Posts by tag: 750 GSX

Suzuki December 22, 2021 posted by

Schlittenglocken – 1984 Suzuki GSX750E in Germany

The 1984 Suzuki catalog had all kinds of wildness – the S3 Katana, RG500, XN85 Turbo, and could even be said to include the Bimota SB4S.  The all-purpose GSX750E benefited from all that genetic material but dressed down to a UJM.  This almost perfect example begs for a friend’s DHL account number, to get it here in time to hang some sleighbells.

1984 Suzuki GSX750E ( Germany ) for sale on eBay

The GSX had Suzuki’s newer four valve engine, with 9.6-to-1 compression and 84 hp.  50 ft.-lbs. torque spoke through a 5-speed transmission, with a pieplate-sized clutch cover stretching the steel twin cradle chassis.  Light looking cast wheels held 16-inch front and 17-inch rear tires.  Triple 275mm disks rate Suzuki’s anti-dive system, and should be able to handle anything the 456 lbs. GSX can muster.  Just the airbox and battery are hidden by the sidecovers, everything else is free for the asking.

Somehow hidden away near the Austrian border, this Suzuki doesn’t appear to have half of its 10,115 miles.  Preparation ( or maybe just preservation ) is at a very high level, without any extraneous polishing.  At 37 years, it’s over any discussion of ownership or maintenance, and a nice walkaround video is – here – complete with German synthesizer band soundtrack.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Complete ready to go motorbike, with:
– 2 original ignition keys
– 2 original frame lock keys
– original underseat toolbox.
 
Never damaged/crashed/repaired/refurbished or rebuild motorbike, extremely rare to find, really rarely saved condition for the motorbike, ideal for museum or jeans shop window, fancy stuff shops, coffee bar, etc (it is in so nice condition that is pity to drive it) – looks like has just came from a production line in Hamamatsu !
Who collects motorbikes, here’s a piece of history in its best shape.

Bidders will have to factor careful shipping into their purchase, though having this GSX on display next to some other vintage Suzuki’s would certainly fill out the showroom.  The seller is right that the road wouldn’t be right for this example, maybe just a blast down a private airstrip occasionally.

-donn

Schlittenglocken – 1984 Suzuki GSX750E in Germany
Suzuki June 17, 2015 posted by

First time on RSBFS: 1984 Suzuki GSX 750S3 Katana

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Here on RSBFS we occasionally see an early 1980’s Suzuki Katana 1000 but today we are fortunate to be able to post the very rare “little brother” Katana, the Suzuki GS750SE Edition.  Suzuki created the 750cc version for people who liked the look of the larger edition but wanted something not as bulky.  An upgraded model was released in 1982 (the Mark II) and then in late 1984 came the final version, the Mark III.

While the Mark III still had the the overall design look from previous generations, the engine was a new 16-value unit taken from the forebearer of the GSXR, the GSX750E.  The new engine offered right around 84 bhp and the Mark III came with upgraded suspension both front and rear. The Mark III was also more comfortable due to a lower seat height and higher handlebars, which reduced the stretch to the grips and resulting knee bend. And last but not least (no pun intended) weight was also reduced by 16 kilos. All the changes resulted in a bike which was a big improvement over the previous version and also handled better than the UJM Suzuki GSX750.

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1984 Suzuki Katana 750SE on ebay

Of course the tech improvements weren’t the only changes that put the 750se on a lot of wish lists.  The look of the bike caused a big reaction with a multi-toned paint scheme that was a big change from the all silver 1000 version.  And perhaps most noticeable of all was a new all black fairing which included a retractable/pop-up headlight.

As the folks as Two Wheels wrote, “the katana looks like it’s going fast even when its barely moving but so do a lot of bikes.   The thing about the 750SE Katana is that it looks like its on its way to future while others are just treading water in the present.”

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Based on the excellent amount of information in the ebay post, this particular 750SE seems to be up for sale by a serious owner. The seller lists a lot of good details about the bike, including clearly indicating the bike bodywork scuffs and wear. The seller even provides a youtube link of the bike, usually the hallmark of a good seller..

Read on for some additional pics and highlights of the info the seller includes in the ebay auction details:

THE GOOD

  • Fires up quickly and runs smoothly with no smoke, leaks or unusual noises.
  • Brakes and suspension work well and all lights and electrical systems work as they should.
  • Bike is fitted with a ‘Big Crank’ AGM battery and the charging system works properly.
  • Stock clip-ons have been replaced but originals are included in the sale.
  • Air box has been replaced with aftermarket pods but originals are included in the sale.
  • Instrument cluster gauges and warning lights all work as they should.
  • Also include NOS Suzuki OEM LH and RH side plastic covers

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THE NOT SO GOOD (BUT POINTS FOR HONESTY)

  • Cosmetically there is some work needed…the bike has 30+ years of scratches and marks on the bodywork and frame.
  • All of the paint is original, but every panel would need to be repaired and painted to be nice.
  • The tank is clean inside but it has a couple of shallow dents that will need to be repaired prior to painting.
  • Both side covers are cracked (common for this model) but a NOS set of OEM Suzuki covers are included in the sale.
  • Front fairing has numerous scratches and prior repairs but it will clean up fine with preparation and paint. 
  • The fairing mirrors are specific to this model and often missing or damaged – the ones on this bike are very nice.
  • No rips or tears in the seat and all of the helmet locks and seat removal locks work as they should.

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OTHER NOTES

  • Front brake lines have been replaced with aftermarket braided lines.
  • Rear mufflers have been replaced with mufflers from an unknown make and model bike – they are in good condition and sound fine but I would replace them with an OEM system or a nice aftermarket 4-1.
  • OEM LH and RH engine covers – will need painted or powder coated gold (used).
  • Replacement fairing screen with no cracks or breaks (used).

So now the question becomes, what is this Katana 750SE worth?   Well this one is the smaller 750cc model and needs some refurbishment by a new owner but it is a rare SE/3rd generation which according to the seller was never imported into the states.  Prices for the early 1980’s Katana are definately on the rise lately;  the last early 1980’s Katana we had on RSBFS went for over $8000 USD.

The condition and somewhat high mileage on this one should be taken into account but bidding is only at $1,500 USD and the auction is a no reserve listing.  Personally if I had room I would give serious consideration to picking this one up as a bit of an investment project and I think a smart collector might want to consider doing the same.

-Marty/Dallaslavownert

First time on RSBFS:  1984 Suzuki GSX 750S3 Katana
Suzuki November 23, 2008 posted by

1989 Suzuki Katana 750GSX: Oh the Memories!

When this one popped up on my eBay favorite searches, I just about spit my Stella out all over the monitor. My close friend and riding buddy Paul used to own a Katana 750 just like this one. I mean EXACTLY like this one: that champagne color, an 89, and completely stock. I remember when he bought it from this idiot who tried to sell it out from under him to a higher bidder after Paul had secured the bike with a deposit!

Take a trip down memory lane with me and take a look at this 1989 Suzuki Katana 750 GSX for sale on eBaymotors:

quote from seller’s eBayMotors listing:

HERE WE HAVE A NICE OLDER BIKE READY TO RIDE I BOUGHT IT FROM THE ORIGNAL OWNER IT HAS SOME SCRATCHES FROM HAVING BAGS ON IT I DONT HAVE THE BAGS THE BIKE HAS FRESH BRAKE PADS,FLUID FLUSH,CLUTCH CABLE AND OIL&FILTER CHANGE BIKE RUNS AND RIDES GREAT REMBER THIS IS NOT A NEW BIKE THE HAS A SPOT WERE IT LOOKS LIKE SOME ONE SPLIT SOME GAS AND THEIR IS A MINOR DISCOLOR THAT I THINK CAN BE COMPOUNDED OUT EVERTHING WORKS IF I DONT SELL IT I WILL KEEP IT AND RIDE NEXT SUMMER I HAVE FOUR BIKES

Don’t you just hate non-savvy users who insist on using all caps? Rant aside, this looks like a really solid buy at $2300 with such low miles and zero modifications. I asked Paul to highlight his experience with his bike:

[21:07] Tj Rubley: for the blog post and from a previous owner, give me the high and low points of the bike. Maybe a favorite ride?
[21:07] Paul: that is a rare find, all stock and in reasonable condition with low miles, still a lot of bike for $2300.
[21:10] Paul: High points: GSXR derived engine, lots of power and plenty of torque, sport-touring riding position for long-trip comfort, obviously an easy bike for novices balanced and smooth even if the rider isn’t 😉
[21:12] Paul: Low points: to call the styling dated would be an understatment… honestly I can’t think of much to fault if for, other than puting a 400cc non-O-ring chain on mine I really didn’t do anything but an occasional oil change,
[21:13] Paul: Greatest ride: Sonoma, hands down, still the greatest motorcycle trip of my life (we need to do better next summer!)
[21:13] Paul: Shit, I’m serious if that thing was closer to home I’d buy it

He went on to say he originally purchased his with about 23k miles for $2900 in 1995, and sold it about a year later for $2500 to another close friend of ours, TravelEd. Hopefully I can get Ed in here to give his .02 too!

Here’s a gallery of our trip to Sonoma years ago:

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