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Old 11-15-2009, 03:06 PM   #1
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Here is my restoration project. A 1972 Suzuki GT750: 6983 origional miles, Candy Lavender (pink) original paint. I have a Florida Antique tag on it and JUST got it running right today. I am now going to mov to the brakes, then suspension, electronics and then cosmetics. This has been in my family since it was bought new in 1972 by my grandfather in PA. Then my great uncle had it for a decade or so, then my uncle had it for a number of years and now it has been passed down to me afte sitting under a tarp in my uncle's garage for close to 8 years. Please give me your ideas, opinions and any tips you might have. Thanks, enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2009, 04:57 PM   #2
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OMG A MINT 750 KETTLE!!!!

please do not customise it at all - looks show worthy already.
they fetch a pretty penny over here
remember the 1st one i rode in 1981, was the fastest thing i'd been on - don't think i got past 3rd lol.
(nice gear indicator between the clocks too!)
always fancied one as a restoration job, but finding a clean example is rare.
looks like you've found a top one!

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More pics to come. It's not quite show room ready yet. There's still alot of workto be done. Shiny parts need to be restored/renewed, paint needs to be renewed (but will be kept the same color) and it needs a new started clutch and an exhaust cone for the right cylinder. It does look GREAT for 37 years old and all origional except for te handle bars. There are short "Z" style handle bars on it currently. I will keep posting updates and pics as the work comes along.
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:11 PM   #4
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have you ridden it yet???
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take some spare pants lol!
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Old 11-15-2009, 05:23 PM   #5
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I rode this afternoon, it's a TWO hand bike. I richened up the mid range and WOW! I got it up to about 95 on the highway and quickly brought it back t the speed limit, I dont want a ticket and I dont quite have complete trust in it just yet...meaning I am still afraid a tire is going to shred or fall apart or a wheel bearing is going to fail. But this bike is a BLAST to ride! I am VERY fortunate that I came to own this one. There will be no "Cafe'(ing)" this bike, it's going to be as origional as I can safely make it. I think I am going to upgrade to front disk brake vs. the stock dual leading shoe drums and I am probably going to upgrade the carbs to 1977 carbs.
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Old 11-17-2009, 04:39 PM   #6
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Well I rode the biketo and from work the past two days; it really is a joy to ride...it turns alot of heads too!
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Old 11-17-2009, 06:49 PM   #7
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agree on the 2 handed bike - they were known for slapping the tank lol
if you intend keeping it to ride you may want to add a damper.
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Old 11-18-2009, 06:37 PM   #8
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I'll look in to the damper, thanks!

I added inline fuel filters and shut-off valves to each fuel line today...over the weekend one night, one of the carbs overflowed and made a lake of gas in my garage...NOT GOOD! So after a good claning of the carbs, petcock and tank...AGAIN...I added the filters and valves for peace of mind. I was also thinking of going with an after market fuel petcock/valve with "on", "reserve" and "off"; on the stock set up therre is "on", "reseve" and "prime". Is there any reason why I shouldn't go with one with out a "prime" setting? There is also a line going from the front of the left carb to the back of the vacum diaphram on the petcock. If I went with a petcock with out that vacum line can I simply cap off the fitting on the carb? Or will I have fuel metering problem then?
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wow what a beautiful bike I have several but not that nice
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looks great, i seen one almost as nice that i could have bought for 700.00 about 3 weeks ago, running condition but lack of funds.but i do have the same bike a 1971,& same color for parts,or whatevers left over, after 4+ft of snow took out my garage with several bikes& other stuff.
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looks great, i seen one almost as nice that i could have bought for 700.00 about 3 weeks ago, running condition but lack of funds.but i do have the same bike a 1971,& same color for parts,or whatevers left over, after 4+ft of snow took out my garage with several bikes& other stuff.
Hey keep me in mind if you decide to get rid of some parts,I am always looking for gt750 parts in better condition than what I have.I could use a front brake line on my 73 and a nicer tank
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:04 PM   #12
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Very nice Smokerider!
I'm new to the forum and looking for advice. I have a 1972 Suzuki GT750 that I bought new. It has 10,000 miles on it and has not run since 1977. It has been garage kept since then, but shows the usual signs of age after being neglected so long. I'm trying to decide if I should restore it, sell as is, or part it out. It is absolutley stock with no missing parts. Do you happen to have any resources/links to anyone interested?

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Very nice Smokerider!
I'm new to the forum and looking for advice. I have a 1972 Suzuki GT750 that I bought new. It has 10,000 miles on it and has not run since 1977. It has been garage kept since then, but shows the usual signs of age after being neglected so long. I'm trying to decide if I should restore it, sell as is, or part it out. It is absolutley stock with no missing parts. Do you happen to have any resources/links to anyone interested?

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I definatly would be intrested you can email me esj43 verizon net
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Old 01-13-2010, 06:10 PM   #14
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Wow, very nice bike. It's cheaper here to get a good one of those compared to say a Kawasaki H2. A lot of three year bikes are not in as good order.

zooment, it would be a shame to part it out. Did it have front disks at that point? The ones with front drums, even the drums themselves go for a fair amount of money.
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:40 AM   #15
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Yes, it has the dual pad front drum brake. I believe only the 72's had them. I really don't want to part it out. I'm trying to get a handle on what they're worth now.
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GTErocker -
I will contact you.
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Zoom, where are you located?
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toehead -

I am in southern Michigan, 4 miles from Toledo, Ohio.
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Old 01-17-2010, 08:11 PM   #19
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zooment I have a extra radiator with the same color sides,I think after we have 15 posts we can post pictures. I am near Lorain
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KZ750 -

I'm curious. What do nice GT750's sell for in Europe? I visit there often and never thought to inquire. I see many more clubs and forums for the "Water Buffalo" in Europe than in in the US. I would love to motorcycle around Europe someday.

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Early 2t Suzuki for sale

Hi Zooment

That dealer has an early GT750 for close to 6000 Euro. I thought that dealer to be expensive, but his prices have moved closer to the norm in the UK. Prices in Ireland and the UK seem to vary between 3000 for the later ones and twice that for the earlier drum model. Ones in poor condition, maybe 1000, or it was advertised for that two years ago, but I only ever saw two in project condition. Sometimes a desperate or ill-informed seller can advertise a good bike for less, but that's rare. The 'Kettle' as it's called here was sold in much bigger quantities than Kawasaki's biggest two stroke triple. I hope to get one myself eventually, but there are some expenses to meet first. I've never taken my bike outside Ireland, so I might not be able to provide too much advice.
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KZ750 -

Thanks for the info and the link. I appreciate the reply. Would love to cruise Ireland some day.

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KZ750 -

I meant to tell you that the bike in the link is exactly like mine, color and all.
Again, thanks.

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That's a fine colour to have. My now perished Streetrod had a vaguely similar colour.
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What a beautiful bike. Zoom, I hope you restore it and get to ride
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Just picked up its little brother, a gt380......not as nce as this baby!
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let me know if you need any parts zoom
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Very Nice bike!! You are very lucky to have such a smart grandfather. Does anyone know what that bike sold for new? BTW, I would not worry about being pink. Uncommon colors stand out more.
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As I remember it was about the same price as the Honda 750 4 cyl. Both were in the US $2000. range.

For what it's worth, I have a Water Buffalo engine complete with radiator and carbs free to anyone who will pick it up. It ran when I got it for a long abandoned car (Berkeley) project.



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As I remember it was about the same price as the Honda 750 4 cyl. Both were in the US $2000. range.

For what it's worth, I have a Water Buffalo engine complete with radiator and carbs free to anyone who will pick it up. It ran when I got it for a long abandoned car (Berkeley) project.



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I would pay for shipping & extra if you decided to take some parts off engine,like the covers if they are nice
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I'll have to drag it out from under the bench to see how "nice" they are. I'll take a pic or two, post them here, and you can decide. I'd really rather give the whole shootin match to anyone who will come get it rather than go thru the hassle of taking it apart.

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I'll have to drag it out from under the bench to see how "nice" they are. I'll take a pic or two, post them here, and you can decide. I'd really rather give the whole shootin match to anyone who will come get it rather than go thru the hassle of taking it apart.

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no big hurry jon I am in Ohio and wont be getting any projects out until spring thanks for looking Erock
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here is a picture of one suzuki I have
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There is also a line going from the front of the left carb to the back of the vacum diaphram on the petcock. If I went with a petcock with out that vacum line can I simply cap off the fitting on the carb?
You can cap it. It is just a vacuum source for the petcock.

Nice bike! I've been looking for a Buffalo. Zoom (or anyone else), if you decide to sell yours let me know...running or not.
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I rode this afternoon, it's a TWO hand bike. I richened up the mid range and WOW! I got it up to about 95 on the highway and quickly brought it back t the speed limit, I dont want a ticket and I dont quite have complete trust in it just yet...meaning I am still afraid a tire is going to shred or fall apart or a wheel bearing is going to fail. But this bike is a BLAST to ride! I am VERY fortunate that I came to own this one. There will be no "Cafe'(ing)" this bike, it's going to be as origional as I can safely make it. I think I am going to upgrade to front disk brake vs. the stock dual leading shoe drums and I am probably going to upgrade the carbs to 1977 carbs.
Your brake is worth a bunch, I understand from 300-400 bucks for the 4 leading shoe GT750 brakes, because they're legal for the vintage road racing classes and are way less expensive than any of the Fontanas or Gimecas repopped.

But if possible, for the sake of the originality you should see if you can find someone who can adjust the stock brake to work at it's best, since the bike is so original. Or keep it for restoration. You should be able to find the bolt on later GT750 forks with all the stuff and just slide the tubes into your triple clamps and the detail work.
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I own a 74 GT550 that I love and when I am old and rich(yeah right) I hope to have a 380 and the 750.

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You can cap it. It is just a vacuum source for the petcock.

Nice bike! I've been looking for a Buffalo. Zoom (or anyone else), if you decide to sell yours let me know...running or not.
The blue 74 I have shown in the pic is for sale 1600,but your kinda far away
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I'll hope to get one when I can, only that I hope it's not too tall for me. I heard the older Magna can be.
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Beautiful bike, I love these vintage bikes! You're very fortunate to have a nice ride like this.
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Nice lokking bike. Congrats!
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