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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-18-2010, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Sold my Buell a week or so ago and just bought this. A very minty 1978 Suzuki GS750 with <12000 miles. Some will say I went to old tech to older tech (my Honda pally's) but in reality it is what I wanted all along. Have had a hard on for the AMA SuperBike UJM bikes for as long as I can remember. The previous owner changed the master cyclinder and added Titax levers and euro bars that work out really well. Will be adding some period looking rearsets as $$ allows, bar end mirrors and most likely nothing else. She is too cherry.
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-18-2010, 10:54 PM
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Wow, looks really clean!

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Very nice...Love it...

Great site for old GSs right here: http://www.thegsresources.com/

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The previous owner changed the master cyclinder and added Titax levers...
I wouldn't mind seeing a close pic of the levers and new master on that bike...
Replacing the stock stuff on my GS would be great.
Do you know which master he put on? And which Titax levers he used?

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Wow, looks really clean!

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This is true.

That is a great looking bike. Nice pickup.

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Beautiful GS. I love the color, though I am a bit biased.
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I wouldn't mind seeing a close pic of the levers and new master on that bike...
Replacing the stock stuff on my GS would be great.
Do you know which master he put on? And which Titax levers he used?
I have a Bandit master cylinder on mine. The reservoir and master are all one piece of aluminum, instead of the leaky plastic reservoir on the stock one. It doesn't look too modern or out of place on the bike either. That said, I still can't get a firm brake lever out of it so maybe you should ignore my advice .
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absolutely gorgeous - i love this
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post #14 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-19-2010, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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I wouldn't mind seeing a close pic of the levers and new master on that bike...
Replacing the stock stuff on my GS would be great.
Do you know which master he put on? And which Titax levers he used?


Here you go. I know the master is from a Honda, not sure what model will get the info next time I see or talk to him. The STOCK Suzuki grips have been reinstalled by the way. Just ordered a Hakcyon bar end mirror that should look pretty good.
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Very nice...Love it...

Great site for old GSs right here: http://www.thegsresources.com/

Good forum, too! http://www.thegsresources.com/_forum/index.php


Thanks Bob, just joined there a few days ago. That is a hell of a good forum.

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Here you go. I know the master is from a Honda, not sure what model will get the info next time I see or talk to him. The STOCK Suzuki grips have been reinstalled by the way. Just ordered a Hakcyon bar end mirror that should look pretty good.
Oh, I like that. Please let me know if you find out where that master came from.

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Thanks Bob, just joined there a few days ago. That is a hell of a good forum.
Did you post up pics over there yet? Those guys will love your bike...

BTW...I go by "baatfam" over there.

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Here you go. I know the master is from a Honda, not sure what model will get the info next time I see or talk to him. The STOCK Suzuki grips have been reinstalled by the way. Just ordered a Hakcyon bar end mirror that should look pretty good.
Those levers blend with that bike better than I would have guessed, very purdy.
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post #18 of 33 (permalink) Old 06-21-2010, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Those levers blend with that bike better than I would have guessed, very purdy.


Agreed. When I first saw pics of the GS I thought that would be one of the things that I would change back. They really do not look too out of place and work quite well. The PO did a hell of a job setting the bike up from front to back and he some some incredible wrenching skills (the cars he has built are incredible) and I was lucky to find this bike for sale when I did. How others passed on it is beyond me. Sat on Craigslist for a few weeks and I jumped on it the day after I sold my Buell.

Took her out for 100+ miles since Thursday and being the first old bike for me she took some getting used to. Amazing how they can turn corners with all of 500+ lbs on skinny tires. The PO spooned on Dunlop Arrowmax GT501's (100/90-18 & 120/90 -18) and they seem to work really well so far. Still trying to gain more confidence in these skinny rubberbands, but I had a hell of a fun 35+ mile run yesterday before the rain came.

Here are a few more pics after I polished up the pipes and took some swirl out of the paint. Going to tackle the forks next as they are not pitted but the lowers are a bit stained. Some area on the cases need to have the clearcoat attended to but I can see this can really get out of hand. Was in the market for a rider (always loved old Zeds before I saw a GS...) in good condition and I got what I was looking for.

If anyone knows of a source for some factory touch up paint for this color (1978 Burgandy?????) I would appreciate the lead.




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You're correct, these old things can handle...
I know a guy with a '78 1000 that can out ride many a new bike...while riding two up...

Are those the stock rear shocks?
If they are, new shocks and some Progressive front springs work wonders...

Nice pictures...still lookin' good...

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Cripes, that think looks better than my 9 year old SV!

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Very nice 750...Makes me long for my GS 850 shaftee...That was a great bike. I saw a good part of the United States and Canada from the saddle of that bike!
Yours is TOO clean...I'd like to find one that is a tad more worn to use for some bracket drag racing!...Those GS Suzukis were astoundingly reliable...downright bulletproof!
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I found the GS Resources the day I brought mine home. That site has helped me a TON. Your 750 looks sweet by the way. I wish mine was that clean.

I have a 82 GS650G I got a few months back for a first bike. I switched it to superbike bars, front progressive fork springs, Yammie R1 throttle tube, and MDI shocks in the back. Rides and handles like a completely different bike.
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I found the GS Resources the day I brought mine home. That site has helped me a TON. Your 750 looks sweet by the way. I wish mine was that clean.

I have a 82 GS650G I got a few months back for a first bike. I switched it to superbike bars, front progressive fork springs, Yammie R1 throttle tube, and MDI shocks in the back. Rides and handles like a completely different bike.


I will have Progressive upgrades on her front and back by Thursday. She handles so much better than I would have thought possible as it is right now, can not wait to see what new suspension will do.

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I wouldn't mind seeing a close pic of the levers and new master on that bike...
Replacing the stock stuff on my GS would be great.
Do you know which master he put on? And which Titax levers he used?


Bob - sorry it took me so long to get you an answer, the master is from a 2006 CBR600RR and the levers are R15&L15 (set is S 006). Work quite well.


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Few updated pics. A bit more polish, repo decals on the cowl, redone forks and new shocks (Progressive), valves set - shim ON bucket is quite easy, new regulator/rectifier unit, wiring gone through, new plugs, gaskets, stainless bolts and a Halcyon bar end mirror from the UK. That is a sweet unit.
Brake upgrade is next, still deciding on what to do as I want to keep an old look to it but she really needs some help. About the only time I really miss the Buell is when I have to stop.
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Looks great! I like that mirror, looks right on the bike, not too modern like most bar end mirrors.

We need to do an old bike ride one of these days. I know there's at least 3 of us with old GS's.
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Looks great! I like that mirror, looks right on the bike, not too modern like most bar end mirrors.

We need to do an old bike ride one of these days. I know there's at least 3 of us with old GS's.
I'd be in. Mine looked pretty out of place at ACC the other day.
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