WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Practical Sportsbikes (UK) - - Gsx-r750 Group Test -

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

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