WHAT TO LOOK FOR
Water-cooled GSX-R750S are fairly common and, surprisingly, some are in decent condition. Well-developed and with no specific flaws, look out for the usual neglect of tired bearings and suspension, seized pistons in the six-pot calipers, bunged-up carbs and electrical misfires (which can be a pain to trace; swap the coils and leads first).
Check handling issues aren’t just down to poor suspension set-up and rubbish tyres. Water-cooled GSX-R750S can feel unrideable, even dangerous, on mangled stock suspension settings, or squared-off or mismatched rubber.
Although GSX-RS were ripe for horrific fashion accessories, there seem to be plenty of bikes that have avoided the tinted screen/anodised bolt brigade, and we’ve even seen them with full service histories. So well-cared for machines do exist – they just need finding.
Top: some of those six pistons like to seize. Above: when clocks meant clocks not mini-computers