Suzuki pulled the cover off the first-year GSX-R750 at the 1984 Cologne Motor Show, before its official launch in March of 1985. Upon its release, the Gixxer was unquestionably king, setting a new benchmark in the industry.
Suzuki revamped just about everything for the 1988 debut of the second generation. The aerodynamics were improved (11% less drag), the wheelbase was shortest in class (140cm), and the alloy frame was stronger (60% more rigidity). There were several other upgrades (such as a new short-stroke 748cc engine), but one specific change would end up becoming a nickname for the entire generation – the “slingshot” Mikuni BST36SS carbs.
Basic specifications were 112 horsepower, 55 lb-ft of torque, and a dry weight of 430 pounds. New for ’88 were 17″ wheels, while braking duties were handled by 320mm dual hydraulic discs up front and a 220mm hydraulic disc in the rear.
The seller of this example (VIN: JS1GR77A8J2102206) acquired it in January of 2020 from the original owner, a buddy of his from high school who bought it new – they used to ride together in the late 80s.
Before this year, the bike was last inspected in 2001. During that time, with 7,697 miles on the odometer, the bike was put up in heated storage under a cover at the original owner’s warehouse.
After the seller acquired it, he “had the whole bike serviced to get it ready for the road again.” The seller notes that there are three records in the CycleVIN report as the original owner lost the title and had to file for a new one through New York state before the new owner could put it on the road. Though the bike changed hands in January, the NYS DMV wasn’t able to get the new title processed for the original owner until June due to COVID-19.
He has covered approximately 800 miles with it since January – the odometer now shows 8,485 miles.
The work included a carb clean/rebuild with Dynojet stage 1 kit, as well as an oil/filter change and new air filter.
New Dunlop tires front & rear, complete brake rebuild with new pads & new brake fluid.
Full Hindle 4 into 1 stainless steel exhaust.
The stock exhaust is included.
The seller is letting it go to help pay tuition for his 2 kids that are currently in college.
Currently located in Syracuse, New York, this GSX-R is offered with a clean New York title.
The seller notes two small scuffs, one near the Dunlop decal on the lower right fairing and one on the right tail near the passenger peg mount.
The seller states that there are no mechanical issues, and the sale includes the rear seat as well as two cowls in addition to the solo cowl currently equipped.
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