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Suzuki October 9, 2014 posted by

RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Front Low

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.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Rear

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.

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Paperwork

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

1989 Suzuki GSX-R 750 R Front

RK in the UK: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750R
Sport Bikes For Sale March 22, 2012 posted by

An RK In The UK: 1989 Suzuki GSXR750RK

An RK In The UK: 1989 Suzuki GSXR750RK

Did anyone catch my Sex Pistols reference in the title? ..........Bueller?  On my unofficial list of rare Suzuki's the 1989 double R GSXR750 sits right at the top, especially being here in the United States where we never had the bike imported.  Most of my knowledge on this bike comes from an owner I know and I'm sure he will comment on anything I get wrong.  500 RK's were produced with the first 50 going to America Lite (Canada).  Japan kept the most with 200.  The UK received their batch of 50 from the 200 that went to Europe as a whole.

This was simply a bike built to get homologated for racing purposes.  Race teams were after a long stroke motor that took to tuning better than the short stroke version in the 1988 GSXR750.  I was told they did not even build a prototype of the bike before production.

It's aluminum and light.

 

Boring photo but until seeing these in person, I did not know they were  hand made fiberglass units.  I'm told they made spares for a 100 bikes and then shut her down.  I had forgotten these didn't have the dry clutch that the earlier Limited did but since the bottom ends are the same I believe it could be fitted.  Has anyone ever seen a list of the kit parts that were available back in 89?

 

A race oriented cluster.  Suzuki figured most of this stuff would be stripped off so it is kind of a mix and match of Suzuki parts in places.

 

The info on the bike:

1 Owner from new SUZUKI GSX 750 RR RK LIMITED EDITION.

Only 12,000 miles from New with Service Book, Handbooks etc.

A very hard to find bike

Message me through Ebay if you are interested.
Please refrain from the usual how much do you want to buy it now. Its an Auction, you bid the most you want to pay and you may end up buying it.
I can ship worldwide in a crate - please ask for exact quotation. I am an experienced shipper. I would think that 1500 pounds sterling will get this bike to most places in the world.
I am happy to ship at cost when payment is received and cleared.


Something I learned from restoring my GSXR400R is that this color of Suzuki engine paint (it's not black)  is basically impossible to find.  Something to consider if you are a  stickler for authenticity.

Those stickers don't come cheap.  This bike has 12,000 miles on it but appears overall to be in good condition.  It isn't a museum piece but it hasn't been abused either.   My guess would be high teens to low 20's for a sales price if this bike was in the U.S.  Maybe a little less in the UK where the bike was imported?   There can't be that many road going versions still in circulation.

 Enjoy the auction.

 

I've posted these before but I don't get tired of looking at the brochure

Wow, how about his combo?  Look at that tank and frame on the Harris GSXR. The RK has the dry clutch installed.  I'd give that collection a thumbs up too.

 

Ian

Suzuki October 31, 2009 posted by

Would you like to ride the same bike as your hero?

Located in Northern California are three AMA superbikes.  See description below:

3 Yoshimura Suzuki AMA superbikes

Please be aware that two of the three have all of the data logging, traction control, and race instrument clusters removed. This drops the price considerably. Due to the current AMA roadracing rules, Yoshimura Suzuki bought these bikes from a dealership before converting them to race bikes. So they have proper VIN, registration, and titles! So in essence, one could convert these 200+ HP Superbikes into streetbikes if they wanted.

The last bike listed is Mat Mladin's race bike, as is, with all the insane factory race bits still on the bike. As a matter of fact, the tires are still the same ones still on this bike as last raced.

Due to the new homologation rules of the AMA Superbike series, Yoshimura Suzuki started out the 2009 season using 2008 bikes. So though these are '08 models, they were only built back at the beginning of this year, just in time to start the 2009 race season. This is the real deal. Factory spec full on superbikes.

#22 Tommy Hayden Superbike $18,000.00:

http://www.tommyhayden.com/
* 2008 Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike (AMA American Superbike spec engine) - 202 HP at crank
* Fiberglass race bodywork exact from '09 season
* Ohlins internal fork kit (FGK 136)
* Ohlins rear shock (SU 788)
* Yoshimura R-77 Titanium/Carbon Full System exhaust
* Deep sump for race exhaust
* EM Pro
* Yoshimura Adjustable Rearsets
* Lightened rear brake rotor
* BMC race air filter
* Yoshimura Race harness
* Yoshimura Performance cams
* Yoshimura adjustable cam sprockets
* OEM steering damper
* OEM wheels / tires / front brake rotors
* OEM master / slave cylinders
* 520 RK drive chain. Assortment of rear drive sprockets (AFAM)
* OEM instrument cluster
* California registration / title
* Engine has only 200 Km of use
* Swingarm pivot - standard and off-set inserts (1 set each)
* Approximate mileage (OEM odometer shows 0 miles. Race instrument clusters were used the entire season) - 1,500 miles

#79 Blake Young Superbike $18,000.00:
http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/rider...r.cfm?did=3276
* 2008 Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike (AMA American Superbike spec engine) - 202 HP at crank
* Fiberglass race bodywork exact from '09 season
* Revalved / Sprung OEM Showa forks
* Ohlins rear shock (SU 788)
* Yoshimura R-77 Titanium/Carbon Full System exhaust
* Deep sump for race exhaust
* EM Pro
* Quick shifter
* Yoshimura Adjustable Rearsets
* BMC race filter
* Yoshimura Race harness
* Yoshimura Performance cams
* Yoshimura adjustable cam sprockets
* OEM steering damper
* OEM wheels / tires / front & rear brake rotors
* OEM master / slave cylinders
* 520 RK drive chain. Assortment of rear drive sprockets (AFAM)
* OEM instrument cluster
* California registration / title
* Engine has only 200 ~ 300 KM of use
* Swingarm pivot - standard and off-set inserts (1 set each)
* Approximate mileage 1,500 miles (OEM odometer shows 0 miles. Race instrument clusters were used the entire season)

#7 Mat Mladin Superbike $49,000:
* 2008 Yoshimura Suzuki Superbike (AMA American Superbike spec engine) - 202 HP at crank
* Fiberglass race bodywork exact from '09 season
* Ohlins pressurized fork kit
* Ohlins rear shock (SU 788)
* Yoshimura R-77 Titanium/Carbon Full System exhaust
* Deep sump for race exhaust
* EM Pro
* quick shifter
* Mladin custom rearsets
* BMC race air filter
* Yoshimura Race harness
* Yoshimura Performance cams
* Yoshimura adjustable cam sprockets
* Ohlins steering damper
* Magtan magnesium 17" rims
* Brembo monoblock radial mount front brake calipers
* Brembo front brake rotors
* Factory Suzuki triples with offset / caster adjustability - Caster adjustability +- 30min. Off-set inserts +- 2 mm
* Brembo master / slave cylinders
* MoTec instrument cluster
* MoTec data logging Includes suspension potentiometers, GPS system, lap timing
* 2-way switchable maps
* 520 RK drive chain. Assortment of rear drive sprockets (AFAM)
* California registration / title
* Engine has only 200KM of use
* Swingarm pivot - standard and off-set inserts (1 set each)
* Approximate mileage 1,500 miles (Race instrument clusters were used the entire season)

Pictures:

Hayden_22_1Hayden_22_2Hayden_22_3Hayden_22_6

What would could be cooler than showing up to Alice's on a Desmo?  Mat Mladin's bike would have to be right up there.

See these bikes on Bay Area Riders Forum here.

AG