Suzuki GSX750E 1980

Suzuki GSX750E 1980

Imported from Italy in March 1997, then bought by its only owner in August of the same year, this very nice Suzuki GSX750E has had an easy life since, spending more of its time in a garage having bits done and being polished, than actually being ridden. Its last owner tells us that he hardly rode it at all in the last nine years, just getting it out on the road for the odd occasion, last MOTs were done in 2013 then 2018. He has however in that time, fitted stainless braided hoses to the brakes front and rear, a 4×1 Jama exhaust system, upgraded the ignition with new coils and leads, fitted a “Pingle” fuel tap so no more bothersome vacuum tap, sports seat, flat bars, crash bars and had the wheel rims plus the fork lower legs polished. As you can see he also had the bike painted into this rather unusual for a Suzuki, orange colour. The paint whether you like it or not, is bright and shiny and while not being factory finish is presentable enough if you want to leave it. Personally i think the colour is fine but it needs some original style graphics to break it up. There is a small almost un-noticeable dink on the very front/side of the tank and the odd stone chip, plus the r/h side panel has one of its mounting lugs broken, not that you can see that with the panel on. All simple things to do if you were to elect to paint it.
What is more complicated is that coming from Italy in KMH there have been various attempts to fit UK MPH clocks, none particularly successful, the last being what are fitted now. These the actual speedo reads as do the idiot lights and fuel gauge, but the rev counter is temperamental (reads low) and the odometer is not registering, so mileage wise, who knows?? Its a case of judge its condition and make your own mind up.
Having stood so much, prior to sale it will have a service and carbs balanced plus an MOT included in the price. These big 4 cylinder 4 strokes of the 70s and 80s are getting more and more desirable as the days go by and prices reflect this with the like of Z9s, CBX1000s etc now commanding very high prices.This is filtering down to the lower cc stuff with bikes such as this getting harder and harder to find at sub 4K and mint ones are much more. So ride it and look after it, its value will go up.

Here in the UK the GSX1100SZ Katana was available only for a matter of a couple of years 1980 to 82, while in countries such as Japan the 1100 soldiered on for a couple more years, then in 1990/91 Suzuki did produce a further 400 to celebrate their 70th anniversary, thats how high esteem they held the “Big Kat” that it was chosen to represent Suzuki M/cs in this way and that was that. Nope! In 94 when Suzuki finished production of the smaller engine variants, they reintroduced the 1100 Kat, at the time it was also their most powerful production bike for their domestic market, it stayed in their model line upo until 2001 when finall and for the last time, production of the Big Kat finished. This bike is one of these late production bikes, produced in 1998 and shipped to the UK in 2000. It had the one importer trade owner through to 2003 when it was sold to its only private keeper since. She has looked after this bike beautifully, always dry storing it in the winter time and up keeping all its maintenance, backed up by its folder of invoices, hand written service history and old MOTs along with all its old V5 log books as each new style replaced them. With still only 27796 on the clock (17375 miles) it is in lovely condition through out, just some minor wear on the very back of the tank which cannot be helped due to the high position of the tank, you cannot help leaning on it when riding, easy to cover with a tank protector but not for us to do so as it looks like we are hiding something and again some slight wear marks on the frame where boots rub that have been touched in, you have to look hard to see them and really not noticeable unless pointed out. The bike originally was supplied with a Motad exhaust system, this has been replaced by a very expensive titanium 4 into 1 that looks and sounds very nice, otherwise its pretty well standard. All in all a rare chance to own a bit of Japanese bike history, one that if you like their quirkiness or not, every one wants to talk to you about where ever you go.

These have to be one of the most overlooked, even forgotten about, late 90s naked motorcycles around. Overshadowed by their all conquering sibling, the Bandit, they were only produced for 3 years so are a rare sight today! Strange as with a quoted 86bhp motor, 0 to 60 in just under 4 seconds, a six speed gearbox and a comfortable riding position they are a good bike but hey, who cares about all that! What it means is that you can grab a nice example like this with just over 30k on the clock for £2495. Can’t buy even a wreck of an FSIE for that!!

This rare coloured CBR900 Blade is in very nice condition throughout, it will be even nicer once its been cleaned but pictured as it arrived.

While being a 96 model, it was first registered in 97 having been imported as a UK spec bike. We did a lot of that back then with the “Parallels”, source the bikes in Europe, import them and sell for 2 or 3 grand less in some cases, than the official imports. It was Honda that actually put a stop to it in the early 2000’s.

Showing a low 31K miles on the clock and with its MOT history appearing to back this up. Unfortunately there is no history to back this up past a bill for its last service in 2019, prior to being put back on the road after being unused for a number of years. So as always we cannot warrant the mileage, you make your own mind up.

Currently fitted with an aftermarket can, there is an original can to come with it that we are just waiting for it to be sent. Other than the exhaust can, the colour coded wheels, a set of mini indicators and a carbon fibre hugger it is all original, so for those of you that want an excellent 90s Superbike as a collectors piece or an investment the way prices are going, that want to make it original as originality is king in that world, do the indicators and you’re done. Otherwise leave it as is and for not a lot of money rediscover riding what was for a long time, some say it still is, the best all round Superbike to come out of Japan.

Just arrived with us so waiting its valet and UK registration, is this very nice RD250C that benefits from being pretty much a one year, one market (Germany) model having the sought after wire wheels but with a rear brake disc instead of a drum brake. Looking pretty original on arrival the paint has been renwed and a new seat cover fitted. Otherwise apart from a few bits like new mirrors and levers it is pretty much as arrived. Showing the equivalent of 22500 miles, we have fitted a new MPH speedo but the odometer is untouched and will still record in KMs, looking at the rest of the cycle parts we believe this to be correct but as always cannot guarantee this. The motor starts more or less at first kick and clutch, brakes etc operate smoothly and again rare, one key fits all the locks.
A couple of negatives are the rear grab handle to assist you getting it on the center stand is missing and the back of the seat does sit very slightly high until you press your hand down on it.
No it is not a mint show bike hence not £7k going on some prices you see today, but still very nice, more of a bike you can actually ride and enjoy.

This GS1000 “special” arrived with us as an unfinished project after a previous owner had spent a lot of time and effort getting it to that stage and then either ran out of time, money or enthusiasm, not sure which?

Shame really as the work that had been carried out was of a high standard but we set about getting it finished and now are happy in the way it has turned out. As you can see by the pictures it has had the front suspension and wheels from a Suzuki GSF1200 Bandit, the wheels themselves are highly polished and fitted with “wavy “brake discs front and rear along with the Bandits brake callipers. The aftermarket, braced alloy rear swinging arm that has been fitted to allow the use of a 180 profile rear tyre is again highly polished and has concentric chain adjusters plus paddock stand bobbins. Up front the clocks have been replaced with a modern full LCD readout system which is now fully functioning and a set of Renthal bars have been fitted.

Bodywork wise the paint has a very subtle gold fleck in it, which we mirrored when having the one off “bespoke” all metal single seat unit made, there are a couple of small marks in the tanks paint but really nothing you would want to respray it for.

Engine and mechanics wise, having been stood we had the carbs sonic cleaned, new plugs , battery etc and now its on the button and revs well, obviously in this weather we have not had a chance to test it properly so once under heavy load there might be a case for re-jetting considering it is on filters and a 4 into 1 exhaust, the exhaust by the way seems quite heavily baffled so no not particularly loud, I personally would “open” it up a bit but that’s up to the next owner.

With prices of standard GS1000s being what they are today, finding a donor bike to customise like this one is getting cost prohibitive so there are not likely to be many “built” bikes like this one appearing for sale, especially at this price which is probably an awful lot less than what has been spent in total. So if you’re into your classic Jap big fours but want something a bit different, have a good look at this one, it might just fit the bill.

Now with us is this very pretty and rare to find in black, 1990 5.3 V12 XJS Convertible. This car has benefited from a bare metal respray on the outside and new carpets, restored wood and reconolised leather on the inside. It’s been a Labour of love by it’s owner and now right when it just needs the final minor things to finish, he has to sell it due to personal circumstances. It drives very well (gearbox recently serviced) with no nasty bangs or rattles. Engine is smooth, sounds great out of the exhausts, shows great oil pressure and no signs of any problems. Brakes etc all function as designed but the abs light has come on since a new battery was fitted. The electric windows, locks and convertible roof all operate correctly. Coming with the car is a file of paperwork that has reciepts etc showing the work carried out over the years and there is a current mot through to October.
Minor bits I know that need to be sorted, there may be others, are things like the light switches for the interior lights don’t appear to work and their small wood surround was lost when all the wood was refinished, so a replacement has been found but it’s not as shiny. Front headlight wipers have also gone missing and the steering wheel is slightly out of line when driving (tracking?). You can use as is and sort out the little niggles as you go. Prices of XJS Jags have gone up massively year on year, this one is offered at £16995 so well down on comparable cars, but it needs to go now not in the middle of summer.

Purchased by the current owner for a particular purpose, which has now not happened so is no longer required. This rare to find in LHD format Rav 4 has had an easy life being owned most of its life by one family and used at their French home. It was then part ex’d by them for a larger 4×4 and that was when the current owner purchased it.

Outside is very good with no nasty damage just the odd mark here and there, its not new but very good all the same. Interior is excellent and has recently had an uprated stereo and a MPH readout fitted for more convenience when being used here in the UK.

Mechanically it is very good and will have a fresh MOT, not that it has done hardly any miles since the last one, just sat unused. These great 4x4s are known for there reliability and often are seen with very high miles, with the equivelant of only 83000 miles on the clock this one has many miles left in it yet.

So if you are looking for something LHD that will take you into Europe when we are allowed again, or for driving to your villa in Spain while coping with more or less anything you throw at it, this would be ideal.

Rumoured to be one of one, but definitely one of no more than a hand full of 996 Turbo Cabs in Guards Red and very striking is is too! This along with all the standard goodies, the other options that were chosen by its first owner moved its purchase price to £102,095.01 when new (mustn’t forget the penny!) in September 2004, things like the red stitching through out the full leather interior, cruise control, heated seats, 3 spoke sports leather steering wheel, rear parking sensors, Porsche crests on the front head rests etc etc .
Now i could go on about its 400 plus horse power turbo charged flat 6 motor, its almost seamless gear changing 5 speed tip-tronic gearbox or the prodigious grip its All Wheel Drive system gives but if you are reading this you know all that! Suffice to say this car has been looked after properly with a full history to 77k in its original owners wallet along with its other owners books. The service history is backed up with not just its service stamps but the invoices for its services and further maintenance in between.

Its owner that we are selling the car for says that at the asking price he will leave the personal plate on it, otherwise it will go back to its original “54” plate but a new MOT will be carried out for the new owner and as you can see by the pictures, comes complete with its desireable removable hard top. With still only 81527 miles on the clock it is still in superb condition throughout and has been kept by its current owner in a dry dehumidified area and only now for sale to help fund his elderly mothers care.

This great “bruiser” Suzuki was rare in its day and even rarer today. By using the GSXR1100 motor all be it with smaller carbs and softer cams and equiped with shaft drive, Suzuki made the GSX “G” a great all round bike, one that could tour effortlessly but when needed cover great distances at speed.

After having been stood a while and on arriving with us we found it to be running poorly. The fault was traced to what is becoming more and more of a problem, the ethanol in our modern petrol had basically eaten the original carb floats plus the float level needles and seats!! So on top of the usual oil and filter change a new set of floats, needles and seats and a new set of spark plugs have all been fitted, now it runs properly!

With just under 40K on the clock this good condition example would make a great every day classic or with a bit of work an unusual bike at a classic show. A whole lot of bike at not a lot of money in a world where a moped can be for sale at £10K!!