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Suzuki February 19, 2015 posted by

Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

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The GSX-R750 is one of the longest-lived sportbikes in existence. But there's really just one version that I actually lust after, the second-generation Gixxer that was made for just two years, from 1989 to 1990. The look and the proportions are just right, and those dual round headlights are one of the best design elements of the era.

So many bikes these days are trying too hard, with overstyled bits and pieces that detract from the fact that the designers are short of ideas. No matter how many vents, angles, and colors you add to a design, if the overall silhouette isn't distinctive and striking, it just ends up looking like you didn't know when to put the t-square down and just trust your original design.

But to me, the 89'-90' GSX-R is just the distilled essence of sportbike-ness. Gotta be blue-and-white though. The black and red scheme does look cool, but the traditional Suzuki colors are just too classic.

Today's Featured Listing is exactly the kind of bike I'd want for myself: well cared-for, but also well-used and enthusiast-owned.

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From the seller: 1990 GSX-R750 for Sale

The bike has 19,524 miles. I am not the original owner. I bought it from a collector in the early 2000's. The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced. Tires are in good shape and not abused as I have not abused this bike in any fashion. All electrical works properly. Cosmetically I will start from front to back.The bike has 19,524 miles.  I am not the original owner.  I bought it from a collector in the early 2000's.  The bike is currently in heated dry winter storage.  It is climate controlled and off site. I have never had one single mechanical issue with the bike other then front fork seals which have been professionally replaced by my guys here.  That was last year.  Tires are in good shape and not abused as I do not abuse this bike in any fashion.  All electrical works properly.  Cosmetically I will start from front to back.

Front fender is perfect.
Front fairing is in good shape though there is some slight damage on the right side. This was due to a no speed drop on my part. I repaired it as minimally as possible and left the mirror off. Its fine and has posed no structural issue (see image). I do not have that mirror. The left mirror has a slight crack in the smaller riser arm (was this way when I got it / it has not posed a problem).
The fairing shield is in great shape and paint is in great shape.
Lights and horn work as they should.
The levers are not stock, but off one of my old race bikes. I do not have the original levers any longer but they are correct fitment for this bike and work as they should. Grips and bar-ends are not stock.
Right foot peg is bent slightly just from aggressive riding on my part. There is a non –stock bolt in the heal plate bracket that I used from the shop on that side. The original rattled out.
All gauges work as they should with no issues.
The gas tank is also in great shape. Small dimple on top of tank behind filler cap (was there when I bought it) I left it alone as it is very slight.
Key works as it should. Gas tank inside is in excellent shape.
Both side panels are in good shape upper and lower. The right upper has a very small inner repair that is not noticeable. Again minimal but worth mentioning. All fasteners are in great shape.
Both left and right lower side panels have slight paint repair at apex width(see images). It was this way when I purchased the bike and shows no structural compromise.
The rear panels are also in good shape, with just slight stress cracks due to age. They are also minimal and have not posed a problem.
The rear solo cowl is also solid and in good shape with a slight scuff on the right side again minimal but worth mentioning. I bought this piece after the fact and did not restore it. The yellow stripe is just 3m taping and the gray back pad is now black.
I do have the rear seat "two-up" set up. The seat itself is in great shape.
The rear shock, swingarm, and chain and sprockets are all in good shape though they do show their age a bit. The chain guard is an aftermarket piece.
The rear undertail is mostly stock however the left side blinker mount was cracked when I got the bike and I again repaired it as minimally as possible as to not compromise the original form of the bike. The tail was also cut just below the plate mount by the previous owner.

Bike is insured and inspected in the state of NY for 2015.

As you can see if there was ever an issue or a challenge with this bike I did the least obtrusive fix to therefore not compromise the overall original integrity of the bike. The bike has only run synthetic oil since I have owned the bike with proper oil and filter changes at regular intervals.  The battery is new from this summer and does have a tender lead attached.  The motor, air box, carbs and all related are stock.  The bike was run at a track day by the previous owner so I have been told, so there are some safety wired bits but I was assured it was never raced as a dedicated race bike.  It shows no signs of racing competitively.

Asking price is $6,800. You can contact Chris with your inquiries by email.

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While the GSX-R really isn't all that uncommon in terms of the number manufactured, finding one in this type of condition that has been lavished with appropriate care and maintenance most definitely is.

The miles aren't perhaps as low as someone might want for their dream Gixxer, but I'd argue that cars and bikes with reasonable, well-maintained miles make far better purchases than those that sit, collecting dust and slowly rotting away. Anything missing or non-stock should be easy to source. If you want to enjoy your purchase by riding it, not just looking at it, this one is worth a close look.

-tad

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Featured Listing: 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Suzuki December 22, 2014 posted by

Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition

Note: We've seen this one before, but it's been a couple years and Tad has a fresh perspective to consider. -dc

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We generally try to stay away from modified machines at this site, but this GSX-750R LE is exactly the type of motorcycle I love: a bike that shows evolutionary change, a gradual improvement to more closely match the needs of the owner and address performance shortcomings from the factory. I'm sure the spoked wheels will generate a bit of controversy here, but they do look pretty sharp, and the listing includes his reasons for the swap. Most importantly, it should make the bike much more usable: the original 18" items don't have much in the way of high-performance rubber available these days...

The GSX-R was introduced in 1985 and featured a 750cc four-cylinder that eschewed water-cooling in an effort to save weight. The bike basically set the pattern still being followed today, with an aluminum beam frame, four piston calipers gripping triple-disc brakes, and monoshock rear suspension.

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This “LE” or “Limited Edition” version of the Gixxer was intended to homologate parts for racing, specifically the distinctive vented dry clutch, aluminum fuel tank, and anti-dive forks that were an electronic alternative to Honda’s mechanical system. The swingarm was lengthened for 1986, although this example uses the shorter item from the 1985 model for a shorter wheelbase and quicker steering.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Dry Clutch

The description includes a pretty detailed account as to the changes that were made and why, and they all do make plenty of sense in context. He also includes a video clip of the bike starting and running, although the sound quality is pretty horrendous. It’s nice to see that the bike starts up quickly and settles into a nice idle, but if you’re curious about the dry clutch sound, you’re best off clicking around YouTube for another video.

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It’s also interesting to note that, although regulations in Europe concerning noise can be very strict, he was granted an “exception” for his modifications, which seems so strangely… reasonable. It’s pretty impressive that the German equivalent of the DMV has folks on-hand knowledgeable enough to make that sort of determination!

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

I am offering up for sale a very unique bike. I have outfitted this bike myself and have used it on the roads in Germany, before moving to the USA. I have all the German registration documents and those from the original owner. I have owned or ridden most every GSXR and a fair number of other bikes, this bike by far is the best road going sport bike I have ridden. The wheels I had special made by WIWO in Germany, they are numbered and dated 1994. They are 3.5 x 17 F and 5.5 x 17 rear The tires are 120/65/17 and 180/55/17 I have run Metzlers without any problem. The wheels are certified tubeless. The rims are AKRONT. There is no damage to these wheels and they run true. This bike is outfitted with the short 1985 swingarm giving it a 55 inch wheelbase. There has never been any wobble or shake at speed. 260kph seems to be the top speed and it is quite a joy to ride at any speed. The motor is on the original bore, however the cylinder head was fitted with Yoshimura 1mm oversized valves and a Serdi blended 3 angle valve job performed to correct the factory valve jobs which were not very accurate. The ignition box is a Yoshimura item. The difference is night and day. The engine will rev to 12,000rpm. The hit at 7000rpm is quick. The exhaust is a 4-2-1 stainless system custom made to fit this bike by Shaefer Racing in Germany. I had the bike on a Dyno outdoors. At 7000rpm the shreak from the carbs drove everyone for cover. It is louder than the pipe. 

At some point you will ask, 'Why spoke wheels?'....When this bike was being drawn up, the fastest bikes were all examined in great detail. One of the fastest bikes at that time was a TZ750. If you look at the two bikes they share the same basic shape. Since the first TZ had spoke wheels I had a set made up for this bike. They are TUV certified. At the time I could get magnesium wheels but they were not allowed for road use. Aftermarket aluminum wheels were not widely available. The Mitchel wheel from Lockhart was an option, however they are heavier than the spoke wheels. These wheels run perfect true and none of the spokes has ever needed adjustment! This bike will accept any standard 3 spoke GSXR wheel from the first or second generation bikes. Remember that the original Limited Edition has a 15mm front axle and is more prone to flex. The small amount of frame flex in the 750 seems to be ideal for road work. The Akrapovic end can was added to keep the bike road legal. All modifications have been signed into the brief. The process of doing this is a story in itself. I first went to the TUV engineer and asked to have the airbox removed. Stock exhaust, stock engine, dry clutch. Since the dry clutch made more noise than either the exhaust or the intake (before engine tuning) I was granted an exception. I had the exhaust fabricated and the road legal Akrapavic end can installed. Back to TUV and another modification signed into the brief. I have the original swing arm, which is quite long, and the original footpegs in perfect condition. I do not have the original exhaust, wheels or forks and triple clamps. .This bike has never been crashed or dropped!

With just one day left and a starting price of $7,500 and no bids so far, it looks like the seller may be aiming a bit too high. That’s the problem with making changes to the bike to suit your personal preferences: they may not match anyone else’s! Plus, the missing fairing lower may be putting casual browsers off as, at a glance, this looks like just another well-worn Slabby.

1986 Suzuki GSXR LE Headstock

I'd find a fairing lower and paint to match, but this is otherwise a very cool resto-mod that seems to be very much in the spirit of the original bike. Note that the seller does not have the original fork or wheels, so be prepared if you plan to buy this and return it to stock appearance. All-in-all, this is definitely not a bike for collectors, but for folks looking for something that evokes an earlier, simpler era of riding but has a few nods to advances in technology.

Or ex-Ducati owners who miss the rattle of a dry clutch.

-tad

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Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition
Suzuki October 9, 2014 posted by

RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R

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Beloved of squids, teenagers too young to hold a motorcycle license, stunters, track-day junkies, racers, and well basically everybody, it’s hard to get excited about a Gixxer up for sale. Their sporty good-looks and sheer competence mean that they’re basically everywhere, in every sort of condition, and certain generations were aesthetically challenged to say the least.

But none of that’s a problem for this particular example, a 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R.

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R for sale on eBay UK

“Race replica” of course really describes all GSX-Rs, but this one’s a real race replica: only 500 were produced, with just 200 making their way to Europe, 50 to the UK, and basically none making it to the US, except as grey-market imports. On the surface the Double R might have looked like a standard GSX-R with a red solo tail section, but it featured many redesigned, strengthened, or adjustable parts intended to make the bike competitive in racing

These were homologation specials, and many were snapped up by race teams and collectors, making them exceedingly rare and collectible when they end up on the open market. This example is claimed to be “one of the finest examples left in the world”. Although I’d have liked more pictures to ogle, the couple the seller did include suggest that it’s every bit as good as that.

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From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R

Absolutely standard trim, with a mere 2,190 miles since new and still with its original tyres!

I am reluctantly selling my very rare, exceptionally low mileage Suzuki GSX-R750RR also known by its model prefix as the RK. One of only 500 units made in 1989 to homologate for World Superbike racing, there are reputedly less than 100 of these left in the world. Of those left, ones in this condition are in numbers of less than 10. ‘The Real Deal’ as she is aptly known is number 260/500 and was built at the Hamamatsu plant in Japan.

Imported and owned by my late father from its first owner in Japan and now owned by me, this family owned example was still shod on its original factory issue Michelin tyres from 1989, which bear testament to the mileage of just 2190 miles (actually in km’s). The original tyres are still with the bike but in order to pass an MOT which I thought essential for any would-be buyer, the bike has a brand new pair of tyres on it. She has also been fully serviced by the HRC technician who builds the official HRC engines for the UK and Suzuka 8 Hour racing effort. Again, I felt essential to ensure that whoever buys this beautiful machine, can be happy in the knowledge that she is mechanically superb. The service / recommison included all ancillaries, battery and lubricants along with a full carburettor service including cleaning, new gaskets and seals and then balanced to ensure absolute perfection.  

The bike is immaculate in every respect from the underside of the belly pan to front fairing to the tailpiece and is totally unmolested. It does bears age related patina such as small amounts of mottling on some of the aluminium components and the original Suzuki factory paint on the wheels has imperfections but this again demonstrates the absolute originality of this beautiful Suzuki. For the last 3 years she has resided in my walnut-floored garage, covered and only bought out for the odd show or to warm her through gently.

She has a personal registration plate ending in ‘RRK’, I have the parts catalogue in Japanese and English, an accessories catalogue in Japanese, magazine articles relating to the ‘RR’, GSXR books, the V5c, MOT certificates, two keys including the registration key (unheard of!) and a display board detailing all about this very special machine. She is SORN at present.

If rarity is your thing, then look past the RC30 or OW01, this GSX-R is the one to have. Of the few original units left in the world, this is undoubtedly the finest.

The Double R looks great in classic blue and white with that red tail section, with relatively simple graphics before the Japanese manufacturers went off the rails with lurid colors and graphics in the 90’s… With such low mileage, it’s a shame that this bike will probably be tucked away in a collection.

This is a classified ad, not an auction, and the asking price is £18,000 which is a ton of money for a Gixxer. But if you’re a fan of fast, rare Suzukis, it really doesn’t get any better than this.

-tad

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RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Suzuki September 16, 2014 posted by

Better than new? 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750

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There is no doubt that the Suzuki GSX-R 750 is one of the all time "bad boy" bikes of the sport bike world. RSBFS readers seem to love these slab-sided retro rockets, and we have seen a wide spectrum of machines offered on these very pages. From low mileage museum queens to higher mileage survivors, it seems our readers love them all. Today's bike is somewhat different, as it has gone through what is claimed as a complete nut and bolt restoration. While this was clearly a labor of love, it is uncertain if this was a prudent financial move. Gen I GSX-R models - while coveted in a nostalgic sort of way - are not exactly fast risers on the monetary appreciation scale. The seller notes that he is unlikely to recoup the investment made. But he is giving it a good try by pricing this example at $15,000 - which would be a record for a non LE model GSX-R.

1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
I have spent the last year restoring this bike from the ground up and spared no expense! Every part on this bike has been cleaned and refurbished or replaced with OEM direct parts! I have every Suzuki label from the parts put on to prove it along with all of the parts and maintenance receipts. Direct OEM new and NOS parts are VERY expensive for these bikes. I have over $12k invested in parts alone.

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There is a lot more text and pictures if you make the jump over the auction. The seller does list what has been done to the bike in excruciating detail. I would think that a restoration to that level would bring everything back to stock - and for the most part it has. Many original OEM parts are included in the sale, so be sure to go through the listing carefully. Is this worth it to you? Is it "better than new," or would you rather have a true survivor? Check it out here, and then let us know your thoughts. Good Luck!!

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Better than new?  1986 Suzuki GSXR 750
Suzuki September 12, 2014 posted by

On the Slab: 1986 GSX-R 750

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In 1985 Suzuki shocked the motorcycle world with the introduction of the GSX-R 750. Just like the ZX900 Ninja did a few years earlier, the GSX-R made a quantum leap forward in terms of performance and speed, while reducing overall size and weight. But while the Ninja strove to take a liter bike and make it as sharp as a racer, the GSX-R *was* a racer. Targeting the 750cc class, the first model Gixxer was born into competition. With a healthy contingency program, it is likely that more amateur racers spent time on a GSX-R than any other brand or model during the late 1980s. That is one reason that despite the numbers, there are few excellent copies to be found. This bike, however, might well be classified as a survivor.

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1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for sale on eBay

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From the seller:
ALL TUNED - NEW TIRES, NEW FORK SEALS, NEW BATTERY.. ALL READY TO ROLL AND ENJOY...

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Not too much by way of text from the seller. The pictures are also somewhat sparse. What is shown is a clean example of an iconic model. Opting for a hybrid cooling method that combined both air cooling with a high-flow oiling system, the GSX-R was a class lightweight. 1986 was the second year of production. There are only minor changes between the original '85 model and the 1986 series - essentially a swingarm mod to aid handling. So if you want an early slab sided Gixxer, this would be a good model year to seek. Located in Rhode Island, the current bid is still below $4,000...which is a bargain considering the age and condition. Check it out here. Good Luck!

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On the Slab: 1986 GSX-R 750
Suzuki September 4, 2014 posted by

Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

Today’s bike, a very nice GSX-R 750 definitely falls into the “rare in this condition” rather than “genuinely exotic”: Suzuki sold boatloads of these when they were new. And it’s no surprise the original Gixxer sold like hotcakes: the GSX-R 750 was the very first mass-produced race-replica of the modern era, a truly affordable bike that you could thrash at the limit on track, and then ride to work on Monday morning without missing a beat.

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First-generation Gixxers are often referred to as “Slabbies” due to their very slab-sided styling. Engines featured air and oil-cooling that kept weight to a minimum but allowed maximum power and flat-slide carbs and a six-speed gearbox completed the package, helping the bike produce over 100hp in stock form. A lightweight aluminum box-section frame was state-of-the-art, although the bikes rolled on 18” wheels, making tire choice a bit limited today…

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Previous Japanese race-replicas like Suzuki’s own GS1000S were huge, heavy beasts that stressed power and durability over nimble handling. But the GSX-R had it all: power, light weight, handling, and rock-solid reliability.

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It basically set the stage for the two-year production-cycle wars between the Japanese manufacturers that continued until the market crash knocked the bottom out of the motorcycle market. The Euro gained ground on the Yen, making formerly out-of-reach exotics from Italy a far more affordable prospect at about the same time those manufacturers realized that people wanted to actually ride their motorcycles, not take them in for service every 6,000 miles or wait for backordered parts to arrive…

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From the original eBay listing: 1987 GSX-R 750 for Sale

Up for auction is a very well prepped and maintained 1987 GSXR 750.  By "well-prepped"- I mean, at close to thirty years old- I wanted to make it reliable and safe.  So, there are brand new chain and tires (Michelin Pilots) (less than 50miles on both).  All hydraulics were professionally disassembled, cleaned, new seals and new pads in calipers and rebuild kits on all master and slave cylinders.  Forks serviced with new wipers, dust seals, Race Tech bushings and 5W oil.  Wheels have brand new wheel bearings.  Carbs- again, professionally rebuilt, new genuine part fuel floats, tuned and balanced.  New-Old stock (period correct) Kerker full system, (as the rubber intakes get old and hard- new intakes and exhaust gaskets to prevent air leaks) and brand new (not just re-oiled 20yr old) K&N filters.  Brand new black kevlar brake lines.  New battery, fresh Motul oil change/filter, etc…

For being almost a "vintage" bike-  she starts, rolls, pulls, turns and grips probably better than she did when new.

Tank -you can see in the pics- is rust free, bike still has original factory wind screen -not some lockhart replacement.  Still has original grips, rear view mirrors (bright, not scratched) and passenger foot pegs.  Comes with solo cowl -which I understand are worth a good $ all by themselves.  Gauges you can see are clean and bright -probably only 25% fade on the orange needles.

Everything was cleaned and detailed- so you won't find 30years of chain grease and road grime under the sprocket covers.

The 1987 model year GSX-R introduced beefier 41mm forks and Suzuki’s New Electrically Activated Suspension [NEAS], along with a steering damper and a 21-liter fuel tank.

1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 Front Wheel

By now, most Gixxers have been either been badly abused by several generations of squidly riders that followed the original owners, or are 0-mile collectables. While the 18" wheels may make tire purchases more of a hassle when the time comes, this one won't need those for a while, since the tires currently fitted still have the stickers on them! To find a first-generation GSX-R in this sort of well-used, but well cared for condition is really exciting if your goal is to use your new purchase as intended and terrorize local road and track. This one looks ready to go: the perfect usable, collectable sportbike.

-tad

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Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale