There may have been monoshock sportbikes prior to the GSX-R750, but the bike’s ubiquity and accessibility helped it define the modern sportbike in ways that earlier bikes could not. And while it’s true that, if you look up “sportbike” in the dictonary, you’ll probably find a picture of a GSX-R, nice examples are getting very hard to find, since owners didn’t generally lavish the same level of care on their reliably Japanese steeds that one would on something from Italy… especially of the GSX-R750 Limited Edition model intended to homologate the bike for racing.
When the GSX-R was introduced, water-cooling was specifically avoided to reduce weight and complexity, and the bike makes due with air and oil-cooling to keep temps in check. The bike used a distinctive alloy beam frame, along with fully-enclosed, very slab-sided bodywork, other characteristics that came to define the sportbike. The stock 18″ wheels, however, give the bike’s age away, and finding good, sticky rubber to fit the bike at your local motorcycle shop could prove difficult.
Designed to homologate certain features for various production-based race classes, the Limited Edition model as seen here is very rare, and came with a dry clutch, lightweight aluminum gas tank, solo seat, the longer, revised swingarm introduced in 1986, and Suzuki’s electronic anti-dive forks. It was significantly more expensive than the standard bike but, as an homologation machine, that really didn’t matter much to prospective buyers.
Today, these don’t command quite the value of a Honda RC30 or a Yamaha OW01, but are still extremely desirable and should prove to be a pretty solid investment. This example is hanging out in Mexico, and looks like it’s in very nice shape, with relatively low mileage, although the wheels appear to be non-standard 17″ items. Great if you plan to ride your machine regularly, not so great for collectors.
From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition for Sale
This is the very rare edition of 199 units only for the USA by Suzuki Japan. I’m the only owner that this motorcycle has had (I bought it in his box at Austin, Texas in 1988). It’s not a copy. Surely it is one of the less than ten (may be five) in the world, in good conditions, but this one is in very good conditions.
Obviously, some of our resident experts can comment on the bike’s authenticity, as an LE obviously can be faked, but at a glance it appears to have the dry clutch and anti-dive forks specific to this model, so that’s a good sign. There are no takers yet at the $12,900 starting bid, which is certainly expensive for a Slabbie but, considering the rapidly appreciating prices for old Gixxers in general, combined with this examples homologation-special status, that seems like a pretty reasonable starting place for this bike.