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

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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

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