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1975 Suzuki GT550 Cafe Racer for Sale

1975 Suzuki GT550 L Front

The Suzuki GT550 is a bit forgotten, lost-in-the-shuffle model. It seems a strange candidate to soup up or hot-rod, unless maybe it’s what you happened to have lying around the shop. Which I guess is the most inspiring thing about the whole custom-bike movement: can’t afford to just go out and buy your dream bike? Well, you can modify your current steed to get it as close as you can. And with a bit of creativity, you can even come up with something like this one we featured a while back.

1975 Suzuki GT550 Dash

The two-stroke 550 triple was a middle child, and is generally less collectible than other displacements because it was just a wee bit too big to compete in 500cc races, leaving it with no motorsports associations. Unusually for a motorcycle engine, it’s actually undersquare, with a longer stroke dimension than bore. Think “Audi 1.8T” versus “Honda VTEC” and you’ll get the idea: good midrange torque and drivability. It’s hard today to think of a bike so austere as a “touring bike”, but that’s really the target Suzuki was aiming for with the GT-series triples.

1975 Suzuki GT550 Front Engine

Translated from the very emphatic Capitalese of the original eBay listing: Suzuki GT550 Café Racer for Sale

Includes most “take-off” parts [not all- seat/pipes]
Matching serial numbers
Professionally rebuilt & re-glassed instruments
New bobber-style headlamp with new LOUD horn
Tapered roller headstock bearings
New flat bars, switches, grips, levers, and rebuilt master cylinder
New cables, new LED direction signals
Rebuilt forks with GT750 double discs, drilled & skimmed with SS braided lines and rebuilt calipers with new pucks
New rear shocks & rebuilt vented rear brake with new shoes
New tires, new chain, and new sprockets
Boyer Bransden electronic ignition properly timed with “HO” coils, wires, and plugs
Superlite lithium-ion battery
Milled head, new pistons & rings [standard size] ported & matched with all new gaskets
Jemco nickel-plated expansion chambers [$800] and rebuilt, rejetted carbs with all new jets, seals, floats, and gaskets
Stainless steel fasteners throughout
Standard intake system modified for free air flow
Race seat with rearset controls
Original factory paint- with a few blemishes
Factory gear indicator works fine
Includes original owner’s manual, service manual [2] and Suzuki parts book
**Uses factory oil injection**

1975 Suzuki GT550 L Engine

The GT550 was a contemporary of Kawasaki’s notorious wild-child H1, but delivered smoother power delivery and better stability. It’s interesting how the very qualities that made it a better motorcycle also doomed it to relative obscurity: The H1’s evil reputation has made it the drag-bike two-stroke to collect, whereas the Zook is still relatively unremembered.

But “unremembered” can also mean “cheaper.” And, while it does suffer from somewhat bland “UJM Syndrome” styling, that distinctive ram-air scoop on top of the engine certainly makes it easy to identify.

-tad

1975 Suzuki GT550 L Tank

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