GS 750 Suzuki 1981

GS 750 Suzuki 1981, needs work. That was what the ad said, that caught my husbands eye one weekend while browsing through the local buy trade and sell paper.

He had been thinking off and on about getting a motorcycle again. Years ago, he had owned a 1979 CAN AM dirt bike, but as life got busy, it worked its way slowly to the back of the garage, and even moved with us a few times, until one day, it had been left outside (although locked up) it was stolen.

It was eventually found in pieces, and the thief caught, and the judge forced him to pay my husband a paltry $400.00 dollars for this perfect condition dirt bike.

That was back in 1987, and he never owned a motorcycle since then, and now as he looked at this ad for the GS 750 Suzuki 1981, he realized he had not ridden in almost 25 years. He still had the endorsement on his license, was it time?.

We built this house 8 years ago with a great separate shop. We have the space. But with running a business there was not always the time or energy to put into a project such as this one. When our son became a "gear head" he had project cars lined up the side of the driveway. So, he loved to help our son with his projects and go searching for project cars. But our son told him "Dad, you should have projects of your own to do, since it is your shop"

So, now that he saw this ad for the GS 750 Suzuki 1981, he decided to check it out. He loved this motorcycle. It is a basic motorcycle and being a 750, it is not too big and not too small.

It was in a sad state, with 18,000 original kilometers on it, but he instantly fell for it, and home it came. I am not a motorcycle lover, so I thought this looked sad, but the glint in his eyes as he described what he was going to do to it, was worth yet another project in this garage.

This is the list of work he did to this 1981 GS 750 Suzuki to get it in good working order to be ridden not polished and drooled over!

got rid of useless bling!

cleaned out carbs (balanced carbs with a 4 cylinder vacuum gauge)

individual air filters


new headers to get rid of weight

new mirrors

new back shocks

progressive fork springs

re-painted tank and side panels blue (using automotive paints from the automotive charts)

fresh tires

It was not a total smooth ride getting this GS 750 Suzuki back on the road. He had trouble getting the exhaust bolts out of the aluminum cylinder head. There was a lot of colorful words with this part of the project, but by using a combination of easy outs (highly recommend Snap On tools for this) he finally got them out.

But he could not save the threads of the 3 worse bolts, and ended up using heli-coils.

That part of the restoration was challenging, but once he conquered the bolts, the rest of the project went without too many hitches. Parts were easy to find, and the Suzuki dealer in Guelph, Ontario, still had parts for this GS 750 Suzuki 1981. Failing that, there were lots of after market parts around.

Now, approximately 6 months, and $2000.00 dollars later, he looks on this GS 750 Suzuki with pride, as he has brought it back to life.

Next was a good helmet and a leather jacket and he was ready.

"I have ended up with a bike from my youth" he said to me. He takes it out on good weather days, and rides the many winding roads we have around our area. When I asked him how riding his GS 750 Suzuki makes him feel, he responded with this statement:

"When I get on this bike, I tend to forget I am 52.., more like an 18 year old with a little bit of wisdom"

To paraphrase Canadian Motorcycle Author Max Burns -

"Going for a ride is like using mental floss"

So after 25 years the life pressures are not the same. Our kids are grown, he has the room in the shop, and more time. So as any motorcycle owner will tell you. One motorcycle is not enough.

"I found a 1978 Yamaha RD400 that appears to be a lightly modified RD400 with expansion chambers on it"

I smell another project coming on!

If this inspires even one other rider to go looking for an affordable project that gets them on the road, then it is time well spent at the keyboard.

Stay tuned, this bike is a work in progress, but it is summer time and you always need at least one bike working or so he tells me!

Note: I just had to repair the Counter Shaft Sprocket check it out