the legendary GSX-R750 motor which as we all know is an iconic sports bike, but the fuelling in London traffic when filtering or riding slowly is amazing. It’s so well-mannered off the very bottom of the rev range, but then when you rev harder that GSX-R character reveals itself and off we go.

For my commute it really is the perfect tool. On the slow, tight country roads near my house the riding position gives me that feeling of control that I need. With gravel washed up in the middle of the road and the tractors spreading muck everywhere, it’s nice to feel in control.

But within 3 miles I’m on fast twisty roads and then that GSX-R grunt is just great and very addictive. Twenty miles later I’m on the outskirts of London and that fuelling and agility is so nice to have at your disposal.

So, all in all I’m really impressed with the GSR. I guess you could say that it’s become my Swiss Army Knife. Oh, and I think it looks great too.