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Suzuki Specials: GSX-R750

This is Steve Beer’s 1986 GSX-R750, and in the third part of our Suzuki Specials feature, we take a closer look at when Steve acquired it, its impressive spec sheet, and how it became the bike it is today. Beer always wanted one of the first GSX-R750s. After he started riding at the age of 16 and spending time on a number of Suzukis, he picked up a fairly tired looking GSX-R750G 10 years ago, which became the basis of part restoration, part project.

“I started riding on a Suzuki AP50, complete with pedals. After that I had a quite a few other Suzukis, including a TS50X, RGV250, RG500, TL1000s, TL1000R and an assortment of GSX-Rs. I acquired this GSX-R750 about 10 years ago. I bought it blind on eBay as I’d always wanted one and this came up at the right price including delivery.

“It needed a bit of TLC, so it was taken to bits right away, and slowly modified to the spec it is now. I was always going to put 17inch wheels in it, and the rest happened over time. I’d always wanted it to be naked too, however I do have the fairings in immaculate condition.”

With the bike stripped down, the GSX-R750 was rebuilt but using a number of more modern components, making it a truly unique take on the original model.

Steve explains, “In terms of the engine and running gear, I rebuilt the original Mikuni flatslides with a Dynojet stage-three kit, fitted K&N pod filters, Factory ignition advancer, Dyna coils, Taylor leads, NGK iridium spark plugs, NRC engine covers, Renthal sprockets with +4 on the rear, Hindle exhaust system with Fuel silencer, and aftermarket oil cooler and lines.

“It has a GSX-R400 front end with modified yokes and forks set up to suit, a GSX-R1100 rear wheel, Galfer discs, modified torque arm and side stand, GSX-R600 calipers and carbon mudguard, Ohlins shock and steering damper, Harris clip-ons, GSX-R1000 K5 brake master cylinder, TL1000R clutch master cylinder, Titanium disc bolts, sprocket nuts and top yoke nut, and Goodridge brake and clutch lines.

“It also features an alloy chain guard, GSX-R750 slingshot clocks in custom pod, GSX-R SRAD carbon fibre mudguard, modified fuel tank base, re-profiled and recovered seat, air horns in air box cavity and lots of stainless and titanium fasteners. It’s all original bodywork, apart from a modified tail light panel with a hidden numberplate light, and it’s original paint scheme.”

Like many projects, Steve’s unsure if it’s quite finished, or if it even ever will be. But it’s finished enough to be considered suitable for use.

“It gets used as a sunny day toy, as I have a couple of other bikes that I get out and about on too.”

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