Suzuki GT750 19711977
|1971 GT750 The first year's model
of GT750 model was never available in the shops. Suzuki managed
to get the bike to the market first in 1972.
GT750 was unveiled to much fanfare at the 1971 Tokyo show. This
was Suzuki's answer to the Honda CB750, and the Kawasaki H2, but
was very different to both. Driven by an in-line 3 cylinder 2-stroke
engine, the 'Water Buffalo' was also liquid cooled.
Suzuki surprisingly opted for drum brakes (on the original), but
the front was a 9 inch 4-leading shoe design, so was actually
reasonably powerful. The engine was very impressive, with a nice
flat torque curve, and good acceleration from as low as 2000 rpm.
Like the T500, the GT750 got top marks for handling and comfort.
Detailing on the bike was also of an exceptionally high standard.
Clearly, Suzuki wanted this flagship machine to represent the
Company in the best light possible.
The engine firing impulses corresponds to that of a 6-cyl 4-stroke
so this engine type runs very smoothly when in good tune. Visually
if you meet one on the road, these bikes are distinguished by
the characteristic water cooling radiator in front of the engine.
If one runs ahead of you on the road a smell of three 50cc 2-stroke
engines and possibly some bluish 2-stroke smoke may be noticeable.
There is a cooling fan behind the radiator which kicks in at random
occasions. It is never needed. The engine has electric start.
The GT750 is commonly referred to as the 'Water Buffalo' (U.S)
'Wasserbüffel' (Germany), 'Vattenbuffeln' (Sweden), 'The
Kettle' or Water Bottle' (Britain), 'Vannbuss' (Norwegian!) or
'waterbucket' (Australia). In advertising it was also named the
'LeMans' in the U.S.
This machine type was known for the wide power band/low end torque
allowing exceptional acceleration performance from low revs, similar
in characteristics to the triple 2-stroke air cooled Kawasaki
H2 750 (Mach IV) but more 'civilised'.
It was more popular as a touring bike than a stop light racer
due to weight/dimensions, but it can be a performer. The main
flaw of the J series is the brakes are no match for the acceleration
capability and weight (507lbs dry/230kg) (front dual drum brake,
the 1973 K model had dual front discs) so some caution is required
in order to stay alive.
Bore x Stroke
Fuel Tank Capacity
0il Tank Capacity
67 hp / 6,500 rpm
7. 7 kg-m / 5,500 rpm
Two stroke, water-cooled, piston-valve triple
Sleeved aluminium, three cylinders
Five speed, constant mesh
70.0 x 64.0 mm (2.76 x 2.52 in)
17 Itr (4.5/3.7gal, US/Imp)
1.8 Itr (3.8/3.2 pt, US/Imp)
2,215 mm (87.2 in)
865 mm (34.0 in)
1,125 mm (44.3 in)
1,470 mm (57.8 in)
150 mm (5.9 in)
3.25-19 in, 4PR
4.00-18 in, 4 PR
214 kg (472 lb)
GT750, year by year
More: Suzuki GT750 sales
More: Suzuki GT750 magazine
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