Sold while this post was being edited, maybe to a reader ? Still worth a look… Donn
Regular readers might recognize the Disney cells and beige carpet before even clicking through to this listing, but this is one of this collector’s finer examples. Also one of the most legendary Gixxers, returning to the longer stroke engine and uber rare with just 500 examples worldwide.
With its 40mm semi-flatslide “slingshot” Mikuni carburettors, the 748cc four was a nice upgrade from the H variant with 112 hp on tap. The alloy frame was compact thanks to the 1988 update, still air and oil cooled with a two stage oil pump. Fully adjustable 43mm forks and Full Floater monoshock are a gift and a challenge, requiring a studious wrench and some time to get right. Figure in some break time as well, since the high footpegs, low clip-ons and hard seat challenge the rider. In neighborhood of 450 lbs. ready to ride, it wasn’t super light, but was trim for the day.
Somehow wheeled onto the carpet after just over 1,000 miles, this RR is collector quality with original fairings and paint. The Yoshimura carbon muffler lets you know you didn’t just pass through a galactic wormhole. Its age shows only in the tank protector which has accumulated some dirt under one edge, otherwise it’s the time traveler. From the eBay auction:
GR79C with only 1,675 kilometers (1,041 miles). All fairings are 100% original OEM factory Suzuki. Bike is in mint as new condition. Museum collector quality! Almost flawless. Original mirrors show patina in the glass reflection. Light tiny surface scratches on the right side of the swing arm by the stand bolt. Clear tank protector installed and has a dirty edge. The rest of the bike is mint. Bike has been de-restricted. Comes with a Yoshimura full exhaust system and Ohlins fully adjustable rear shock. Original stock exhaust system and stock shock in new condition go with bike. Those parts were removed and replaced with the upgraded components when the bike was purchased new. (Original parts are worth thousands alone.) Bike shows no signs of rust or corrosion. Original owner said it was cherished and always stored indoors and never ridden in the rain. No signs of wear on the bike. Comes with two original keys and fresh tires. This bike looks like a bike should with only a thousand miles on the odometer. Looks like it was just rolled off the assembly line. Chassis and engine are spotless. Bike runs as good as it looks. Extremely well cared for.
It would be a stretch to consider this museum piece for an afternoon’s pleasure, but it could happen. Like jumping in a 30 year-old Porsche 964 Turbo, or V-Tailed Beech Bonanza, you’d want to take a short shakedown cruise, stop, look it over, then have a serious discussion with the mirror.