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Suzuki October 15, 2016 posted by

In a World – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Racebike

Toward the end of the air/oil-cooled era, Suzuki took one last stab at a higher torque engine, with lightness helping the pistons and rods survive the 13,000 rpm redline.  Set up for racing with a newly built engine and suspension updates, this GSX-R750 appears ready to take it to the track.

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1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Racebike for sale on eBay

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The “long stroke” 749cc still quite oversquare, the GSX-R750 had a wider torque band than than previous model and accessed 115 hp.  Four 38mm Mikuni carburettors handle fuel delivery.  Everywhere but America the legacy perimeter frame held 41mm upside-down forks, but these have been updated to those from a 1994 model.  Brakes are dual 310mm disks with 280 mm rear.  The race fairing is a pretty good silhouette of the factory bodywork, with no lights or pillion.

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Presented by an Arizona parts manufacturer, this race bike looks newly commissioned and super clean.  The large Hagon decals are puzzling with the claimed RaceTech forks and Öhlins monoshock, but it wouldn’t be the first time a sponsor appeared only on the outside.  From the eBay auction:

1990 Suzuki GSX-R750. Was built in 2016 for AHRMA next generation superbike racing. The motor was rebuilt with new rods, pistons, valve springs. Has 1994 forks, all Race Tech parts. Ohlins rear shock, Mikuni 38 flat side carbs, and much more.

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One of the first 750’s into the 10-second 1/4-mile bracket, the 1990 machine was also a serious handler requiring an authoritative rider.  Historics can be some of the most fun race weekends ever, with the competition in a long perspective, and the focus on the hardware.  With the inherent simplicity of air/oil cooling, this GSX-R can show them how it was done.

-donn

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In a World – 1990 Suzuki GSX-R750 Racebike
Suzuki May 14, 2016 posted by

First and Last – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750

Just a few years after its ground-breaking introduction, Suzuki added liquid cooling to the GSX-R750, at least everywhere except the U.S.A.  For 1992, we got the last air/oil-cooled GSXR, and it was this owner’s first bike.  After his long but successful hunt for a replacement, this rare model year and color scheme is on offer.

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1992 Suzuki GSX-R750 for sale on eBay

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The 1992 model combined valve train enhancement with chassis developments from the GSX-R1100, new bodywork from ’91, and came away with 116 hp, a more aerodynamic nose, and a re-designed seat and tail fairing.  Each valve now had its own cam lobe and rocker arm, allowing stiffer valve springs and better reliability.  Upside-down forks were now standard, teaming up with Full Floater rear suspension to achieve a good mix of quick handling and stability.  Dry weight was nothing to brag about at 458 lbs., but the package was good for a 1/4 mile in under 11 seconds.

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A bit of a holy grail story, this owner had a sky blue / pink and black 1992 back in the day, sold it to a friend and regretted it shortly afterward.  A long search turned up this excellent example and he had the mechanicals freshened up, but didn’t end up riding it much.

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It’s mostly stock as he says in the eBay auction:

This was the last year for the oil cooled version.  This is the Black and Pink “N” code bike.  The previous owner purchased this bike in September of 1994 with 2,658 miles.  The bike holds a clear Texas title.  The only modifications to the bike seem to be the Yoshimura exhaust, windscreen and an alarm.  Other than that, it is bone stock.  Both tires are a little weak.  I’d say they are around 20%-25%.  If you are familiar with the early 1990’s GSX-R’s, you know that 99.9% of them are scraped up on the lower fairings on both sides on the “Suzuki” decal because of the design.  Those particular areas stick out and catch the majority of rocks and debris that the bike might encounter during regular riding.  

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Neat engine with the newer valve train, but without plumbing.  The 1992 model reviewed as easy to ride fast, great engine and handling.  Uncommon colors and graffiti design are in nice unrestored shape with just a couple of abrasions.  New rubber would seem to be in order, but otherwise it should be ready to run down memory lane…

-donn

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First and Last – 1992 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki March 7, 2015 posted by

Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

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When it was introduced in 1985, Suzuki’s original GSX-R750 set the standard for production sportbikes that’s lasted through the modern era. Interestingly, the first GSX-R’s eschewed water-cooling to simplify the engine in a bid to save weight at the expense of overall power. The aluminum beam frame and monoshock rear suspension and fully-enclosed bodywork with endurance-racing style were a rarity in 1985 and rounded out the very complete package.

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The second generation continued this tradition and otherwise followed the template set down by the original “Slabby,” albeit with updated styling and 17″ wheels. That makes this particularly short-lived generation a great rider’s bike, looking both backwards to a more classic style, and forwards, with a variety of tire choices available for the 17″ wheels.

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Suzuki sold plenty of these “Slingshot” GSX-R’s, so named for their carburetors. But many were ridden hard, written off, or otherwise neglected, and bikes in this sort of condition are pretty hard to find. Not as collectible as the first generation bikes, not as competent as later models, but these are, to me, some of the best-looking Gixxers ever. When new, I’d likely have preferred this red, white, and black scheme, although these days I find myself more drawn to the classic Suzuki blue-and-white colors.

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From the original eBay listing: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale

Up for auction is my 1989 Suzuki GSXR 750 Slingshot 17k miles 2nd owner… Very good condition all original plastics never been down. Little crack on left rear plastic from replacing battery last summer. Clean carbs will need to be cleaned does run good and strong. On the road last summer carbs need to be clean runs strong upgraded fox suspension polished wheels frame steering damper. Custom Corbin seat bike runs great and the suspension in handling is awesome. All original plastics in near excellent condition including tank registered..

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There are a few questionable details here. The wheels do vary a bit from photo to photo: they’re solid white in some of the pictures, and have a polished rim in others. It looks like they were going for the Marvic modular look as seen on the Ducati Superlight. And those flush-mount signals, while sleeker than the stock items, would absolutely have to go, were this my bike. I’m sure it wouldn’t be too much work to fit some low-profile LED units or subtle bar-end signals, or something like signals integrated into the tail lamp and headlight units.

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The Corbin seat is likely far more comfortable than the stock item, although the stepped design is a love-it or hate-it kind of thing. Plan to put real miles on your bike? Definitely worth keeping on there.

With 17,000 miles on the clock, mileage is very reasonable and, although it will need some attention, there’s nothing outside the abilities of a competent mechanic. All-in-all, a great-looking classic Suzuki.

-tad

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Slingshot Gixxer: 1989 Suzuki GSX-R750 for Sale
Suzuki December 22, 2014 posted by

Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition

Note: We’ve seen this one before, but it’s been a couple years and Tad has a fresh perspective to consider. -dc

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We generally try to stay away from modified machines at this site, but this GSX-750R LE is exactly the type of motorcycle I love: a bike that shows evolutionary change, a gradual improvement to more closely match the needs of the owner and address performance shortcomings from the factory. I’m sure the spoked wheels will generate a bit of controversy here, but they do look pretty sharp, and the listing includes his reasons for the swap. Most importantly, it should make the bike much more usable: the original 18″ items don’t have much in the way of high-performance rubber available these days…

The GSX-R was introduced in 1985 and featured a 750cc four-cylinder that eschewed water-cooling in an effort to save weight. The bike basically set the pattern still being followed today, with an aluminum beam frame, four piston calipers gripping triple-disc brakes, and monoshock rear suspension.

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This “LE” or “Limited Edition” version of the Gixxer was intended to homologate parts for racing, specifically the distinctive vented dry clutch, aluminum fuel tank, and anti-dive forks that were an electronic alternative to Honda’s mechanical system. The swingarm was lengthened for 1986, although this example uses the shorter item from the 1985 model for a shorter wheelbase and quicker steering.

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The description includes a pretty detailed account as to the changes that were made and why, and they all do make plenty of sense in context. He also includes a video clip of the bike starting and running, although the sound quality is pretty horrendous. It’s nice to see that the bike starts up quickly and settles into a nice idle, but if you’re curious about the dry clutch sound, you’re best off clicking around YouTube for another video.

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It’s also interesting to note that, although regulations in Europe concerning noise can be very strict, he was granted an “exception” for his modifications, which seems so strangely… reasonable. It’s pretty impressive that the German equivalent of the DMV has folks on-hand knowledgeable enough to make that sort of determination!

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From the original eBay listing: 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition

I am offering up for sale a very unique bike. I have outfitted this bike myself and have used it on the roads in Germany, before moving to the USA. I have all the German registration documents and those from the original owner. I have owned or ridden most every GSXR and a fair number of other bikes, this bike by far is the best road going sport bike I have ridden. The wheels I had special made by WIWO in Germany, they are numbered and dated 1994. They are 3.5 x 17 F and 5.5 x 17 rear The tires are 120/65/17 and 180/55/17 I have run Metzlers without any problem. The wheels are certified tubeless. The rims are AKRONT. There is no damage to these wheels and they run true. This bike is outfitted with the short 1985 swingarm giving it a 55 inch wheelbase. There has never been any wobble or shake at speed. 260kph seems to be the top speed and it is quite a joy to ride at any speed. The motor is on the original bore, however the cylinder head was fitted with Yoshimura 1mm oversized valves and a Serdi blended 3 angle valve job performed to correct the factory valve jobs which were not very accurate. The ignition box is a Yoshimura item. The difference is night and day. The engine will rev to 12,000rpm. The hit at 7000rpm is quick. The exhaust is a 4-2-1 stainless system custom made to fit this bike by Shaefer Racing in Germany. I had the bike on a Dyno outdoors. At 7000rpm the shreak from the carbs drove everyone for cover. It is louder than the pipe. 

At some point you will ask, ‘Why spoke wheels?’….When this bike was being drawn up, the fastest bikes were all examined in great detail. One of the fastest bikes at that time was a TZ750. If you look at the two bikes they share the same basic shape. Since the first TZ had spoke wheels I had a set made up for this bike. They are TUV certified. At the time I could get magnesium wheels but they were not allowed for road use. Aftermarket aluminum wheels were not widely available. The Mitchel wheel from Lockhart was an option, however they are heavier than the spoke wheels. These wheels run perfect true and none of the spokes has ever needed adjustment! This bike will accept any standard 3 spoke GSXR wheel from the first or second generation bikes. Remember that the original Limited Edition has a 15mm front axle and is more prone to flex. The small amount of frame flex in the 750 seems to be ideal for road work. The Akrapovic end can was added to keep the bike road legal. All modifications have been signed into the brief. The process of doing this is a story in itself. I first went to the TUV engineer and asked to have the airbox removed. Stock exhaust, stock engine, dry clutch. Since the dry clutch made more noise than either the exhaust or the intake (before engine tuning) I was granted an exception. I had the exhaust fabricated and the road legal Akrapavic end can installed. Back to TUV and another modification signed into the brief. I have the original swing arm, which is quite long, and the original footpegs in perfect condition. I do not have the original exhaust, wheels or forks and triple clamps. .This bike has never been crashed or dropped!

With just one day left and a starting price of $7,500 and no bids so far, it looks like the seller may be aiming a bit too high. That’s the problem with making changes to the bike to suit your personal preferences: they may not match anyone else’s! Plus, the missing fairing lower may be putting casual browsers off as, at a glance, this looks like just another well-worn Slabby.

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I’d find a fairing lower and paint to match, but this is otherwise a very cool resto-mod that seems to be very much in the spirit of the original bike. Note that the seller does not have the original fork or wheels, so be prepared if you plan to buy this and return it to stock appearance. All-in-all, this is definitely not a bike for collectors, but for folks looking for something that evokes an earlier, simpler era of riding but has a few nods to advances in technology.

Or ex-Ducati owners who miss the rattle of a dry clutch.

-tad

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Move Fast: 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition
Suzuki December 2, 2014 posted by

Nut-and-Bolt Restoration:1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

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This is about as close as you’ll get to a time-capsule GSX-R750 in a daily-rider package. It’s been fully-restored after a life on the road, making it ideal for someone who wants the very best Gixxer they can find, but is looking for something to ride rather than a bike to simply park up and admire.

Suzuki made plenty of GSX-R’s, but few survive in anything like this kind of condition. It’s one of the most significant sportbikes ever built, and represents a real paradigm shift: before the Gixxer, most racy road bikes were replicas of race bikes that were based on road bikes. The GSX-R basically took the last part out of the equation: it was a road bike based on a race bike, a production endurance racing machine for the masses.

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Introduced in 1985 and nicknamed the “Slabby” for its slab-sided styling, the original GSX-R came in one flavor only: 750cc’s. The engine eschewed liquid-cooling to keep weight down and the bike used an aluminum beam frame, state of the art brakes, and a monoshock rear suspension. It looks so familiar today because it basically invented the formula still being used for today’s sportbikes.

From the original eBay listing: 1986 GSX-R750 for Sale

The cleanest and most correct 86” GSXR 750 around! Every part on this bike has been cleaned and refurbished or replaced with OEM direct parts! I have every Suzuki label from the parts put on to prove it along with all of the parts and maintenance receipts. Direct OEM new and NOS parts are VERY expensive for these bikes. I have over $12k invested in parts alone.

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For more details, check out the original listing: the seller includes a pretty detailed list of what went into the restoration. The fairing has been treated to high-quality work to make it better than new, and both solo and dual seats are included. The engine was completely rebuilt and he does have a NOS OEM exhaust available if you don’t like the Vance & Hines pipe on there currently. Basically, that seems to be the story here: if you see something that doesn’t look stock, he probably has the original part, in better-than-new condition to go with the bike. He even has a spare set of tires to fit the 18″ wheels.

Here’s hoping the seller isn’t trying to recoup his investment in terms of the reserve price: one day, bikes like this may be very valuable, but they’re not quite there yet. No reason listed as to why he’s selling it after investing so much time and energy in the build, but his loss is your gain: unless you’re looking for a zero-mile time capsule still in the shipping crate, or want to hold out for a blue and white one, then this is your ride. Or this is your “sit in your living room and admire.” Or your “seal up in a temperature-controlled, hermetically-sealed vault.” Whichever.

-tad

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Nut-and-Bolt Restoration:1986 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale
Suzuki September 4, 2014 posted by

Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale

Today’s bike, a very nice GSX-R 750 definitely falls into the “rare in this condition” rather than “genuinely exotic”: Suzuki sold boatloads of these when they were new. And it’s no surprise the original Gixxer sold like hotcakes: the GSX-R 750 was the very first mass-produced race-replica of the modern era, a truly affordable bike that you could thrash at the limit on track, and then ride to work on Monday morning without missing a beat.

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First-generation Gixxers are often referred to as “Slabbies” due to their very slab-sided styling. Engines featured air and oil-cooling that kept weight to a minimum but allowed maximum power and flat-slide carbs and a six-speed gearbox completed the package, helping the bike produce over 100hp in stock form. A lightweight aluminum box-section frame was state-of-the-art, although the bikes rolled on 18” wheels, making tire choice a bit limited today…

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Previous Japanese race-replicas like Suzuki’s own GS1000S were huge, heavy beasts that stressed power and durability over nimble handling. But the GSX-R had it all: power, light weight, handling, and rock-solid reliability.

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It basically set the stage for the two-year production-cycle wars between the Japanese manufacturers that continued until the market crash knocked the bottom out of the motorcycle market. The Euro gained ground on the Yen, making formerly out-of-reach exotics from Italy a far more affordable prospect at about the same time those manufacturers realized that people wanted to actually ride their motorcycles, not take them in for service every 6,000 miles or wait for backordered parts to arrive…

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From the original eBay listing: 1987 GSX-R 750 for Sale

Up for auction is a very well prepped and maintained 1987 GSXR 750.  By “well-prepped”- I mean, at close to thirty years old- I wanted to make it reliable and safe.  So, there are brand new chain and tires (Michelin Pilots) (less than 50miles on both).  All hydraulics were professionally disassembled, cleaned, new seals and new pads in calipers and rebuild kits on all master and slave cylinders.  Forks serviced with new wipers, dust seals, Race Tech bushings and 5W oil.  Wheels have brand new wheel bearings.  Carbs- again, professionally rebuilt, new genuine part fuel floats, tuned and balanced.  New-Old stock (period correct) Kerker full system, (as the rubber intakes get old and hard- new intakes and exhaust gaskets to prevent air leaks) and brand new (not just re-oiled 20yr old) K&N filters.  Brand new black kevlar brake lines.  New battery, fresh Motul oil change/filter, etc…

For being almost a “vintage” bike-  she starts, rolls, pulls, turns and grips probably better than she did when new.

Tank -you can see in the pics- is rust free, bike still has original factory wind screen -not some lockhart replacement.  Still has original grips, rear view mirrors (bright, not scratched) and passenger foot pegs.  Comes with solo cowl -which I understand are worth a good $ all by themselves.  Gauges you can see are clean and bright -probably only 25% fade on the orange needles.

Everything was cleaned and detailed- so you won’t find 30years of chain grease and road grime under the sprocket covers.

The 1987 model year GSX-R introduced beefier 41mm forks and Suzuki’s New Electrically Activated Suspension [NEAS], along with a steering damper and a 21-liter fuel tank.

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By now, most Gixxers have been either been badly abused by several generations of squidly riders that followed the original owners, or are 0-mile collectables. While the 18″ wheels may make tire purchases more of a hassle when the time comes, this one won’t need those for a while, since the tires currently fitted still have the stickers on them! To find a first-generation GSX-R in this sort of well-used, but well cared for condition is really exciting if your goal is to use your new purchase as intended and terrorize local road and track. This one looks ready to go: the perfect usable, collectable sportbike.

-tad

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Slab-Sided Survivor: 1987 Suzuki GSX-R 750 for Sale
Suzuki July 20, 2013 posted by

Free (almost) Porn: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 (Switzerland)

This type of bike-deals is what some of our RSBFS readers like the most…and that is valid for me too. The 1991 edition of the brilliant GSX-R 1100 is among the large capacity oil cooled Gixxers, my absolute favorite. In its Suzuki official race colors, this model has for me the best looking graphics.

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I also love the aerodynamic screen in front of the double headlights and the fact that the rear lights were also split in two (like on the RGVs), making the bike look more aggressive and completely symmetrical with the twin exhaust underneath.

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If you look closely to the clocks, you will find race like instruments fitted within a high finish trim (no closed cell foam on this one). The sample found here also comes with a passenger seat cover, that transforms the looks of the 1100 into a single seater. That’s a very nice touch included in the package !

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 You will also notice the clip-on handlebars mounted on top of the fork, for a more comfortable riding position. Yes this a a Superbike with more than 130 hp, it has all the looks of a proper Endurance race bike, but with its torquey engine, it also wants to be a good bike to travel long distance. Add the super reliable performance of the oil cooled Suzuki power plants and what more do you want ? This is a great classic machine, one that becomes more beautiful with time. On the Suzuki forum they often mention the word “porn” when it comes to hot GSX-Rs. Looking at this 1100 model in full standard trim, I can totally relate to that.

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 These lines are among the hottest in motorcycle history and among the best to ever come from Japan.

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Oooops…I forgot to mention a couple of details that might turn you on a little more:

mileage: 30.000 km
price: starting at 2650 $ with a BIN set at 3200 $

Are you with me now ?

1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 in Switzerland

Claudio

Free (almost) Porn: 1991 Suzuki GSX-R 1100 (Switzerland)
Suzuki April 4, 2013 posted by

Smart Money Gixxer – 1993 GSX-R 750 WP (Switzerland)

When the first water cooled GSX-R came on the market, it certainly had a fresh and modern style but failed to impress when put on the scale. With 15kg extra “fat” this could hardly be compensated by a few additional horses. When it comes to motorbike design, I am a big fan of the “lightweight philosophy” and believe that the right recipe is in this direction rather than in search of the extra power at extreme rpms. Nevertheless Suzuki have been brave in changing the design of the “sport bike par excellence” the original GSX-R and we need to give them credit. The new generation Gixxer was given a rock solid chassis that you wouldn’t be able to upset if you tried hard. In the effort of keeping a compact design, the cooling aid provided by water and it’s radiator was combined with the already present oil cooling. The model we have here, is a second generation W that hit production in 1993.

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Undoubtedly those double headlights covered with an additional mask (plastic for less weight in its second generation, glass in the first) for better aerodynamic are a good example of smart engineering. On one side you’d like to keep the aggressive looks provided by the double lights and on the other improve performance.

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The 1993 Gixxer is a well built motorbike with a lot of attention to details. The quality of every component is evident, from the aluminum frame to the instrument cluster and handlebar commands.

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The capacity of 750cc means that you’ll get your power toward the high end of the engine speed counter (on my 1994 model there was a dip of torque at about 4000 rpm), but this is the idea of a sport bike isn’t it ? With more than 100 hp, a distinctive style, lots of quality throughout, a comfortable position and all of this in a reliable package , this W sample is smart money. With less than 22000 km and in 100% original trim, the asked 2700$ are well worth it. I mean what do you buy with this money ?

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Here we are still talking about a Suzuki super sport, a bike that will easily hit 250 km/h and will always make you feel you are sitting on a race bread horse. The seller will get he bike tested and verified by the authorities at he time of purchase as an additional quality certificate for your purchase. Judging from the pictures there can’t be anything wrong with this. Winter is over and a new battery is the only thing you’ll have to budget on top. That will round nicely to about 3000 $.

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If you’d like to enter the super sport bike world for the first time  or just want to travel back in time and own once again your first dream bike, than go ahead and click on the link below. This 1993 pristine GSX-R 750 is available in Switzerland thorough the local auction site www.ricardo.ch.

Low mileage 1993 Suzuki GSX-R 750 W in Switzerland

Claudio