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.
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.
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.