An ultra-rare homologation Suzuki GSX-R750 SP, one of 200 produced.
Box-section alloy double cradle frame, extensive side faring, front cowling incorporating windshield, 43mm upside down telescopic fork, monoshock rear suspension gas/oil dampened, 4x40mm Mikuni flatside carburettors, CDI electronic ignition, pillion seat, twin grab handles, magnesium engine components, lockable fuel tank, steering lock, aerodynamic rear view mirrors, 4 into 2 into 1 right side exhaust pipe, tachometer, temperature gauge, parking lights, engine cut off switch, high beam headlight + pass function, trip recorder. Accessories; Single seat cowling, spare pillion seat.
The world of superbikes requires no introduction to the Suzuki GSX-R series of limited-edition production racers, and the 750 SP (Sport Production) stands to remain the most special. A minimum of 200 road-going bikes were required for World Superbike homologation, of which 150 and 50 were destined for the German and French markets respectively, whereas Suzuki GB ordered none! Just six bikes managed to make their way to the UK, with this example being Spectrum Blue Metallic, (Code 1MJ). The paint finish is simply outstanding with all faring and trim in near perfect order. Incredibly, the unique original decals have been preserved and carefully lacquered over for future protection. All identification markers including the stock and frame chassis inscriptions, build plate and factory stickers such as the tyre information guide, remain intact. The standard blue pillion seat remains in addition to a super rare single seat cowling, both in perfect condition. An exceptionally rare example of this legendary road-going racer.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 749cc liquid cooled DOHC 16v inline four-cylinder engine features unique components to the SP model, including the 40mm Mikuni flatside carburation. A power output of 105bhp at 11,500rpm and 55lb.ft of torque at 9250rpm enables a tested top speed of 160mph and 0-60mph in 4.38 seconds! Furthermore, the exhaust system was completely redesigned from standard WR model with a four-into-two-into-one stainless steel system with the bore increased from 31.8mm to 35mm. Finally, the six-speed close-ratio gearbox features deeper cut, hardened gears with very tall first gear, and gears two to six closely-spaced to facilitate rapid acceleration. The bike is mechanically excellent and aside from the exhaust can, totally standard. Widely considered at the time to be as close to a racing bike as possible.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Lightweight hollow three spoke 17” cast-aluminium wheels present beautifully with quality correctly sized Michelin Pilot Power 2 CT tyres fitted new in 2014. The high-performance braking system features two 320mm front disc brakes with six-piston Tokico callipers and 280mm rear disc with twin-piston Tokico calliper.
With Suzuki UK deciding not to import any of the 200 road bikes produced for World Superbike homologation, it was decided by renowned Paul Denning of Crescent Suzuki to source six examples from the 150 bikes supplied to the German market. All six were registered to Crescent Suzuki and with a price tag of an eye-watering £10,400 compared £7,900 for a standard GSX-R750WR, the appeal in addition to improved performance was of course the extreme rarity. First registration by Crescent Suzuki was on 21st March 1994.
This example was registered on the Suzuki GB system on 27th April 1994 and was the third of the six bikes, with matching engine numbers, as confirmed in an email from Tim Davies, Aftersales and Marketing Co-ordinator of Suzuki GB PLC.
In late 2014, Simon Turner, a GSX-R enthusiast and vintage clock mender by profession with a natural eye for precision, purchased the bike knowing the rarity and huge importance of the model. To his delight, upon first viewing he realised it was the exact bike used in an edition of Superbike Magazine dated from 1994 when the model was released, a pristine copy of which is in the history file. Also in the history file is a copy of the December 2015 edition of Practical Sportsbikes, whereby the complete strip down and meticulous rebuild by Simon Turner is featured. This non-compromising restoration undertook every aspect to ensure this example almost as good as new, an aim he has certainly achieved. His eye for provenance and detail even extended to replicating the Crescent Suzuki stickers to the front cowling. Furthermore, the incredible history file includes a DVD with a complete documented and photographic log of the restoration with 100’s of before, during and after images to enjoy. A certificate in the history file verifies the speedometer change from the original kilometers to miles, whereby a professional company matched the mileage to the km covered at the time of conversion, another wonderful example of attention to detail. Furthermore, the history box file contains many invoices and literature relating to the bike and its maintenance, including work undertaken by respected Padgett’s of Batley Ltd. An almost unrepeatable opportunity for the Suzuki collector wanting the ultimate fully useable showpiece.
MOT January 2019, HPI Clear.
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