BLAST FROM THE PAST

30 years and more sep­a­rates the first and lat­est GSX-R750 – and the dif­fer­ences en­cap­su­late the evo­lu­tion of sports­bikes

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Ru­pert Paul EDI­TOR, MCN SPORT

Suzuki’s su­per-sharp GSX-R750 first ripped through our roads in 1985 and you can still buy a new one to­day. To cel­e­brate, we found a stun­ning orig­i­nal and went for a rather spe­cial ride with a 2016 ver­sion for com­pany. We also take a look at the le­gion of bikes it’s seen off over the last 31 years.

Fid­dle. Twist. Click. Vroom. The slab­bie Suzuki bursts into life, revving to what feels like a crazy 5000rpm while I fum­ble to get my left glove back on and calm the yelling en­gine down. Ah, fuel taps you can only turn with bare hands, and all-or-noth­ing chokes. Re­mem­ber the 1980s?

Most of us ride old mo­tor­cy­cles from time to time. But this 1985 GSX-R750F is dif­fer­ent. It’s new. It’s not a barn find, or a lowmileage min­ter. It’s been built from scratch by Nathan Colombi (the guy who pre­pares Michael Dun­lop’s XR69 GSX-R for the Clas­sic TT) us­ing gen­uine parts from Suzuki’s Vin­tage Parts Pro­gramme. En­gine, sus­pen­sion and brakes are com­pletely fresh. And all those tiny de­tails that spoil so many restora­tions – the rub­ber plugs that pro­tect Allen key fas­ten­ers, or the plated bungee hooks un­der the pil­lion footrests, or the orig­i­nal wiring har­ness, com­plete with its qual­ity check la­bel – are present and cor­rect. It’s a rolling show­case for the parts pro­gramme which has seen Suzuki re­man­u­fac­ture many rare spares for older bikes.

In truth, there are a few re­fur­bished old parts too: the frame, fork slid­ers, calipers, en­gine cases, carbs, speedo in­nards and some plas­tics. The seat is re­uphol­stered too. And the tyres are mod­ern Con­ti­nen­tals rather than 30-year-old Bridge­stones.

But it doesn’t mat­ter. The en­tire bike looks and works just like the orig­i­nal did back in 1985. And that cre­ates a unique op­por­tu­nity to ride the grand­daddy GSX-R750 back-to-back with the lat­est L6 ver­sion.

1985 GSX-R750F

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