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!
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