Though the model debuted in 1985, Suzuki’s legendary Gixxer line did not make its way to the US until 1986. The changes were minor – better headlights, a revised belly pan, and 25mm longer swingarm, but Americans were probably too busy drooling over the first true street-legal race replica sold in this market to notice.
Suzuki specifically marketed the Gixxer as a “racebike for the street” and backed it up with a design that featured a 749cc inline-four motor fed by 31mm Mikuni carbs and Suzuki’s Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber with 16 valve heads. It put down 80 horsepower at the rear wheel (106 at the crank) through a six-speed transmission, and impressively the engine weighed 30 pounds less than the previous GS750 motor (even though that was air-cooled).
Purists need not apply, but I like this Gixxer (VIN: JS1GR75A3G2105221, Engine #: R705-124007) because of its history and modifications. It’s been with the seller for almost 31 years – he bought it from his friend, the original owner. During that time, he’s covered 10,300 miles. The odometer now shows 22,409 miles. From a mods standpoint, it’s got a big chunk of the Yoshimura catalog: Stage 2 ported and polished cylinder head, Stage 2 cams, performance valve springs, titanium valve retainers, adjustable camshaft sprockets, duplex exhaust, digital oil temperature meter, and a braced swingarm. In addition, it features a Vance & Hines PowerPak programmable ignition system, 38mm Mikuni flat slide carbs, Ohlins shock, 1988 GSX-R wheels, and the larger oil cooler and upside down front forks from a 1991 model with Progressive fork springs.
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