OK, I admit it. I’m a sucker for limited-edition Suzuki GSX-R750s.
The 1986 GSX-R750 Limited Edition was stunning with its white, blue and red paint job. The solo seat and fiberglass tail section were all business. And the dry clutch rattle was music to my ears.
MSRP? $6,499 when the standard model GSX-R750 cost $4,499.
The dry clutch alone was worth the $2,000 premium. But I didn’t have the money to pony up for the limited. I did the next best thing… at least in my mind.
In 1987 I bought a brand-spanking new GSX-R750 and then over the years bought the bits from the Limited Edition that would bolt right on: gas tank, solo seat, GSX-R1100 rotors and brake calipers, aluminum heel guards, etc. But I couldn’t do anything about what made the 1986 Limited so special: the dry clutch.
Then, In 2005, Suzuki came out with a 20th Anniversary Edition GSX-R750. I was lucky enough to be at a press intro where the bike was unveiled but I don’t remember now what made it so special, except for the retro paint job. I do remember wanting it. Bad.
And I do remember not being able to afford it. MSRP: $9,699.
Now, I am being teased again.
Yoshimura R&D of America recently announced all-new Yoshimura Limited Edition GSX-R600s, 750s and 1000s.
The Yoshimura Limited Edition GSX-R includes a Yoshimura R-77 carbon fiber slip-on, aircraft-grade aluminum CNC-machined hard parts, including a fender eliminator kit, case savers, chassis protectors, axle adjuster blocks, race stand stoppers, steering stem nut, bar ends, engine plug kit and an individually numbered limited edition name badge.
“With its striking custom paint, EPA noise compliant carbon fiber slip-on and the numerous street-legal hard parts included, owning one of these motorcycles not only makes your exquisite taste apparent, it grants you ownership of an extraordinary piece of Yoshimura history,” the company says.
I want one. The 750.
Price? I don’t know. I don’t care.
I think I’m going to try to get this one.
For info on the new bikes, see http://www.yoshimura-rd.com/t-limited_edition_GSXR.aspx