When Honda released the CB750, other Japanese manufacturers had no other choice but to respond. Kawasaki made the choice to develop a little bit more power than the CB750 with the Z1, but Suzuki chose to stay with their specialty of two-strokes and in 1972 they released the GT750.
The prototype Suzuki GT750 was shown at the 17th Tokyo Motor Show in October of 1970 and launched in Japan in September 1971 as a sports tourer. Developed from the Suzuki T500 with an extra cylinder and liquid cooling, it was marketed as the Le Mans in the US and Canada. Looking at the success of the 4-cylinder 4-stroke engine, it was actually pretty bold from Suzuki to keep their 2-stroke engine. But the major innovation Suzuki added to their machine was liquid cooling, which lent itself to the international nickname of “Water Buffalo”. Indeed, the GT750 was the first mass production bike from Japan that featured it.
The seller of this example (VIN: GT75043901, Engine #: GT750-47791) acquired it three years ago from a private party in Los Angeles – the previous owner stated that the bike has spent its entire life in California.
During that time he’s covered approximately 250 miles. True mileage is unknown and the speedometer/odometer have been removed. The sale includes an OEM NOS dash and ALL BALLZ headset bearings – the seller states that there’s nothing wrong with the stock headset bearings, he just wanted to upgrade them and never got around to doing it.
Polished motor and Dixie International cover set, pod air filters, solid state regulator/rectifier.
The seller also “replaced a few worn out rubber pieces like the tank strap and oil filler cap.” Unknown exhaust chambers and Akront aluminum wheels. The sale includes a chrome chain guard, however the seller does not have a photo of it.
The seller has rebuilt the brakes, flushed the brake fluid, changed the oil and coolant, and installed new front brake pads.
The seller notes that nothing has been “chopped up” and it could be restored back to original.
Currently located in Lake Balboa, California, this GT750 is offered on a clean California title with registration current through March 2021.
The seller is letting it go as he’s moving out of the state and needs to lighten his motorcycle load. Have any GT750 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below.
True Mileage Unknown
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spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
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