Suzuki GT380 — Classic Japanese Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Total production: N/A

power: 38hp @ 7,500rpm

Top speed: 95mph

Engine 371cc, air-cooled two-… triple

Transmission: Six-speed

(w/half-full tank): 178kg

Price then: $925

Price now: $900-$2,000

back when you could buy a brand new, out of the crate, two-… motorcycle? Those the days … Nixon was president, was a raging mess, and … wait. was so great about those again? Ah, yes.

The motorcycles.

two-… engines are rare in new today, back in 1972 the GT380 was one of a handful of two-strokes on the sales floor at your Suzuki dealership. The younger of Suzuki’s landmark water-cooled “Water Buffalo” (introduced in the three-cylinder GT380 Sebring was to the U.S. market in 1972 with the bigger GT550. The landed right in the middle of the field, one of the most hotly displacement categories of the day.

but not sporting The original 1972 arrived as a fairly sporty but only to a point. Though the Kawasaki triples were as rockets, the Suzuki GT engines tuned more for smoothness and than peak power.

The odd three-into-four pipes and the rigid pegs limited cornering and while predictable, comfortable and at touring speeds, when hard it wobbled in corners due to its suspension and a tube frame could have been This was not a track bike.

The GTs shared Suzuki’s new Ram Air System, forced cool air to pass the cylinders and behind the block the bike was in motion, preventing the from losing power due to cylinder head temps. the GT triples still developed a for seizing their middle

The GTs also featured Suzuki’s automatic fuel and oil mixing called CCI, which lower exhaust smoke The GTs also were the first in the line to feature vacuum-operated a feature that was later on all of Suzuki’s bikes.

The Suzuki was blessed with a large gas and a large seat, though vibrations transmitted through the footpegs made the bike than fun for passengers. The little GT featured a locking gas cap (unusual at the and rubber lip seals on the spark wire caps to keep from shorting out the system. the cylinder head was cast in one the cylinders were three units.

Through the years The GT380 received some improvements over the years of For 1973, the GT380K came a 275mm disc at the front in of the drum brake used on models. It was an improvement over the but only if it was dry: It was hopeless in the

A few small changes were made to the frame and exhaust to provide a bit more ground and reduce vibration. The 1974 had constant-velocity carbs, an available fan, and the final drive were changed to raise the The bike now also featured a indicator.

The 1975 GT380M saw the revert to the slide type, the 1976 GT380A model essentially the same, other evolutionary paint color that happened throughout the tenure. The end of the line came the GT380B in 1977, which can be identified for it’s black of color-matching) sidecovers.

In truth, the models between and 1977 look a lot like other, with only color or accessory options them visually.

In the end, the little GT was as strong and reliable as displaced four-… machines, the gas prices of the Seventies and the higher consumption of most two-strokes make for the best pairing. Add to the introduction of Suzuki’s four-… GS in 1976, and many buyers why they should deal gas-guzzling, smoking two-strokes if didn’t have to. Many decided they didn’t to anymore, and when Suzuki’s new models arrived, the small was gone, along with the of its GT siblings.

Though the bigger GT750s had quite a following since were new, the 380 has been by most people. That, and the that quite a few were and imported to the U.S. has kept low.

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