Click here for an CycleVIN Motorcycle History Report on this 1986 Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition. Additional photos are available here for your perusal.
Less than a year after the initial release of the GSX-R, Suzuki unveiled an even more hardcore version of the watershed model with the GSX-R750 Limited Edition. In order to qualify for AMA Superbike competition, Suzuki produced a total of 199 LE-spec Gixxers for the US market in 1986. At approximately two grand more than the base model, the LE carried an MSRP of $6,499, making it the most expensive Japanese sportbike offering upon its release.
Separating the LE from the standard 750 was a revised suspension setup using GSX-R1100-spec 41mm forks equipped with Suzuki’s NEAS (New Electronically-Activated Suspension), and an aluminum-bodied remote reservoir mono-shock with an aluminum full floater linkage. Stopping power was bolstered via anti-dive full-floating 310mm rotors and dual-opposed piston calipers. The swingarm on the LE was also stretched by an inch (25mm) for improved stability and a steering damper was added as a standard item.
Quite possibly the biggest highlight on the new model, however, was its super trick dry clutch, which was married to a close-ratio six-speed gearbox. Replacing the base model’s wet-plate setup, the new dry clutch came paired with an adjustable clutch lever.
The Limited Edition models were also distinguished from the standard version via its special race-inspired livery. Instead of the base model’s white and blue or black and red colors, the LE featured a red, white, and blue scheme complete with “LIMITED EDITION” graphics on the tail. The wheels were also adorned in a matching blue, the chain was gold-plated, and the engine received a special “gun-coat” finish.
The LE also tipped the scales at 6lbs less than the already lightweight base model. The weight savings were made possible through the use of lightweight bodywork, such as a solo tail cowl with quick-release fasteners. There were also some very minor elements differentiating the LE such as slightly wider clip-ons and amber halogen headlights.
The seller of this example (VIN: JS1GR75AXG2107015) acquired it two years ago from a private party in San Diego.
It has been in dry storage for years and the seller has not ridden it. The odometer shows 12,202 miles.
Within the last year, the seller has flushed the brake fluid, changed the oil, and ultrasonically cleaned the carbs. The carbs are from a 1989 “Slingshot” GSX-R and are fitted with pod filters.
Additional upgrades include a Factory Pipe Products jet kit and Yoshimura exhaust.
Mechanically, the seller states that this Suzuki will need a new chain and tires before it’s ready to ride.
Cosmetically, the seller notes that the middle fairings have been repainted “and you can see the blue is a shade off from the upper.” The tank, upper fairing, and tail are all original paint.
The right mirror is NOS, the left mirror has a few light scratches.
He also points out scratches on the right lower fairing and minor scratches on the front fender.
Currently located in Simi Valley, California, this GSX-R is offered on a clean California title on non-op registration. The seller is letting it go as he “closed his shop and is selling off all the toys.”
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