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Suzuki September 8, 2017 posted by

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750

A long-running model for Suzuki, the GSX-R750 has gone through many updates and evolutions, the 1995 model having a new fairing and headlight design, and the final iteration of the double cradle frame.  With recent upside-down forks and magnesium engine covers, the Suzuki was competitive with more refined light-heavyweights.  Typically seen in red or blue, this GSX-R is in the semi-subdued purple and black, and looks very good for its under 5,000 miles.

1995 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

Suzuki's workmanlike 749cc four lays down 112 hp without an exotic head or computer-controlled exhaust, the fins on the water-cooled engine relate how hard it's working.  The alloy frame was optimized one last time for lightness and steady handling.  Showa forks and Full Floater rear suspension were fully adjustable, and front brakes had 6-piston calipers.  Watching its weight for years, the GSX-R struggled to keep the pounds off, around 450 lbs. with half a tank.  The compact riding position translated into great cornering clearance, and the sharp new fairing helped the 1/4-mile time to just over 11 seconds.

Just the facts and not much narrative about the bike's history, but it has low miles, a tasteful set of blinkers, and mostly stock looks though the polished rims are an addition by subtraction.   From the eBay auction:

4621 original miles, new tires, new EBC rotors, rebuilt calipers with new pistons, rebuilt petcock, rebuilt forks with new seals, stainless braided brake lines, new bar ends, new mirrors, NOS left side fairing.

The not-race-replica paint might help in town, but the radar gun will see right through it.  Not quite sure about the second GSX-R and EBC sticker on the right fairing, perhaps a bump or scratch ?  Overall quite tidy.  A little slow to turn in, the GSX-R reviewed as a weapon for longer tracks, and the engine was eminently tuneable.  With the limited pictures more investigation will be required, but tucked away for a while with that low mileage, this GSX-R750 might be a great survivor...

-donn

Option Paint – 1995 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England

The 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP was the third superbike homologation special Hamamatsu built on the GSXR line, but unlike the 1986 GSXR Limited Edition and the 1989 GSXR-RR, the SP was made special mostly for its rarity.

The SP lacked the dry clutch of the earlier bikes, and by '94 had swollen to 506 pounds wet, just a few lbs shy of the stock bike. It was still laden with special features, including four 40mm flat slide carbs, a lightened and stiffened swingarm and lighter forks, but came with a pillion seat, a feature that belied its world superbike credentials.

The flat slides helped the 750cc inline four spit out more than 110 horses, and the bike was good for more than 150 mph on the big end.

The GSXR-750 SP shown here is the third of six that were imported to the UK, and achieved some degree of fame on the cover of English bike rag Superbike Magazine, a hilarious and often lewd publication I used to pore over as a kid. It comes with a ton of original documentation, and a letter from Suzuki HQ in England authenticating its rarity and the date it was first registered.

The sale includes a DVD of pictures and videos from before and after the bike's restoration, and, unlike the majority of SPs, this one comes with a solo seat cowl.

From the seller:

FOR SALE

Suzuki GSXR750SP - 1994 WSB homologation special.
1 of 6 UK bikes imported by Paul Denning of Crescent Suzuki out of a claimed European production run of 200 (only 127 bikes officially listed). The only remaining UK bike and restored to original condition, this is the actual feature bike from period UK road test reports.

Full documented restoration and all correct with Mikuni flatslides, 43mm forks, braced swingarm, 6 pot brakes, 4-2-1 manifold and close ratio gearbox it is also supplied with ultra rare single seat cowling and all documents including correspondence with Crescent Suzuki to authenticate the chassis details.
Comes with its original clock set in European specification and an alternate UK clock set fitted with mileage set correspondingly at 18,000 miles.

A well documented bike in the UK magazine scene, serviced with current MOT and in turn key condition it's one to take to the odd classic meeting to get people guessing.

POA

Shipping/export welcome and can be discussed.

The 18,000 miles this bike has covered sounds like a lot for a racing special this rare, but with a stint on the magazine test circuit, it's not at all shocking. It carries an up-to-date UK Ministry of Transport (MoT) safety inspection, and the seller says it's turn-key and road ready.

If you're interested, the price is available upon request from the seller directly: tub2@icloud.com

Featured Listing: One-of-Six 1994 Suzuki GSXR-750 SP in England
Suzuki September 2, 2017 posted by

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition

Most of the time, limited edition means "this one has a stripe," or more likely, "this one says 'limited edition' on it." That was not the case with the 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition.

1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition for sale on eBay

The LE model was the bike built to homologate the GSXR-750 for superbike classes around the world, and came with a series of trick pieces that made it an edge more precise than the regular Gixxer, and leagues ahead of the competition.

At the top of the list of tricks was a dry clutch, which was a $2,000 piece when new. There was a close-ratio cog box to match the clutch, the brakes were bigger, the forks were the 41 mm electric anti-dive units from the GSXR-1100, and the hand-laid fiberglass tail section carried a solo seat in blue upholstery.

Then, of course, there were special graphics and blue wheels.

The engine was left alone, Suzuki reasoning that weight savings would hurt the wallet enough, and that racers would work their own voodoo regardless of factory trickery. The resulting bike was six pounds lighter than the layman's GSXR, and on the order of 60 pounds svelter than the competition's porkers.

It was also the most expensive Japanese sport bike available at the time, coming in at $6,500 -- $14,500 in today's money -- more than $2,000 over the regular model.

This GSXR-750 Limited, from a Miami seller with a collection of rare and tasty beasts, has been a street bike its whole life, and has been pampered by all appearances. That makes it a rare thing, indeed, among a production run of limiteds that were either tracked and crashed or stolen to be pilfered for their clutches and transmissions.

Aside from some obvious pitting on the forks, a scuffed fairing and a mark on the tank, this bike is showroom.

From the eBay listing:

Race homologation special. This 1986 LTD has never been a trackbike. It has 4545 miles of easy street riding. The motorcycle is in completely stock condition, with no mods to the carbs, bodywork, exhaust, etc. For a 31 year old motorcycle, it is in amazing condition. A solid 9 out of 10. There is a small scuff on the corner of the upper fairing; some light corrosion on the front fork legs; and a small mark on the tank. The motorcycle was recommissioned after years of dry storage in a collection. The carbs were serviced; new tires added; and all fluids changed. The motorcycle runs beautifully with no issues. The motorcycle comes with a clear title, as well as miscellaneous literature connected with the bike.

*Please bid only if you plan on purchasing. A non-refundable deposit is required within 24 hours of auction ending. We will not be responsible for buyer’s remorse or problems found to said vehicle once they have left our property. ALL SALES ARE FINAL WITH MOTORCYCLE BEING SOLD

with a few days left in the auction, which is on the high side of the market, but fair for a very rare and special early Gixxer. As ever, weigh in in the comment section below.

Rare Rattler: 1986 Suzuki GSXR-750 Limited Edition
Suzuki August 28, 2017 posted by

Classic Racer in a Box: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Looking for a fun weekend project to keep you busy for a while? Well look no further than this ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 racebike. It's not exactly finished, but all of the really important parts appear to be there to get you started... Strangely enough, it seems like the AMA racebikes used many of the stock Suzuki components, even switching from the more exotic dry clutch to the standard wet unit, according to the seller. So that should help, right?

The introduction of the Suzuki GSX-R750 in 1985 was a seminal event in the history of motorcycling. It may not have been the first or only bike to use fully-enclosed, endurance-racer styling wrapped around a bulletproof, large-displacement inline four and monoshock aluminum frame, but it made that formula affordable and available to the masses, and led directly to the sportbikes we know and love. Later sportbikes would add liquid-cooling to the equation to help generate maximum power, but the Gixxer eschewed such frippery as too heavy for their pure speed machine: in spite of the visible cooling fins, it's oil that does most of the work. The oil-cooled powerplant utilized their SACS or "Suzuki Advanced Cooling System" that used a double-chambered pump and oil jets directed at the underside of the pistons to keep temperatures under control. Other than oil cooling, it followed modern designs and used dual overhead cams and four valves per cylinder.

Obviously, as a race-spec machine for the street, the GSX-R750 spent plenty of time competing in various classes both abroad and here in the US. This particular bike was used in AMA racing and was ridden by Doug Polen. Polen was a world-class rider who got his start in AMA racing but left to compete in the World Superbike Championship, where he won the title on the trot in 1991 and 1992. He continued to compete in both international and American roadracing with success, netted a win at the Suzuka 8 Hour endurance race, and even dabbled in MotoGP.

There's additional information about the bike, its history, and the included photos over on eBay, so head over and take a look.

From the original eBay listing: Ex-Doug Polen Suzuki GSX-R750 AMA Superbike for Sale

I have researched the photo archives of Cycle World and Cycle magazines and obtained a number of unpublished photos from their records.  I've also bought photographs from freelance photographers that covered AMA racing in that year.  Special thanks to Larry Lawrence, of The Rider Files website.  I will provide these photos to the buyer with the proviso that they remain unpublished.

Each rider had two chassis.  The chassis and motors evolved constantly through the season and Doug probably got the good parts first, as he did better than Otter in the results, starting with the first race.  Their A bikes had all of the good parts at each race and the B bikes had more stock components.  You can clearly see in the photographs the progression of modifications during the season for all of the bikes and the lower spec of the B bikes.

The chassis is un-braced, with modified stock forks, Kosman Triple clamps, Kosman brake discs, AP calipers, a Fox shock and Marvic magnesium wheels.  The swingarm has been slotted, to allow for more variation in wheelbase.  Jim Lindemann worked with them on the shock valving, although he passed away a few years ago.  I have spoken to an ex-Fox engineer and he'd be happy to restore the shock but the records they had of those years were destroyed a few years ago.  Sandy Kosman now lives in Portland Oregon and the last time I talked to him, he was willing to get the discs reground on a Blanchard grinder, if desired.   One of the previous owners began the restoration years ago and the chassis, as pictured, is where he was when he sold the bike to the next owner.

The bodywork used was stock Suzuki plastic.  Early in the season it was raced in 1986 blue/white Suzuki colors; later in the season some of it was sporting the 1987 blue/white Suzuki stock colors.  A perforated metal filler panel was incorporated into the lower fairing V and the lower fairing panels had holes cut in them to allow for more ground clearance.

The motors were modified during the season and varied quite a bit.  They had Yoshimura (either kit Suzuki or Cosworth) pistons, different crank bearings, heads ported by Ron Scrima, Megacycle cams with Yosh retainers, a Tsubaki cam chain tensioner, and various carbs and exhausts.  At one point they obtained dry clutches and close ratio transmission gears but went back to running wet clutches and stock transmission ratios.  They may have run an ECU with a higher rev limit.  Ron Scrima passed away in 2011 but his company (Racing Engine Service) is still in business in Texas and the current owner was with Ron for about 25 years, so they might be my first choice for an engine refresh.  Another option would be Kelly Roberts, also in Texas.  I have never disassembled the motor, so I do not know what internal components are present.

I am interested in selling this project to someone that has the necessary resources and desire to restore it to an as-raced condition and to preserve it for the future.  It is a significant bike, as it was one of the highest placed privateer AMA superbike efforts of that era and was ridden by the rider that probably had more success in the USA racing the first generation Suzuki GSX-R than any other rider.  I would be willing to discuss this bike in more detail, via telephone, with any serious prospective buyers.  I am also willing to provide additional photos, a more complete listing of what components will come with the bike, and an approximate idea of what additional components will be needed to complete the restoration.

I have listed the mileage as 99999, as eBay requires that the mileage be listed for any vehicle sale.  The true mileage is unknown, as it was never recorded, which is not unusual for a race bike.

It also looks like the bike went through several iterations, giving you a bit of flexibility in terms of the color scheme you choose. If it were complete and in as-raced condition, this would probably be a very valuable motorcycle. As it stands, it's a valuable... basket case. How valuable? Well the But It Now price for this bit of American roadracing history is $4,950. This is going to need a lot of love, time, and money to finish, but I think this GSX-R deserves to be restored to its former functional glory.

-tad

Suzuki August 26, 2017 posted by

OMGamma – 1997 Suzuki RGV250

Suzuki gave the RGV250 a masterful re-design before the second-to-last year of production, with a new 70-degree two-stroke twin, and a lot of Grand Prix thoughts.  Never imported to our shores, the RGV250 was a domestic and progressive-license machine, and in its Sports Production variant, a race replica.  This owner has legalized and re-furbished his Gamma with modern forks and Lucky Strike graphics.

1996 Suzuki RGV250 for sale on eBay

The final development in the ten year series, the '96-97 RGV250 looked like it could've taken a much larger engine, with its massive box aluminum frame, banana swingarm, and 300mm brakes.  The ram-air scoop on the left fairing ducts right through the frame and into the airbox.  Unlike many juniors, it came from the factory with upside-down forks, and Suzuki's Full Floater rear monoshock.  Wheel sizes are 17 front and 18 rear, in an effort to provide the lightweight a bit more stability.  Limited to 40hp in the home market, most have been de-restricted to 60-70 hp.

Having enlisted an experienced race-prep shop to do the heavy lifting, the New England owner spec'ed a full rebuild, most everything refinished plus the fork update and the Jolly Moto exhaust with the most welds ever.  Wish the owner had shared the dyno sheet !  Comments from the eBay auction:

Suzuki RGV250 VJ23 very rare and de-restricted.  Totally stripped down and redone nothing over looked.  Frame and swingarm powder coat along with wheels all bearings replaced.  K-Tech rear shock, 2015 GSXR 1000 forks with Matt Madlin triple clamps K-Tech steering stabilizer Jolly Moto exhaust custom paint and decals.  All fluids changed along with air filter, tires, chain, and misc.  Bike was jetted and dyno tuned - nothing overlooked.  All work was performed by Speedwerks in Delware.  Bike is currently registered.

Not sure whether this is an SP, though some sources indicate all 1997's were.  The presence of a dry clutch would confirm.  The peaky 249cc took some skill to ride quickly, with rated power available only from 8,000 - 11,000 rpm.  Although it reviewed well, the model never retrieved a Moto GP Championship for Suzuki, but somehow Aprilia had great success with the engine and their modifications.  Production was winding down and total 1997 SP production is reputed to be only in the low hundreds.  The model was retired with a whimper but roars on as a vintage or show machine, with the "blender full of lug nuts" sound as the revs go up and down...

-donn

 

Sport Bikes For Sale August 21, 2017 posted by

Granddaddy’s Repli-Racer: Clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750

The values the first Suzuki GSX-Rs have begun their inevitable climb into the stratosphere, but it is still possible to pick one up for less-than-stupid money. They are rare and sought-after in any condition, so you cannot expect to pay Craigslist-bargain prices for them, but they're attainable.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

And you want one. The boxy. tri-colored fairing could only have come from a specific era in an especially loony decade. Before the smoothed-over soapbar fairings of the Honda CBR Hurricane pushed slippery shapes into fashion, Suzuki cut and creased its way to the unique, slab-sided form-over-function fairings we see here.

The bodywork is odd and gawky, but purposeful, so it works. And if the looks don't get you, what's underneath the plastic is ready and willing to try. The bike is built around an alloy perimeter frame that straddles an air- and oil-cooled 750cc inline four.

For its time, the bike was a featherweight technological marvel, sporting anti-dive forks on a bike that barely pushed 400 pounds without fluids.

This is example shows very well, though it sports a few blemishes, and has a smattering of non-original paint. The seller notes a raft of recent maintenance, including a carb cleaning, a valve adjustment and new fork seals.

From the listing:

Original super clean 1986 GSXR750. 49 state bike with clear California title. 13,200 original miles. Cosmetically the bike is extremely clean All original fairings that have been professionally repaired (standard cracks around mirror mounts) and repainted (only the cowl, side panels and lower. The rest are original paint & condition) in factory colors. All original hardware. No dents in tank. A little bubbling of air under tank decal strips on side (see pic) No tears in seat. The engine cosmetically is extremely clean. All original and complete. Good tires. Carbs just rebuilt. Complete service and valve adjustment just done. New fork seals. Has manual adjustable cam chain tensioner. Comes with original one. Runs and rides great.

* Bike is for sale locally so I reserve the right to end auction early

The bike is at $3,500 with a single bid and five days left in the auction. Grab it before the prices soar!

 

Granddaddy’s Repli-Racer: Clean 1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750