27th Mar, 2024 13:00

National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands

 
  Lot 255
 

1978 Suzuki GS550
Early wire wheel model

Sold for £1,840

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: TEO 832S
Frame No: 104809
Engine No: 123386
CC:
550
MOT: Exempt

  • Early version of Suzuki's trendsetting middleweight
  • Wire wheels with twin front and single rear disc brakes
  • Fitted with a period Marshall 4 into 1, supplied with a V5C

The Suzuki Motor Co. was established in 1909 by Michio Suzuki to produce machinery for the cotton industry. An initial diversification into 4-wheeled transport was curtailed by WW2 but after the war, Japan had a need for cheap reliable transport so Suzuki, like a lot of others around the world, began to produce clip-on engines for pushbikes. These proved to be an immediate success and soon they were making full motorcycles and by the early 1960s were second only to Honda in numbers of two-wheelers manufactured. Better known for their two strokes Suzuki joined the four-stroke revolution in 1977 with the GS750, a bike that matched European standards of handling but with the Japanese build quality and performance levels. The 750 was closely followed by a slimmed down 550 version that became the best-selling middleweight in the late 1970s.

This GS550 will bring back a lot of motorcyclist memories of their first 'proper' big bike and the model set new standards in 1977 for middleweight performance and handling. Essentially a slimmed down version of the GS750 this bike has been restored to use and comes fitted with a period Marshall 4 into 1 exhaust and recent tyres and is supplied with a current V5C.

For more information, please contact:
Ian Cunningham
ian.cunningham@handh.co.uk
07415871189

 

Auction: National Motorcycle Museum | Solihull, West Midlands, 27th Mar, 2024

An auction of classic motorcycles & vintage scooters taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, West Midlands. Venue Details

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