Lost «Cars » of the 1980s — 1985-1987 Suzuki GSX-R750…

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Suzuki GSX 1100 G

Lost “Cars” of the 1980s – Suzuki GSX-R750

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To be clear, the 1985 GSX-R750 was not the first repli-racer to the riding public, an honor some would argue to BSA’s late 1950s Star models, available the dealership with features clip-on handlebars, finned for cooling, polished gas tank and engines. The 1985 Suzuki (1986 for buyers in the United was, however, the first production motorcycle to be based entirely on the brand’s factory racers, and it quickly re-wrote the on street-legal performance motorcycles.

in Japan in March of 1985, the looked like no other on the market. Though sportbikes hardly a new concept, and Japanese Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha produced fast and capable none was distilled directly factory racing efforts. like the Honda VFR750, the GPz750 and the Yamaha FZ750 even Suzuki’s own GS750ES) capable of winning races, but all semi-extensive modifications to make competitive.

Each was first a street that could adapt to the the 1985 Suzuki GSX-R750, was primarily a racebike that happened to carry the mandated signals, lighting, horn and plate bracket.

At the heart of the GSX-R750 was its engine, displacing and making a modest 100 horsepower in trim (although a readily “competition kit” boosted to 130 horsepower). Designed to be as light and as possible, the four-cylinder was fed by a bank of 29mm Mikuni flat-slide and cooled via “SACS,” or the Suzuki Cooling System.

Instead of water and coolant to carry off Suzuki used engine chilled by a radiator-sized oil cooler behind the front wheel. to the extensive use of aluminum and magnesium, the itself weighed just 73 (161 pounds), further to reduce the motorcycle’s overall

Instead of a steel frame, the GSX-R750 was the first production to benefit from a racing-derived alloy box frame, what referred to as “MR-ALBOX,” short for Aluminum Alloy Box frame. the benefit was weight savings, and the itself tipped the scales at a 8 kilograms (18 pounds), helping the GSX-R750 to achieve a dry weight of 176 kilograms (388 pounds). to other similarly sized of the day, that was a 20 percent in weight, giving the bike a horsepower-to-weight ratio.

Lighter produces advantages in braking as and the 1985 GSX-R750 came to with twin four-piston brake calipers, each a drilled 300mm (11.8-inch) Even the rear brake a single twin-piston caliper, and the GSX-R750 was capable of truly dry stopping distances when with race-spec brake and slick tires. At a time 16-inch wheels were “cutting edge” by other Suzuki fitted 18-inch to the GSX-R and its logic was simple: If size was good enough for the endurance racers, it was good for a street-legal race bike.

Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G

Even the slab-sided bodywork to the first GSX-R was a bit different, nearly full coverage for the engine and a relatively tall for the rider to tuck behind. low clip-on style handlebars and rearset foot pegs, the threw the rider into the forward cant used by though to a less extreme

The relatively high foot also gave the bike a corning angle, virtually of on a production motorcycle at the time. As who’s ever ridden an GSX-R for any length of time can the riding position delivers control, at the expense of comfort. a few first-generation GSX-R owners bikes with soft revised seats and even bars and windshields for touring most owners reserved the for shorter rides and track

Ironically, the very things made the bike light in soon began to cause for those who actively raced GSX-Rs. By Japanese motorcycle engines proved to be a bit fragile for duty, while the aluminum flexed more than steel equivalents. Both were promptly addressed by the and Suzuki continued to evolve the with yearly improvements aided both performance and

The first generation GSX-R until the 1988 model when an all-new GSX-R750 on the market with significant to the engine, chassis and bodywork. evolutions added liquid (to extract more power the four-cylinder engine); ram air to boost at speed; stiffer frames to handling; and digital fuel to improve throttle response a wide variety of conditions. the GSX-R 750 still graces dealer showrooms today, the only similarity to the original is its but track-focused mission (and its available blue-and-white livery).

an original and pristine example would prove challenging, as owners rode the bike to its (and, quite often, but spotting one racing in a vintage (sans original engine and of course) might not prove too Perhaps the GSX-R750′s staying is proof that performance and never go out of style, whether on two wheels or on four.

Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G
Suzuki GSX 1100 G


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