While maybe not as well known as other superstars in off-roading, John Penton is a legend. This is his story.
Suzuki GSX-R History [video]
Suzuki kicked off the modern era of sportbikes when it introduced its lightweight and aluminum-framed GSX-R750 in 1985, and the Gixxer series of 600s, 750s, 1000s and 1100s have delivered unparalleled success in terms of racetrack and sales domination.
Over the past 25 years, Suzuki’s GSX-Rs have been the dominant force in America road racing, earning an incredible 33 AMA championships. In addition to 11 Superbike titles carded by Mat Mladin and Ben Spies, Gixxers have also logged a combined 15 Supersport titles in 600cc and 750cc classes. And let’s not forget three Formula Xtreme and four Superstock 1000 championships.
The evolution continues with the 2011 model year, as Suzuki has introduced the clean-sheet GSX-R600 we recently tested. And let’s not forget the one that started it all, the GSX-R750, also revised for 2011 and tested here.
The GSX-R series has been instrumental in shaping the sportbike landscape. The Suzuki-sourced video after the jump is a great look back at the evolution of the iconic sportbike line.
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