In the long line of Gixxers, the ’89 “RK” model is considered by some to be the most special of them all.
The RK was also known as the RR – no matter what you called it, it was rare. Just 500 were built for homologation purposes, none of which were officially sold in the US.
Suzuki lengthened the stroke of the motor to make it easier for race teams to tune, and there were extra goodies like a magnesium cylinder head cover, Mikuni BST-40 carb, close-ratio gearbox, stronger clutch with an additional plate, aluminum fuel tank, quick disconnect fiberglass bodywork, wider wheels, lower handlebars, repositioned footpegs, thinner seat, 43mm front fork with rebound and compression adjustment, and 310mm front disc brakes.
Rounding off the package was, in Suzuki’s words, a “chain with special gold-colored outer plates, creating an impressive gold line.”
The odometer shows 48,741 kilometers (30,286 miles), however that is not the true mileage as the gauges were swapped before Adam purchased it. As Adam notes, the GR79C models were for the Japanese Domestic Market and were restricted, so they had speedometers that only went up to 180 km/h. Many owners liked to swap gauges from other markets with 280 km/h speedometer readings.
This comes out of Adam’s personal collection – he acquired it a couple of years ago from White Knuckle Motorsports. White Knuckle had two at the time, and Adam picked the nicer one.
Unfortunately, when Adam got the bike and started it up, it blew a bit of black smoke. He was busy trying to grow Iconic so he put the bike away in storage. We finally had time to bring it back to life, so Olly just went through it. All the bike needed was a valve adjustment and some carb work, it’s now a strong runner.
Olly also installed new fork seals, refinished and clearcoated the fork leg bottoms (which had decals and some corrosion), changed the oil, installed a new air filter, and installed new tires.
Adam says that upon close inspection, the paintwork “appears to be a well done respray.”
It is missing the bar ends. Adam notes that RK’s “have rather large and heavy bar ends from the factory that are the the type which expand inside the hollow bars as you tighten them. OEM units can be sourced for approximately $150 for the set (though they’re on backorder at our usual sources right now) or there are some cheaper aftermarket options..”
There’s a minor paint blemish in the right rear tail.
Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this RK is offered on a Utah title. Have any GSX-R750RK stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the comments below!
Continental US: Haul Bikes will ship anything sold through Iconic for a starting rate of $750 in the Continental US (prices may increase in rural markets), and Iconic will handle the paperwork on your behalf. You do not need to crate your bike or drain the gas/disconnect the battery if you go with Haul Bikes. We are glad to work with the shipper of your choice as well, but you will have to arrange it.
spares/extras will have to be shipped separately via FedEx or similar.
the fee includes $15,000 of insurance with a $500 deductible. Additional insurance can be purchased at a cost of $50 per additional $5,000 of value.