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Suzuki D2-492-18-10
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Capacity : 750
Model : GS
Production : 1976 - 1978
Category : (R) Street Bike


GS 750-1976

An exercise in good judgment

The arrival of the first 750cc Yamaha and Suzuki four-strokes in 1976 marked an historical turning point. The former attempted to break new ground technically with a threecylinder shaft-drive machine, while Suzuki followed the classic route of a transverse four-cylinder layout.

Errors of Judgment

Suzuki had previously made two costly enors of judgment. The first had been the highly original GT 750 three-cylinder two-stroke, which lacked sportiness and didn't conform to the antipollution laws, and the second was the rotary-engined RE5. This time the marque was taking no risks, and satisfied itself by producing the best possible interpretation of a well-proven theme. Its sensible styling was inspired by the Honda F1, while the twinoverhead- camshaft engine was comparable with the Kawasaki power unit.

The Best-Balanced Bike

It took some time for the GS 750 to make a serious impression on the market. It quickly revealed itself as the best-balanced machine in its category. It led the way in all its aspects. The road-holding was exemplary, it was marginally faster than any of its rivals, and its reliability was outstanding. Included in its comprehensive equipment was a digital display on the instrument panel that showed which speed was engaged! In 1978 the GS750 not only gained alloy rims, but was joined by a big sister, the GS 1000. It remained in production until 1981, when it was replaced by the GSX 750 and 1100.


Engine: 718cc (65x56.4mm) air-cooled transverse four-cylinder

Power Rating: 68 hp @ 8500 rpm

Valves: twin overhead camshafts driven by chain; 8 valves

Fuel System: carburetors

Transmission: 5-.speed; chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swinging fork (rear)

Brakes: twin disk (front); disk (rear)

Wheels: 3.25x19 inch (front); 4.00x18 inch (rear).

Weight: 192 lb

Maximum Speed: 126 mph


Evolutionary rather than revolutionary, the GS 750 had the best-balanced combination of virtues of all the big bikes of its day.

Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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