0 miles (none, zip, zilch) 1976 Suzuki GT550

A study in patience, restraint, self-discipline, willpower. That is all I can say when I see a zero mile bike. But reading the back story provided for the seller of this 1976 Suzuki GT550 it appears that a wooden crate helped keep the miles low.

From the seller

You are looking at a rare opportunity to own a brand new 36 year old motorcycle. This 1976 GT550 was originally in the collection of the original owner of Stubbs Suzuki in Houston (Stubbs is still going strong and the bike is on display there at this time). After his passing the bike remained in the family’s possession until it was sold in 2000 still in the crate to the man I purchased it from. He proceeded to assemble the bike but never put fuel in it or tried to start it. It has acquired .7 push miles since being assembled.  I have owned the bike for the past two years, displaying it at my home and at last years Barbers Vintage Days in the VJMC display; it was featured in the latest issue of Moto Retro Illustrated.  Chrome is excellent all around.  Tires are obviously hard but still hold air fine and don’t even have any dry rot cracks. Since it was never sold to the public it has never been titled

First offered in 1972 with the GT380 and larger, water cooled GT750, a fresh out of the box a GT550 would give you numbers like 50hp from 543cc of two-stroke power. This would push the rider and 441 lbs of bike to a top speed of 110mph. Because this bike is still fresh, you can expect those numbers to still be relevant, no depreciation of performance because of age. I would almost be willing to say this is a 2011 model year GT550.

Traditionally GT stands for Grand Tour and create images of speeding along the highways and buy-ways for hours at high rates of speed. This was possible because of the patented Ram Air system, which protected you from seizing the engine, which was very popular with 2-stroke riders of the time. A review in Cycle World says that you and your friend can go anywhere in the United States at 85mph.

A little more detail on condition

* Deterioration of the clear coat on parts of the engine.

* Small line crease in left rear of tank near seat

* Quarter sized spot of rust directly under gas cap; probably from condensation dripping down.

* Some paint rubbed off the right handlebar switch.

* The rubber on the slide linkage cover has degraded; it is almost like tar.  If you touch it it will come off on your hands.

* Right fork leg has some scratches.

* Right front fender stay has some chrome imperfections.

The seller is upfront with the condition willing to point out any flaws even with such low Zero miles. As you can see, the seller provided lots of good pictures, worthy of a brochure for this 1976/2011 GT550. BB

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3 Responses

  1. Russell Reeves says:

    Have to say thanks guys for posting my bike up on CSPFS. By the time I had a huge offer from a collector I had 150 people watching the auction. Thanks so much! Russell

  2. Dan says:

    That great, glad we could help Russell!

    dc

  3. Crazy Phil says:

    Is it me? I really don’t see this bike as very desirable at any price. The ebay link showed no one had bid on it after five days, with a starting bid of $1000, it appeared, but I think I might be mistaken. It had been removed, presumably for local sale. Reading all by the seller, it appears to me, he thought he had the Hope Diamond, I think “Hope” is the operant word here…

    He seems EXTREMELY anal, easy to figure out, read his descriptions.. I was rather amused/astounded/taken aback by his conditions,etc. He demand $1000 within 48 hrs, balance in 7 days, which is reasonable, but if you didn’t present the balance within 7 days, he was going to keep the $1000 deposit. For some reason I had an image of him standing there with his watch in his hand waiting for the time to expire. I know nothing about Texas law, but here in Washington State, the seller is entitled to any relevant costs incurred by the transaction, but nothing beyond that. For instance, with items on “lay away”, the store MUST return any deposits and/or payments, beyond a reasonable service charge a store would incur. Which is only reasonable IMHO! The reasoning behind this, is people, stores,etc are not entitled to undue enrichment at another’s expense. If something like, this happens to you, you might want to check applicable laws in your state.

    I also find it VERY hard to believe 150 people were watching the auction and the seller received a “huge” amount from a collector for that bike. A collector of what??? Pedestrian and insignificant bikes?? I could be wrong! but…

    One last ramble… A year or so ago I saw a late 70s or early 80s (??) Yammy 400 for sale. Several dents in tank. Faded red paint. Scratched up, etc. All in all a 3 or 4 on a scale of 10. Caption read, “Rare Yam 400 in great shape for restoring”. They were asking $2700 for it! Judging by the descriptions and puffery it wasn’t a typo. I of course, had to be an ass, and sent a message saying there was a typo and the bike wasn’t worth the $270 they were asking!

    Don’t ride like me! RIDE SAFE!