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2nd Generation – 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750

Coming off 1988’s major re-vamp, the GSX-R750 for 1989 had the new frame, upgraded engine with slingshot carbs, revised fairing from the previous year along with a couple of tweaks to improve cornering clearance.  Would that it were an R or RK, but the base K model was a great ride, and could be very quick if suspension set-up was done individually.

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1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

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Sporting the SACS ( Suzuki Advanced Cooling System ), the 748 cc motor uses a two-stage oil pump with oil routed past the combustion chambers and piston squirters to help maintain its composure as 13,000 rpm and 112 hp quickly approach.  36mm Mikuni flat-slide carburetors are helped by a shorter intake path, fed by ports beside the headlights.  The perimeter frame is welded up extrusions and forgings of aluminum, as is the swingarm.  Right side up cartridge forks are without anti-dive but adjustable for preload and rebound damping, as is the Full-Floater monoshock.  Stainless 4-1-2 exhaust is new for this year, though this bike has been fitted with a D&D 4-into-1 system.  Brakes are Nissin 310 mm fronts with four-piston calipers, with 230 mm rear.  Steering damper on the left frame is standard.  Though available set up for a passenger, this GSXR has the matching monoposto seat fairing.

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Offered by a New Jersey dealer, this GSX-R750 looks excellent or better and claims only 1,407 miles.  Sharper eyes may see mods but I’m not.  None of the body faux pas look like accident damage.  From the eBay auction:

Incredible find.  1989 GSXR 750K, its an ICONIC sport bike and becoming highly collectible.  Its not only incredible that this bike still exists but its in really great condition too.  

Bike is ready to ride with fresh oil/Filter, brake flush, New Tires.
Bike comes with factory (VERY RARE) solo seat cover with bump pad and also included is the stock seat cover/tailight surround.
I have tried to detail most of the defects in the paint but certainly can not get them all so i concentrated on the most obvious ones.  I have not noticed any cracks at all in the body, even all the small tabs seem to be intact.  The wind screen is a bit marked up and most of the scratches can be polished out but I opted to put an original windscreen on the bike verses a flimsy cheap aftermarket one.

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Though a production machine and not a rarity at the time, a road registered original like this is not seen often.  Claiming a substantial horsepower advantage over its competition, the factory made some ride-height adjustments and re-shaped the exhaust collector for 1989, resulting in a sharp handling powerhouse.  Since summer is here, any number of aftermarket windshields would serve the purpose while you polish the original or search out a new-old-stock part…


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  • Nice bike but not 12K nice. I had an new 88 model that I used for club racing and had the time of my life riding 3 hour endurance events. The 88’s and 89’s were softer on power compared to the earlier and later long stroke motors.

  • agree with wingnut, price is high. Given the bikes in the background I was going to write something about how this person has a really nice collection…I see 3 ducs, a BMW, a nice Ninja…but now I think its actually a dealer so the high price is a bit more understandable.

  • Wingnut…not so sure you have chosen the correct words ‘softer on power’ compared to the long stroke motors. The slingshot was rated higher than the 1st gen GSXR albeit only marginally. Power delivery is what differed. The short stroke motor produced power more like a modern day motorcycle, less mid-range and low end but a larger power hit. The long stroke motor had more midrange but a smaller top end hit.

  • This is not a $12K GSXR750- a no excuses ’86 750 Limited Edition is. Unless you think the solo seat cowl is worth $6K, meaning that in my opinion this bike is worth $6K. Why would such a low mile GSXR have an aftermarket steering damper (they were not standard)? Suzuki Cup and Dunlop money was still strong in ’89… were the low miles from the track? Seller doesn’t say either way if this is an ex-race bike or not, so we have to guess. Why didn’t the dealership take pictures with the bodywork off when it was serviced, to help bidders decide condition and previous use? I’d sure be looking very closely for safety wire drilling to rule it out or confirm that. Considering the ’86 Limited Edition level Buy It Now price, I’m less than impressed by the Dumb & Dumber exhaust, cut rear fender, incorrect grips, steering damper bracket frame drilling, and highly polished fork legs. Nice solo seat cowl, though.

  • It’s a nice $8000 bike, in my opinion.

  • Love the gsxr’s, have 22 in the collection. 12k for an 89? If the bike was 100% original and cosmetically perfect…maybe, but that’s a stretch even for perfect example of this bike. One of my favorite color combinations though😀

  • Kevin Shwantz used the older long stroke motor in the new bike at the 88 Daytona 200 to win. The higher 13000 rpm rev limit of the short stroke motor didn’t work out as expected on the high speed track. The previous motor had more development time so that might have had something to do with it too, but the short stroke motor still didn’t stay past the next season.
    My racing buddy had an 87 model and in street trim I couldn’t have told you the difference between the two other than the earlier one being lighter.
    This could have been a track day bike so low miles and no safety wire and/or disconnected speedometer.

  • recently two of these bikes have come for sale in the Toronto area and both were fully restored and they were asking between seven and nine grand Canadian. 12g u.s. is a bit crazy but you don’t know if you don’t Ask

  • $7-$9k in CAD is still way high for a restored example. Look at the near perfect on in Calgary for $4k. The Canadian discount is alive and well. This looks expensive for an original but its a dealer so what do they care? Its also eBay…its free/cheap to list whatever fantasy you have.

  • I’ve been looking for this color combo for a long time. Unfortunately there are way too many red flags to justify this outlandish price. Pristine this bike is not. Mileage questionable. And the close up shows a tail piece from an ’88 that was mostly white. I know, because I owned this paint scheme.
    I agree, 6k at best.
    I’m all for these bikes increasing in value, but not going to support selling mediocre for top-dollar.
    Buyer be ware.

  • The tailpiece is correct. It’s been a long time. But for the tank to have as many clear coat scratches on such a low mile example doesn’t add up.

  • You will never own a bike like this for 6 grabs unless it’s a distressed sale.

  • There are 3 of these 89’s In the same color scheme on eBay right now. $3500 to 11,995. Take your pick.

  • Wrong solo cowl, that is actually from a 88 750.

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