Wilhelm Burger
Suzuki 750 GT

<- The Suzuki 750 GT was one of the few Japanese motorcycles that could be used with a side-car (picture in Motorrad, 1976).

The right picture shows my Suzuki on the day I bought it. It was in excellent shape and quite inexpensive. The original handle bar had apparently been replaced by one of the previous owners by a piece that was fashionable at that time but uncomfortable to ride. Also I though it did not suit the unique character of this bike.

The GT 750 was heavy and the 2-stroke engine was thirsty, burning about as much gasoline as an average European family car at that time.

When these b&w pictures were taken I had made some repair and minor modifications to the bike. I liked the new handle bar which I had bought in England. It did not improve the handling and the engine's brutal power was not always useful. The engine was not supposed to rev over 9.000 rpm but performed best beyond that mark.

It was not easy to ride the bike slowly at low revs, particularly in the city, because the engine was quite nervous. This machine was built for speed!

One problem I could never resolve was the amount of exhaust smoke. While it was not excessive, my motorcycle friends would usually not allow me to drive in front of the gang, simply because it would constantly mess up their clothes, helmets, and visors. I tried special oils and even renewed the valves which were suppose to suck off the surplus oil from the crankcase.

GT 750 Owner's Manual
(PDF 605 KB)

GT 750 Service Manual
(PDF 1.63 MB)
The Service Manual contains several nice illustrations.