Post Sale Update: This GT750 sold for the opening bid of $8,500 on eBay in Birmingham, Alabama.
Affectionately known as the Water Buffalo, the GT750 was introduced as competition to big bikes of the day like the Honda CB750 and Triumph Bonneville. For many American riders, this was the first Suzuki that captured their attention.
Because the T500 was a speed demon, consumers expected more of the same from this bike. Unfortunately, Suzuki had reliability issues so they instead tuned the bike to be more of a sports tourer. Though magazine reviewers were disappointed, the bike was a commercial success. The GT750 featured the “ECTS”, otherwise known as the Exhaust Coupler Tube System. This system connected both sides of the exhaust and was designed to boost low-end torque. This was also the first two-stroke bike to collect and burn residual gas and oil in crank chambers to reduce visible exhaust smoke, as well as the first Japanese production bike with a liquid-cooled engine…that’s what led to the nickname of “Water Buffalo” or “Kettle” in some markets.
This example (VIN: GT750-57846) is said to have had a museum quality restoration and “runs as it did (probably better than) when it was new.” It’s definitely one of the nicer ones I’ve cosmetically seen in a while, though there’s a few very minor issues. The engine was rebuilt 500 miles ago and everything is said to work. Mileage on the chassis is 13,700, and everything is stock except for a 3 into 3 exhaust.
Find this Water Buffalo for sale in Birmingham, Alabama with an unmet opening bid of $8,500 here on eBay.