Fast Bikes - - CORE TEST -

Be­fore you hand over any cash for a 2004 Suzuki GSX-R750, wait one sec­ond. In 2005 Suzuki re­leased a 20th An­niver­sary spe­cial edi­tion model, which is very cool in­deed. Me­chan­i­cally iden­ti­cal to the stock model, the An­niver­sary gained a Yoshi can, cus­tom retro paint scheme, grooved discs, a blue seat and a spe­cial plaque on the top yoke.

They only cost a few hun­dred quid more than the stocker, but they look ace! An­niver­sary edi­tions aside, the first thing to check on any GSX-R750 is its fin­ish. A poorly cared for GSX-R starts to look very sec­ond­hand very quickly so check for rust and cor­ro­sion as well as chips in the paint, es­pe­cially on the wheels and tank where the rider’s knees rub. If all is well, it’s time to in­spect the me­chan­i­cals. The gear­box can cause some is­sues on a GSX-R, so check it en­gages ev­ery gear and doesn’t hop out on a test ride, and also keep an eye on the Fi warn­ing light as bro­ken Throt­tle Po­si­tion Sen­sors (TPS) are com­mon. They aren’t cheap and are a bit of a fid­dle to change.

When it comes to the chas­sis your main ar­eas of con­cern are crash dam­age and the brakes. Stick­ing pis­tons are com­mon with the To­kico calipers, some­thing that can lead to warped discs.

Get the front wheel off the ground, give it a spin and check for any warp­ing while lis­ten­ing for the pad drag­ging, which hints at a stick­ing pis­ton. Check­ing for crash dam­age just in­volves care, at­ten­tion and good light – never view in poor light!

Lovely arse, that.

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