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Suzuki September 27, 2016 posted by

Unobtanium Alert: 1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with only 6 Kilometers in Australia

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1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with 6k on ebay australia

Yes, you read that right: 6 kilometers, essentially 4 miles,…since new,…30 years ago!  And its the LE version, which means its a homologation bike. For anyone who doesn’t know what that means, here is a bit of history:

Back in the mid 1980’s the heads of professional motorcycling decreed that race bikes had to be based on something the public could actually buy.  The idea was that this would keep racefans interested and help drive both interest in the race series and sales for the manufacturers.   But this presented a dilemma for the manufacturers – their bikes would have to be able to be setup to be competitive on the track but also not end up killing any noobs who bought one and rode it on the street.  Many manufacturers quickly realized the best way to resolve the dilemma was not to try to make a “one-size-fits-all-bike” but instead offer two bikes; a standard bike that looked like the racer and had about 70% of the performance, and a”limited edition” bike that was pretty much an actual race bike except it came with lights and license plates.  While the limited editions would be sold through the same dealers, prices would be very high and production would be extremely limited.  The resulting series of homologation bikes included the Suzuki GSX-750R LE, Honda RC30, Yamaha OW01, and Kawasaki ZX7RR.  Even Harley Davidson got into the act, producing 50 street versions of their VR1000 racebike. While some of the homologation bikes were considered sales failures at the time of their introduction, the have all pretty much become highly desired items for most collectors and true sportbike fans.

Even though the GSX-750R had only been introduced the previous year and was already nearly 50 kilos lighter than the competition, in 1986 Suzuki produced 500 ‘limited edition’ models.  The GSX-750R LE offered true race-bike technology, including different brakes, new/anti-dive forks, an upgraded shock, dry clutch, factory fiberglass solo seat, lightweight aluminum gas tank, and a revised swingarm.

Here is a link to a retrospective on the LE.

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Given the mileage, there isn’t much to talk about regarding condition/service history.   Instead here are a few of the pics from the eBay listing but don’t blame me if you end up suddenly realizing you are drooling!

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So what is it going to take to add this to your collection?  Short answer – a lot.   These were pricey to start with, cost about 50% more than the standard GSX-750 of the same year.  Also there just weren’t that many produced and many that were ended up being raced and crashed.  From what I have been able to find, a handful went to Europe, Canada and Japan, so the location of this one in Australia means you probably won’t find another one in this condition in the area anytime in the near future…if ever.

The few previous ones of these that we have had on RSBFS seem to have gone for $16,000-$19,000 USD and those had either higher mileage or weren’t completely stock.   I would not be surprised to see this one require a price of over $25,000 USD to go to a new owner.  While that is a lot of  money, this is one that I feel confident saying that will continue to appreciate if its kept in the same condition it is now.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Unobtanium Alert:  1986 Suzuki GSX-750R LE with only 6 Kilometers in Australia
Sport Bikes For Sale June 14, 2011 posted by

Holy Grail Alert! 1986 GSXR 750 Limited Edition

Location: Whitby, Ontario, Canada
Mileage: 6,139
Price: Auction, starting at $6,000

Well, all you have to do is read the June 2011 issue of Motorcyclist to learn anything you need to know about this rare, awesome machine. And if you did read it, especially the Smart Money column (that highlights RSBFS!), you know what an opportunity this could be for one lucky soul.

There is plenty that is special about this bike. From the seller:

Don’t mind the low feedback – I trade commercially as loudbikesteve on eBay and enjoy an excellent reputation. I set this account up to keep my personal stuff separate from my business stuff..

I’m listing this 1986 Suzuki GSXR 750 Limited for a very good friend who’s not very computer savvy. I’ve personally seen the machines and took the listing photos last summer.

I had just started road racing when this bike came out and if you were up in the 750 class, this was the bike to have. Suzuki took the GSXR750 and added trick bits to create a racing homologation Limited Edition model that offered some interesting goodies that improved an already great bike. Gun-coat engine finish, gold-plated chain, blue-coated wheels and two sets of racing numbers plus a new electrically activated front suspension system (NEAS), 310 mm floating front brake discs, steering damper, racing type adjustable clutch-lever, dry clutch, hand-laid fiberglass single racing seat, remote rear damper reservoir, amber halogen head lights and more.

More race bike than street bike, this one is absolutely MINT. The machine was decommissioned and has been on display in a climate-controlled environment since acquisition by the current owner almost a decade ago. Please check out the hi-resolution pics on my Flickr account HERE.

If you have zero feedback, please contact me before submitting a bid. Any questions, feel free to email me (I’ll gladly give you my phone number if you need to chat).

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As described in Motorcyclist, this bike was $6499 when it came out in ’86, $2,100 more than a stock GSXR 750. It came to the States in limited numbers (299) in order to qualify for AMA Superbike. Again, the June 2011 issue will give you all the information you need.

This is truly one collectible, historic sportbike. The seller says above that he deals commercially and is listing this for a friend. I don’t know the seller’s reputation, and there’s limited feedback, so I would want to be very clear on the situation with the bike. I would also point out that that it may be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to find some parts for the bike should you ever need them. And with it being stored for a decade, I would want to know if, and how, it runs.

That being said, I would rate this as one of the coolest and most collectible sportbikes of all time. And I would certainly put it at the top of any Suzuki list. If you can’t pass up this opportunity, make the jump and place your bid!

-RN