Refresh or replace the Suzuki GSX-R750's tired old suspension and suddenly you’ll discover a machine of dazzling handling quality.
The forks are quite soft and heavier or faster riders will benefit from an extra 30cc of fork oil to firm them up a tad. The steering damper is unadjustable and can the Suzuki GSX-R750 feel lazy in slow speed turns. The six-piston Tokico brakes are sensational, but will need braided hoses now.
Early Suzuki GSX-R750s were carb-fed (injection didn’t appear until 1998), which can cause the DOHC in-line four cylinder, ram-air assisted motor some carb-icing problems on cold, damp days.
It’s quite peaky as well, which dovetails neatly with its track-focus, but can be an issue if you’d rather dawdle than thrash. Some early ’96 Suzuki GSX-R750s had some cylinder head/piston clearance problems.
The Suzuki GSX-R750's finish is comically poor. The paint vanishes from anything and everything from the fork legs to the mirror stems and even religious cleaning helps not a jot. Intrinsically the Suzuki GSX-R750 is very reliable – though early bikes had a problem with a fuel pump hose. A green sticker on the right hand frame spar says it’s been fixed.
The cult of the Gixer keeps the flame burning bright, but these days the Suzuki GSX-R750 is considered old hat. Pish, of course, but you should budget for refreshing the Suzuki GSX-R750's suspension and replacing the inevitably notchy, wheelie-killed headraces.
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Make sure the bike comes with its seat hump and pillion pad – one or other usually goes missing. There’s a world of aftermarket tat available for the Suzuki GSX-R750 – Yoshimura cans are good… tinted screens and anodised bolt kits less so.