Advice on buying secondhand gsxr 750

Discussion in 'Australian Motorcycles' started by Ilubmeboike, May 22, 2006.

  1. Ilubmeboike

    Ilubmeboike Guest

    Hiya all,

    I'm feeling quite chatty today so I thought I'd ask for what to look for
    when buying a gsxr750. It will be around the mid 1990's so I was wondering
    if they have a particular problem area that i should lookout for.
    I have also noticed a lot of the older bikes say they have a new chain and
    sprocket.....are these generally expensive to replace?
    Please be gentle with me (or I won't share my beer)
    Ilubmeboike, May 22, 2006
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    john doe Guest

    gsxr 750 = flogged

    are yu hoping to get your knee down with this hoon bike or is it more of
    a fashion accessory?

    any old bike needs a trusted bike mechanic to look @ it.

    a chain is that greasy thing that goes from the back wheel to the engine
    on the left side.

    john doe, May 22, 2006
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    G-S Guest

    A chain and sprockets could be anywhere from about $300 to about $600.

    Older sports bikes aren't inherantly less reiable than older
    sports/tourers but that style of bike tends to be bought by hoons, who
    then proceed to thrash them.

    This is less of a problem with 1000's and 1100's than it is with 600's
    and 750's as most 'normal' humans can't hold max revs and max throttle
    for very long on the litre bikes :)

    Having said all of that a good maintenance history and a clean well
    looked after bike is more imortant than the model... [1]


    [1] VFR800's excepted... which as worth much less without the optional
    letterbox and chain :)
    G-S, May 22, 2006
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    J5 Guest

    on some bikes
    J5, May 22, 2006
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    corks Guest

    stick to either a 1985-1990/91 model , after that they got wet, fat and slow
    (bit like clem) 96 onwards got lighter and faster (unlike clem who remailed
    fat, wet and slow) , 98 they got ifi and from 200 onwards they got lighter
    and faster still ( unlike clem who.......)

    1985 to 1990/91 hard to find a decent one that isnt shagged out (like clem)
    or been been streetfightered (as clem likes to think of himself).

    1992 to 95 - water cooled models, quite grunty (like clem but in a different
    sorta way) and fast but somewhat heavy (like clem..did i mention wet n

    1996 first of the srad models and much better........

    wish you luck


    ps bite me clem :p
    corks, May 22, 2006
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    Ilubmeboike Guest

    Well I don't mind scraping my toes a bit and they do have em in pretty
    colours so....both actually
    Now that i did know :)
    Ilubmeboike, May 22, 2006
  7. It's easy to determine when chains and sprockets have reached the end of
    their life, not so easy to detect whether they *really* are new (or
    new-ish) or not. The claim is often made to justify an apparently
    inflated price.

    Also, replacing a chain and sprockets is something you can do with only
    a modest amount of mechnical skill (as compared to, I dunno, changing
    fork seals or something). Some genuine sellers do it themselves and then
    inflate the sale price by the shop cost to do the same job.

    And you did pay attention to the people who told you only hoons wanted
    these bikes in the first place, didn't you? People who have around
    $5,000 to spend on a used bike probably don't want to have to spend half
    that again (or more) stripping and rebuilding the motor. [1]



    [1] I misread your handle as " I Lube My Boike ", which might have made
    rebuilding the motor a 'project'.
    Andrew McKenna, May 22, 2006
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    Ilubmeboike Guest

    Well thats plenty of info. Thanks
    Now to find a mechanic......
    Ilubmeboike, May 22, 2006
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Chains-and-sprockets are the evil work of Satan and proof of mankind's
    Knobdoodle, May 22, 2006
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    IK Guest

    The perimeter-framed models (1995 and earlier) are something of a waste
    of time unless you're a Suzuki fetishist working on a GSX-R collection
    and you're trying to collect the set.

    '96-onwards models remain some of the most evocative sportsbikes ever
    built. Suspension will be wobbly on most you'll come across, but the
    forks can be rebuilt and rear shocks from later GSX-R's are a direct swap.

    The frame beam walls are thin and without inner bracing. They dent
    easily in a stack.

    Some of the construction on them isn't too clever. Headlights are fixed
    to the top fairing by self-tapping screws which bite straight into
    plastic, and the main wiring loom runs outside the left fairing beam
    under the fairing. Bike goes for a slide on the left side, wiring gets

    The motors are up to taking a fair bit of abuse, so provided the bike
    looks like it's been taken care of, it should be ok.

    If something on them is prone to failure, it seems to be the inlet cam
    at the rightmost journal. When that happens, throw the motor away and
    fit one out of a GSX-R1000K3/4.
    IK, May 22, 2006
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    john doe Guest

    awlright . buy matching leathers, very tight, maybe go a size too small?

    definitely without the sagging bum!

    don't buy an old bike, the motor industry feasts on gullible females.

    how did i know that?
    john doe, May 22, 2006
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    BT Humble Guest

    Ah, but it's SO good to put a new set on and have your rattly,
    lurching, squeaking motorbike magically transformed into a
    smooth-running machine again!

    (Probably a bit like stopping hitting yourself with a hammer.)
    BT Humble, May 22, 2006
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    Josh Guest

    17" wheels came out in 88, and USD forks in about 1990. The 88/89 models
    had a different engine to the rest, a 748cc short stroke engine that
    revved to 13,000rpm. It was a more peaky engine, but lacked low end
    torque. Engine parts for these ones are hard to get. Also dodgy
    electrics, and a 'shocking' rear shock - but an rf900 one makes a good
    They have a habit of breaking gears - normally 3rd, but mine broke
    second just to be different. It did have 90k on the clock at that point

    Josh, May 23, 2006
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    bikerbetty Guest

    hee hee hee! and I reckon (probably a newbie thing) there's something kind
    of endearing about a chain, anyway.... I had my first bonding moments with
    my bike while perched on a crate, kero-soaked brush in hand, squinting and
    poking at the accumulated muck in disgust. For hours. Two days running, just
    to make sure all the crap really WAS off...

    Maybe when I've cleaned the chain a few more times I'll be "over it"...

    I'm sure there's probably some wisdom about chain vs shaft vs belt - can
    anybody point me in the direction of something that might tell me the
    relative merits of each, or is it just a personal preference thing?

    bikerbetty, May 23, 2006
  15. Wow, sounds just like those cheap Chinese bikes!
    Pisshead Pete, May 23, 2006
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    Knobdoodle Guest

    Shaft = logical, sensible means of transferring engine power to drive
    Belt = A very strong alcoholic drink designed to stun your body. (Often
    administered to people who are delusionally claiming there are
    disadvantages to shafts).
    Chain = 22 yards (20.13 Metres). The average safe travelling-distance
    between cleanings and adjustments for not shaft-drive motorcycles.Hope that helps.
    Knobdoodle, May 23, 2006
  17. Heheh, I'll just wander off and get _another_ belt then.
    Pisshead Pete, May 23, 2006
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    J5 Guest

    Belt, what you get when you dont do what you are told
    20.13m return distance to the fridge , hmm spooky
    J5, May 23, 2006
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    "Knobdoodle" wrote
    Chain = 100 links.

    Theo Bekkers, May 23, 2006
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    Theo Bekkers Guest

    Have one for me.

    Theo Bekkers, May 23, 2006
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