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« on: November 07, 2019, 08:07:13 AM »

Heading to Kansas City sometime in the next ten days to pick this up....










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« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2019, 08:28:49 AM »

How cool is that.  Those are pretty rare, especially one in good condition.  Keep us posted.
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« Reply #2 on: November 07, 2019, 04:09:58 PM »

That's a beauty!!
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« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 04:27:33 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2019, 05:03:34 PM »

Looks like a nice clean survivor.  Good for you!
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2019, 11:48:48 PM »

It will get a more or less stock color repaint by next riding season, as well as a lot of cosmetic spiffing up. I was dealing on a black '76 at a dealership in Ohio, but I didn't consider it's claimed low, original, mileage of 2,700 miles as a positive thing...not for a 46 year old bike that hadn't been rebuilt.

The blue '76 in Kansas City has had a complete engine rebuild from the crank up, new seals and main bearings, new pistons, etc. and is claimed to be a great running example of this old Suzuki. It also doesn't hurt one bit that I can buy it for $1,300 less than the black one at the Ohio dealership.

As I said, it will need a repaint of the tank and two sidecovers, but that's an easy thing to have done...
 

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« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2019, 05:14:30 AM »

Looks like a great find. Best wishes on the journey to KC.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2019, 06:01:19 PM »

Pretty sure I looked at that black '76 about 6 weeks ago. Just outside of Dayton. Shop had several vary nice old Suzuki's. Price's were pretty steep I thought.
If you do the repaint, as nice as that bike looks it deserves the closest color match to original as possible. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 09, 2019, 03:46:43 AM »

I hope it makes you happy.
The last few times I rode a nostalgic bike, they just felt old and primitive.
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« Reply #9 on: November 09, 2019, 06:42:33 AM »

Didn't you have one of these a few years ago that was a project bike that ended up going over seas?? Anyway,Good luck with this one & hope you have fun with it.

I hope it makes you happy.
The last few times I rode a nostalgic bike, they just felt old and primitive.

Love my old bikes! But maybe its because I'm getting old?!?!?  My newest one I ride is 18 years old next season & the PC will turn 31 next season & has yet to hit 30.000 miles
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« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2019, 08:39:57 AM »

Didn't you have one of these a few years ago that was a project bike that ended up going over seas?? Anyway,Good luck with this one & hope you have fun with it.

I hope it makes you happy.
The last few times I rode a nostalgic bike, they just felt old and primitive.

Love my old bikes! But maybe its because I'm getting old?!?!?  My newest one I ride is 18 years old next season & the PC will turn 31 next season & has yet to hit 30.000 miles

Yes, I had a blue '74 that I had purchased from my brother in St. Paul. I had it about a year, then became frustrated with it and ended up selling it to a gentleman in Australia, who almost immediately overhauled the engine due to bad crank seals. I had contacted him only a month or so ago, and he still has it.

This one will be my sixth GT750 since my first one in 1974.

I have arranged to pick it up near Kansas City next weekend.
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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2019, 04:45:17 PM »

Dragging it back home...



Rode it around for the first two day, putting 100 miles on it the first, then an additional 80 the second...





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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2019, 05:04:04 PM »

Unfortunately, all is not well. The bike is down on power, and on the second da's ride, it began spewing thick, black goo from what appears to be the left exhaust header clamp area. I think it may be a simple fix, because it may be likely that the guy I bought it from, may have omitted the three, thin, metal exhaust gaskets that fit between the header pipe and exhaust port.

Worst case, however, is a bad head base gasket, which is a much larger deal...



Regardless, the bike is down for the winter, and these issues will be addressed. Meanwhile, I've been doing a bit of cosmetic tinkering, and some parts are responding well to the effort...

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The poor condition of the chrome exhaust system, and the
apparent impossibility of finding a plater willing to mess with rechroming a two-stroke exhaust, has me considering just spending the $1400 to buy a complete, new, reproduction exhaust system from Delkevic, and getting it over with...

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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2019, 05:04:44 PM »

Love the color!
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« Reply #14 on: November 30, 2019, 05:48:05 PM »

Love the color!

Before next riding season, it will be repainted in the same stock blue, with new, stock, reproduction stripe graphics beaneath the clear coat.

I'm also trying to buy a set of these restored carbs from the UK for it...




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« Reply #15 on: November 30, 2019, 09:07:27 PM »

Definitely a great looking motorcycle. Congratulations on bringing it home, and I hope the maintenance and parts bring it to excellent running condition.
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« Reply #16 on: December 01, 2019, 04:00:35 AM »

I'm guessing most riders today have never even seen one of those. You'll be a big hit at your local bike night next summer. Very cool bike.
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« Reply #17 on: December 01, 2019, 08:09:33 AM »

JB, there's an outfit in my home town of Quincy, IL that has done work like what you need. Precision Plating of Quincy, IL if you're interested. They're on FB too.
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« Reply #18 on: December 01, 2019, 08:10:23 AM »

I'm guessing most riders today have never even seen one of those. You'll be a big hit at your local bike night next summer. Very cool bike.

I'm definitely looking forward to stinking up the Sturgis rally next August with it. 200,000 noisy, black Street Glides...one smoky old Suzuki GT750.
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« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2019, 03:21:46 PM »

....he he he....
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« Reply #20 on: December 10, 2019, 08:12:52 PM »

Wow! I don't know how I missed this thread. That is a super rare bike and I hope you get it sorted. Please post your progress if you can.

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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2020, 12:55:42 AM »

I've been slowly tinkering on the bike, but the cold weather has kept me out of the garage for the most part, but that hasn't prevented me from spending some fairly substantial bucks on parts for this project.

A couple months ago, I bought a complete reproduction exhaust system for the GT from Delkevic in the UK, it's gorgeous...







The new rear shocks...




And today, I bought this entire set of restored gas tank and sidecovers in the correct original color for this model and year GT750, and they were a bargain when considering the added cost of all the peripheral parts that are required, such as repro striping kits, decals, tank and sidecover emblems, gas cap, etc., all of which would have had to be procured separately and installed/applied. I estimate that I saved from between $300-$500 by buying this set complete and finished rather than having it messed with locally, and as an added bonus, very little 'down time' while waiting for the painter etc.



The bike won't be completely finished for another year (or two), but it should be out there stinking up the roads by late spring, and looking pretty good while doing it.
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« Reply #22 on: February 13, 2020, 12:57:10 AM »

As it is right now....



Towards the end of this month, the instrument cluster will be shipped off to a person who specializes in the restoration of vintage Japanese instruments, in this case, my tach, speedo, and heat coolant heat guage...



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« Reply #23 on: February 13, 2020, 06:50:18 AM »

My buddy sold his cherry 1984 RZ350 years ago. He offered it to me first.
I'll always regret not buying that ring ding.
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« Reply #24 on: February 13, 2020, 07:01:29 AM »

My buddy sold his cherry 1984 RZ350 years ago. He offered it to me first.
I'll always regret not buying that ring ding.
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The owner of the BMW/Suzuki/Yamaha dealership in Sturgis has a nearly perfect yellow/black RZ350 up on the shop's showroom mezzanine. He selectively collects old Japanese bikes, and has a few really nice ones sitting about the place.
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« Reply #25 on: February 14, 2020, 11:12:25 PM »

For those who may be interested in, or curious about, the dirty details of this project, I am now approaching the $10,000 mark in the total expenditures of it all, and not anywhere near the finish line for it. I fully expect to have $15,000 into this bike, possibly more before, as they say, the dust settles.
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« Reply #26 on: February 15, 2020, 01:14:27 AM »

Ver' nice! Nice project! I know where there is a Suzuki with a rotary engine that has your name on it for restoration....
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« Reply #27 on: February 15, 2020, 03:03:35 AM »

Ver' nice! Nice project! I know where there is a Suzuki with a rotary engine that has your name on it for restoration....

Nope, but thanks. One of the reasons my bike project is costing so much is because I have to buy, rather than refurbish old parts, and hire someone who knows what they're doing to fix stuff. My modus operandi in 'restoration work' is to throw money at it until it runs and looks good.

But there's no way I would touch an RE-5 Suzuki as a project.
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« Reply #28 on: February 16, 2020, 06:55:15 PM »

So neat looking!!
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« Reply #29 on: February 18, 2020, 08:23:27 AM »

New, freshly repainted fuel tank and sidecovers showed up today. Only one minor flaw on the tank, which is that when they applied the repro striping kits, the painter apparently forgot to trim the upper stripe where it intersects the lower stripe on the lower rear section of the tank. I would prefer that it had been done correctly, but as the seat front is very close at that point, it won't be glaringly obvious, and I'll also cover the striping over-run with a little hand-applied metallic blue touch-up paint.




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Old, original sidecover, and a 'new' replacement...



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