We had spend some time with four new performance roadsters – the Triumph Street Triple S, Suzuki GSXS 750, new Ducati Monster 821(2018) and the Kawasaki Z900, all are nakeds, and all promise a lot of performance, and more than enough bang for your buck. We try to decide which one to choose.
The recent arrival of 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 in India and looking at things, GSX-S750 is going to be assembled in India.Now considering the fact that it is to be assembled in India, this becomes a call for concern for all the competitors as the price will significantly drop and will be very low as compared to the domestic rivals, it is expected to scale the revenue graph up for Suzuki in India. Priced around Rs 8 lakh (Ex-showroom), and this is going to directly compete with the Ducati Monster 821, Kawasaki Z900 and the Triumph Street Triple 765 S which happen to be its greatest competitors.As we said earlier in our post during the launch Suzuki GSX-S750.Also you can read review of Suzukis GSX-S750 and new Ducati Monster 821.
When the GSX-S750 was presented to the public at a bike exposition, it looked gorgeous and is naked. All it has in common with its ancestor the GSX-S1000 are the aggressive lines. Apart from that, when it comes to size, its quite smaller. As for the Triumph Street Triple, it still maintains its signature twin which is around the headlamp, as well as its fly-screen format. on the other hand, the Kawasaki 900 goes for a complete “revamp” as it drops its strong edges for soft curly ones. Nonetheless, that “bike appeal” the Kawasaki has always remain unchanged. With its design and electronic system borrowed from the 1200, optimized part-cycle, revised driving position.This monster also offers a new sport potential.
In terms of engines GSX-S750 is powered by a liquid-cooled inline four-cylinder engine of 749cc, with torque and power readings going as high as 114PS/81Nm. Behind this is the Triumph Street Triple with an output power of 113PS and a torque at 73Nm. Though its engine is liquid-cooled, it rather has three motors. Ahead of them all is the Kawasaki Z900 with an output power and torque of 125PS/98.6Nm. Also not forgetting the Ducati Monster 821 which is probably the least powerful of all with an output of 110PS/85Nm and is liquid cooled too with 2 cylinders.
When it comes to size, the 2018 Suzuki GSX-S750 is actually the longest with a record length of 2,125 mm for the body length and the wheel base measuring up to 1,455 mm. As for the Kawasaki Z900 and the Triumph Street Triple 765 S, they both come in with the same measurement of 2,025 mm. But their bases are rather a bit smaller; with the bases at 1450 mm for the Kawasaki Z900 and 1,410 mm for the Triumph Street Triple 765 S.
As for the monster, it has a wheelbase of 1480 mm. This already tells a lot how stable the 2018 monster can be as compared to its peers. When it comes to the weight, the Suzuki GSX-S750 weighs almost as much as the Kawasaki Z900 which weighs 211 kg. Triumph Street Triple 765 S on the other hand is barely 188 kg. The 2018 Ducati monster comes in last place with barely 206 kg. So, we expect the Triumph Street Triple 765 S to be the easiest to maneuver meanwhile the GSX-S750 will be the bike with the best record of stability at a high speed.
Ducati Monster 821
The Monster 821 is equipped with Ducati Safety Pack including ABS 3 levels and the DTC. The traction control can be set to 8 levels, each programmed with a different slip tolerance, with the level 8 being the most sensitive. ABS and DTC can be customized and saved, but predefined settings are also assigned to each driving mode which can be easily changed.Alongside the normal traction control, The Suzuki GSX-S750 comes with a standard Anti-lock braking system (ABS). The former has basically 3 modes of functioning:
Mode 1: Any sporty ride that may involve wheelspins
Mode 2: Generally used for most rides. (Practically as used as the Drive mode in vehicles)
Mode 3: Used for slippery rides usually caused by the wet nature of the terrain.
Street Triple 765 S has ride-by-wire, standard ABS, traction control and the choice of two riding modes – Road and Rain.In terms of features and technology, however, the Kawasaki Z900 just gets ABS, so there’s no traction control, no ride-by-wire and no riding modes its pure old school bike.
Triumph Street Triple 765 S
At the level of the pricing, the Kawasaki Z900 may have had the upper hand in some of the comparison traits but still has a price tag of Rs 8.68 lakh ex-showroom and is known to have made its way to the Indian market via a complete build up import route. Triumph Street Triple 765 S on the other hand has a price tag of Rs 8.62 lakh ex-showroom and is rather a complete knock down assembled bike. The Suzuki, as already mentioned early is going to be assembled in India and its estimated price is below Rs 8 lakh ex-showroom and the new Ducati Monster 821 costs around Rs 10.5 lakh ex-showroom.
The table below gives a quick summary of all the specification details .
|Triumph Street Triple 765 S||Kawasaki z900||Suzuki GSX-S750||Ducati Monster 821|
|Wheelbase||1,410 mm||1,450 mm||1,455 mm||1,480 mm|
|Ground Clearance||165 mm||130 mm||135 mm||150 mm|
|Seat Height||810 mm||795 mm||820 mm||813 mm|
|Kerb Weight(kg)||188 kg||210 kg||213 kg||206 kg|
|Fuel Tanks (litres)||17.4||17||16||16.5|
|Front suspension||Showa 41mm upside-down separate function forks(SFF)||41mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability||Inverted telescopic,coil spring , oil damped||43 mm fork, spring pre-load adjustability and rebound damping|
|Brakes (F)||310mm disc||300mm disc||310mm disc||320mm disc|
|Brakes (R)||220 mm disc||250 mm disc||310mm disc||245mm disc|
|Tyre (F)||120/70ZR17||120/70Z17M/C||120/70 ZR17||Pirell Diablo Rosso III 120/70/ ZR17|