Dean young SUZUKI GSX-R750 SRAD
Suzuki’s race division at Hammamatsu produced some glorious bikes. Dean Young strived to get as close to factory Xro-spec as he could with this rep
Anyone attaining the age of road-riding legality in the mid-1990s would have had a Suzuki GSX-R750 SRAD in their sights. So it was with Dean Young, who at 38 years-old now would have been 17 when his GSX-R was new.
“I rode one when they came out but thought it was a bit slow,” he laughs, “So I went and bought a 198bhp GSX-R1100L with nitrous instead.”
A 750 SRAD finally joined his collection in 2011. “It was mint and totally standard with just 21,000 miles on the clock. I had planned to keep it that way then the idea hit me to turn it onto a replica of the XR0 racebikes,” says Dean. He spent a few years getting together the parts, then built the bike over the course of spring and winter, finishing in May last year.
Forks and front brakes are from a Triumph 675R and the wheels are aftermarket OZ originally intended for a K1 GSX-R750. THE marriage of these necessitated the making of some spacers on Dean’s Bridgeport lathe to centralise the wheel and move the discs out. Front spindle is a titanium one-off. Mudguard is 675 type in carbon. Steering damper is by Öhlins, who else? Dean had to make a clock bracket to drop the instruments out of the way of the damper. Front master cylinder is a Brembo radial.
Dean filled in the fairing where the headlight used to reside.the Xr0-spec seat unit was made in carbon-fibre by Steve Collins of C-tech Composites. It covers an actual XR0 subframe sourced from Japan which carries an Xr0-pattern carbon battery tray, again by Steve. Fairing and seat were finished with Dean’s old race number 77 displayed on the top cowl.
The swingarm is AWSB unit sourced by Daz Morris of Melted Sliders and bears on an Öhlins remote-reservoir shock. Rear caliper is from an Aprilia RSV Mille on a bracket made by Dean. Rear sets are Harris. Stainless headers and carbon oval can are Yoshimura, the hanger is genuine XR0.
Now, the engine and frame are pretty much the only standard bits left and even the engine is on notice, Dean hoping to find an XR0 dry-clutch motor, carbs, airbox and alloy fuel tank – the quartet have to be installed as a set in order to fit.
“When I do the engine swap I’ll have a big rad made too,” says Dean, “Like all specials it’s never quite done.”
Pretty enough to deserve the full lighting job