76 GS750 project

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Jeremiah, Sep 17, 2012.

  1. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    Posted this in the GS appreciation thread but I think I better post here too.

    Just brought home this winters project bike for the cost of renting a trailer.

    GS750 Suzuki - 1976 All original except for the horns. Been sitting for 7-8 years in a barn as evidenced by the dust and cobwebs. The PO said it was running poorly and the carbs started to leak so he parked it. I have not started to do much to it yet, the weather was too nice to work on it I went riding this weekend instead. I know the carbs need some loving and the calipers are frozen, the tires are dry rotted, the cables are stiff, front forks have little or no oil in them rear shocks are original, battery is toast , bearings. Damn I got a list and I haven't even washed it off yet.

    What I am hoping is that there is a forum somewhere for these old beauties that might have some technical and parts advice. Anyone know of one?

    I had one of these back in the day but it was so reliable all I ever did was simple maintenance. Now I want to bring this one back to her former glory.

    Thanks for any advice.

    Here is the arrival:

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  2. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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  3. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    Looks like a good forum. Already saw several projects that are gonna make me spend more money!
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  4. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    Thanks for sharing. These are truely great bikes, and largely overlooked because it seems everyone wants a CB750, XS650, or KZsomethingorother. Pluse the GS bikes are better handling because of better bushings in the swingarms and roller-bearings on the crankshaft that make the engines nearly indestructable.

    I highly recommend you join the GS Resources forum. Lots of GS crazy-knowledgeable peeps there including me.

    Here are some pix of a '78 GS750E that I rebuilt about this time last year and sold to a collector in Japan.

    I still have some NOS parts for the GS750 that I never used that I'm sure would do you some good, like intake rubbers, NOS badges, some brake/clutch cables, etc. Give me a ring or shoot me a PM if you need any help or advice.

    Trent
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  5. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    Also Jeremiah,

    I was looking at the pic of your bike and it appears the bike still has original exhaust. You wanted advice so here it is: If the original exhaust is in good shape, guard it with your life. They are worth good money as most (original) GS owners ditched the stockers in favor of some 4 into 1 system. But unlike the Z1's or CB750 exhaust systems, no one makes a stock replacement/NOS exhaust for these bikes, and thus the originals are virtually non-existent, and are what really has the potential to make your bike worth some money. Not crazy money, but I had a guy on the GS Resources forum offer me close to a grand for my exhausts!
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  6. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I have not torn into the bike yet as far as I can tell it is all original including the exhaust and the paint.
    Don't see any real problems with the paint on the frame - so I think I am going to try to keep it original and just tear it down and polish it up. I appreciate the offer and once I tear into it (waiting for a rainy day or cold weather) I will be looking for parts and pieces.

    Thanks again and I will see you at the GSResources site too.

    Roy
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  7. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    That is one good looking GS you did there - did you do I build thread on it?
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  8. VooDooDaddy

    VooDooDaddy Been here awhile

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    No, I didn't bother to take pix while doing the work. But to be honest, I didn't have to do much. The bike ran perfect when I bought it for $1000. I took it down to the bare frame, re-painted the frame, cleaned every single part within an inch of its life, replaced the bars, hit all the chrome with SOS pads, had the case and cam covers polished, and found a set of spoke wheels for it. Put everything back together, put it on eGay and it sold almost immediately!

    You bike looks extremely original down to the exhaust, paint, turn indicators, etc..... I could do a lot with that bike, and make some good $$$ over the winter. That's what I like to do. Find good bikes cheap during the winter, give them some much needed attention and re-sell come spring.
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  9. Nailhead

    Nailhead Free at last!

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    The only thing my dad kept (besides his tools) when he sold his Suzuki dealership was a '77 GS750 in burgundy metallic.

    What a great motorcycle. Wish I knew where it went.
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  10. Iron_HawK

    Iron_HawK Farkle Enthusiast

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    Anxious to see the bike's progress. I'm building a GS450 cafe right now. Gotta love these GS's. I wish I had the 750 instead. Good luck man!
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  11. delftvanp

    delftvanp Been here awhile

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    Love your bike, I had one in 1978, crashed in Austria, Took my cousin's GS 750 apart for parts and drove back to Austria to fix it. Got home to Holland.
    34 years later I still miss it!
    If you ever dicide to sell let me know!!!!!!!!!!
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  12. gearheadE30

    gearheadE30 Long timer

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    Love the GS750s; I have a 1979 E myself. Needs a little cosmetic work, but runs like a bat outta hell. And I still have my stock exhaust, but I took it off because the mufflers were very rusty. Has early GSX forks, Progressive shocks, CBR brakes, pods, Kerker exhaust, custom jetting, digital gauges... once I get new tires and fork springs I'll probably have to take it to the track. Pardon the lack of riding boots, heh.

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  13. Pigford

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    The GS750 was always over-shadowed by its big bro - the GS1000 :huh Suzook had a few years to study & copy Kawasaki and made a great first attempt - even made a decent frame to go with it.

    The 750 has a fantastically tough motor - also a better oil pump: these are in demand for the later and bigger Suzooks as they are a higher capacity (due to gear sizes I think?).

    Great bikes and still dead cheap - Nothin' cheaper than FREE :clap
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  14. jackd

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    I looked at one for sale on Vancouver Island last week that was identical to yours. He wanted too much for it or I would have dragged it home for a project. It was complete but the tank was quite scratched. Mufflers were shot too.
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