Please Note: This Suzuki GSX-R750 Limited Edition sold before it was scheduled to go up on auction to a member who spotted it on our Coming Soon page. We’ve added it to the site to help you value the Iconic goodness that we sell!
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 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.
In preparation for the listing, the seller had us install a new battery, change the oil, clean and sync the carbs, clean/lube/adjust the chain, clean out the front brake lines, and flush the rear brakes. Olly did the work, he notes that the brake pads are at 95%/60% front/rear.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Suzuki is offered on a clean Georgia title. Have any GSX-R750 Limited Edition stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!